Bangalore: Kannada Development Authority (KDA) and a number of other organizations on the behalf of aspirants from Karnataka appearing in JEE Main 2018 are urging the central government to allow students applying for JEE Main to be able to choose Kannada language for JEE Main.
JEE Main 2018 will be conducted on April 08, 2018 in offline mode, and on April 15 and 16, 2018 in online mode. Candidates are required to choose the preferable language of the question paper amongst English, Hindi and Gujrati while filling JEE Main application form.
Kannada Development Authority also criticized the government for not taking this step so far. The authority stated that this decision should have been implemented long before. Currently, the students can choose one amongst three languages which are English, Hindi and Gujarati to attempt JEE Main.
The choice of attempting JEE Main in Gujarati, is however restricted only to those candidates who belong to the Gujarat state and also the Union Territories - Daman and Diu, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli.
"It is unfair and biased monopoly of the government to ignore all South Indian languages as far as JEE Main medium is concerned", S.G. Siddaramaiah, KDA Chairman said.
He added that if Gujarati could be added as JEE Main paper language, then why are other regional languages being skipped from this privilege.
He further quoted to raise this issue as a case of national discrimination and discussed the same with Union Human Resource and Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar.
Principal Secretary for the Department of Higher Education Jawaid Akhtar, responded to Prakash Javadekar’s concern and declared that he would look into the matter and will try to do the best he can.
KDA has now decided to write their complaint to the center on the issue, demanding that Kannada should be one of JEE Main paper languages offered.
Similar objection was raised in December 2016 to include Kannada language for National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET).
Earlier, NEET applicants were able to select one of the languages from Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali and Assamese, Hindi and English, for setting their question paper language. After KDA and other organizations demanded, the union government included Kannada as an allowed language for NEET.
The students organizations in Karnataka are also furious about the issue of not including Kannada as JEE Main paper language. They also plan to discuss the issue with the state government and persuade them to write the same to the central government.
"In case some majorly used vernacular languages are included in JEE Main, it will help a lot of rural and talented students across the country", Ravinandan B.B., Vice President of All India Democratic Students’ Organization, said.
Presently, such students could not move up just because of the language barrier. They are the most talented ones but being belonging to the rural areas, they are unable to crack the exam because they are not very comfortable taking the test in English medium.
If they are given an opportunity to get JEE Main in Kannada, many of them will be able to ace the exam for sure as it is the only disadvantage lagging them behind.