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NEET-UG 2024: Supreme Court adjourns hearing on NEET cases till July 18

NEET-UG 2024: The Supreme Court has adjourned the hearing of NEET cases till July 18. The hearing that was about to take place today was scheduled to deal with a series of petitions regarding the suspected paper leaks and irregularities in the National Eligibility Test- Basic Education (NEET-UG) 2024.

Over 40 applications were put up for consideration in the Supreme Court today. The earlier hearing, conducted by a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud, had dealt with several pleas and scheduled further proceedings for July 11.

NEET-UG, an entrance exam conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA), is a gateway to various medical and dental courses in government and private institutions across India. The NEET-UG 2024 exam held on May 5 had been mired in controversy due to allegations of paper leaks and instances of students getting grace marks.

During the latest hearing on July 8, the Supreme Court asked the NTA to provide details on the timing and methods of the paper leak and the duration between the leak incident and the actual date of review. Additionally, the court directed the central government to provide affidavits detailing their actions and sought a status report from the CBI regarding the NEET-UG examination, which acknowledged the compromise of exam integrity.

Expressing concerns about the compromised sanctity of the degree, the Supreme Court acknowledged the leak and emphasized the importance of evaluating its extent. While considering the possibility of a re-examination, the court emphasized the need to consider the impact on the 23 lakh students involved.

In response, the Union government on Wednesday filed an affidavit refuting allegations of widespread malpractices and abnormal scoring patterns in NEET-UG 2024. Citing data analysis conducted by IIT-Madras, the government highlighted regularity in mark distribution similar to a typical large-scale examination.

Meanwhile, the NTA submitted its own affidavit to the court citing suspicions of 47 candidates involved in paper leaks and irregular OMR sheet activities. The NTA also suggested the potential shift from OMR-based exams to online testing methods, citing ongoing deliberations.

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