Bhubaneswar, Dec 22: Odisha Chief Minister veen Patik on Thursday sought Prime Minister rendra Modi’s intervention for inclusion of Odia language as a medium of examition in the prestigious tiol Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for medical courses.
In a letter to the Prime Minister, Patik urged to include Odia language in the NEET for the larger interest of students in the state.
“I find that Odia language as a medium of examition for the students of Odisha who will be appearing for the said test has been conspicuously left out. This, as you can appreciate, will put students from Odisha, who have studied in Odia, at a great disadvantage,” he said.
The Union Health Ministry on Wednesday decided that NEET-UG will be conducted in eight languages including six regiol languages from the 2017-18 academic year. The eight languages are Hindi, English, Gujarati, Marathi, Bengali, Assamese, Telugu and Tamil.
“In fact, this decision of Government of India will provide a competitive advantage for the students reading in 6 (six) regiol languages to the disadvantage of those from Odisha,” said the Chief Minister.
He said the Health Ministry has not sought ‘Odia’ as an option while taking the state government’s views on the language to be adopted for the state’s students, and this has created widespread resentment among the students of Odisha who will be appearing for the exam in 2017-18, and onwards. (IANS)