Boost for Kannada students in border areas

He was speaking at the release of 40 novels organised by the Kannada Studies and Research Department of the Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) in the city on Tuesday. The books were published to commemorate the occasion of Kannada being bestowed with classical language status. The books, written by renowned writers and researchers, cover a wide range of topics starting from Dravida languages, scriptures, journalism, literature, feminist movement among others. 

Describing the scheme planned for the students in taluks near the border, Karjola said that they will be provided with cash prizes ranging from Rs 10,000 to Rs 20,000.

He mentioned that the Department for Kannada and Culture had released Rs 10 crore for the development of border areas. Reiterating the government’s commitment to secure quality of life in border areas, Karjola said that there is no dearth of funds for the purpose.

Observing that the 60 years had been wasted due to problems with neighbouring states such as Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Maharashtra, Karjola said that we should stop fighting and think of ourselves as Indians first.

He said that the State was keen on the progress of Kannada and had set apart Rs 158 crore for the Department of Kannada and Culture. An additional Rs 18.5 crore has also been approved for the department, he added.

Furthermore, he said that the government had released Rs one crore for the 11 universities in the State. Commending KSOU for utilising the funds effectively, he said that youth should be encouraged for improving the language.

Stressing on the need for translation of literary work from languages such as Urdu to Kannada, he said that it would assist in enriching the language. He also suggested writers to work harder towards improving Kannada.

KSOU Vice Chancellor Prof K S Rangappa, writer Dr D Javaregowda, Kannada and Culture Department Secretary B R Jayaramaraje Urs, Kannada and Culture Department Director Manu Baligar, Karnataka Sanskrit University Vice Chancellor Prof Mallepuram G Venkatesh were present.

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