Panel launches Konkani campaign

Staff Correspondent

MANGALORE: Konkani Prachar Sanchalan, a committee under Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Academy set up for popularisation of the teaching of Konkani in schools, launched a three-day campaign, “Shaaleyali Konkani”, on Wednesday. The committee will visit schools in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi in an effort to coax the managements of schools to introduce Konkani as an optional language from the sixth standard.

President of the sanchalan Roy Castelino told presspersons here on Wednesday that the permission given by the State Government for teaching of Konkani as an optional language from the present academic year was a happy moment for Konkani-speaking communities in the State. The academy had introduced Konkani in schools in three coastal districts last year, but this had been at an unofficial level, he said.

President of the academy Eric Ozario said that the main aim of the campaign was to clear doubts that the managements of schools might have about offering Konkani as a subject.

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