Should Urdu be allowed as regional language in NEET? SC to hear Students’ Islamic Organisation plea today

New Delhi: The Supreme Court will on Friday hear the plea filed by the Students’ Islamic Organisation (SIO) for approving Urdu as one of the regional languages to be allowed in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) by the Medical Council of India (MCI).

The Central government had earlier told the Supreme Court that it was open to the idea of conducting NEET in Urdu language from next session since the application process for this year had already ended.

It had also said that no state had approached it with request for holding NEET in Urdu when a meeting was held on November 16, 2016 with state ministers.

As per the official notification by the Central Broad of Secondary Education (CBSE), the NEET will be held in 10 languages — Hindi, English, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Oriya and Kannada.

March 1 was the last date for the NEET online application and the exams will be conducted on May 7.