Updated: November 8, 2019 9:42:32 am
JEE Main 2020 language row: Amid controversy over the inclusion of Gujarati as one of the medium for taking Joint Entrance (JEE) Main, West Bengal’s Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that the Center should have sought proposals from states before selecting regional languages.
“I don’t have any problem with Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main, being conducted in Gujarati language. Our Education Minister had also written to National Testing Agency (NTA) on this issue to conduct the test in Bengali,” Mamata Banerjee tweeted.
The Chief Minister on Wednesday slammed the BJP government at the Centre for adding Gujarati as a medium for the Joint Entrance Examination (Mains) and asked why all other regional languages, including Bengali, should not be included as well. She also warned that there would be protests if the issue was not decided gracefully.
“Our country is India, which is home to so many religions, cultures, languages, creeds and communities. However, maligning all regions and regional languages is the intention of the government at the Centre. Joint Entrance Exams so long were conducted in English and Hindi languages. Surprisingly, now only Gujarati language has been added. Such a step is not at all praiseworthy,” the Chief Minister tweeted.
As per the JEE 2020 notification, for all “centre cities”, the languages of question papers will be in English and Hindi, but for the “centre cities” in Gujarat, Daman and Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli, the languages would be English, Hindi and Gujarati.
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