The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:

Entrance Exam Scams

Education Minister Must Resign

The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) is deeply anguished over the sinister developments which have engulfed the centralised all India examination processes. Be it NEET-UG, UGC-NET and now NEET-PG which has been postponed indefinitely in anticipation of what obviously was waiting to happen. The combined impact of this are irregularities and complete collapse of the processes which affects vital sectors of higher education in the country.

This is not merely the result of corruption which is prima facie established. This has emerged from centralisation, commercialisation and communalisation in the education sphere and which is an essential ingredient of the National Education Policy. The new government summoning the services of the CBI to investigate these scams confirms its approach to whitewash, like it did with the Vyapam scam. These reflect the complete collapse of the policy prescriptions in higher education for which the entire government is accountable, particularly the Education Minister. He must resign.

The Polit Bureau demands that in a country as big and as diverse as India the centralisation of governance of higher education should be reversed and the first step should be to scrap the centralised NEET exams. Every state should be allowed their own separate procedures for conducting admission tests to regulate entry into professional educational institutions.