Supreme court, last year issued strict guidelines regarding
not wearing hijab or burqa during exams stating that it won't affect the faith
and nor the faith would disappear if people don't wear it on a specific day.
But this year, government might remove the ban on wearing a hijab or burqa
during the exam.
According to sources, CBSE is likely to remove the ban this
year so candidates would be allowed to wear a burqa or a hijab during the exam
scheduled for May 1 i.e. the All India Pre-Medical Test. For those who don't
know, hijab is a scarf which is worn by the Muslim girls as a part of their
attire, forming a part of their religious belief.
A senior official further added that aim of CBSE is not to
hurt any religious sentiments. They just want to prevent any unfair means.
There are proper arrangements by the board to ensure
cheating doesn't takes place. As per, Educationist and Urdu writer Masoom
Moradabadi, it's a good decision on behalf of CBSE as a few days back, a sikh
actor was asked to remove his turban in Mexico but he refused due to his
religious beliefs. Similarly for Muslims, it's their belief and if a female
security personnel checks girls wearing a burqa is fine with them but banning
is not a solution.
The final decision has still not been made. Last year, 6.3
lakh students appeared for AIPMT. Here's a comprehensive last year (2015) list
of the banned and permitted items for AIPMT:
Only light colours
Any kind of paper
Any metallic item or gadget
Eatables and water (not even packaged items)
Big buttons on clothes
Flower pattern on clothes