India’s National Testing Agency (NTA) head has been sacked amidst allegations of irregularities in recent higher education exams. The government has set up a committee to propose reforms for the fiercely competitive process. Calls to redo a medical entrance test arose when many candidates achieved unusually high scores, sparking accusations of cheating. The National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) is crucial for medical study admissions in India, with only a fraction of students securing spots each year. Criticism of NEET’s results ranged from question paper errors to undue grace marks and fraud. Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan acknowledged “irregularities,” leading to the dismissal of NTA chief Subodh Kumar Singh. A PhD fellowship exam was canceled due to a leaked question paper, while a post-graduate medical entrance test was postponed. Opposition parties and student groups have protested nationwide, increasing pressure on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s reelected government.

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