July 19, 2024 02:02 (IST)
Follow us:
facebook-white sharing button
twitter-white sharing button
instagram-white sharing button
youtube-white sharing button
NEET-UG 2024 retest to be held only if sanctity is lost due to paperleak on large scale: Supreme Court | Avoid travel and minimize movement: India's advisory to its nationals in Bangladesh amid Jatrabari violence | No systemic failure: NTA to Supreme Court on NEET-UG 2024 paper leak | Controversial IAS officer Puja Khedkar's mother Manorama Khedkar detained | US President Joe Biden tests Covid-19 positive with mild symptoms
Ex-ISRO chief to lead panel on reforming National Testing Agency
Image credit: x.com/radhakr272

Ex-ISRO chief to lead panel on reforming National Testing Agency

| @indiablooms | 22 Jun 2024, 10:43 pm

New Delhi: Amid raging controversy over irregularities in the conduct of India’s two most of the prestigious competitive exams, UGC-NET and NEET-UG, the education ministry announced on Saturday the formation of a high-level committee of experts to ensure the transparent, smooth, and fair conduct of examinations by the National Testing Agency (NTA).

The seven-member panel will be led by former ISRO chief Dr. K Radhakrishnan, according to a statement by the Ministry of Education.

Earlier, the NTA cancelled the UGC-NET after discovering that its question paper had been leaked on the darknet. Allegations of irregularities in NEET, the common entrance exam for MBBS course have surfaced, sparking a debate about the examination process.

The main task of the high-level committee is responsible for recommending reforms in the examination process, improving data security protocols, and enhancing the structure and functioning of the NTA.

The committee is expected to submit its report within two months.

According to the ministry, Dr. K. Radhakrishnan, former Chairman of ISRO and Chairman of the Board of Governors at IIT Kanpur, has been appointed as the Chairman of the committee.

The other members include Dr. Randeep Guleria, former Director of AIIMS Delhi; Prof. B J Rao, Vice-Chancellor of Central University of Hyderabad; Prof. Ramamurthy K, Professor Emeritus at the Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Madras; Pankaj Bansal, Co-Founder of People Strong and Board Member of Karmayogi Bharat; Prof. Aditya Mittal, Dean of Student Affairs at IIT Delhi; and Govind Jaiswal, Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Education, who will serve as the Member Secretary.

The committee will mainly work towards formulating ways to reform the examination process.

This will bring the entire examination process under scrutiny and based on its analysis, the committee will suggest measures for improving the efficiency of the system and averting any potential breaches.

Additionally, the committee will conduct a thorough review of the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and protocols of the NTA, recommending measures to strengthen these procedures and ensuring compliance at every level through a robust monitoring mechanism.

The panel will also explore ways to enhance data security protocols by evaluating the existing data security processes of the NTA and suggesting improvements.

This will be done by examining current security measures related to paper-setting and other examination processes to make the system more robust and secure.

Furthermore, the committee will review the organizational structure and functioning of the NTA.

Support Our Journalism

We cannot do without you.. your contribution supports unbiased journalism

IBNS is not driven by any ism- not wokeism, not racism, not skewed secularism, not hyper right-wing or left liberal ideals, nor by any hardline religious beliefs or hyper nationalism. We want to serve you good old objective news, as they are. We do not judge or preach. We let people decide for themselves. We only try to present factual and well-sourced news.

Support objective journalism for a small contribution.