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CBSE set to lift ban on veils and headscarves in AIPMT exam

The Central Board of Secondary Examination (CBSE) is set to lift the ban on wearing veils and headscarves during the central medical examination as was earlier demanded by a number of organisations.

education Updated: Apr 25, 2016 22:40 IST
Neelam Pandey
The ban on long sleeves and veils was introduced was cancelled and re-conducted amid reports of cheating with the use of electronic devices and microphones stitched to candidates’ clothes last year.
The ban on long sleeves and veils was introduced was cancelled and re-conducted amid reports of cheating with the use of electronic devices and microphones stitched to candidates’ clothes last year.(HT File Photo)

The Central Board of Secondary Examination (CBSE) is set to lift the ban on wearing veils and headscarves during the central medical examination as was earlier demanded by a number of organisations.

According to sources, in a meeting held on Saturday to review the preparation for the May 1 examination, invigilators were asked to ensure they do not hurt religious sentiments by objecting to burqas.

Sources said that guidelines regarding this are likely to be issued on Tuesday. On February 12, HT had reported that the government was likely to lift the ban.

The ban on long sleeves and veils was introduced — and upheld by the Supreme Court — after the test taken by over 6,00,000 candidates last year was cancelled and re-conducted amid reports of cheating with the use of electronic devices and microphones stitched to candidates’ clothes.

In the guidelines issued to invigilators accessed by HT, the CBSE removed ‘scarves’ and advised students to wear “half-sleeves not having big buttons or any badge, brooches, etc, which could be used to hide the communication device, bluetooth, camera etc”.

A senior official said those wearing full-sleeved garments would be frisked separately.

“The CBSE is conscious not to hurt any religious sentiments. All our efforts are to prevent any unfair means,” said a senior official requesting anonymity.

In an earlier information bulletin, items like scarves, rings, bracelets and pendants were on the list of barred items. The new guidelines say these objects will be carefully checked. The Campus Front of India (CFI), with students and parents, will hold a protest at HRD ministry office regarding the dress code that does not permit wearing scarves and full-sleeved garments.

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