Amidst ongoing controversies over alleged irregularities in the NEET-UG exam, Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan addressed Parliament, assuring there has been no evidence of paper leaks in the past seven years. He highlighted that over 4.5 crore students have taken exams conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) without any incidents of paper leaks, emphasizing the integrity and robustness of the current examination system.

Opposition Leader Rahul Gandhi sharply criticized the government for failing to prevent the NEET paper leak. Gandhi claimed that the exam system is "fraudulent" and susceptible to manipulation through financial means. He argued that this compromises the integrity of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), which millions of students take annually to secure admission to medical colleges.

Kerala's private colleges are grappling with a significant shortage of students despite efforts to boost private investment in higher education. The Kerala Migration Survey 2023 reveals that over 4.7 lakh young people have left the state, with 45.6% being students seeking better educational opportunities elsewhere. Popular destinations for these students include Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, and Delhi.

Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has introduced 57 postgraduate diploma programmes for working professionals. These programmes, available through distance learning, span various fields, including business management, human resource management, marketing management, and more. The goal is to enhance career prospects while providing flexible learning options that cater to the needs of busy professionals.

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