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Adeeb course

Not the equivalent of matric: HC/ 2018

Ajay Sura, Urdu ‘Adeeb’ course not equivalent of matric: HC, June 17, 2018: The Times of India

The Punjab and Haryana high court has held that the qualification of “Adeeb” in Urdu cannot be considered equivalent to the qualification of matriculation.

The high court was of the view that a person possessing qualification of “Adeeb” can be considered as “having knowledge of Urdu at matriculation level” but the course cannot be equated with the qualification of matriculation.

Justice Sudhir Mittal of the HC passed these orders while dismissing a plea filed by Zedha Kiran of Yamunanagar district.

The petitioner was appointed to the temporary post of clerk on February 28, 2012 in the public health department in Yamunanagar. She possessed the qualification of “Adeeb” from Jamia Urdu, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh.

The educational qualification of the petitioner was verified from Jamia Urdu through the Yamunanagar superintendent of police (SP) and was found to be genuine.

However, on February 28, 2013, the department terminated her services on the ground that the qualification of “Adeeb” was not equivalent to the matriculation certificate and, therefore, she did not possess the minimum educational qualification prescribed for the post of clerk. Aggrieved from these orders, she had moved to the Punjab and Haryana high court.

She had referred a letter, issued on March 18, 1975, by the education commissioner and secretary, Government of Haryana, in which it is mentioned that degrees or diplomas recognized by Government of India are also recognized by the Government of Haryana.

In this context reference was made to June 28, 1978, notification published by the department of personnel and administrative reforms, ministry of home affairs, Government of India, which states that “Adeeb” examination standard is recognized for the purpose of employment to the posts which require knowledge of Urdu of high school/ matriculation.

Thus, the contention was that since the government of India recognizes “Adeeb” examination standard as equivalent to matriculation the same is automatically recognized by the state of Haryana.

The state, however, refused to accept it on the grounds that “Adeeb” is not recognized by the Haryana School Education Board as equivalent to Matric.

Hearing the arguments, the court observed that notification of central government leaves no manner of doubt that “Adeeb” is recognized for employment to a post that requires knowledge of Urdu of high school/matriculation standard. The HC, however, held that the notification has to be read as recognition for the purposes of employment requiring knowledge of Urdu of matriculation standard. It cannot become equal to matriculation qualification, hold the court.

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