Submitted by alvin on Thu, 2016-06-02 17:25 Mangaluru: It has been eight years since Konkani language made its entry into the state syllabus of high school. But since then not even 500 students in three districts – Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Uttar Kannada – have opted to write SSLC exam in Konkani. Upset over the trend, Konkani Sahitya Academy has initiated a campaign ‘Jagruthi Abhiyana’ to encourage students to take up Konkani as third language.There were over 50,000 Konkani speaking people in three districts but over the years, number of students writing exam in Konkani language is going downwards. In 2010, as many as 80 students appeared for Konkani language exam, whereas the number was reduced to 77 in 2015-16. Interestingly, even Block Education Officers (BEO) were unaware that Konkani language examination was conducted in high school level, which the academy feels, could be one the reasons for poor response to the language.Explaining the initiative, Academy president Roy Castelino told mediapersons that a 15-day campaign has been scheduled until June 16 to revive the trend and encourage Konkani speaking students to take up exams in the language.“In the last six years, students who took exam in Konkani language had secured above 90 marks. Konkani is also a scoring subject like other subjects and students should opt for writing exam in Konkani language,” he said.Castelino further said that process to introduce Konkani MA in Mangalore University – on the lines of Goa University – is under way. According to him, the Mangalore University has promised to initiate the course from this academic year and academy will extend its support.