After much deliberation, JP Nadda, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare has assured medical aspirants that Kannada would be added to the regional languages for NEET 2017 exam. The other regional languages that are included in the exam are Assamese, Telugu, Gujarati, Tamil, Bengali, and Marathi.
Recently the State Government of Karnataka had requested the administration to include Kannada among the languages of NEET 2017. Talking about the request, Nadda said that they are open to suggestions made by the state government on including the language. He further that that language is of important to the people of the state and the ministry will be flexible as they believe in cooperative federalism.
The minister also informed that prior to the announcement of the mode of languages for NEET, a circular was issued by the center to all the state governments. Initially, the government of Karnataka decided against the inclusion Kannada in NEET but later changed its stand considering the sentiments of the people.
Addressing the gathering at a ceremony in NIMHANS, Bengaluru, the minister added that since it is the demand of the people and the state government that Kannada be included among the NEET languages, the center will see that it is done.
Earlier this month, it was announced that NEET 2017 will be held in eight languages including English, Hindi and six other regional languages mentioned above.