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HC asks UP govt. the reason why Urdu was dropped as optional paper

HC asks UP govt. the reason why Urdu was dropped as optional paper

Lucknow: Allahabad High Court has asked the Uttar Pradesh state government to inform the court that why it has not included the Urdu language as an optional paper in the upcoming examinations. The recruitment of 65,500 assistant teachers through a test is to be held in UP on March 12.

A bench of Justice Ajay Bhanot asked the state counsel to provide the court with the necessary information on the matter by March 7, 2018. The Allahabad High court is hearing a writ petition filed by Mohammad Muntasim, whose counsel argued that he had completed his Basic Teachers’ Training (BTC) course in 2014. Where he had opted for Urdu from optional papers and cleared the examination.

Moreover, the petitioner again opted for the Urdu language as an option for Teachers Eligibility Test (TET) and cleared it too. However, when the UP government notified on January 9 for the recruitment of 65,500 assistant teachers in the state, Urdu language was not included as an option to taking the examination.

It was when Muntasim filed a petition, seeking High Court’s help in including the Urdu language as an option, or in cancelling of the examination notification. His counsel further noted that the notification of government dated January 9 is a violation of the right to equality as per Article 14 of the Indian Constitution.