New Delhi: Virtually turning down the demand by a huge number of Urdu medium students, MPs, MLAs and recommendation by Maharashtra Education Minister, a Senior Health Ministry official Saturday said to conduct National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET 2017) in Urdu along with other languages is impractical.
Calling the demand “unreasonable”, the health ministry official said, “There will be no end to demands and requests if we keep entertaining and including languages one after another. This is impractical and unreasonable.”
“Those willing to give exam in urdu would just be one per cent,” the unnamed official is quoted by Asian Age.
The official said that Maharashtra had conducted the exam in urdu in 2013 and only 5,000 students appeared.
“Many of them could not even pass the exam,” he added.
The Health Ministry had in December declared that the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for admission in medical colleges will be held in eight languages - Hindi, English, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Tamil and Telugu- for the academic year 2017-18.
Later on, Odia and Kannada were added in the list after Karnataka and Orissa governments picked up the issue and sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention for inclusion of their language in conducting NEET 2017.
Though an official confirmation is still awaited, NEET 2017 is expected to be held in May, 2017.
The candidate qualifying NEET will be eligible for all India quota and other quotas under the State governments and Institutes irrespective of the medium taken by candidates, subject to other eligibility criteria.
NEET has replaced AIPMT and has been made mandatory for admissions in all-India medical/dental colleges which means no other state can conduct its separate medical entrance.