The National Students’ Union of India staged a protest on Monday, after, Central Bureau of Investigation has registered a case against a private institute on the allegations of committing fraud in the conducting JEE (MAIN) exam 2021. The primary demand of the student organisation is to conduct an enquiry under supervision of a sitting Supreme Court judge as this is certainly a matter of future for young students and aspirants of the country. NSUI called the central government the ‘paper-leak government’ and blamed the Modi raj for their reckless administration of the National Testing Agency. The student organisation under the leadership of National President Neeraj Kundan protested in front of the residence of Minister of Education, Dharmendra Pradhan. NSUI alleged that this issue if not resolved timely, will create restlessness and doubts among the student fraternity about the exam conducting bodies. While issuing his press statement President Neeraj Kundan said, “We demand an immediate action against everyone involved. This paper leak, is something that concerns every student and aspirant preparing for competitive examinations because the National Testing Agency (NTA) directly looks involved. The NTA after this act has lost credibility & trust among the students and it further casts a shadow of doubt also on the previously conducted exams. All of this again proves that the central government is continuously failing at governance and is ignoring all the issues of national importance.” NSUI alleges that it is only the Modi government who must be blamed for the paper leak and other irregularities in competitive exams, as, the National Testing Agency (NTA) has recently been established in November 2017 which is further approved by the Union Council of Ministers in order to conduct entrance examinations for higher educational institutions.

During the protest hundreds of NSUI protesters reached the minister’s house and the police, while trying to stop them through barricading, ultimately resorted to lathicharge. Neeraj Kundan, along with other protesters were detained and taken to Mandir Marg Police Station. The national president further added that, “Since the Modi government came to power there has been constant ignorance of the student issues which is now resulting in the paper leak of such prestigious examinations like JEE. The question today is, if such examinations are not able to be protected by this government, how can the students trust other competitive exams to be safe and fair.” Neeraj Kundan demanded the resignation of the Education Minister saying that, “the minister must resign on moral grounds because that seems to be the only way right now to prove the intent and sensitivity of the Modi government towards student issues.”

(EW Correspondent)