With online education taking over the world this year, the State Government plans to set up an e-learning portal for people wishing to learn the language. Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa is expected to inaugurate it on November 1, Kannada Rajyotsava day.
The initiative, in association with the Kannada Development Authority, is aimed at enabling non-Kannadigas residing in the state to pick up the language as well as help next-generation Kannagidas living abroad to stay in touch with their roots.
All About the Kannada online portal
This is probably the first time that the State Government is adopting technology to teach Kannada. Tech-savvy experts are working with litterateurs to digitalise Kannada words. Initially, the portal will help those interested to learn spoken Kannada, and gradually, reading and writing as well. In the long term, the government plans to teach even science subjects in Kannada through the portal.
Portal to promote Kannada language
Kannada Development Authority Chairman T S Nagabharana said that the portal will also help people living outside the state especially abroad, to remain rooted. “Parents who have moved away may not have the facilities to teach their children Kannada.
But through this portal, anyone can learn the language,” he said. The initiative will further the work the Authority is already doing to promote the language abroad. The KDA holds weekend classes outside India in collaboration with local Kannada organisations, benefitting many second-generation people.