KDA chief favours uniform education policy

KDA chief favours uniform education policy

Kannada Development Authority (KDA) Chairman Mukhyamantri Chandru has urged the newly-elected MPs to impress upon centre to evolve an uniform education policy across the country.

Speaking to mediapersons here on Monday, he said that along with English, regional languages and mother tongue should be given importance in the education.

The Supreme Court’s judgment that the State can not impose mother tongue as the medium of instruction at the primary level will have its impact on all regional languages in the country. Hence, there was an need to formulate a comprehensive education policy.”

“As my term will end on June 10, I have given 33-point demand to the government for the promotion of Kannada language.”

He said that Kannada should be compulsorily implemented in administration. All the legislations that are passed in the Assembly should be in Kannada.

The KDA Chairman said that palm leaf manuscripts should be collected and preserved.

Those who collect manuscripts should be paid honorarium and the government should declare manuscripts as ‘government property.’

The government should look into the implementation of Shivarudrappa Committee report on ‘Naada geethe’ which is now languishing with the government.

Many scholars, including former presidents of the Kannada Sahitya Parishat objected to the lack of a standardised rendition of the Naada Geethe.

Naada Geethe should be sung within one minute, on the model of National Anthem.

He said that the State government should frame a policy with guidelines for state flag after consulting the legal experts. 

Employment policy

He said that effective national policy was needed to address the challenges faced by the State on the crucial issues relating to employment.

A national employment policy has to be formulated so that local people are given preference during recruitment to jobs.

Mahishi report

Chandru said that the State government should initiate steps to guarantee jobs to Kannadigas in government departments, public sector undertakings and multi-national companies, as recommended in the Sarojini Mahishi report.

He, however, said that the Mahishi report needed amendments since it was prepared two decades ago and had not changed in the changes brought about by the IT and BT revolution.

Kannada Peeta

He said that the government should make effort to set up Kannada study/research centres outside Karnataka on priority basis. Jawaharlal Nehru University has responded positively for the setting up of Kannada Peeta if the State government provides financial assistance for the same.

There is a demand to set up peeta in Australia, Germany and England. 

He underlined the need to use Kannada in judiciary to ensure that the litigants understand the process of law.

The government should issue a circular not to glorify violence in movies and also not to give permission for dubbing of movies, he added.

Flaying the government’s move to seek resignations of chairpersons of all academies and authorities soon after the formation of a new government, he asked whether a political change in government should necessarily mean a change in the chair of all cultural organisations.

It is an unprecedented move.

Released

‘Mahabharatada Mahapatragalu,’ edited by Chandrashekar Damle was released on the occasion.

The work is a part of workshop on Yakshagana conducted by the KDA. The work deals with nine major characters in Mahabharatha including Bheeshma, Draupadi, Karna, and Arjuna.

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