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A degree in Kannada has no value

 A degree in Kannada has no value

Deepa Balakrishnan

Posted Monday , January 15, 2007 at 20:15
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LANGUAGE BARRIER: The state government\’s recruitment drive for unemployed youth in private cos has rekindled the language debate.

Bangalore: Science graduate Praveen Birazdar and his friend S Shivakumar have travalled over 500 km with the hope of a job in an IT company. But they soon found that a degree in Kannada will not get them places.

The Karnataka government says that it will be more strict in enforcing the Kannada medium of teaching this year, but people like Praveen and Shivakumar are finding it difficult to cope in the job market after studying in that system.

Says Praveen, “We have to know English. MNCs like Infosys need English. I am not saying you have to neglect kannada but you must have knowledge of the English language.’

Adds Shivakumar, “In the present situation, government employees also need this knowledge of the language.”

In the first recruitment drive by the Karnataka government to get jobs for its rural youth in the IT sector, Industries Minister Katta Subramanya Naidu has said that the state needs to give at least 85 per cent of their jobs to Kannadigas.

Says Naidu, “The main thrust of the government is to eradicate unemployment and give jobs to locals.”

Home grown companies like Infosys have stepped into the initiative, but even as Infosys HR Director T V Mohandas Pai tried to encourage the unemployed graduates with a pep talk, barely 30 per cent of them qualified for the next level.

“They must have a reasonable pass percentage, must have a reasonable knowledge of English and after that we can train them to do much better, but that’s the minimum bench mark,” sasys he.

And the minimum benchmark is a tough one on youths from Hassan and Mandya districts who say that they find English tough and that they have no knowledge of computers having studied in the Kannada medium.

The state government’s recruitment drive for unemployed youth in private companies has rekindled the language debate.

While the government has been insisting on the Kannada medium of teaching all through primary school, those who have lived in that system find it difficult to compete with their urban peers.


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