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NEET 2017: Supreme Court seeks reply of Centre, MCI on plea to conduct NEET in Urdu

NEET 2017: Supreme Court seeks reply of Centre, MCI on plea to conduct NEET in Urdu

New Delhi : A plea suggesting making Urdu as a medium for NEET 2017, a common entrance test for admissions in MBBS and BDS courses across the country, led the Supreme Court to seek responses from the Centre and Medical Council of India (MCI). “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 National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (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 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.

Source: PTI
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    Dr Ramesh Vardhan March 10, 2017, 11:22 pm

    The students who have taken admission into professional courses like MEDICINE are of poor quality specially when it comes to writing , presentation of the cases. In my personal opinion it should be made compulsory to clear / pass English language TEST before getting admission I L T S or T O F A L before getting into U K and U S A . And every one should RESPECTIVE STATE language to communicate with the patients at time of their clinical postings . Other wise they write the case sheets as per their whims and fancies. Substandard / irrelevant writing. The civil servants and government employees are made to / forced learn the respective state language , why not the Medical students. I see good number students in my own college loitering / wondering in the hospital wards with our communicating with the patients Due to lack languages , waste their time in doing nothing . Specially those from northern states and Urdu speaking people despite belongs to the same state.

  2. The entrance test should be held in the language in which the course is to be conducted. If M.B.,B.S. and BDS is to be taught in English, knowledge of English is a prerequisite for these courses. Why have the entrance test in other languages.