NEET Exam row exemplifies blundering reforms of Modi govt

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Govt blames coaching firms for NEET stir while education reforms ride bumpy roads

By Manish Anand

New Delhi, June 14: The medical education aspirants have been holding agitation for weeks. The Supreme Court is now taking a closer look at the way the examination is held.

Union Minister for Education Dharmendra Pradhan has suggested conspiracy against the NEET examinations. The government spokespersons of the government have begun casting aspersions on stakeholders.

Former vice chairman of the NITI Aayog Arvind Panagariya was the brainchild for the medical reforms. He piloted the reforms in the National Medical Council, allegedly the hotbed of the scamsters.

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The common entry and exit examinations were central to the medical reforms envisaged by Panagariya. He had faced massive protests from the lobbies, and even his family members were allegedly threatened.

The government has sought to suggest that the stakeholders such as the coaching institutes are spearheading the protests against the NEET Examination 2024. Pradhan asserted that there had been no leaks of papers of the undergraduate medical education.

At the core of the controversy is the inflation of marks for loss of time of over 1500 students out of lakhs. Also, the eyebrows were raised at 67 students topping the test, while six of them appeared for the test from one centre in Haryana.

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Against all claims of simplifying the syllabus of the entrance tests, the coaching institutes continue to flourish. Pay packages of the faculty members of such coaching institutes may even cause heartburns to some of the best talents in high pay sector.

The stakeholders underline that almost all medical and engineering education aspirants enroll for offline or online coaching has been a new normal for almost two decades now.

Some of them even assert that there are offices in Delhi National Capital Region who reach out to parents of students to assure them high rankings for fees as high as ₹10-20 lakh. They allegedly have a pan-India network to operate with impunity.

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There are claims that ‘Munnabhai’ style entrance education rigging of examination has been prevalent long before the advent of the NEET and JEE. Proxy candidates will ensure the moneybags clearing the entrance examinations. This had reached the doors of the Bombay High Court which dismissed the plea in December 2023.

The National Education Policy 2020 aimed to eliminate the tentacles of the coaching institutes on entrance examinations. Four years since the launch of the NEP, the coaching startups are gaining the tag of unicorns, which commands valuations in excess of $1 billion.

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