Jamat-e-Islami Hind wants NEET in Urdu, other regional languages

Hyderabad: Hamid Mohammad Khan, president, Jamat-e-Islami Hind, Telangana and Odisha zone, has demanded that National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET)-2017 be conducted in Urdu and other regional languages.

Speaking to the media here on Tuesday, Hamid Mohammad Khan questioned the authority of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) for not allowing students of Urdu and other mediums in the NEET examination though there are 22 scheduled languages incorporated in the Constitution. “It is strange to know that because of the inability of the CBSE to conduct the NEET, it has excluded some of the important languages like Urdu, Malayalam and Punjabi this year”, he deplored.

The CBSE had recently released a notification adding Kannada and Odia to the NEET list after immense pressure. Initially, there were only eight languages in the itinerary — English, Hindi, Assami, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Tamil and Telugu.

 Hamid Mohammad Khan also said Urdu is an official language in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkand, Uttarakhand, Maharashtra, Telangana and Karnataka and many students are studying in Urdu medium colleges. If the CBSE is not prepared to conduct the examination, time must be given and the State boards be allowed to conduct such examination at State level, he said. The NEET-2017 is slated to be held on May 7 for which the registration process has begun. –NSS

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