Whether Urdu Will Be Part of NEET, Supreme Court To Decide By March 31st

Published on : 25th March 2017    Author : Tanvi Mittal

Examsplanner March 25, 2017 – Whether Urdu will also be the medium of NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) Exam to be held in 2017, Supreme Court will give its final verdict by March 31st, 2017. The Supreme Court bench looking into the matter is a two member bench comprising of Justice Kurien Joseph and R. Bhanumati. 

The SIO (Students of Islamic Organization) has filed the writ petition for the non-inclusion of Urdu in the NEET 2017 Exam against the Centre. In the NEET 2017 Exam the upon the direction of the Centre, the CBSE has notified that the NEET 2017 Exam will be held in the Hindi, English and eight regional languages. The 8 regional languages included in the NEET 2017 Exam are Assamese, Oriya, Bengali, Marathi, Gujarati, Kannada, Tamil and Telugu. The non-inclusion of Urdu in this list of regional languages has been called as the violation of the Article 14 and 21 of the constitution by the SIO. The Article 14 guarantees ‘Right of Equality’ and as per the SIO by not including Urdu as the medium of entrance exam it discriminates against those candidates who studies science in Urdu. It contends that if the centre could put Kannada and Oriya into the list despite the fact that they rank 7th and 8th as the most spoken language, then how come it fails to include the 6th most spoken language Urdu in the list.

In the March 3rd hearing Supreme Court has inquired from the Centre, CBSE, MCI and DCI as why Urdu cannot be included in the NEET 2017 Exam.

In the March 10th hearing, on being asked by the Supreme Court, Centre said that it is ready to include the Urdu into the list of regional languages but not in the NEET 2017 Exam. It will introduce Urdu from the next year. The SIO wanted immediate hearing into the matter in view of the fact that the application process for the NEET exam will be closing on March 1st. However the apex court has rejected the urgency plea of SIO.

The NEET 2017 Exam which is scheduled to be held May 2017, is surrounded by many such petitions. Already the exam was facing the controversy related to the upper age limit. The apex court will take decision relating to upper age limit by March 31st. 

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