Literary pursuits add to an individual’s personality and strengthen his/her humanitarian faculties, said writer A.V. Prasanna.

He was speaking after inaugurating the three-day research workshop organised by the School of Classical Kannada Studies at Rani Channamma University here on Monday.

Mr. Prasanna said that Belgaum district was gifted with several non-regional linguistic communities and hence several languages, which was a great asset in its own way towards further development of intellectual resources. The educational institutions, particularly universities, had a great responsibility to use such a rich cultural resource to develop intellectual resources.

RCU Registrar Vishnukant S. Chatpalli emphasised on the need to take up research on Kannada literature and cultural study, multimedia application in languages and education in mother tongue. Language should act as a bridge between people and not as a wall, he added.

RCU Vice-Chancellor B.R. Ananthan, who presided over the function, stressed on the need for research in various aspects of folk literature. He gave some tips to research guides. He expressed happiness over the growth that the School of Classical Kannada Studies has seen in two years of its inception.

Rajappa Dalwai, chairperson of the department, highlighted the objectives of the workshop and said there were 96 candidates pursuing Ph.D. programme, according to a release issued here on Tuesday.