Karnataka: Withdrawal of order on teaching English sought

Harold F. Schiffman haroldfs at ccat.sas.upenn.edu
Mon Dec 25 19:27:22 UTC 2006

KARNATAKA Dec 26, 2006

Withdrawal of order on teaching English sought

Sunday December 24 2006 13:39 IST

SHIMOGA: The 73rd Akhila Bharata Kannada Sahitya Sammelan has demanded the
State Government to withdraw its order on introducing English from
standard first. It is one among 17 resolutions passed at the open session
of Sammelan at Dr Rajkumar Vedike in Nehru Stadium here on Saturday. State
Government had shown much enthusiasm to introduce English from first
standard while Karnataka has been waiting for judgment on medium of
education at the primary level, Sammelan observed. It should constitute
separate committee comprising educational experts, linguists and
psychiatrists. It should implement language policy based on its report,
Sammelan demanded. Kannada Sahitya Parishat president Prof Chandrashekhar
Patil presided over the session. Resolutions were presented by Parishat
secretary Pundaleeka Halambi.

Other resolutions:

Implement recommendations of Kannada Nudi Kannada Gadi Jagruti Jatha
Sanchalana Samiti.

Kannada should be used compulsorily in proceedings of Railways Department.
State-wide agitation will be launched against Railway Departments
negligence attitude towards Kannada.

Simple and pure Kannada should be used in visual, print media and radio.
Kannada digits also should be used compulsorily.

Government should celebrate birth centenaries of renowned Kannada writers
with pomp.

Both State and Central Governments should start the process to implement
Mahajan Commissions report which had recommended to include Kasaragodu,
Sollapur, Akkalakote and other Kannada-speaking areas into Karnataka.

Mangalore should be merged into North East Railways Division. Separate
Railways Division should be constituted for the purpose.

Central Government should show keen interest to include Tulu and Kodava
languages in 8th schedule of the Constitution.

State Government should put pressure on Central Government to speed up the
works of Railway routes such as Gulbarga-Bidar, Kottur-Harihar and

State Government should provide sites and give financial assistance to
Kannada Sahitya Parishat district units for the construction of Kannada
Sahitya Bhavan.

Central Government should accord classical status to Kannada language

The simple textbook on financial management should be introduced for
primary school students.

Kannada question paper for 100 marks should be introduced compulsorily
during recruitment process for the posts in industries in Karnataka.



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