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Letters to the Editor — July 10, 2024

Letters to the Editor — July 10, 2024

Court and NEET

Now that the Supreme Court of India has concluded that questions in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (Undergraduate) have been leaked (page 1, July 9) and the sanctity of the examination has been compromised, the million-dollar question is: what next? Cancellation of NEET-UG 2024 in its entirety is necessary so that justice is done to all the 23 lakh students who had appeared for the examination.

In order to maintain continuity of studies of aspiring students, the examination for 2024 may be cancelled and state governments are asked to follow the procedure that was in vogue during the pre-NEET era for admission to medical colleges. The National Testing Agency (NTA) should plug all loopholes and have a watertight system for NEET-UG by 2025.

Dr. J. Rajan Vedasiromoni,

Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu

The paper leak may be ‘confined’ to a few states, but in this era of modern technology, the leak can spread everywhere. Considering the importance of NEET in the lives and careers of lakhs of our students, the government must ensure that there is a foolproof system for re-sit examination. This is not the time to play politics with the issue, considering the gravity of the situation.

Kshirasagara Balaji Rao,

Hyderabad

The Chief Justice of India confirming that there was a leak and the sanctity of NEET-UG 2024 has been compromised is a very serious matter. But his opinion that ‘cancellation of the exam will be considered as a last resort’ is likely to deprive lakhs of students who appeared for the test of a level playing field. It is quite clear that the leak was all over India and only a few epicenters have been detected. There are stories of questions being circulated on platforms like Telegram. There are many students who will get justice if a re-examination is ordered.

Balakrishnan,

Chennai

It is difficult to determine the extent of compromise or whether the alleged breach occurred at a systemic level and to separate the beneficiaries of the fraud from the untainted students. While retesting would be detrimental to students who took the exam honestly, it seems unlikely to determine the extent of the breach in a short period of time, which would preclude retesting.

Doctor Thomas Palocaren,

Vellore, Tamil Nadu

NEET 2024 was conducted by NTA on 5th May. Even after two months, the fraud perpetrated by NTA is causing immeasurable mental anguish to aspirants and their guardians/parents. The sanctity behind such exams is fading. The judges in the highest court of the land should call for a re-examination by giving students enough time to prepare for NEET again. Let the students have the pleasure of properly joining the courses of their choice through NEET.

G. Murali Mohan Rao,

Secondabad

Law and order

Chennai City’s new police commissioner, that he will “talk to criminals in the language they understand” (Tamil Nadu page, July 9), points to tough measures. It is not that the police are unaware of the criminals’ networks. What is needed is strong political will and administrative permission for the police to proceed.

A. Jainulabdeen,

Chennai

Election results

As the French elections show, the fact remains that the economic issues of daily life have returned. Following the victory of Labour in the UK, the results in France point to a break in the trend that occurs in democracies.

Angara Venkata Girija Kumar,

Chennai

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