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Mangalore: Konkani to be taught in colleges at degree level

Dec. 4, 2013

Six years since its introduction in schools, Konkani is now all set to be offered as an optional subject at the degree level in some of the colleges in Mangalore city.

The government had permitted to choose Konkani as an optional subject from 6th standard in Karnataka schools from 2007, due to which thousands of children in Mangalore and Udupi were able to learn the language. Students have also been answering tenth standard examinations in Konkani for the last three years.

In the next academic year, it will be possible to take up Konkani as a second language at the degree level. The language is already being taught in St Aloysius College for the last 20 years. As per University directives, Rosario College, Padua College and Pompei College of Aikala have come ahead to include Konkani in their curriculum.  Konkani will be taught in these colleges over four semesters for BA, BCom, BSc, and other undergraduate streams from the next academic year.

On Wednesday December 4, a programme was held at Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Academy hall to felicitate colleges which are ready to teach Konkani. The programme was organized by the Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Academy in association with Konkani Prachar Sanchalan.

Bishop Dr Aloysius Paul D'Souza who presided over the programme said, "I am very happy to see colleges gearing up to teach Konkani to their students." "We feel proud to announce that this year in the 7th standard class, there are 500-plus students studying Konkani," said Roy Castelino, President, Konkani Prachar Sanchalan. Kasargod Chinna, Former President, Konkani Sahitya Academy, Government Education Instructor of Mahavidyala, Principal Philomena Lobo, President of the Catholic Sabha, Nigel Pereira, Philanthropist Eric Correa, Academy Registrar, Dr Devadas Pai were also present at the ceremony.

 However, Konkani cannot be taught at PUC level as yet, as there are no such directives. Roy Castelino, President of the Konkani Prachar Sanchalan has urged the government for its approval.

 A workshop in Konkani was held for teachers since morning.


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