Philomena Lobo, Deputy Director of Public Instruction (Development) and Principal (DIET) expressed her happiness about the steps taken by World Konkani Centre in the right direction towards introducing Konkani language into the Education system.
“Availability of properly qualifies Konkani teachers will give better footage for Konkani in Schools. To achieve this Konkani should be made available in Teacher training courses of D.Ed and B.Ed.” she said.
She was addressing the gathering after inauguration Workshop II for developing broad outline of syllabus for the proposed Konkani subjects to be introduced into D.Ed course of Karnataka State on July 23 at World Konkani Centre (WKC).
Rev Fr.Wilson V. D’Souza, Secretary, Catholic Education Board and Dr. U. S. Mohandas Nayak, President, KKLMEIA assured their fullest support and co-operation for the implemenatation of project from their institutions.
Dr K. Mohan Pai gave a brief account of efforts of many organisations in brining Konkani into Education.
Basti Vaman Shenoy,President, WKC, welcome the participants and reiterated Center’s gold in taking Konkani language to all levels of educational system from Kindergarten to Post Graduation level.
Dr. Devdas Pai, Project Director, gave a brief introduction about the project.
Gurudutt Bantwalkar, Assistant Director, World Institute of Konkani Language delivered the vote of thanks.
Senior lecturers and language experts from various teacher training schools and colleges participated in the workshop.
The Handbook was released at an “Interaction Meet” organized in the school to clear the apprehensions of parents of std VI students while opting for Konkani as third language in the school.
Speaking on the occasion, Basti Vaman Shenoy said “The Questions raised by Konkani Parents while opting for Konkani as third language have been compiled in the handbook and answered by language experts and educationists. The answers should clear any apprehensions in the minds of the parents and they should come forward to utilize the facility the state government has provided after a long struggle by Konkani leaders.”
Secretary of Karnataka Konkani Linguistic Minority Educational Institutions Association Dr K Mohan Pai said “Learning mother tongue as third language in school besides English and Kannada as the major languages will surely not harm the future economic interest of the child. Rather child can learn other languages much faster and better once he learns the structure of his mother tongue.
Correspondent of the school Bhamy Vittaladas Shenoy and educationist Dr B Devadas Pai were present. School headmaster Somanath welcomed the gathering. Konkani teacher Lidwyn Veena Crasta compered the function.