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Thursday May 02, 2013 07:40:21 PM, Hena Farhat,

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Mumbai: Providing a timely relief to hundreds of Urdu medium students, the Supreme Court of India in a historic decision on Thursday directed the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to hold within eight weeks supplementary National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for those who had opted Urdu language as the medium of answer for the coveted exam.


The decision was taken by a three member bench headed by Chief Justice Altamash Kabir.


The regular NEET is scheduled to be held across  the country on May 05. The examination is the entrance test for admission to MBBS/BDS and allied medical courses


The Supreme Court also directed the CBSE to call for separate application forms within the stipulated time for the supplementary exams.


The Supreme Court also said that the decision was only for the year 2013 and meant only for those students who had opted Urdu as the language of answer while applying for the 2013 exams.


It said that those who had selected English or any other language could not be able to re-apply for the supplementary exams.


Jamiat Ulama-i Hind and other petitioner Ansari Mahin Fatema, a girl aspirant hailed from Beed Maharashtra in their petition, had urged the court to issue a direction, in the interest of thousands of Urdu medium students, to respondents to include Urdu as medium of examination like other eight national and regional languages were included.


Anoop George Chaudhari Sr. Adv. assisted by Shakil Ahmad Syed, Mohd. Parvez Dabas and Shuaibuddin advocates appearing in the aforesaid case argued that the respondents’ decision of conducting the NEET in English, Hindi and other 6 regional languages excluding Urdu language is discriminatory, arbitrary, unreasonable and violative of Article 14 and 21 of the Constitution.


They further maintained that even Marathi language was included even though there is not a single Marathi Medium Science Jr. college all over Maharashtra, whereas, there are more than 7800 Urdu medium students and the number of junior colleges in which the medium of instruction is Urdu is as high as 227 in the state.


The total number of such junior colleges in the entire state is thus much higher. Whereas Marathi medium students are only about 350.

Referring to the petitioner student, they said he Petitioner is an Urdu medium student of intermediate/XIIth and could not fill up forms of NEET an entrance test mandatory for admission to medical courses due to exclusion of the Urdu language from medium of question papers.

In petition it was also asserted that The Maharashtra Government and other State Govt. prior to 2013 conducted entrance test for medical courses in regional languages including Urdu. And on 03.12.2012 Govt. of Maharashtra issued notification that it is mandatory to appear in NEET for admission to medical courses and State Govt. will not conduct any test for admission to MBBS and 12 other medical courses.

The CBSE issued notification regarding admission to the medical courses MBBS, BDS etc. making provision that candidates who have passed XII and equivalent qualifying exam from State Board Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Gujrat, Maharashtra, Tamil nadu and west Bengal under state quota can opt for Question paper in regional languages i.e. Telugu, Assamese, Gujrati, Marathi, Tamil and Bengali. The CBSE excluded the Urdu language from the medium of language of question papers.








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