Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, J P Nadda, has confirmed that Kannada would be included as one of the languages for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET)-2017.


This confirmation came as a response to the request made by the state government to include Kannada in this examination.


Earlier, the Karnataka government suggested the test should be conducted in English, and the Union government took a decision accordingly. 


However, the pro-Kannada activists and writers slammed the state government for this and protested to include Kannada as a medium of NEET examination. 


Responding to the request the minister said that the centre is open for the request and added that “We respect the sentiment of the people and believe in cooperative federalism”. 


He clarified that there was no miscommunication and said that the Karnataka government has to follow some steps to facilitate this change.