JEE Main Goes Multilingual, Preference Will be Given to States with Majority Candidates

Cyril Titus Zachariah
Cyril Titus ZachariahPublished On: November 29, 2019 | JEE Main

 Marathi and Telugu will be added first in the JEE Main. The maximum number of applications is from Maharashtra followed by Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.



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Following the steps of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), the government will the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Mains in different regional languages. As per a release, the Ministry of Human Resource Development has been consulting with the National Testing Agency (NTA), the JEE Main conducting body.

However, the MHRD will give preference to the regional languages of the states which have more number of applications in the last five years. According to the survey conducted by NTA, Marathi and Telugu will be added first in the JEE Main exam.1.1 lakh applications were received from Maharashtra for the 2019 exam followed by Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

Demand for Inclusion of Punjabi in JEE Mains

Kharar MLA Kanwar Sandhu has asked State Higher Education Minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa to take up with the Centre to include Punjabi in the list of regional languages in the JEE Mains.

The MLA has urged HRD to include the Punjabi language in the list of regional languages in which the JEE Main test is conducted.

In a statement made by HRD Secretary R Subramanyam stated, NEET is an entrance exam which is conducted in offline mode, i.e. Pen and Paper. However, JEE Mains is a Computer-Based Test, therefore, certain limitations are posed in conducting the entrance exam in 22 different languages. He added that the Government is devoted to conducting the JEE Mains exams in a variety of languages, however, the process will be time-consuming.

The National Testing Agency spoke in its a release stating that there have been no provisions for the removal of the language of Gujarati language from JEE Mains 2020. The JEE Mains examinations will be conducted in Gujarati on the requests made the state. It further stated that no other stated approached the NTA to offer JEE Mains question papers in their respective regional languages.

NTA Gives Clarity on Inclusion Gujarati in JEE Mains

NTA has given clarification regarding the inclusion of Gujarati in JEE Mains 2020 examination. According to NTA, JEE Main 2020 will be made available in the Gujarati language.

The Joint Entrance Examinations commenced its processes in 2013 with the objective that all stated will offer admissions to aspirants based on the scores obtained in the examinations. At the time, Gujarat was the only state to accommodate the examinations, the release stated. The state further requested that the examination be conducted in the Gujarati language, it added.

In 2014, Maharashtra followed the steps of Gujarat and accepted JEE Mains as the entrance examinations for the engineering courses. The release stated that Maharashtra also requested that the question paper be conducted in Marathi and Urdu languages.

On the topic, Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee accused the Central Government of discrimination among the different languages in the country, with respect to the medium of JEE Mains. While speaking with the reporters, she stated that proposals from all the states should be have been sought by the Centre prior to the selection of the regional languages in the medium of JEE Mains.

She tweeted that the entrance examinations to the premier engineering institutions should be conducted in the language of Bengali as well. Adding that she holds no issues in the Gujarati language, she also mentioned that the Education Minister of West Bengal wrote to the National Testing Agency to request for the provision of Bengali language as a medium in JEE Mains.

She further questioned the Centre’s decision to include Gujarati language in JEE Mains, while other regional languages have been left out. She added that this issue should be sorted out peacefully, as it might result in protests by the people, as the exclusion of their languages as a medium in JEE Mains will hurt their sentiments.

Also Read:JEE Advanced 2020 Official Website Released by IIT Delhi

According to the notification for JEE Mains 2020, the aspirants will be able to appear for JEE Main 202 in the English and Hindi. It further added that candidates from the centres in Gujarat, Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, candidates will be able to appear for JEE Main 2020 in the English, Hindi and Gujarati languages.

Also Read:JEE Mains 2020 Applications Witnesses Rise in Female Aspirants

Previously, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) was responsible for conducting the JEE Main across India. In 2014, Marathi, Gujarati and Urdu languages were the languages included in JEE Mains, however, in 2016, Marathi and Urdu were removed.

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