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Government took 4 big decisions in 24 hours regarding NEET exam, senior officer removed, who is the new DG?

Ritul Pandey

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There is an uproar across the country due to the news of irregularities in the NEET exam and the opposition has also targeted the central government. The central government has taken 4 big decisions in 24 hours regarding the distribution of the paper. The investigation of the alleged malpractice in the NEET exam has been handed over to the CBI. Earlier, several steps were taken as part of the developments related to the case. In this, the Director General of the National Testing Agency (NTA) Subodh Kumar Singh was sacked. Also, a seven-member committee was formed under the chairmanship of former ISRO chief K. Radhakrishnan. Also, the NEET-PG entrance exam has also been postponed. The exam was to be held today (23 June), but it was postponed a day before the exam. It is understood that the new date will be announced by the National Examination Board soon.

The investigation was handed over to the CBI

The NEET-UG exam was conducted on 5 May at 4,750 centers across the country. But there were allegations of malpractice and paper tearing in the exam and there was an uproar. In this background, the investigation of this rigging has now been handed over to the CBI. The central government took this big decision. It has been decided to hand over the investigation of the case to the CBI for transparency in the examination process. It was also said by the government that strict action will be taken against any person or organization involved in this malpractice.

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NTA Director General Subodh Kumar Singh removed

The central government, which is facing criticism over irregularities in competitive examinations, removed NTA Director General (DG) Subodh Singh. The government formed a seven-member committee headed by former ISRO chief K. Radhakrishnan. Retired IAS officer Pradeep Singh Kharola has been appointed as the new Director General of NTA.

Who is the new Director General of NTA?

Pradeep Singh Kharola is currently serving as the Chairman and Managing Director of ITPO, before which he was in charge of the public sector airline Air India. He was the Chairman and Managing Director of Air India. Prior to this, he was the Managing Director of Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation. He was brought to the top post of Air India when the government was finalizing the processes of strategic disinvestment of the national carrier.

Pradeep Singh Kharola is a 1985 batch IAS officer. A native of Uttarakhand, Pradeep Singh Kharola graduated with a mechanical degree from Indore University in 1982. He then did post graduation in Industrial Engineering from IIT Delhi in 1984. He was a topper there. Kharola was the Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister of Karnataka in 2012-13. He has also headed the Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development and Finance Corporation (KUIDFC). Pradeep Singh Kharola was also the Joint Secretary of the National Administrative Reforms Commission. Kharola has extensive experience in urban administration, urban public transport and policy making in his long career. In 2012, he received the National Award for e-Governance. Apart from this, in 2013, he was also awarded the Prime Minister’s Award for Outstanding Public Administration. During his career, he has worked in various fields like industrial development, tourism management, public transport system, administration reform, tax administration etc. and is known for bringing reforms in administration. His research papers have been published in many international and national journals.

NEET-PG entrance exam postponed

The Union Health Ministry announced the postponement of the NEET-PG entrance exam by one night as a precautionary measure in view of recent allegations regarding some competitive exams. The move comes a day after CSIR and UGC-NET cancelled the June edition. A joint CSIR-UGC-NET exam is conducted to determine eligibility for Junior Research Fellowship in science and the post of Assistant Professor and PhD.

Anti paper leak act implemented

After the uproar across the country over the paper leak in NEET and UGC-NET exams, the government has taken a big step to prevent such incidents of paper leak in future. The central government has implemented the provisions of the Public Examination Act from June 21, 2024 (from Friday). Under this, a minimum punishment of 3 to 5 years has been provided to prevent cheating in the examination. While there is a provision that those who leak the paper will be sentenced to 5 to 10 years and a fine of at least Rs 1 crore. Parliament passed the Public Examination Act 2024 in the month of February.

The culprits will be given severe punishment

Meanwhile, Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan dismissed reports of CSIR-NEET paper leak. He said that the culprits responsible for any kind of malpractice in NEET-UG will not be spared, they will face severe punishment.

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