Centre asks States to enhance security for NEET-PG 2024

The NBEMS has issued a revised schedule to conduct the NEET-PG 2024 on August 11, 2024, in two shifts.
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NEW DELHI: With the dates for the NEET-PG examination scheduled in August, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has directed all state governments to bolster security at examination centres and coordinate with central agencies to ensure the process is foolproof.

Following the NEET-UG paper leak controversy, which is under investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), multiple meetings were convened by the ministries and departments of the Union government, alongside concerned central agencies, earlier this week, officials stated.

A senior official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said, “In view of the NEET-PG exam to be conducted by the NTA, the MHA has asked all the state governments to ensure security at the exam centers at their level. More to it, the states have also been directed to fully coordinate with the central agencies conducting the examinations.”

Last week, the MHA held several rounds of meetings with Directors General of Police (DGPs) of various states, concerned agencies, and the Union ministries of Education, AYUSH, Health, and its I4C Wing to uphold the credibility of the centres and the examination process, officials noted.

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According to officials, modalities have been fixed for holding such exams in future, which include deployment of one representative each from the local police, the concerned ministry and the concerned testing agency at the exam centres. And, this has been fixed during a meeting between representatives of the Centre and the states, they added.

In preparation for this agreement, Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla conducted discussions with Chief Secretaries and DGPs of all states last week, seeking their assistance in providing an additional inspection layer for the examinations by appointing a civilian and a police observer for each examination centre in their respective states.

The National Board of Examination in Medical Sciences (NBEMS) has issued a revised schedule to conduct the NEET-PG 2024 on August 11, 2024, in two shifts.

The All India AYUSH Postgraduate Entrance Examination (AIAPGET) and Foreign Medical Graduate Examination (FMGE) will also be held on July 6.

It is noteworthy that the CBI, which is investigating the NEET-UG paper leak cases, has conducted raids in Bihar, Jharkhand, and Gujarat, resulting in the arrest of seven individuals. However, Sanjeev Mukhiya, the alleged mastermind behind the NEET-UG paper leak, remains at large.

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