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Free language classes to preserve JNU's Kannada Studies Chair

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Without even a single MPhil and Phd seat allocated to the JNU's Kannada Studies since its institution in 2015, its has now begun free language classes for university students and to ensure the does not die a slow death.

Bilimale, who had strived to set up a library with more than 12,000 books crowd-sourced from apart from preparing prospectus and curriculum, has also taken up the translation of Kannada classical literature into English.

"Presently, 40 students are attending basic Kannada classes for free of cost. as well as students doing comparative studies have shown interest," he said.

He said no certificate will be provided for the course however. In six months, they will go to advance levels.

The classes are being held between 4pm and 6pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, he added.

Bilimale was a in American Institute of Indian Studies. He quit his job and joined the to head the Kannada Studies in October 2015 with an aim to start MPhil and PhD programmes within three months.

It was a decade-long dream of the Kannada Development Authority and the to have a Chair at the university.

The Chair was instituted after an MoU was signed between the government and the It was planned for MPhil or PhD programme with Rs 43 lakh per annum contribution from the state.

But seat cuts announced by the university in December 2016 "violated" the MoU by not announcing even a single seat.

"It was a violation of the MoU and this continued for the subsequent admissions too, so far," Bilimale said.

With no hope from the administration, Bilimale has begun translating classical and non-classical Kannada literature into English.

"This process has been initiated with the translation of three major texts of 10th century Kavirajamargam of Srivijaya (completed), Vaddaradhane of Shivakotyacharya and Sahasa Bhima Vijayam of Ranna," he said.

The future of the Chair appears to be at stake with the tenure of Bilimale ending this December. Even if he gets an extension, according to the clause, the prospects for the Chair appears bleak with no positive sign yet from other quarters.

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First Published: Sun, February 11 2018. 12:51 IST