For the benefit of Kannada research scholars residing abroad, the Kannada Development Authority (KDA) has mooted a proposal on funding to set up Kannada Chairs in Munich University, Heidelberg University, University of Wurzburg, all in Germany; and Vienna University, Austria.

Addressing presspersons here on Thursday, KDA Chairman Mukhyamantri Chandru said Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa had been urged to allocate Rs. 2 crore each to set up a Kannada Chair in each of the four universities in the State Budget for 2011-12. These universities have established Indology Departments to teach Indian languages.

For the benefit of research scholars, universities have sought one-time grant to set up chairs and purchase Kannada books.

Mr Chandru, who led a delegation to these universities, said the University of Wurzburg has nearly 2,500 Kannada books and 250 video cassettes of various Kannada films.

The foreign universities had also inked pacts with some of the State universities for promoting Kannada and exchange of faculty, he said.

The KDA chief said the Government had decided to hold a programme at the Freedom Park here on Sunday to grant fellowships of Rs. 20,000 each for 80 postgraduate Kannada students studying in seven universities located outside the State.

The annual fellowship amount of Rs. 16.38 lakh would be given to 38 girls and 42 boys studying MA programme in Kannada in Kannada PostGraduation and Research Centre, Kasaragod; Madras University, Chennai; Osmania University, Hyderabad; Bombay University, Mumbai; Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai; Dravida University, Kuppam; and Sollapur University, Akkalakote.