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Minority Affairs Ministry ordered examination agencies to take action to avoid discrimination against students belonging to the Sikh community

By Amitoj Singh Kalsi


In a statement released on Monday, the Minority Affairs Department urged the National Testing Agency and other review bodies not to have separate reporting policies for Sikh applicants from others. The ministry was responding to reports that Sikh students were called to examination centers earlier than others.

“It has been brought to the attention of the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) that students belonging to the Sikh community are invited to appear at examination centers hours in advance vis-à-vis applicants belonging to the Sikh community. to other communities for digitization. de Kara and / or Kirpan, which are articles of faith, while appearing in exams such as the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) etc, ”the ministry said in a statement.

Furthermore, in its capacity as a statutory body constituted to protect the interests of all minorities, the ministry ordered examination agencies “to consider taking the following measures to avoid discrimination against students belonging to the Sikh community ”.

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The three steps suggested by the ministry include the same review timeframe for all applicants, regardless of their religion, the absence of discrimination between Sikh applicants and others on the basis of their articles of faith, and screening at l ‘Using a metal detector in the door frame to reduce time and ensure proper safety procedure.


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