The Ministry of Education declared on Thursday that the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main would be conducted in more regional Indian languages from next year. The exam is currently only in Hindi , English and Gujarati.
The National Testing Agency ( NTA) will now add more languages to this test list beginning in 2021. However, the Ministry has not confirmed the names of the languages.
The decision was notified by Union Minister of Education Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank in a series of tweets on his official Twitter account on Thursday.
The Minister also said, “The decision of the JAB (Joint Admission Board) would help students understand issues better and score higher.”
To date, only the National Eligibility and Entry Test (NEET) has been performed in regional languages. Besides Hindi and English, NEET is also held in Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Odia, Tamil , Telugu and Urdu.
‘Decision will have far-reaching implications’
The Ministry ‘s announcement also stated that the JEE Main would be conducted in “regional languages where admission to state engineering colleges is determined on the basis of a regional language test.”
States such as Assam, West Bengal, Karnataka, Maharashtra , Tamil Nadu, Odisha and Gujarat, among others, are conducting engineering examinations in the regional languages of the state. The idea now is to conduct JEE Main in regional languages in those countries.
Nishank also said that this decision would have far-reaching consequences as ‘the top scorer countries in the PISA (International Student Evaluation Program) examination use the mother tongue as a medium of instruction.’
The PISA is an international aptitude test for school students all over the world. India will be taking part in this test next year, more than 10 years after it finished 72nd among the 73 nations that participated in the same PISA test in 2009, beating only Kyrgyzstan.
All the best for your JEE preparations