Tulu in curriculum loses sheen - ‘Books lie in godown’


DHNS, 21-02-2013 06:02:36


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The ambitious plan of the Department of Public Instructions and Karnataka Tulu Sahitya Academy of introducing Tulu in academics seems to be facing a hurdle.

The project has received hapless response in Dakshina Kannada, as well as in Udupi even for the year 2013-14. The reasons are many.

In the year 2010-11, when Tulu was introduced in the curriculum, around 11,000 books were printed and distributed among 6th standard students, across seven educational blocks of the district.

In 2011-12, around 12,000 books were printed each for 6th and 7th standard students. But it didn’t take much time to learn that there is a long way to go.

‘Books lie in godown’

If sources are to be believed, the situation was pathetic in 2012-13, as only Sullia block had requested for around 400 Tulu textbooks with the department and the Tulu Sahitya Academy printed 200 books for 8th standard students.

According to a Department of Public Instructions official, they were informed by the Sullia BEO that students didn’t show any interest to study Tulu and as a result textbooks were lying in godown.

Good numbers, but different reason

This year, Puttur Block Education Officer has sent an indent for 170 books for 6th standard, 340 books for 7th (170 books for first semester and 170 for second semester), 445 books for 8th standard and 183 books for 9th standard students, to study it as third language.

Meanwhile, Mangalore (North) has sought 30 books each for 8th standard and 9th standard students while Moodibidri block has sought 30 textbooks each for 8th standard and 9th standard students. On the other hand, Sullia block has not shown any interest to send an indent requesting for textbooks.

The official didn’t receive any indents from Bantwal, Belthangady and Mangalore (South) blocks as well.

District Textbook Nodal Officer Shankarappa Mudnal opined that there should be proper plan to motivate students and parents to study Tulu.

“Teachers from other districts who are working here don’t know Tulu. More than that parents think that there is no need to study Tulu as a subject and they don’t find any extra benefit by that,” he opined.

Ray of hope

Speaking to Deccan Herald, Puttur BEO Sheshashayana said that parents of the students don’t show interest in Tulu as a third language.

“Still we have got response for the proposal to study Tulu as an introductory language. The students have an option to study Tulu or Hindi as third language according to the marks they get. However, very few have taken up Tulu. So we are concentrating on teaching Tulu as an additional language. Within a few years, more number of students may take up it as a subject,” he hoped.

Even in Udupi, the plan of introducing Tulu as a subject has got a lukewarm response. Speaking to Deccan Herald, DDPI Nagendra Madhyastha said that the department didn’t get any indent for Tulu textbooks from Udupi, Karkala and Brahmavara blocks where Tulu speaking people are more in number.

To a query on organising interaction programmes with the parents, he said that though the department organised one such programme in Uppinangady, the parents eye on practical benefits of studying Tulu than preserving the language and culture. 

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