Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishank announced on Thursday that Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) 2021 Main Examination will be held in various regional languages. Minister Nishank said that the decision has been made by the Joint Admission Board (JAB) in line with the vision of the New National Education Policy (NEP) 2020.
Education Minister Nishank tweeted in his twitter handle that, “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.”
As of now, the JEE Main exam is held only in English, Hindi and Gujarati.
As per Minister Nishank, “The examination will also be conducted in regional languages where entry to State Engineering Colleges is decided based on an examination (conducted in regional language). State language of states who admit students based on the #JEE(Main) will also be included under this.”
According to National Testing Agency (NTA) officials, the regional languages in which the test will be offered are yet to be decided.
“The exam will be offered in those regional languages in which the states are already conducting their local entrance exams for engineering. More languages will be added following whichever states are part of the JEE-Main and wants their language to be included in the test,” an official said.
Last year, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, while questioning the inclusion of Gujarati as a medium of writing the exam, demanded inclusion of other regional languages