Folk varsity inauguration soon

Folk varsity inauguration soon

The State government will soon announce yet another date for inauguration of Janapada (folk) University at Gottagudi  in Shiggaon of Haveri district.

Speaking to media after releasing the Kannada Janapada Nighantu (folk dictionary) in the City on Saturday, Chief Minster D V Sadananda Gowda said there won’t be further delay in the inauguration of the university. The budgetary allocation of Rs 7.7 crore would be used to develop the institution.

Gowda made the announcement following the request by Chairperson of the Karnataka Janapada Academy Go Ru Channabasappa, lexicographer G Venkatasubbaiah, Kannada Development Authority Chairperson Mukhyamantri Chandru. 

The then Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa had announced the plan to set up the university in the 2010-11 budget. Ambalike Hiriyanna as the vice-chancellor and C A Somashekarappa as registrar have already assumed office. But, the inauguration was postponed twice for not known reasons.

The chief minister also said the term of Go Ru Channabasappa as chariperson of the Academy, which expired on Saturday, has been extended till the inauguration of the university.

The folklore dictionary, brought out jointly by KDA and Karnataka Janapada Academy, runs into three editions, comprising 1,144 pages with meaning of 50,000 words and phrases.

Channabasappa said books and dictionaries on folklore published previously were limited to certain regions in the State and the new dictionary addresses the lacuna.

The committee, which has brought out the dictionary, has referred over 400 books and interacted with people from all districts of the State.

The chief minister said that the copies of the dictionary would be circulated to all university and government libraries in the State.

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