Competitive exams: KDA to set up training centres

Speaking to reporters here on Thursday, Kannada Development Authority Chairman Mukhyamantri Chandru said the work of translating the reference books and study materials of competitive exams to Kannada language will commence shortly.

Of the nine Kannada study and research centres in universities outside the State, six were on the verge of closure due to poor admission and lack of grants, he said. The Authority was successful in boosting these centres by providing scholarship of Rs 2,000 for students who pursue PG in them.

A workshop will be held to promote regional varieties of Kannada language, Tulu, Konkani and Beary languages and plans are afoot to publish dictionary, grammar books and encyclopedia in these dialects, he said.

Discussion was held with High Court Chief Justice Dinakaran on implementing Kannada in lower courts. Judges who conduct proceedings and deliver verdict in Kannada language will be honoured by the Authority every year. Cash awards will be given to Kannada medium students who emerge toppers in SSLC and PU exam at taluk level, he added.

The use of Kannada on the number plates of State-owned vehicles has been made mandatory. Stating that the order is yet to be implemented effectively, he observed Shimoga Deputy Commissioner’s car also has English number plate.

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