[lg policy] Karnataka: Knowledge of English is important: Minister

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Sun Sep 6 21:33:02 UTC 2009

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Karnataka - Bangalore knowledge of English is important: Minister

Staff Reporter

Bangalore: The knowledge of English is important for developing
countries such as India, Kerala Minister for Education and Culture
M.A. Baby said on Sunday at the inauguration of a “Digital multimedia
language laboratory” at the Regional Institute of English (RIE) here.
Karnataka and Kerala should approach the Union Government to earmark
more activities for institutes that teach English, he said and added
that English should be taught through the mother tongue in order to
make learning easier. “The spirit of freedom came to India through the
knowledge of English,” Mr. Baby said. RIE South India trains teachers
in Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Goa and Puducherry
and is funded by the respective State governments.

The institute is now in the process of developing an English Language
Trainer (ELT) for students from classes VI to X. Bangalore North MP
D.B. Chandre Gowda and Director of Public Instruction A.P.M. Mohammed
Hanish were present.

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