Academy frames Konkani syllabus for PUC

Realising the need to introduce Konkani as an optional language in Pre University Course (PUC), the Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Academy has framed a syllabus for the I and II PUC and will be handed over to the Minister for Primary and Secondary Education shortly, said Academy President Ronald Castelino.

Addressing a press meet here on Tuesday, he said that Konkani language is likely to be introduced from the next academic year.

“We can not introduce it during the academic year as textbooks have not been printed. With the introduction of Konkani as an optional language in PUC, there will be continuity in the process of learning Konkani.” Rosario, Padua and Kirem - Aikala degree colleges have decided to introduce Konkani as an optional language from the academic year.

An effort will also be made to introduce Konkani in DEd and BEd courses.

He said that the Academy is planning to create awareness on Konkani language and culture by starting Konkani clubs in schools and colleges.

Different competitions will be organised for the students as a part of ‘Konkani Manyatha divas’ to create awareness on Konkani and culture.

To promote Konkani among children, the Academy is planning to introduce animated Konkani teaching aids and cartoons.

Diploma courses

The President said that the Academy will start Konkani diploma course for non Konkani speaking and Konkani speaking people.

The duration of the course will be 20 hours. The help of experts Prathap Naik Goa and Valerian Fernandes will be sought to start the course. The course is likely to commence from July.

Stating that a few of the Konkani speaking communities like Siddi, Kudumi, Kharvi, Daivajna Brahmana, Rajpur Saraswath, Navayati have not been brought to the mainstreams of the society when it comes to literature, an effort will be made to document the available literature, culture and folk tradition.

“There was a need for indepth study on culture and tradition of Konkani speaking communities. If the culture is documented, then it will provide a clear cut idea on the backward communities among Konkani speaking people.”

Mobile Konkani Bazar

Stating that there has been decline in reading habits among youth, Castelino said that there is shortage of market for Konkani books. To take Konkani to the doors of the people, the Academy will introduce ‘mobile Konkani Bazar,’ a mobile library with a facility to sell books.

The vehicle will visit different places to sell books. Along with books, CDs and DVDs will also be sold.

Theatre training

He said that the Academy is planning to organise workshops in theatres and Natakotsava. A training will be imparted to 10 interested individuals each from Bangalore, Mysore, Hubli, Mangalore and other centres and repertory will be started in each district, to impart training to the interested in Konkani play.

The Academy has already held talks with MUDA officials to possess a building for the Academy.

The Academy is likley to get space in the commercial complex of the MUDA which is likely

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