NEET UG 2024 counselling postponed till further notice amid paper leak controversy: Report

The counselling process for the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test Undergraduate (NEET UG) 2024 has been postponed till further notice, official sources said.

The counselling process for the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test Undergraduate (NEET UG) 2024 has been postponed till further notice, official sources said.

This development comes at a time when the Supreme Court has refused to delay the NEET UG counselling scheduled to begin on July 6.

Meanwhile, Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led central government over the NEET-UG controversy and said that the future of lakhs of youth is unsafe in their hands.

“The entire NEET-UG issue is getting worse day by day. The non-organic Prime Minister and his organic Education Minister are presenting further evidence of their incompetence and insensitivity. The future of millions of our youth is completely unsafe in their hands,” the Congress leader wrote on Twitter.

The Central government has told the Supreme Court that in the absence of any evidence of large-scale breach of privacy in the NEET-UG 2024 exam, it would not be logical to cancel the entire exam.

The Education Ministry said that any complete cancellation of the NEET-UG exam held on May 5 would “seriously jeopardise” lakhs of honest candidates who appeared for the paper in 2024.

The Centre has filed an affidavit on a bunch of petitions pending before the apex court seeking withdrawal of NEET-UG 2024 result and direction to conduct fresh exam, alleging paper leak and irregularities in the exam conducted.

The Supreme Court will hear these cases on July 8.

Responding to the petitions, the ministry said that the prayers made in the petitions for cancellation of the exam and holding of re-examination based on “conjectures” and “speculations” are required to be rejected.

It also informed the Supreme Court that a high-level committee has been constituted to suggest measures for effective, smooth and transparent conduct of examinations by the National Testing Agency (NTA).

Meanwhile, the NTA has also filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court opposing the cancellation of the NEET-UG exam and said that the alleged irregularities took place only at Patna and Godhra centres and the entire exam should not be cancelled on the basis of individual instances.

It said the sanctity of NEET-UG cannot be questioned by sporadic incidents of alleged paper leaks which are restricted to a very small number of candidates.

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

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government is under fire from the opposition following irregularities during the conduct of NEET-UG exam 2024.

An unprecedented 67 students scored 720 out of 720 marks, leading to chaos and numerous protests across the country.

The matter is in the hands of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by DNA staff and is published from ANI)

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