If Student Islamic Organisation (SIO) has its way, very soon students will be able to appear for NEET, the top medical entrance exam, with Urdu too, as a medium.
The Supreme Court on Friday issued notice to the Centre, Medical Council of India, Dental Council and CBSE on a petition filed by the SIO to include Urdu as one of the languages in which students can respond to questions in the NEET exam. funfacts
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- Till now apart from English and Hindi, the other languages in which the exam is permitted are Gujarati, Marathi, Oriya, Bengali, Assamese, Telugu,Tamil and Kannada.
- SIO's lawyer contended that earlier there was no request from any state to allow Urdu as medium but of late Maharashtra and Telengana has come up with such a demand and that should be taken note of. A bench headed by Justice Kurian Joseph took this fact into consideration while issuing the notice.
- The organisation said that the decision to not include Urdu is unjustified and biased toward students who complete their higher secondary and senior secondary education in Urdu medium. The Ministry has so far added 10 different languages to the list of languages in which NEET exam will be conducted this year.
- The organisation said that this seemed to be a selective discrimination toward a language despite repeated representation.
- The organisation explained that currently Urdu stands at number six among the languages spoken in India. It is also listed in Schedule VIII of the Indian Constitution. The organisation said that a large number of students study science in Urdu language and NCERT too prints its textbooks in Urdu. In support of its arguments, SIO said that Gujarati, Kannada, Oriya, and Assamese, the seventh, eighth, tenth, and twelfth most spoken languages in India respectively have been included as options of medium for appearing in the exam.
- The organisation highlighted that a huge number of students study science in Urdu language in the states of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana etc. The state governments have also made requests to the Union Health Ministry to include Urdu as one of the language medium.
- SIO said that the exclusion of Urdu deprives a large populace from appearing in the exam.
- They are either forced to appear in a language which they did not opt for during secondary education or not appear in the exam at all.
- This leaves them with very less options to pursue medical education as NEET is going to be the only entrance exam to be conducted for admission to courses in Medical Institutes in India.