NEET 2018: Centre tells SC that exam can be conducted in Urdu next session onwards
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On Tuesday, the Supreme Court considered the Centre's submission that it was ready to include Urdu as one of the languages of taking the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test next academic session onwards, i.e. 2018-19. NEET is a common entrance test for admission into medical and dental courses across India.
The Supreme Court bench was headed by Justice Dipak Misra. The submission to the SC made by Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar who appeared for the Centre said that the Centre is ready to conduct NEET 2018 in Urdu medium as well.
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The bench which comprises of Justice A M Khanwilkar as well said, “The exam for this academic session is already over. We can’t put the clock back...The appeal is disposed of.”
On March 31 this year, SG Ranjit Kumar had told the Supreme Court that a students' body who were seeking to include Urdu as one of the languages to conduct NEET in, had blamed the Centre of being "communal."
The submission made by the Centre was against the affidavit filed by National Secretary of Students Islamic Organization of India (SIO), Thouseef Ahamad.
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The Centre had then told the Court that it would not be possible to include Urdu for NEET 2017.
Currently NEET is being conducted in 10 languages, viz. Hindi, English, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, Oriya, Assamese, Telugu, Tamil and Kannada.
The Supreme Court had earlier called in the Centre, the Medical Council of India, the Dental Council of India, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) for their view and thoughts on the plea for making Urdu as one of the languages to conduct NEET 2017.