SC refuses to defer NDA exam for women

Kashmir Times. Dated: 9/23/2021 1:22:48 AM

NEW DELHI, Sep 22: The Supreme Court on Wednesday turned down the Centre's plea to defer the first National Defence Academy (NDA) exam for women until modalities are finalised in May and directed that they be allowed to sit in the upcoming exam on November 14.

A Bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and M.M. Sundresh affirmed that "this won't send the right signal to women after we gave them the hope. Let's begin from this year." It said postponing the process of allowing women to write the NDA exams to may will delay their induction to 2023.

The government contended that certain infrastructural and curriculum changes are required to allow women's induction and so it had sought time till May 2022 to allow women take the exam.

The bench said the Armed Forces are trained to act in emergencies and it is the best response team. It reiterated that admissions of women cannot be postponed, taking note of petitioner Kush Kalra's lawyer Chinmoy Pradip Sharma that two exams are held by the NDA during a year for the admission to the next year.

In an affidavit earlier, the government had told the Supreme Court that a study group has been constituted by the defence services to expeditiously formulate a comprehensive curriculum for women cadets and a notification allowing women in all three defence services in the existing streams through the NDA will be released in May 2022.



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