- Minority’s panel takes cognizance
By Abdul Bari Masoud
New Delhi: Two incidents of “religious discrimination’ were reported during the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2021] conducted on Sunday across the country.
The National Commission for Minorities (NCM) on Wednesday took cognizance of the one incident involving a Sikh student from Chandigarh while another incident was reported from the National Capital but the victim’s father did not approach the minority panel.
The NCM received a complaint from one Bhupinder Singh regarding not allowing his son to wear Karah in NEET examination in Government Model School, Sector 19-D, Chandigarh, whereas other students wearing silver Karah were allowed with tape fixing.
The newly appointed chairman Iqbal Singh Lalpura immediately shot a letter to the concerned authority and asked to send the factual report in the matter.
The NCM in a Press Note in New Delhi today said, “Since the incident involves persons belonging to minority community, the Commission has called for a factual report in the matter from Chandigarh Administration and National Testing Agency who conducted the NEET 2021 examination”.
The Press Note stated that the NCM formed under NCM Act, 1992, has been, inter-alia, entrusted with the responsibility to look into specific complaints regarding deprivation of rights and safeguards of Minorities and take up such matters with the appropriate authorities.
In another incident, a Muslim student who appeared for the examination from a center in the North-west Delhi alleged that he was singled out in the whole class room and were asked some uncomfortable and unrelated questions by the exam invigilators. Student father’s described the supervisors’ behavior as “ Islamophobic”. He asked his son to forget what had happened to him during the exam. He also did not muster courage to register a complaint against the invigilators with the concerned authorities.
Over 16 lakh students across the country appeared for the medical examination was conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA) in offline mode on September 12. The NEET 2021 entrance exam consisted of 200 objective type questions, out of which students were asked to attempt any 180.