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June 22, 2024 19:15
Former Isro chief to head the panel for National Testing Agency

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The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology said on Saturday that it has formed a high-level expert panel to ensure the transparency, smoothness and fairness of examinations conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA). The seven-member committee will be chaired by former Isro boss Dr. K. Radhakrishnan. The move comes days after the NTA canceled the UGC-NET after the question paper was leaked on the dark web. Separately, there were also allegations of cheating in the NEET exam, which led to controversy over the exam process. This high-level committee is tasked with making recommendations to reform the review process, improve data security protocols, and strengthen the structure and operations of the Internal Revenue Service. The committee was asked to submit a report within two months. Dr. K. Radhakrishnan, former chairman of ISRO and chairman of Kanpur Institute of Technology, has been appointed chairman of the committee. Other members are Dr. Randeep Guleria, former director of AIIMS Delhi. Professor BJ Rao, Vice-Chancellor, Central University of Hyderabad. Professor Ramamurthy K, Emeritus Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Madras Institute of Technology. Pankaj Bansal, co-founder of People Strong and board member of Karmayogi Bharat; Prof. Aditya Mittal, Dean of Studies, Delhi Institute of Technology. and Mr. Govind Jaiswal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Education, will act as Member Secretary.

The committee's main focus is to improve the review process. This includes analyzing the entire verification process and recommending measures to improve system efficiency and prevent possible violations. In addition, the committee will conduct a thorough review of NTA's standard operating procedures (SOPs) and protocols, recommend measures to strengthen these procedures and ensure compliance at all levels through robust monitoring mechanisms. The panel will also consider ways to strengthen data security protocols. The Committee will assess the Internal Revenue Service's existing data security processes and recommend measures to strengthen them. This includes reviewing current security protocols related to paper regulation and other inspection processes, as well as recommending ways to make the system stronger and more secure. In addition, the Committee will examine the organizational structure and performance of the Internal Revenue Service.

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