JEE (Main) to be held in more languages: Nishank – education
Starting next year, the joint (main) entrance examination for admission to major engineering universities will be conducted in several regional languages, Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said on Thursday.
The minister said this took into account the strong focus on promoting the mother tongue in the National Education Policy (NEP).
“In accordance with the vision of NEP 2020, the JEE (Main) Joint Admission Board (JAB) has decided to conduct the JEE (Main) exam in more regional languages of India,” Nishank said in a tweet.
The minister added that the languages of the states that admit to their own engineering universities in regional languages will be added.
“The exam will also be conducted in regional languages where entry to state engineering universities is decided based on an exam (conducted in regional language). The state language of the states that admit students according to the (primary) JEE will also be included under this, ”he said.
Currently, the JEE (main) exam is conducted in Hindi, English and Gujarati, while several other states have raised the issue from time to time.
“This decision has far-reaching implications, as the Honorable Prime Minister Shri @narendramodi ji has noted that the countries with the best PISA scores use the mother tongue as the medium of instruction. JAB’s decision will help students better understand the questions and score higher, ”Nishank said in another tweet.
The language has been an emotional and political issue in every state in the country.
Recently, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee asked if the exam can be taken in Gujarati and why not in Bengali.
The ruling BJP has also favored the mother tongue.
Significantly, the announcement by the Minister of Education came on a day when the BJP in its manifesto for Bihar also spoke in favor of the use of Hindi as a medium of instruction for medical and technical education.
In a promise made, the party has talked about introducing Hindi as a medium of instruction for courses in medicine, engineering and other technical courses.