Classical Kannada centre in Bengaluru

The Centre on Thursday promised the Karnataka government that steps would be taken to set up a Centre of Excellence for Studies in Classical Kannada (CESCK) in Bengaluru by delinking it from the Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL).

Kannada and Culture Minister Umashree, who met Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani here, told reporters that the Union minister promised to delink CESCK from the CIIL at the earliest.

Umashree in her memorandum to Irani stated that the Karnataka government had made arrangements to provide the required land and other facilities for establishing the centre.

As the CESCK is currently functioning under the CIIL in Mysuru, the institution had not shown any tangible results in carrying out research activities in Kannada.

The Karnataka government has identified three acres of land at the Bangalore University campus for setting up the centre. Once CESCK is separated from CIIL, the institution will function as an autonomous body under the chairmanship of the Karnataka chief minister and will have liberty to take up research activities in Kannada, she said.

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