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Urdu to be 11th NEET Exam Language in 2018-19 Session

Here comes good news for all the NEET candidates! As per the recent buzz, Urdu language is going to be added into NEET 2018 exam as the 11th Exam language. Urdu is the sixth most spoken language in India and hence, including it to NEET Exam is a welcoming decision.

It is noteworthy that NEET Exam is already conducted in 10 vernacular languages namely English, Hindi, Telugu, Assamese, Gujrati, Marathi, Tamil, Bengali, Kannada, and Oriya. In NEET Exam 2018-19, candidates can choose Urdu in NEET Online Form, after which they’ll appear in the exam in their desired language.

Due to the translation errors that occur, the paper in English is considered final and correct. The exclusion of the Urdu was presented with some solid facts in the SC by SIO.

In response to the plea of Student Islamic Organisation, Supreme Court intervened into the matter and has instructed the concerned authorities to make necessary arrangements to include Urdu in 2018-19 Session.

See the timeline of the events that took place:

  1. SIO filed the plea in March 2017. The SC heard the plea on March 3, 2017 and issued notice to seek response of Medical Council India and Centre.
  2. On March 10, 2017, centre submitted its positive response to include Urdu.
  3. On March 24, 2017, the advocate of SIO urged to include Urdu language in NEET 2017. However, due to the lack of time the idea could not be accepted.
  4. Telangana and Maharashtra states acquainted Urdu’s inclusion in National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test.

In the meeting of states for the Medical entrance exam, no state ministers represented the idea of conducting the exam and hence, the notification was made public after which the series of incidents took place.

Stats about Urdu Language in Academics:

In India, promotion of Urdu has received due attention along with 21 other languages in the Constitute of India. Urdu is an Indo-Aryan language that is included in the eighth schedule. The major Urdu speaking states are Jammu and Kashmir, Bihar, Karnataka, Punjab, Haryana, UP, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Gujrat and Maharashtra.

Nearly 80 per cent of Urdu Medium students are from Maharashtra, Bihar, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh. The NCERT Books are available in Urdu language for 11th and 12th Standards. The official website of Urdu Education Board also showcases multiple scholarships for its students.

Garima Kaushik

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