CBSE permanently debars 47 students from appearing in AIPMT

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By IndiaTomorrow.net,
New Delhi, 14 July 2015: The Central Board of School Education (CBSE) has permanently debarred 47 students from appearing in the All India Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Test (AIPMT). CBSE is holding fresh AIPMT on 25th July on the order of the Supreme Court as the one held on 3rd May was cancelled for irregularities.

According to CBSE, these 47 candidates were found “indulged in the unfair means practices” in the 3rd May exam.

CBSE has published a list of the debarred 47 students on the website of AIPMT.

Meanwhile, in its bid to ensure fair exam, the CBSE has issued a strict dress code for the 25th July AIPMT besides barring dozens of items including digital devices.

“The candidates will observe the following dress code while coming for appearing in AIPMT Examination:

a) Wear light clothes with half sleeves Shirt/T-Shirt/Kurta not having big buttons, brooch or any badge, flower and Trouser/Salwar etc. b) Wear open slippers and not the shoes.”

The CBSE has also prohibited scarf, cap and jewelry items.

A section of people has raised objection to the dress code.
Muslim women who wear Hijab (which comprises at least scarf and full-sleeve kurta) and their parents are angry at the dress code that asks them to keep off scarf and full-sleeve kurta.

“Scarf and full-sleeve kurta are the minimum part of Islamic Hijab. For hijab you should be very particular about what you wear – the point is you should not show up,” Fatima who is preparing for 25th July AIPMT told IndiaTomorrow.net.

She is of the view that the dress code for AIPMT clearly infringes on her right to wear what she wants and also her religious freedom. “Definitely it is our freedom to wear dress of our choice.”

cbse notice debarring 47 candidates from AIPMT

“Without naming Hijab, they have actually banned Hijab for AIPMT. If they had mentioned Hijab then people would have become angrier. But they have mentioned these two things. They are doing it at AIPMT now, they may extend it to schools and colleges and maybe to public places,” she says.

However, after the issue widely captured in the media, CBSE has reportedly said the dress code did not refer to religious headscarf.

“We are not referring to a religious headscarf at all. The instructions refer to the other kinds of caps and scarves,” CBSE chairperson Satbir Bedi has been quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.

The written guidelines issued to exam centres, however, don’t make any such distinction.

Interestingly, the list of 47 students debarred from AIPMT permanently for indulging in unfair practices does not have a single Muslim woman.

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