JEE Main to be Conducted in More Regional Languages Says Union Minister

The Union Education Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank on Thursday announced that the Joint Entrance Examination [JEE Main] 2020 will be organized in more Indian regional languages from next year. The Joint Admission Board decided to conduct the JEE Main computer-based examination for 23 IITs to provide admissions into different engineering colleges across the nation in more regional languages.

As of now, the JEE Main and JEE Advanced exams are conducted in English, Gujarati, and Hindi. These exams are conducted to provide admissions into prevalent IITs. Ramesh posted a tweet that reads, ‘In line with the vision of #NEP2020, the Joint Admission Board (JAB) of #JEE (Main) has decided to conduct the JEE (Main) examination in more regional languages of India.’

In a lineup of tweets, Ramesh said, ‘This decision has far-reaching implications as Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) has pointed out that top-scoring countries in PISA examination use mother tongue as a medium of instruction. The decision of JAB will help students comprehend questions better and score higher.’ 

The exam will be organized in regional languages. The entry into various state engineering colleges will be decided depending on an examination held in regional language. The state language of different states depending on JEE Main will be listed under this. As per the authorities of the National Testing Agency, the regional languages in which the exam will be conducted are yet to be decided.

One of the officials said that the exam will be conducted in the regional languages of different states. Considering the states that are part of the JEE Main exam, more regional languages will be added. Some of the states are willing to add their language to the test. In the previous year, Mamata Banerjee, the West Bengal Chief Minister demanded the inclusion of different regional languages at the time of raising the inclusion of Gujarati as a medium of writing the examination.

The Ministry of Education then gave a clarification that it has been conducting the test in Gujarati upon the request received from the state. The ministry said that the exam will be conducted in all 11 languages from 2021. The Ministry also suggested NTA look out the plausibility of conducting various competitive exams in as many regional languages as possible. The National Eligibility and Entrance Test are held in various regional languages such as Assamese, Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Urdu, Marathi, Bengali, and Odia. Catch all education-related news, latest updates, and more on this website.

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