Mangalore University to offer certificate, diploma, and PG diploma courses in correspondence mode from 2012-13
After three decades of its existence, Mangalore University has initiated steps for offering courses in Tulu under the correspondence mode from the academic year 2012-13. Vice-Chancellor T. C. Shivashankara Murthy said the Directorate of Correspondence Courses would offer certificate, diploma and post-graduate diploma courses. The Governor, who is the Chancellor of universities, had approved draft regulations governing these courses. The university would shortly prepare the syllabi and study materials.
The Registrar (Administration), K. Chinnappa Gowda, said that an expert committee under the chairmanship of Board of Studies of Kannada would prepare the syllabi and study materials. A pass in SSLC examination was enough to pursue the six-month certificate course. For the one-year diploma course the candidate must have passed the pre-university. Any bachelor degree holder could join the one-year postgraduate diploma course. Kannada script would be used for the purpose of curriculum and instruction, and the medium of instruction and examination would be Tulu.
The certificate course would cover basic knowledge of Tulu and communication in Tulu. The diploma course would include Tulu literature, folklore and culture and communication. The PG diploma course would have the contents of certificate and diploma courses and comparison study of Tulu with other Dravidian languages.
The objectives in the regulations said that the courses would help students understand the rich folklore and oral traditions of Tulu. In addition, qualified teachers would have to be prepared for teaching Tulu as the government, from 2010-11, introduced Tulu in schools as the third optional language from the sixth standard. The other objectives of introducing the courses were to understand the kinship values and institutional form of work in Tulu society and rituals associated with religion, marriages and festivals.
The Karnataka Tulu Sahitya Academy had requested the university to start the courses. Hence the university was introducing them.