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Inclusion of Urdu in NEET exam: SC to hear SIO plea on March 31

Inclusion of Urdu in NEET exam: SC to hear SIO plea on March 31

Orders Centre to submit a copy of affidavit to the petitioners

The Supreme Court today heard the plea filed by the Students Islamic Organisation (SIO) seeking to conduct the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) in Urdu language from upcoming session 2017.

The Centre on March 10 submitted before the apex court that it is open to the idea of conducting NEET exams, a common entrance test for admissions in MBBS and BDS courses across the country in Urdu from the next session.

The Centre, however, said it would be impossible to include Urdu in NEET 2017.
Yesterday, SIO filed a affidavit claiming contents in the counter affidavit filed by CBSE are false, therefore the court should order CBSE to include Urdu in NEET 2017.

The false contents are in affidavit by CBSE are,
1. CBSE said 16th January 2017 they finalized the dates of including the languages in NEET 2017, but Maharashtra Government submitted a requested to include Urdu in on 4 January 2017.

2. CBSE also said that they finalized the 10 languages on 8th December 2016 including Kannada language but Karnataka Government requested to include Kannada on14th December 2016 according to the official documents.

3. On 9th December 2016, the Minister of State (Health and Family Welfare), Smt Anupriya Patel stated in a written reply in the Lok Sabha, based on consultation with State Governments / UTs, the Central Government has decided that the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2017 will be held in Hindi, English, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Tamil and Telugu. But CBSE said they finalized 10 languages on 8th December 2016.

This indicates that, deliberately Central Government, MCI and CBSE didn’t include Urdu as a language of media and there is no clarity and clarifications between centre and other authorities’. Hence it is Selective Discrimination by the Central Government with Urdu Medium students, said Advocate Ravinder S Garia.

Also centre submitted its affidavit to include Urdu in NEET from next session but didn’t serve the copy to the petitioners, SC ordered Central Government to submit a copy of affidavit to all the petitioners.

The final hearing will be on 31st March 2017, said Syed Azharuddin, National Secretary,SIO of India.

(Release issued by SIO)

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