KDA to distribute books to schools in border areas

Savitha Suresh Babu

Books donated to 50 schools in Kasargod district

Programme responds to specific needs

It aims to understand problems

MANGALORE: In an effort to cater to the needs of Kannadigas from border areas, the Kannada Development Authority (KDA) has launched a scheme to distribute books to Kannada-medium schools in these regions.

Need expressed

On Tuesday, the KDA and Kannada Book Authority (KBA) donated books to 50 schools in Kasargod district. Pradeep Kumar Kalkura, member of the KDA, told The Hindu that during previous visits to Kasargod by the authority, several schools had expressed the need for more Kannada books.

Responding to the specific needs of the schools, dictionaries, literary works by famous authors, and other books that could aid in learning were given to school libraries, he said.

Other States

The authority plans to give books to schools in villages bordering Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra too, Mr. Kalkura said. Preliminary visits would be made to these areas to find out what books the schools wanted.

Accordingly, books would be supplied to them, he said. In some villages bordering Andhra Pradesh, for instance, schools were demanding more textbooks, which the authority planned to provide, he added.

The intention of this programme was not just to distribute books. Rather, it was part of the process of trying to understand the problems that Kannadigas in border areas faced and to respond to them suitably, he said.

Programme responds to specific needs

It aims to understand problems

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