Kannada language test may become mandatory for jobs, admissions in Karnataka

The objective is to give locals an advantage when it comes to employment and educational opportunities

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The Government of Karnataka is mulling over the plan to make a Kannada language test compulsory for jobs or admissions to educational institutions. The move, if implemented, will give an advantage to locals. The objective is to create more employment opportunities for those who know Kannada and also ensure better understanding between the employers and locals. This will also serve as a kind of quota system for residents of the State.

Recently, the Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) announced cash prizes of Rs 5,000 each to all students who have passed their SSLC and PUC exam from a government school or college and scored over 95 marks in Kannada language.

Currently, students in the State are being taught the language after admission and bank staff are given six months to learn the language after being inducted into the job. Now, candidates will be screened at the entry level itself for knowledge of the language.

The issue is yet to be discussed formally in the cabinet meeting. Only if it receives a formal approval can it become a legislation.

Meanwhile the University of Mysore (UoM), is gearing up to translate the National Education Policy (NEP) document into Kannada, so that students and teachers across the State can understand the same easily.

Elsewhere, in Tamil Nadu, the Kannadigas in the border areas of the State want Kannadiga to be the first language in the Kannada schools, instead of Tamil. When the Tamil Nadu government had proposed to introduce Tamil as the first language in Kannada schools, the same was challenged in the court, leading to the ruling that Kannada will be the first language in Kannada schools till 2022.