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Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Academy plans programmes to popularise Konkani in schools

To popularise Konkani as a third or optional language from sixth standard, Konkani Sahitya Academy in association with Konkani Prachar Sanchalan will organise various programmes.
Addressing a press meet, Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Academy President Eric Ozario said that children studying Konkani will be given free Konkani textbooks, two note books and a pen. Apart from this, various competitions will be organised. The top 10 highest scorers in Konkani will be awarded prizes.
He said teachers teaching Konkani will be given training and an additional allowance of Rs 3,000.
Mr Ozario said it is expected to teach Konkani to 1,000 students in 100 schools of Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Uttara Kannada districts. Konkani textbooks are getting printed. Nearly 3,000 textbooks will be purchased and distributed free of cost.
‘Konkani Manyatha Divas’ will be celebrated on August 19, he added. It was on this day that the Konkani was included in the Eighth schedule of the Indian Constitution providing the status of the official language. A meeting will be organised at Konkani Academy chavadi on June 17 at 10 am to discuss on the same. Dr Edward Nazareth, Louis Pinto, Roy Castelino of Konkani Prachar Sanchalan Samithi were present.

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