After making in mandatory in all the government and affiliated schools, the Karnataka government has decided to make it a part in the higher education courses as well. It is scheduled to become a mandatory subject for all the students who are opting for their higher education courses. Those students who are undergoing engineering, law and medicine too would have to learn the language from the upcoming year. The decision was taken as part of the proposal that was submitted by the Kannada Development Authority.
In a general body meeting the Karnataka State Council for Higher Education made this the main agenda and post discussion of quite a bit stretch it was decided to make the necessary changes from the next academic year. The level of Kannada to be taught in the higher education courses would be set by an expert committee that would be set up by the council.
For the first four semesters for the undergraduate students opting for BA, BSc, BCom and BBM courses in Karnataka, Kannada would be compulsory subject. For professional courses like MBBS, BE and LLB, the language would be mandatory for the first two semesters. According to a senior official of the council, “For students from other states, we have to decide on the level of Kannada. The expert committee, with members from the Kannada Development Authority and academia, will decide about it.” Official notification would be made public once the Higher Education Department submits its report.