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Include Urdu Language in NEET UG 2017 Exams

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His Exillency
Mr Pranab Mukharji, Honourable President of India, Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi - 110 004

Date: 10 March 2017

Subject : Request to Include Urdu Language in NEET UG Exams 2017- 2018

Respected Sir,

We wish to draw your kind  to the 'National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test‘ (NEET) to be held in May 2017. As the statement given by Hon'able Union Health & Family Welfare Minister (State) Mrs. Anupriya Patel in the Parliament dated 09/12/2016 and your official notification dated 21/12/2016 which reads NEET-UG-2017 will be conducted in eight languages - English, Hindi, Marathi, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Tamil and Telgu only. However, later on two more languages Kannada and Oriya were added too following requests from respective states.

Sir, the fact of the matter is that the MH&FW (CBSE) did not include Urdu language in NEET exams whereas there are hundreds of Urdu medium schools, colleges in science, arts and commerce streams in our country - India. Maharashtra alone has 168 Urdu medium science junior colleges; every year around 11000 students appear for H.S.C Board Exam.

Respect Sir, we feel this is a clear case of discrimination with Urdu medium students and the Urdu speaking citizens of this country, committed by your present Government. Notably, around 20,000 seats of MBBS, BDS, BAMS, BUMS, BHMS, BPTh, BOTh, BSc Nursing, BASLP, BP&O courses in Govt. and Private colleges in Maharashtra alone and thousand others all over India are now deliberately made out of reach of Urdu medium students. The Maharashtra State Common Entrance Test Cell has already notified that the admissions in these courses will be conducted through NEET-2017 only and as per your notification NEET Tests will not be conducted in Urdu language!

This is surely going to disturb the educational progress of Urdu speaking minority Muslims who are already backward in education and social development sectors as per Justice Ravindra Sachchar report, and it would be a heavy blow in the promotion and protection of Urdu language itself which has been one of India's cultural and linguistic beauties.

Sir, it is also note worthy that "last year 1650 students had registered to write MH-CET in Urdu, compared to 1670 who opted for Marathi. The Urdu-medium students have even performed better than their counter parts from Marathi, Oriya and several other regional language junior colleges. Hence, it is obvious that the government's decision to bar Urdu from NEET exams does not fit to any logical and reasoning, and it is rather symbolic of its inherent bias against minorities and one of India's own languages - Urdu . In NEET UG -13 same wrong was occurred and then Honorable Supreme Court of India had to intervin by its ordered dated 02/05/2013 on Write Petition (Civil) No. 168 of 2013, Ansari Mahin Fatema & Ors. Versus Union of India & Ors. to provide NEET question paper in Urdu language also.

Sir, is repeating the same blunder with will in NEET 2017 by your Government not a contempt of Honourable Supreme Court? This also does not go with the spirit of ‘’Sab ka Sath Sab ka Vikas’’ which your Government proclaim time and time again.

Therefore, it is our earnest request to your honour to kindly intervin in the matter immediately and ask your Government to include Urdu in NEET-UG-2017 exams and help save future of thousands of students and the Urdu language itself. Your urgent intervention in the matter is highly solicited please!

Thanking You
Sincerely Yours

(Maulana) Mohammad Burhanuddin Qasmi, Director Markazul Ma'arif Education and Research Centre.  

(Maulana) Mahmood Ahmad Khan Daryabadi, General Secretary, All India Ulama Council. 

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