BU classes start, but no sight of Kannada textbooks

 Even though it has been more than 45 days since the commencement of first-year degree courses at colleges under Bangalore University, students are yet to receive the Kannada language textbooks.

Reason: The textbooks are yet to be printed as per the new syllabus which has come into effect this academic year.

With no textbooks in sight, students pursuing BA, BCom, BSc, BBM and BCA courses in colleges across Bangalore City, Bangalore Rural, Ramanagara, Kolar and Chikkaballapur districts are struggling to meet the first semester deadline.

“Every semester has 90 days, but 45 days have already lapsed. We have not even seen the new syllabus textbook and do not know how we will face the exams, which will be due in the next 45 days,” said a first-semester student studying at a college in Channapatna, Ramanagara district.

This academic year, the syllabus for Kannada language has been changed and textbooks are yet to be printed and released into the market for sale. Even lecturers have not been able to conduct classes due to this.

The problem is not limited only to the Kannada language textbook. Students of Optional Kannada too are yet to receive their textbooks, said Dr Shivanna, a Kannada professor. Even the English language textbook is not available even though the syllabus for English has not been changed, said an assistant professor of English.

When contacted, Dr Lalitha Ashwath, Director of Bangalore University’s Prasaranga, said that they had received orders to print seven Kannada textbooks only on July 26.

“We are working on Sundays too and have managed to complete the printing of one textbook. But we are yet to release it into the market. Three textbooks will be available by this Wednesday and three more by August 27,” she added.
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