Pune: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), in a statement, has denied the allegations that the data of candidates who appeared in NEET-UG 2018 has been breached and is available for sale.
The statement was issued after Congress President Rahul Gandhi demanded a thorough inquiry into the matter of the alleged ‘massive breach’ of data.
“It is alleged that the data of around two lakh candidates who had appeared in NEET-UG 2018 conducted by CBSE has been breached and is available for a price. While this appears to be the handiwork of certain unscrupulous persons with the objective of duping the gullible public, it is pertinent to set the records straight by CBSE,” the statement said.
In its explanation, CBSE stated that the entire data of more than 13,26,725 candidates of NEET-UG was maintained only in encrypted format with strict security measures with the National Informatics Centre (NIC). Even in the printout of the confirmation page downloaded by the candidates, the vital details such as identification documents, mobile and email id are in the encrypted format.
Another argument by the CBSE states that the NIC hosts government data in a highly secured environment. Even when CBSE obtains data from NIC for the purpose of allotment of roll numbers and results, it does not contain personal details Also, the results are declared by CBSE through NIC and do not contain identification details of the candidates.
The statement declares: “After the declaration of the results, the data of all 13,26,725 NEET-UG 2018 candidates were given to Directorate General Health Service, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India for providing the same to the states and other counselling authorities for the purpose of counselling of 85 per cent seats under their jurisdiction. This data is also shared with the concerned states in a highly secured format and is password protected too.”