The Supreme Court on Thursday directed the Centre to take immediate steps to allow girls to take the entrance exam for admission to Rashtriya Indian Military College (RIMC), which is to be held on December 18.
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A Bench headed by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul, while asking the Centre to allow girls to take the entrance exam for admission this year in Rashtriya Indian Military College instead of waiting till June 2022, directed the government to publish a modified advertisement within two days to seek applications from girls.
Additional Solicitor General Aishwarya Bhati, appearing for the Centre, told the Bench that preparations for the upcoming December 18, 2021 exam were already at an advanced stage and urged it to allow for the induction of girls into the RIMC and Rashtriya Military School (RMS) for the term beginning from January 2023 and not June 2022.
The Bench, however, was not convinced with the decision of the Centre and ordered that girls will be allowed to sit in the entrance exam this year itself. Earlier, the Bench had directed the Defence Ministry to allow women candidates to sit for the upcoming exams for the National Defence Academy.
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The Supreme Court now posted the matter for hearing on January 2023 along with the matter relating to the induction of women into the armed forces through the NDA.
The top court was hearing a petition filed by advocate Kailas Udhavrao More against the exclusion of girl candidates from Rashtriya Indian Military School and other schools and Colleges run under the aegis of the Ministry of Defence like Indian Military College, Sainik School, National Yacht training school.
-PTC News with inputs from agencies