UGC-NET exam: Opposition accuses NTA, Union govt of destroying future of students

20 June,2024 05:18 PM IST |  New Delhi  |  PTI

The UGC cancelled the UGC-NET examination on Wednesday

Students stage a protest over the NEET-UG and UGC-NET examinations issue. Pic/PTI

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Opposition leaders on Thursday launched an attack on the National Testing Agency (NTA) after the UGC-NET exam was cancelled and accused the agency as well as the Union government of destroying the future of students who appeared for these exams.

The UGC cancelled the UGC-NET examination on Wednesday, a day after it was held, after receiving certain inputs from the National Cyber Crime Threat Analytics Unit of the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (I4C) under the ministry of home affairs on the examination.

Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Saket Gokhale said the examination process in the country has crashed and the lives of students are being destroyed. He accused the NTA of being complicit.

"The examination process structure of our country has crashed. Paper leaks and irregularities are rampant and the useless NTA is complicit in it," Gokhale said in a post on X.

"After the NEET fiasco, the UGC-NET has now been cancelled - literally 1 day after students wrote the exam. The lives and futures of our students are being destroyed everyday and the NDA 1.0 govt is shameless to even take responsibility," he said.

The TMC MP said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has not learnt any lesson from the elections, and demanded that Union Minister of Education Dharmendra Pradhan and Minister of Railways Ashwini Vaishnaw both be sacked.

"Incompetent education minister Dharmendra Pradhan has been repeated again despite being an utter failure. The same is with Ashwini Vaishnaw as railway minister & now we saw a train crash just days ago. They need to be sacked," he said.

"Modi clearly hasn't learnt any lesson from his humiliation in the elections," he added.

Communist Party of India (Marxist), in a post on X, accused the government of making a mockery of the education system.

"First there were discrepancies in CUET, then the NEET Scam, and now UGC-NET was cancelled! The BJP govt has made a complete mockery of the education system," the CPI(M) said in a post on X.

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MP Manoj Jha said the NEET exam should also be cancelled.

"You had to scrap NET and you must scrap NEET now as there is ample proof that this examination was compromised. And it is time to acknowledge that the NTA is a fraud," he said.

UGC-NET is a test to determine the eligibility of Indian nationals for the award of junior research fellowship, for appointment as assistant professors and admission to PhD in Indian universities and colleges.

The decision by the ministry comes amid a massive row over alleged irregularities in the medical entrance exam NEET, with the issue now before the Supreme Court.

The NEET-UG examination is conducted by the NTA for admissions to MBBS, BDS, AYUSH and other related courses in government and private institutions across the country.

Rajya Sabha CPI(M) MP John Brittas meanwhile raised concern over questions asked in the UGC-NET exam, and alleged that "saffronisation" of education was being done.

"When NEET to NET collapses... see how saffronisation (is) done; NET qstns (questions) for a Theatre student - Ayodhya pranprathishta date, how Hanuman is described, the sloka in Ramayan, beheaded but kept alive in Mahabharata, Hindi exponent¿ How do we intend to mould our next generation?" he said.

Brittas shared some images purportedly of the UGC-NET question paper which showed a question which asked the consecration date of the Ram temple, and other questions related to Ramayan, Mahabharat and other religious texts.

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