Submitted by alvin on Wed, 2016-06-15 10:17 Udupi: An awareness campaign to encourage students take up Konkani as a third language was launched at the Government High School in Volakadu on Tuesday. Ashok Kamath, a professor at the Government Teachers Training College, flagged off the campaign launched by the Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Academy. Reminding the audience that Konkani had been added as a third language in schools from 2007, Roy Castelino, president of Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Academy, said there were about 50,000 students speaking Konkani across Udupi, Dakshina Kannada and Uttara Kannada. “The language is written in five different scripts. Though there are slight differences in the usage, the language should be brought under one roof. Teachers and parents should motivate children to speak Konkani,” said Castelino. At present, Konkani is being taught as a third language in 60 primary schools, 27 high schools and four colleges. Students from 12 schools answered the SSLC Konkani paper during last year’s exam while 69 students from 9 schools answered it in the Kannada script and 8 students from 3 schools answered it in Devanagari script. The academy aims to use this awareness drive to convince schools to allow interested students to study Konkani as the third language. As per the plan, students will learn Konkani in the Kannada script. As Kannada is the administrative language, the academy has already prepared Konkani language textbooks in the Kannada script. The Konkani Jagrathi Abhiyan drive has also been taken up in Udupi and Dakshina Kannada districts. Two books ‘Parisaracha Vengenth’ written by Manu Bajal and ‘Nani Battale Swargache Sapna’ written by Om Ganesh Uppunda were released on the occasion. Amrith Shenoy (member, Academic council and Konkani Adhyana Peeta Mangaluru University), Naresh Kini (secretary, Vishwa Konkani Kendra), Nagabhooshan Shet and Indu Ramananda Bhat (President and Vice president, SDMC Government High School Volakadu), Shaila Fernandes (Konkani Adhyana Peeta), Nirmala and Kusuma (HMs Primary and High School) and Dr B Devadas Pai (Registrar) were present.