JEE Main to be conducted in multiple languages: As per the various news media, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) is planning to conduct the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE Main) in multiple languages. As per the report, HRD secretary R Subrahmanyam, preference will be given to the regional languages of states with more number of applications in the last five years.
HRD secretary R Subrahmanyam also stated that there can be technical limitations in conducting JEE Main in multiple languages as JEE Main is conducted in a computer-based mode. “We are committed to conducting JEE Main in multiple languages and the process will take time,” Subrahmanyam commented.
The Ministry is consulting the National Testing Agency (NTA), the exam conducting body of JEE Main to develop software in regional languages. The process of adding all the languages will take some time.
Languages like Marathi and Telugu will be added first to JEE Main if preference will be given to the regional languages of states with more number of applications. The maximum number of candidates from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana combined is 1.6 lakh followed by Maharashtra which is close to 1.1 lakh applications for JEE Main examinations in April 2019.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had raised concerns over the inclusion of Bengali in JEE Main. But as per the data released shows that less than 20,000 students from the states appeared for the JEE Main Entrance Test.
JEE Main 2020 will be conducted in English and Hindi, however the Gujarati language would be offered for the centres in Gujarat, Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli along with English and Hindi.
NTA has released a statement explaining the inclusion of Gujarati in JEE Main 2020. The translation of JEE Main question paper in this language continued on the state’s request. None of the other states has approached the agency to provide the question paper in their regional language, said NTA
Earlier, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) use to conduct JEE Main in Enlgish Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati and Urdu languages. But in 2016 Urdu and Marathi was withdrawn.