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JEE Main: Rallies across Bengal demanding inclusion of all regional languages

Banerjee said she loved the Gujarati language, but questioned why other regional languages have been ignored

Tuesday November 12, 2019 10:13 AM, ummid.com & Agencies

JEE Main in Bengali

Kolkata: Trinamool Congress (TMC) workers Monday organised rallies across West Bengal demanding inclusion of Bengali and other regional languages in JEE Main.

TMC chief Mamata Bannerjee is rallying against Modi government ever since reports came that the National Testing Agency (NTA) has included Gujarati as one of the language of answer in JEE Main 2020.

In a series of tweets last Wednesday, Banerjee alleged that the Modi government intended to "malign" all regions and regional languages.

"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," she posted on her twitter handle.

Banerjee said she loved the Gujarati language, but questioned why other regional languages have been ignored.

"Why injustice is being meted out to them? If Gujarati has to be there, then all regional languages, including Bengali, must be there," she said.

Mamata's tweets were followed by rallies across West Bengal. According to PTI, TMC supporters, carrying posters and placards, took out rallies in all the blocks and districts of the state and shouted slogans against the BJP government at the Centre, demanding that Bengali be also included as a language for conducting the JEE (Main) examination.

On the other hand, NTA, the agency, which conducts NEET and JEE-Main, said all the states were asked in 2013 for admitting their state engineering candidates through JEE (Main). But only Gujarat agreed to admit their candidates in engineering colleges of the state through JEE (Main) and requested that the paper be made available in Gujarati language.

"None of the other states have approached NTA to provide the JEE (Main) question paper in any other Indian National Language.

Mamata however said states were not consulted on the decision.

Conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA), JEE Main is held twice a year. This is the compulsory entrance exam for admission to various Engineering courses.

This year, JEE Main January 2020 will be held from January 06 to January 11, 2020 in Online Mode.

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