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Free to hold JEE(M) in Bangla, Mamata Banerjee told

NEW DELHI: With

West Bengal

chief minister

Mamata Banerjee

alleging that the decision to make question papers for JEE (Main ) only in Gujarati and not other regional languages reflected discrimination, the government clarified that the option was there for all states but has been availed only by

Gujarat

so far.

A day after Mamata launched an attack on the Centre for ignoring regional languages other than Gujarati and warning of protests, the Centre clarified that the JEE (Main) papers were being made available as part of a policy that was introduced in 2013 to allow all states to conduct engineering admissions through JEE .

“The request was sent to all the states in 2013 itself. Only Gujarat agreed to admit their candidates in state engineering colleges through JEE (Main) and requested that the JEE (Main) paper be made available in Gujarati language. Further, in 2014

Maharashtra

also opted for admitting engineering candidates in the state engineering colleges through JEE (Main). Maharashtra requested to provide the question paper in Marathi and Urdu. In 2016, both these states withdrew the admission to the state engineering colleges through JEE (Main). Therefore, the translation in Marathi and Urdu language was stopped. However, the translation of JEE (Main) question paper in Gujarati language continued on the request of Gujarat. None of the other states have approached NTA to provide the JEE (Main) question paper in any other Indian languange,” said National Testing Agency which conducts the JEE (Main).

In a series of tweets earlier, West Bengal CM had said, “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.”

Joint Entrance Exams so long were conducted in English and Hindi languages. Surprisingly, now only Gujarati languag… https://t.co/3NQXd0eRPE

— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) 1573023278000

I love Gujarati language. But, why have other regional languages been ignored? Why injustice is being meted out to… https://t.co/r1yD6ISaId

— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) 1573023279000

“I love Gujarati language. But, why have other regional languages been ignored? Why injustice is being meted out to them? If Gujarati has to be there, then all regional languages including Bengali must be ther

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