[lg policy] Kannada must for Class 1 from next year

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Wed Feb 21 10:44:28 EST 2018

 Kannada must for Class 1 from next year
TNN | Feb 21, 2018, 11:08 IST
[image: Kannada will be introduced as a language in all institutions,
including private, CBSE and ICSE schools.] Kannada will be introduced as a
language in all institutions, including private, CBSE and ICSE schools.
BENGALURU: The state government is all set to introduce Kannada
<https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/topic/Kannada> as a language from
Class 1 in primary schools from coming academic year, primary and secondary
education minister Tanvir Sait said on Tuesday.
Replying to a discussion on the issue in the legislative council, K T
Srikanthegowda (JDS) said the government has made all preparations to
introduce Kannada as a language in all institutions, including private, CBSE
<https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/topic/CBSE> and ICSE
<https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/topic/ICSE> schools. “We have already
held a meeting with the managements of private schools. A letter has been
sent to CBSE and ICSE boards asking them to adopt three-language policy in
their schools,’’ he said.

Probe into UAS recruitment scam

The state government will conduct a preliminary inquiry into the alleged
corruption charges in the recruitment of assistant professors and associate
professors by the University of Agricultural Sciences
(UAS), Bengaluru. Agriculture minister Krishna Byregowda said the
government will also stay the recruitment process, provided rules permit
such action, till the inquiry is over.

“We’ll get the charges probed by a senior official and if they are found to
be true, legal action will be initiated against the culprits,” he said,
while asking the affected candidates to provide details to the official who
will be appointed in a week.

The assurance came after JD(S) member R Chowdareddy Toopalli raised the
issue. He also alleged while the government had given approval for just 43
posts, the university had conducted interview for 107 posts.

Senior member Basavaraj Horatti alleged that the interviews were conducted
just three days before the vice-chancellor retired though the governor has
clearly instructed all vice-chancellors not to take any important
administrative decision like recruitment when they are due for retirement
in six months.

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*Legislators seek quick passage at toll plazas*

Members in the legislative council demanded a quick and hassle-free passage
to them at toll plazas on highways. JD(S) senior member Basavaraj Horatti
said despite the government's direction, the legislators and other VIPs are
not getting quick passage at toll plazas. “The staff at toll gates refuse
to acknowledge our identity cards,” he said.

BJP <https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/topic/Bharatiya-Janata-Party> MLC
Somanna Bevinamarad claimed that he was stopped at a toll plaza near Haveri
for almost one and half hour as the staff refused to accept his identity
card issued by the council.

PWD minister H C Mahadevappa said he has been taking steps to address the
issue. However, when there’s a rush of vehicles, providing a dedicated lane
for VIP vehicles will become an issue. “I have told the officials to widen
the roads at toll plazas to provide more lanes to cut down waiting time.
The toll policy comes under the Centre and I’ll write to the Union
transport ministry,” he added.


 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com

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