Scholarships Worth Rs 1 Crore was distributed to engineering and MBBS students by Vishwa Konkani student scholarship fund, established by World Konkani Centre, Mangalore at the T V Raman Pai Convention Hall, here on Friday August 26.
Addressing the gathering, the key note speaker T V Mohandas Pai, chairman, Manipal Universal learning, said that as there are so many developments taking place in the educational sector, the present generation students should not miss such opportunities.
“In India only 13 percent of youngsters are pursuing their higher studies and very large group of students remain unproductive.
In India lack of suitable medical care has resulted in the increasing number of death among children which needs to be changed and it is possible through transformation in education sector which can even eradicates poverty”, he stressed.
Konkani speaking people who are about 25 lac across the globe should be the most powerful minority community by another 20 years, he hoped and said that we are responsible to preserve our songs, dramas, stories and literature and said linking them through website is the easiest way of doing it. He called upon the students to be creative and innovative than being mere graduates.
Grace Pinto, MD, Ryan International Group of Institutions, the guest of honour in her lively talk in the programme called upon the students to take a pledge of being the winner through respecting their parents. She said when an individual starts gaining in life; he or she also should start giving in life.
M Jagannath Shenoy, MD, Ganesh Beedi Works, Mysore said that one should be proud of their surnames as it resembles their identity and language.
B R Bhat, throwing light on the uniqueness of Konkani fund which has its collaboration with the corporation bank said that the Konkani scholarship fund is taking care of entire course period and monetary mechanism is done regularly and the sanction procedure is simple. Through website of the bank, the eligible candidates can avail their scholarship fund in any branch of the country.
In all, scholarships worth Rs 1 crore was distributed to Engineering and MBBS students. MBBS students were given Rs 40,000 each and engineering students were given Rs 30,000 each. On the occasion Gurudath Bantwalkar was felicitated for representing Konkani language in the recently held Wikimenia conference held in Israel. Basti Vaman Shenoy, president, World Konkani Centre presided.
Ramdas Kamath U, chairman, VKSSF welcomed. Pradeep G Pai delivered vote of thanks. Raghunath Shet, Rohan Monteiro, Ammembala Badrinath Kamath were present on the dais.
Later addressing the presspersons at a press conference, Ramadas Kamath U said that this is the second year the Vishwa Konkani Kendra is distributing the scholarships to the community students. He revealed that in coming years they have plans to distribute scholarships to Siddi and other Konkani speaking students amounting to Rs 25 lac. Under KSHAMATA training programme Konkani students will be given training and already three programmes are over this year. The programme for Konkani youth also includes mentoring programme, he said.
Konkani Language and Cultural Foundation celebrated the Konkani Manyatha Divas (recognition of Konkani by its inclusion in the 8th schedule of the constitution) by releasing the first volume of the three-part Encyclopedia of Konkani at a function held at World Konkani Centre, Shaktinagar here on Saturday August 20.
Prof Rajesh Sachdeva Director-in-Charge of Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore, who released the book in the presence of Dr Tanaji Harlankar, guest of honour and Chief Editor of the Encyclopedia of Konkani emphasized on the importance of contribution of the community in safeguarding and developing their language.
“Recognition of the language is extremely important for all of us because ours is a multi-lingual country and we have to understand the value of the distinct diversity of this country. One must respect the fact that different languages are valuable aspects of qualitative heritage of any country. To develop language is to develop the community. It is the responsibility of the community to take the language forward”, he stated.
He reminded the Konkanis that by the addition of Konkani in the 8th schedule of the constitution there is an additional responsibility on the Konkani speaking people to develop the language and safeguard its diversity and heritage. Giving an example of the efforts put in by the Israelis in reviving the Hebrew language which was on the verge of extinction, Prof Sachdeva cautioned that if we cut the roots of the language we will have to pay a very heavy price in future. He commended the Konkanis for coming out of the shadow of Marathi and for finding its own place in the 8th schedule.
Pointing out that Sanskrit could grow as a language by adopting different scripts he stated, “Language is more important than script. Don’t let script come in the way of working for the betterment of Konkani. Recognition is usually for the language and script is just like an outer garb. Being a multilingual country, it offers a number of opportunities for the languages to grow together. Konkani has found a place among other 22 languages in the 8th schedule because there is lot of literature in the language and deliberate and conscious efforts have gone into its development. To take it a step further concerted efforts must be made to teach Konkani in schools. Centuries of efforts are required for it to grow”, he declared.
Dr Tanaji Harlankar, Chief Editor of the Encyclopedia in Konkani was felicitated on the occasion by Prof Sachdeva and Basti Vaman Shenoy, President of Konkani Language and Cultural Foundation. Gokuldas Prabhu introduced Dr Halankar to the audience. Dr Halankar, who is also the editor of the first world encyclopedia in Konkani, in his speech stated that bringing out the encyclopedia in Konkani has given him as much joy as bringing to the world his first child and his first book.
“For any writer his/her book is like a child because lots of efforts go into bringing out a book”, he pointed out. The encyclopedia in Konkani released today is the first of the 3 volumes brought out subsequently. This book contains 500 pages and the remaining two volumes will be of 500 pages each. “The encyclopedia covers Goa in full and Konkan parts of Kerala, Karnataka and Maharashtra. It deals with Konkani people of the Konkans, their linguistic, historic, geographical and cultural activities and Konkani art, literature, feasts, traditions, customs and rituals”, he said.
He also pointed out that he had to work under certain limitations that include restricting the volumes of the encyclopedia to 500 pages each. Hence Tanaji said he has concentrated mainly on important events pertaining to the Konkani community. “Though there are many famous Konkanis whose number goes beyond 500 I have been able to include only 100 of them due to space constraints, he stated. As a parting shot he said “I am just giving you the menu. To taste the dish you have to buy the book and read”, Halankar Stated.
Dr Kasturi Mohan Pai who distributed books and scholarship to the students who have taken Konkani as the medium of study in school, stressed on the need to adopt Nagari script so as to bring standardization to Konkani script all over the country. “If formal education is taught in Nagari script then it would usher in standardization in Konkani script in the country”, he maintained.
Earlier Basti Vaman Shenoy welcomed the gathering. Basti Vaman Shenoy, Shri Subbu Krishna, Raghunath Shet were present on the dais. Guru Baliga compered the programme and also proposed the vote of thanks.
The Beneficiary Orientation and Training Programme, (BOTP) is envisaged to provide Soft Skill development training to Scholarship Beneficiaries under KSHAMATA. It is also to conduct individual counseling and mentorship assessment of the beneficiaries, so as to make them successful in their educational pursuit and help them realize their fullest potential for a gainful career. Three Camps were organized for 2010 batch of Scholarship beneficiaries under BOTP 2011. 3 separate Camps held in the month of July 2011 at World Konkani Centre, Mangalore for total number of 133 participants. Each Camp was of Three Days duration.
Eminent Human Resources trainers like Mahesh Bhagawandas, Bangalore, Preetham Kamath, Carrol Pais, Bharathi Shevgur, Mangalore were the resource persons. The participants were also enlightened about Konkani Language and Culture by eminent Konkani Scholar Dr. Mohan Pai K. The Participants were provided with opportunities to interact with eminent corporate leaders like Shri M. Narendra, Chairman and Managing Director of Indian Overseas Bank, Shri Allen C.A. Periera, Former Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Bank of Maharashtra and Shri B.R.Bhat, General Manager, Corporation Bank. An inspirational Speech delivered by T.V. Mohandas Pai recorded specially for the beneficiaries was presented.
The Camps were sponsored by Vishwa Konkani Student Scholarship Fund, Corporation Bank, Karnataka Bank, Ultra tech Cements and DeepeeEn Corporation, Mangalore.
Deputy speaker N Yogish Bhat inaugurated Konkani Book Fair at Sahitya Kendra, P M Rao Road here on Sunday May 22. During the inaugural function of the fair, an online Konkani Shoppe installed by World Konkani Centre on their Website www.vishwakonkani.org was also launched by Vasudev Kamath, Infosys Technologies Ltd. The fair is a joint effort by World Konkani Centre and Sahitya Kendra, Mangalore for the promotion of Konkani Literature.
Hundreds of Konkani Titles in Devnagari, Kannada and Romi Scripts are exhibited at the fair from publishers across the coastal region of Goa, Karnataka and Kerala. Online Konkani Shoppe installed world Konkani Centre on its website www.vishwakonkani.org is first online shoppe for Konkani Books.