Bhubaneswar: Good news for the engineering aspirants from Odia medium as they can have the question papers in Odia language in Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main from 2021.
As per the notification issued by Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD), the exam will be conducted in regional languages including Odia from January 2021.
In the notification, the ministry has directed the National Testing Agency (NTA) to conduct the test in at least 11 languages which include Odia, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu and English.
The move will help the students to opt for schooling in vernacular medium instead of shifting their focus to study in English medium schools.
Source said that the NTA has been asked to explore possibilities to conduct other competitive examinations in regional languages apart from English and Hindi.
Currently, the national level competitive examination JEE (Main) for admission into B.Tech and undergraduate architecture courses in the premier educational institutions like NITs and IIITs is offered in three languages — English, Hindi and Gujarati. It is also a qualifying exam for JEE Advanced admissions in IITs.