SIO launches online petition, submits memorandum seeking inclusion of Urdu for NEET examinations

By Imran Inamdar, TwoCircles.net

Beed/Parbhani (Maharashtra): Members of the Students Islamic Organisation, the students’ wing of Jamat-e-Islami Hind submitted their memorandum to the District Collectors of Beed and Parbhani, demanding the inclusion of Urdu for the 2017 National eligibility cum entrance Test (NEET).

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The said exam has been made compulsory by the central government from last year for all aspiring Class XII students who wish to opt the medical field as a career.

As per the announcement, the official declaration by the central minister of Health and family welfare Anupriya Patel showed the induction of eight languages: English, Hindi,Marathi, Assamese, Bengali Gujrati, Tamil and Telugu, which students can choose as a language of answer.

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Speaking with Twocircles.net, Mohammed Ali, south Maharashtra Secretary of SIO, said, “It is unfortunate that Urdu has not been included in the above list. Just Maharashtra has nearly 168 Junior colleges of science where thousands of Urdu medium students are studying. It is our earnest request to fulfill our demand to Include to NEET-UG-2017 Exam.”

The memorandum, addressing JP Shah, Union Health minister was handed over to the local authorities and copies of the same have been forwarded to president of Indian Medical Council, Union Minister for Minority Affairs and Union minister for Human Resources Development.

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President of Beed SIO unit Mohammed Shoaib spoke with Twocircles.net and said that this was an extremely important issue for Urdu-medium students. “It is the responsibility of the government to take care of the minority issues. There are about 11,000 students in Maharashtra alone who appeared for Higher secondary Exam through medium, and it will have a negative impact on them,” he said.

SIO South Maharashtra has also petition on Change.org on the same issue, which can be signed here.

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