NTA Denies accepting NEET Paper Leak
New Delhi: The National Testing Agency (NTA), which is in charge of conducting the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), has recently objected to calling the cheating incident a leak.
This comes after the news of the cheating incident, where a candidate had shared the NEET 2021 question paper via WhatsApp, started circulating and the candidates began calling foul on social media.
However, the National Testing Agency (NTAA) has objected to calling the cheating incident a leak clarifying that the cheating incident involved only one student and there were no other such reports, adds Dainik Bhaskar.
Speaking to the Dainik Bhaskar, the NTA DG, Dr. Vineet Joshi has said that as there was only one incident, it wouldn't be called a leak as it involved only one student and there was no other news of the paper being circulated as of now.
PTI had earlier reported that the Jaipur Police arrested a candidate for cheating in the exam and the invigilator for taking photos of the paper and sending it to others via Whatsapp. Two men solved the paper and the invigilator then helped the candidate solve the same. Apart from the candidate and the invigilator, the police have nabbed the in-charge of the examination centre, uncle of the candidate, and four others in connection of the case.
Following this, students started being vocal about the issue and few of them started demanding that the exam should be conducted once again.
Recently, NTA DG while speaking to Dainik Bhaskar, has denied calling the Jaipur incident a leak and mentioned that the situation would be clear after getting the police report and also the report of the special committee that would probe the matter. In fact, he has further clarified that the conspiracy involved only one girl student and it cannot be called a leak since the paper didn't go to someone else.
Mentioning that till now there are no reports of any other cases in the country, he has assured that if any other case gets reported, the committee will give a full report for them. The NTA DG has further given assurance that NTA has conducted the examination with complete impartiality.
Further responding to the vigilance and security system implemented by NTA, the NTA DG claimed that there was no flaw in the vigilance system and it was the invigilator who was at fault. "Our vigilance escort was also present at Bhankreta center. We had also installed jammers at the exam center. So that the whole network can be closed. But the invigilator pulled the paper pieces and went out of the jammer area and sent them through WhatsApp. When the police took action, our vigilance team was with the police," he said.
"Our special unit is investigating regarding the paper going out of the examination center. Also examining the role of the management of the examination center," he further added.
When questioned if the paper should be considered out, the NTA DG told Bhaskar, "No, as of now the paper cannot be considered out. Because this attempt was made for only one candidate. We are checking the result of this candidate. Along with this, enrollments are also being canceled. Our teams under the leadership of our Rajasthan State Coordinator Ashok Gupta are also investigating the matter."
"In this, a conspiracy was hatched to imitate a girl student. If the paper goes to someone else it will be considered out. But so far such a fact has not come to the fore," clarified the NTA DG.
Medical Dialogues had earlier reported about the exclusive sting operation conducted by the Zee News had revealed that the major scam of admission nexus controlled by touts who dealing with MBBS seats across the country by way of exam proxies and direct admission to medical colleges.
Around 5 accused were arrested for their involvement in the crime at the moment. It had been reported that the accused had admitted to saying that mostly coaching and exam centres administration is involved in the scheme.
The sting video exposed the modus operandi of the miscreants. They said that they use the method of person exchange, i.e proxy candidates, seat blocking and tampering with OMR sheets.