NEET 2017 Exam in Urdu Also: Supreme Court seeks Centre, MCI Reply

NEET 2017 Exam in Urdu Also: Supreme Court seeks Centre, MCI Reply

Supreme Court has asked a responses from the Centre and Medical Council of India (MCI) regarding a plea which suggests making Urdu as a medium for NEET 2017, a common entrance test for admissions in MBBS and BDS courses in the whole of India.

A bench comprising Justices Kurian Joseph and R Banumathi issued notice to Centre as per the petition filed by Student Islamic Organisation (SIO). The bench was also of the view that MCI was open to include any language as a medium of National Eligibility-cum- Entrance Test (NEET) if a any of the states request the MCI. Apart from the Centre and MCI, the court has also issued notices to Dental Council of India (DCI) and Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and fixed March 10 as the date for further hearing.

SIO counsel also informed the court that Maharashtra and Telangana have already apprised to MCI that Urdu be included as one of the medium for conducting NEET. Currently, NEET 2017 exam is to be conducted in ten languages – Hindi, English, Gujarati, Marathi, Oriya, Bengali, Assamese, Telegu, Tamil and Kannada languages. Previously, the Supreme court refused to give urgent hearing to the petition, alleging that exclusion of Urdu as one of the languages in NEET exam to be held on May 7 was “arbitrary and violative of Article 14 and 21 of the Constitution”, filed via lawyers Parvez Dabas and Ravindra S Garia

“The decision to exclude Urdu was discriminatory, arbitrary, unreasonable and violative of Article 14 and 21 of the Constitution,” it said. “The decision to exclude Urdu which is the sixth most spoken language of India, whereas including seventh most spoken language Gujarati, and twelfth most spoken language Assamese is completely without any rationale basis,” it said. Urdu is one the languages that has been listed in Schedule VIII of the Constitution of India. Many students study science in Urdu Medium for their Eleventh and 12th Class Exams.

N.C.E.R.T text books for 11th and 12th class are also available in Urdu, whereas these text books are not available in other languages such as Kannada.