A day after Jammu & Kashmir Congress Chief Prof Saifuddin Soz
raised the issue with the government, a Maharashtra based activist
on Sunday launched an online petition to seek provision for
National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET-2013) question papers
in Urdu language along with other National and regional languages.
The activist, Nisar Ahmed Khan, in
his online petition observed: "It is an irony of sorts that Urdu
having a pan-Indian presence, was left out from the ambit of the
examination. This is sheer injustice with the Urdu medium students
who are thousands in numbers and aspiring to appear for the
The examination has been christened
as National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET-2013) will be
conducted by the CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education,
Delhi) for admission to MBBS/BDS Courses across the country.
Besides the two Union government’s
official languages namely Hindi and English, some regional
languages such as Marathi, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu and Gujarati
were also included as language of examination.
It is to be mentioned here, in
Maharashtra, Directorate of Medical Education and Research has
been conducting the Medical Entrance Test in Urdu medium too, he
observed in his petition.
Similarly, in Andhra Pradesh also
there is a provision for Urdu language in EAMCET (Engineering
Agricultural and Medical Common Entrance Test).The same facility
was also available in other states of the country, he added.
Earlier, the Union Ministry for Health and Family Welfare has
decided that the question papers would be set in English and
Hindi. However, in response to the huge demand from various
groups, students organizations and aspirants of NEET-2013, Medical
Council of India (MCI), Delhi, has agreed to set question paper in
above mentioned regional languages. Again, it added two more
regional languages i.e. Assamese and Marathi.
"Addition of these languages seems to be result of good thinking
on the part of the government and it should be appreciated for
this. But shockingly, Urdu as an important and widely used
language across the county, was not considered for the ‘test’ and
omitted from the list", he noted.
"It will directly affect the
academic career and future of thousands of students across the
country that are studying in Urdu medium and getting ready to
appear in the test with Urdu medium", he added.
Stating that question papers will be issued in Marathi language
even though there is not a single Marathi Medium Science Jr.
college all over Maharashtra, he noted, "But, the state boasts of
having 168 Urdu Medium Jr. Colleges with more than 6000 students
is appearing for XII (Science) with Urdu medium in Maharashtra
"Besides this, there are thousands
of students all over country are appearing XII (Science) and
aspiring to get admission in medical courses but their future may
get nosedive due to depriving them from giving examination in
their own language", he added.
"To ensure equal opportunities, greater uniformity and convenience
for all aspirants across the country, there must be a provision
for the Urdu language also", he damnded.
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