The Supreme court asked the center and CBSE about the response to the plea for including the Urdu in National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), which is meant for the taking admissions in MBBS and BDS courses.
Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice R. Banumathi also asked for the response from the Medical Council of India and Dental council of India for the same.
The petition was filed by the Students Islamic Organization of India, which said "the exclusion of Urdu as one of the languages in NEET was discriminatory, arbitrary and violative of Articles 14 and 21 of the Constitution."
The petitioner's counsel also told the court that earlier no such request was made by the state in this regard. However, he said, "now Maharashtra and Telangana have officially made a request to the central government to include Urdu as one of the languages in NEET."
The application form for NEET 2017 is out, which is scheduled to be held on May 7. The last date for the submission of the form was March 1. Apart from English, the exam will be held in seven other Indian Languages.
According to the Central Board of Secondary Education notification, "the medical entrance examination will be held in Hindi, English, Tamil, Telugu, Gujarati, Marathi, Assamese and Bengali languages."
"The decision to exclude Urdu, the sixth most-spoken language in India, while including the seventh most-spoken Gujarati and 12th most-spoken Assamese is completely without rationale," the petitioner said.