UGC-NET Cancelled, Neet row, India leadersUGC-NET Exam Cancellation Sparks Controversy
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The cancellation of the UGC-NET examination amid allegations of compromise has sparked political uproar ahead of the Parliament session. The exam, managed by the National Testing Agency (NTA), faced integrity concerns, prompting the Education Ministry to scrap it despite being conducted in pen and paper mode for the first time in recent years.

The move has provided fresh ammunition to Opposition parties, who have been vocal about alleged irregularities in key exams under the Modi government. The Congress party, labeling the government as the “paper leak government,” criticized Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan for their handling of exam integrity issues.

Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge mocked Modi for his frequent discussions on exams, questioning when the government would address issues in NEET. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra accused the government of corruption and negligence, calling for accountability.

Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav demanded a court-monitored probe into what he termed as the “paper mafia” involved in exam frauds. Shiv Sena’s Priyanka Chaturvedi expressed disappointment over the repeated failures in conducting fair exams, stressing on the impact on students’ mental health and careers.

Trinamool Congress MP Saket Gokhale criticized the NTA for its alleged incompetence, highlighting the distress caused to students. The cancellation decision came after inputs from the National Cyber Crime Threat Analytics Unit suggested potential compromises in the exam’s integrity.

The Education Ministry announced a fresh examination and assured a CBI probe into the matter. As the new Lok Sabha session commences, the cancellation of UGC-NET, coupled with ongoing controversies surrounding NEET, is expected to dominate discussions, presenting a challenge for the BJP amidst a resurgent Opposition.

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