Knowledge of the Mother tongue of a country plays a very important role in the development of a person. Recently, the Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) on Friday issued a circular making it compulsory for all self-governing engineering colleges affiliated to VTU to compulsorily teach a Kannada language course for B.E, B.Tech, B.Planning and B.Arch students. The updated circular was issued on the direction of the Kannada Development Authority. Earlier in August, VTU had announced that only government colleges under VTU will have the mandatory Kannada lessons.
According to the circular, Kannada will be made a compulsory credit course for first-year B.Arch students, 3rd-semester students in the B.Planning and B.E/B.Tech programs starting from the 2020-21 academic year. The Kannada course will also be mandatory for lateral entry third-year students of B.Planning, B.E and B.Tech. “Kannada Language shall be ahead of passing and shall be considered for the vertical progression of students from an even semester to the subsequent odd semester,”’ the circular states.
The Karnataka Government’s Textbook Committee has prepared textbooks titled ‘Samskruthika Kannada’ and ‘Balake Kannada’. Samskrutika Kannada will be the textbook prescribed for students who can speak, read and write Kannada. Balake Kannada will be the textbook for students who do not understand the Kannada language. “Only these books are to be prescribed as textbooks. The soft copy of the books shall be made available in the first week of September 2020 and the hard copies published by Prasaraanga of VTU Belagavi will be distributed later,” the circular added.