Staff Correspondent

Bidar: Why is north Karnataka dialect not used in school textbooks? Why have researchers not developed a running handwriting script for Kannada? Why is there no unanimity among scholars on the number of alphabet in Kannada language? Why is there no bridge dictionary that helps people speaking different dialects of Kannada understand one another?

These questions not only haunt students, but also teachers who underwent training in language teaching methodology in Bidar. When the fortnight-long programme ended on Sunday, the trainees and resource persons were happy, praising one another.

"They encouraged us to uncoil and turn the programme into an informal experience," says programme coordinator Shiromani Tare.

"The programme was different. It was not a routine lecture series. The teachers made it a free flowing interaction," said Lakshman Metre, a trainee.

The Bidar District Development Forum and the Allama Iqbal Education Society had jointly organised the programme.

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