Minister for higher education and deputy chief minister Dr C N Ashwath Narayan said on Sunday that professional courses will soon be offered in Kannada. This will imply that students in the state can study courses including engineering in Kannada and not depend on English texts if hailing from a Kannada medium education background.
Speaking at an event on Sunday, he said that that the process of translating the texts as part of the curriculum has been initiated already. Content will be made available to study from the next academic year. Work on the translation of curriculum into regional language has been initiated.
Speaking in the webinar organized by All Languages Faculty Association of Karnataka University on the topic ‘New Education Policy- Study of Indian languages’, he said, “Regional language (mother tongue) will be further strengthened after the implementation of National Education Policy and let there be no apprehensions in this regard.”
NEP emphasizes on providing professional education in regional languages and accordingly, governments will encourage measures to realize the ambition of the policy, Narayan added.
“Our regional language, Kannada should also flourish correspondingly as technology and innovation progress and it should exist in all spheres. The NEP will not allow outsiders to enforce other languages on us. The courses and curriculum will be designed by our own universities and subject experts,” he explained.
A team has been readied for this purpose and are working towards achieving this, sources said.