Revised district gazetteers for Mandya, Bijapur and Dakshina Kannada launched
BANGALORE: The Karnataka Gazetteer Department on Wednesday brought out “A handbook of Karnataka,” which is an abridged and updated version of the State gazetteer. It also released the revised English versions of Mandya and Bijapur district gazetteers and the Kananda version of the revised Dakshina Kannada district gazetteer. The gazetteers were released by Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa.
According to Karnataka Gazetteer Department Chief Editor S.A. Jeelani, “A handbook of Karnataka” provides the overall scenario about Karnataka including its development.
The book has 14 chapters, including those dealing with history, people, agriculture, industries, power and tourism.
This book has been prescribed as a reference book for the Karnataka Administrative Service examination by the Karnataka Public Service Commission. This book was first published in 1996 and updated in 2001 and 2005. He said his Department was bringing out revised district volumes of gazetteers in Kannada followed by English versions. While the revised edition of Dakshina Kannada gazetteer in Kannada was brought out on Wednesday, the earlier edition had been published in 1973.
Similarly, the gazetteers for Bijapur and Mandya districts were brought out in 1966 and 1968 respectively in English. Their revised Kannada editions were brought in 1999 and 2003 respectively. The present versions are the English translations of these revised editions.
The Department will also bring out gazetteer for Chamarajanagar and the revised edition for Tumkur, Davangere this year itself besides the plans to bring out English versions of gazetteers for Kolar and Dakshina Kannada.
Speaking on the occasion, Karnataka Gazetteer Advisory Committee member and historian Suryanath Kamath expressed concern that the Department suffered from severe staff shortage. Responding to this, Mr. Yeddyurappa ordered the officials concerned to initiate steps for filling up the vacancies.