New Delhi, July 24: Congress President Rahul Gandhi has written to CBSE over the recently reported data leak of candidates appearing for NEET. In his letter to CBSE chairman Anita Karwal, Gandhi has written, “It’s alleged that data of candidates who appeared for NEET this year, is available on certain websites for a price and has leaked data of over 2,00,000 students. I strongly urge you to order an inquiry.” Pointing out how this could reflect poorly on the Board’s credibility, Gandhi said, “this calls into question the ability of CBSE to ensure the sanctity of the examination process.” (Also read: HC Grants For Extra Marks to TN Students)
Gandhi had taken note of how NEET 2018 was embroiled in controversies. A media report had recently claimed that the personal details and data of nearly 2.5 lakh students were on sale for Rs 2-2.5 lakh online. The phone numbers, email IDs and addresses of lakhs of applicants who took NEET this year are available online and one may access it for a sum. The brokerage deal also reportedly allows the ones interested in availing the data, to verify the details being provided.
It may also be noted that the data being sold online is one of the biggest means of social media advertising. According to a report in a leading news daily, the company collecting the students’ data said that the details collected helped career counselors who sought the data and connected with students thereafter.