[EDLING:1220] Stress on neighbourhood education system

Francis M. Hult fmhult at DOLPHIN.UPENN.EDU
Fri Feb 3 02:45:31 UTC 2006



Stress on neighbourhood education system
Thursday February 2 2006 10:26 IST 

DHARWAD: According classical language status to any language is not the job of 
the government, it should be determined by linguists and scholars, opined Dr U 
R Ananthmurthy, Gnanapeeth awardee.

Addressing a news conference here on Wednesday, Ananthmurthy said though the 
status of classical language received a whopping amount of money to undertake 
novel programmes in the name of language, merely the status could not bring 
significant changes into the lives of people who speak the classical language.

Ananthmurthy said the only way to resist bad implications of globalisation was 
the de-centralisation of culture.

Lately, globalisation was not only dominating indigenous culture, but was also 
displacing the latter. The prevailing scenario would certainly bring in 
hopeless consequences for the nation in the days to come, he added.

While replying a question on recent political developments in the state, he 
said the hope of a ‘secular’ third front assuming power in the nation, was 
lost by the decision of JD (S) joining hands with BJP to share power in the 

To keep Kannada abreast of the changing requirements of globalisation, he 
underscored the need for implementing ‘Neighbourhood education system’ and 
opening ‘common schools’, at least one for each district in the state.

Common schools were the best way to tackle the influence of globalisation on 
Kannada where children from all strata of society, together learnt subjects 
taught in Kannada medium, apart from English as a language, he added.

While talking about measures needed to be undertaken for development of 
Kannada, he said first, the government should create an atmosphere that 
ensures job opportunities for students who study in Kannada medium.

The state should give enough thrust on translation activities and the 
Translation Academy must be provided with adequate financial support since it 
translated works that encouraged readers of other languages to learn Kannada, 
he added.

He said ensuring a job either in information technology or bio-technology 
sector should not be the ultimate goal for education, which ought to focus on 
developing interest in the basic sciences among the young, as it would result 
in overall prosperity of the nation.

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