MYSORE: The reported remarks of Chairman of the Tamil Virtual University V.C. Kulandaiswamy against grant of classical status to Kannada have been criticised by the Vice-Chancellor of the Karnataka State Open University (KSOU).
The KSOU has conferred an honorary doctorate on Prof. Kulandaiswamy.
In a press release issued here on Tuesday, KSOU Vice-Chancellor B.A. Vivek Rai referred to reports in a section of the press that Prof. Kulandaiswamy had not only opposed the grant of classical status to Kannada, but also claimed that “Tamil language was born even before the earth could take shape”.
Prof. Rai said the reported statement of the Tamil academic, who was a member of the Expert Committee constituted by the Union Government to accord classical status to Kannada, was “prejudiced” and “thoughtless”.
“It is regrettable that Prof. Kulandaiswamy, who is known as an academic of national stature, is giving statements that smack of regional language chauvinism,” Prof Rai said.
The KSOU’s criticism of Prof. Kulandaiswamy’s reported statement comes in the wake of a memorandum submitted to Prof. Rai by representatives of Kannada Kriya Samiti of Mysore on Tuesday.
The samiti representatives contended that they were dismayed over the fact that KSOU had honoured such an “immature” person with a doctorate degree.
Referring to Prof. Kulandaiswamy’s reported statement the samiti, in a press release, wondered how a language could be born without human beings.
The samiti had requested the KSOU Vice-Chancellor to express regrets for “unwisely” conferring of honorary doctorate on Prof. Kulandaiswamy.
The former Vice-Chancellor of the Mysore University D. Javare Gowda has also demanded withdrawal the honorary doctorate conferred on the Tamil academic.