Speaking at fifth Kannada Vijnana Sammelana organised jointly by Swadeshi Vijnanana Andolana-Karnataka and Mangalore University here on Tuesday, he said “no developments have taken place in implementing Kannada in administration. Of the 29 districts in the State, Kannadigas have become minorities in 19 districts. If the situation continues, then a day will come when we need to ask for reservation for Kannadigas in Kannada land.”
He said the unification of Karnataka has taken place in 1956. However, we are yet to attain Kannadikarana.
Stating that there are more than 6,500 languages all over the world, he said India has more than 3,000 languages. However, he expressed concern over the UNESCO report that one language get extincts every 15 days.
Languages are dying due to globalisation, liberalisation and our excessive love towards English language. The diversity of the language must be preserved and stressed for the need to study in mother tongue while respecting other languages. Time has come to raise the plight of Kannada.
He said KDA is getting several books translated to Kannada to help the civil service aspirants to write in Kannada. Kannada Madhyama Prashasti students who scored over 60 per cent in Kannada in SSLC and PUC examinations in all the districts will be honoured by the Authority.
Rashtriya Sanskrit University Vice-Chancellor (retd) Prof V R Panchamukhi said “Indians have been making immense contributions towards science and social science from the time immemorial.”
He said universities must think of starting a PG course in ‘Indigenous thoughts on economic development’ and ‘Indigenous thoughts of Technology and Science.’
The life and achievement of Vishweshwarayya must be published in small hand books and must be distributed to students free of cost.
Nitte University Chancellor N Vinay Hegde said science does not have any restrictions of language. Many a times, researchers review science within the limits of a region. Without English, China has made lot of achievement in the field of science and technology and have proved that English is not essential for the development of science.”
Science is not stagnant water. It must become part of life. “We need to respect mother tongue. However, the respect and honour to our language should not become arrogance.”
Mangalore University Vice-Chancellor Prof K M Kaveriappa said language must grow for its existence. To learn science in Kannada, the words need to be developed. We can not use the language without borrowing words from other languages. Science textbooks in Kannada must be published continuously with the help of the government.
‘Panchamukhi,’ ‘Leelavathi—1,’ ‘souvenir of fifth Kannada vijnana sammelan, ‘Madhwacharyara jeevana vijnana,’ ‘Vijnana padakosha—1’ ‘Vijnana Kannada,’ ‘Jaivika vijnana’ and a hand book on 6th Kannada Vijnana sammelan were released on the occasion.
NIMHANS Director Dr D Nagaraja and All India Institute of Speech and Hearing Director Dr Vijayalakshmi Basavaraj were conferred ‘Vishweshwarayya Vijnana puraskar’ on the occasion. The award will be also given to Dharmasthala Dharmadikari D Veerendra Heggade.
DH News Service
'Publish science thesis in Kannada’
Mangalore University Vice-Chancellor Prof K M Kaveriappa said that the university will henceforth allow the students from Science stream to publish their thesis in Kannada language. “So far none from science stream have written their thesis in Kannada” , he said.