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SC seeks reply of Centre, MCI on plea to conduct NEET in Urdu

India TV News Desk New Delhi 03 Mar 2017, 14:15:14
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The Supreme Court today issued notices to the Centre and the Medical Council of India (MCI) on a plea seeking an order be passed to conduct National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) 2017 in Urdu language as well. 

"Issue notice," a bench comprising Justices Kurian Joseph and R Banumathi said while taking note of the petition filed by Student Islamic Organisation (SIO).

The bench also noted the submission that MCI was open to include any language as a medium of NEET if a request was made to it by states concerned.

Besides the Centre and MCI, the court also issued notices to Dental Council of India (DCI) and Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and fixed the plea for further hearing on March 10.

The counsel for SIO informed the court that Maharashtra and Telangana have already apprised the MCI that Urdu be included as one of the medium for conducting NEET.

Currently, NEET -- a common entrance test for admissions in MBBS and BDS courses across the country, is being conducted in ten languages - Hindi, English, Gujarati, Marathi, Oriya, Bengali, Assamese, Telegu, Tamil and Kannada languages.

Earlier, the apex court had refused to give urgent hearing to the petition, filed through lawyers Parvez Dabas and Ravindra S Garia, 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’.

"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, while including seventh most spoken language Gujarati, and twelfth most spoken language Assamese is completely without any rationale basis," it said.

With PTI Inputs


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