At least three colleges have sent applications to Mangalore University seeking permission to teach Konkani in various courses at the degree level from the next academic year.

Principals of the three colleges were speaking at an event organised by Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Academy programme to felicitate principals of colleges that would introduce Konkani as the second language from 2014-15.

Allwin Serrao, Principal, Rosario Degree College, said the college would introduce Konkani in BCom and BBM courses.

He expected 15 students to opt for Konkani.

Michael Santhumayor, Principal, Padua College, said he expected at least 50 students to opt for Konkani. The college has sent an application to start teaching Konkani as the third language.

Clarence, Principal, Pompeii College, Aikala, said Konkani would be introduced at the college in BCom, BA, and BBM courses. He expected 10 to 15 students to take up Konkani.