Mangaluru: Mangalore University is planning to introduce a postgraduate course in Tulu as well as provide Tulu as an optional subject at the undergraduate level. The registrar (administration) of the university has issued a notification to constitute a seven-member committee headed by Kannada professor Abhaya Kumar for drafting the syllabi and regulations.
The move comes after the Karnataka Tulu Sahitya Academy wrote to the university requesting it to offer a Masters degree in Tulu. Prof. Kumar said that the committee was now busy drafting the syllabi. The university could offer Tulu at the PG and UG level from the academic year 2018-19, he said.
In her December 21, 2016 letter to the university, the then president of the academy M. Janaki Brahmavar said that as Tulu had been introduced in schools since 2010-11, the schools required qualified teachers to teach Tulu. So far, two batches of class 10 students had studied Tulu as the third optional language. About 1,000 students are studying Tulu in 20 schools.
Janaki said the academy had written to the government to teach Tulu at PU-level. She said as per the 2011 census, 20 lakh people had Tulu as their mother tongue. It is estimated that about one crore people speak Tulu in the world, she said.
According to the academy, Kannur University, University of Kerala, Madras University, Mumbai University, Osmania University, Kuppam Dravidian University, University of Tubigen, Germany, and University of Turku, Finland, had included Tulu in their academic programmes.