Er. Ehtisham condemns mishandling of UGC-NET exam

Supports CBI probe, student protests

SRINAGAR: Er. Ehtisham Khan, a prominent social and student rights activist and co-founder of “The Purpose” (Regd. NGO), has expressed deep concern over the recent mishandling of the UGC-NET examination, saying this has significantly impacted the careers of thousands of students.

“Despite earlier requests to reschedule due to the Eid-ul-Azha festival, the National Testing Agency (NTA) conducted the UGC-NET on June 18. This decision has now resulted in the exam’s cancellation due to compromised integrity, as announced by the Education Ministry on June 19,” Khan said in a statement.

The Ministry’s decision followed inputs from the Ministry of Home Affairs suggesting the exam’s integrity had been compromised, a situation further complicating the NTA’s current controversy over irregularities in the NEET exams.

Er. Khan stated, “The decision to proceed with the UGC-NET during a significant religious festival and the subsequent cancellation due to compromised integrity has severely disrupted students’ lives and academic progress. This incident underscores the urgent need for better planning and respect for students’ diverse commitments.”

While the situation has caused considerable distress among students, Er. Khan appreciated the Ministry of Education’s swift decision to involve the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for a thorough probe. “The CBI investigation is a necessary step to restore trust in the examination process and ensure such lapses do not occur in the future,” he added.

In solidarity with other student bodies, Er. Khan announces his support for the protests organized by students, including those from the Jawaharlal Nehru University Student Union and National Students’ Union of India, who are demanding accountability and structural changes within the NTA and related bodies. The call for the resignation of the Education Minister and the UGC Chairperson, along with the scrapping of NTA and NEET, highlights the urgency and seriousness of the issue, he said.

Er. Ehtisham continued, “I stand with the aspirants in condemning the mishandling of the examination process. The students’ right to fair and transparent exams is paramount, and any compromise on this front is unacceptable. It is crucial for the authorities to listen to the students’ voices and make the necessary reforms.”

 

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