Bengaluru, Sept 29: A few days after VTU VC Prof Karisiddappa apprised the higher education minister that four colleges affiliated with the varsity had proposed to teach undergraduate engineering (BE) courses in Kannada, the department concerned approved the proposal.
While BE civil engineering will be taught in Kannada at Bheemanna Khandre Institute of Technology (Bhalki, Bidar) and BLDAE VP Dr P G Halakatti College of Engineering (Vijayapura), undergraduate mechanical engineering courses will be taught in the vernacular language at SJC Institute of Technology (Chikkaballapura) and Maharaja Institute of Technology, Mysuru.
Minister Ashwathnarayan confirmed the same during his interaction with reporters on Wednesday.
Offering higher education in regional languages has been recommended by the National Education Policy. All India Council of Technical Education permitted engineering colleges to offer undergraduate engineering courses in 11 regional languages — Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Gujarati, Malayalam, Bengali, Assamese, Punjabi and Oriya.
The prime minister recently inaugurated 14 colleges in eight states which offer engineering courses in regional language. “Curriculum translation has begun. Since the first year is common for all branches, Kannada curriculum will be ready for academic year 2022. The university will also train teachers,” said VTU vice-chancellor Karisiddappa.