October 7, 2021, became a historic day for the girls in India as the historic decision was declared by Justice S K Paul and Justice M M Sundresh in the favour of girls by allowing their entry to the Rashtriya Military School and Rashtriya Indian Military College which is scheduled to be held on 18th of December 2021.
Justice SK Paul and Justice MK Sundresh had ordered the Central Government to issue fresh advertisements and make suitable arrangements within the time frame of two days I.e. till 9th of October 2021 because the last date to apply is October 30, 2021, making it clear that the decision is likely to be in effect for the examination to be held in 2021 itself without further delaying it for the next academic year.
The order read as: “We put to the learned Additional Solicitor General that the respondent has walked a mile and should walk a step ahead. We do believe that six months is more than enough for a disciplined organization like the respondent to arrange their affairs. The necessarily modified advertisement be issued within two days without changing the schedule. We make it clear that this is applicable insofar as the Rashtriya Indian Military School (RIMC) is concerned. Insofar as the Rashtriya Military Schools (RMS) are concerned, the process will begin with the academic session 2022-2023. The matter will be taken up on 18.01.2022.”
The court laid an emphasis on the participation of girls in the society and said that as far as Rashtriya Indian Military College (RIMC) is concerned, it is stated that it is a 99 years old institution that will complete 100 years next year. The question is whether it completes its 100 years with gender neutrality or not!
The ASG argued that the government is not shying away from welcoming the decision of the Supreme Court but needs time to come up with the parameters of selection criteria for the girls as it’s still underway and is asking for the postponement of at least six months. Justice Paul emphasized the urgency and responded by saying that the government has enough time to make the arrangements and that the order for the postponement can’t be passed.
Aditya Swarup, who appeared for the alumni association of RIMC submitted his request before the court which said that the decision of the honourable court is more than welcomed by the country, but the rising intake of the girl candidates should not affect the already constrained funds of the academy and more funds should be provided by the Government for a smoother process.
The bench directed the Centre to start with the preparatory work immediately without changing the schedule of the examination. The decision is so far concerning for RIMC. For RMC, the court will hear the matter with the NDA case and the process will begin in 2022 after the verdict is pronounced for the same.