BENGALURU: After National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET), candidates from Karnataka are now fighting for inclusion of Kannada language as one of the options to attempt the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE).Students from Gujarat can opt for question papers in Gujarati language for the Joint Entrance Exam (Main), the country’s top competitive engineering entrance exam.
“Why is the facility not available for other regional languages, including Kannada,” ask students from Karnataka.
Many JEE aspirants have approached the state higher education department and Kannada Development Authority (KDA), urging them to request Centre for inclusion of Kannada in JEE.
The JEE (Main) for 2018 is scheduled to be held on April 8 (offline) and April 15 and 16 (online).
English, Hindi and Gujarati are the only three language options. Students have to pick one of these while filling up the application forms.
When contacted, both KDA and state higher education department officials said that they will write to Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and the Ministry of Human Resource Development(MHRD) about the discrimination.“I am going to Delhi on December 17 to meet Members of Parliament and other ministers concerned from the state. If necessary, I will even meet the HRD minister and request him to include Kannada as a language option in JEE,” said KDA chairperson Prof SG Siddaramaiah.
“Question paper in Kannada will definitely help students from rural backgrounds.”
“We are drafting a letter along with copies of representations received from students. Once it is ready, we will send it to the minister for approval and later to authorities concerned at MHRD and CBSE,” said a senior official from the state higher education department.On inclusion of Gujarati alone, a CBSE official said, this is there since 2013.
“Such decisions should be taken at the government level. We are just the exam conducting authority. As far I know, only Gujarat government had requested for question paper option in their local language,” the official added. “If we get an option to answer in Kannada language, it will help many students like me who hail from rural Karnataka,” said Bhoomika CR, a second PU student.“Kannada language option was not much favoured in NEET due to the difficulties involved in translation of medical terms. But that is not the case in engineering,” said another PU student Likith.
November 20: Notification for JEE (Main) released
April 8: Offline exams to be held in two sessions
April 15 and 16: Online exams to be held
January 1, 2018: Deadline to submit online applications on www.jeemain.nic.in
MEDIUM OF QUESTION PAPER: English, Hindi and Gujarati