The supreme court asked centre to make sure girls can write the upcoming NDA exam which is scheduled for 11 November 2021. The NDA 2 2021 exam will be conducted in November but the registration for this entry has been closed. The Supreme court has asked the government to make arrangements for the female NDA aspirants in the upcoming NDA exam, 2023 will be too late for them.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected the Centre’s plea to defer the first National Defence Academy (NDA) exam for women candidates and directed that women should be allowed to sit for the upcoming exam on November 14.
A bench headed by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul said: “This won’t send the right signal to women after having given them the aspiration. Let’s begin from this year.” “We cannot delay things by a year. We gave hope to the girls. We cannot deny them that hope now,” said the bench
The top court pushed the Armed Forces to allow women to write the NDA exam in November this year, and not wait till May 2022. The bench noted that postponing the process of allowing women to write the NDA exam to May will delay their induction to 2023.
The Centre contended that certain infrastructural and curriculum changes are required to allow the induction of women, and sought time till May 2022 to allow the women to take the exam. The bench said the Armed Forces are trained to act in emergencies and it is the best response team.
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The bench reiterated that the admission of women cannot be postponed, while taking note of the submissions made by senior advocate Chinmoy Pradip Sharma, representing the petitioner Kush Kalra, that two exams are held by the NDA during a year for the admissions to the next year.
The Centre has told the Supreme Court that a study group has been constituted by the defence services to expeditiously formulate a comprehensive curriculum for women cadets.