Two private colleges have expressed interest in offering engineering courses in the Kannada medium this year.
In the 2021-22 academic year, five private engineering colleges offered engineering courses in Kannada. A total of 17 students opted for the Kannada medium during the consultation conducted by the Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA). All, however, gave up their seats upon admission.
This year, SJC Institute of Technology, Chickballapur, and Bheemanna Khandre Institute of Technology (BKIT), Bhalki, have been granted permission to offer engineering courses in the Kannada medium from the All-India Council for Technical Education. The SJC Institute of Technology had also offered Kannada Medium Engineering courses in 2021-2022.
In accordance with the recommendations of the new national education policy, AICTE decided to offer engineering education in regional languages and planned to teach civil and mechanical engineering courses in these languages.
No other colleges expressed interest in offering Kannada medium engineering courses during the visit of the local Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) Inspection Committee.
Karisiddappa, vice-chancellor of VTU, told The Hindu“As part of providing technical courses in the regional language, this year two colleges offered to offer engineering courses in the Kannada medium. Last year, 17 students first opted for the Kannada medium engineering courses but they changed their mind and gave up the places.This year we have widely advertised these courses and their content and also written to the state government to promote these courses We managed to translate the program and send it to colleges.
“Employment opportunity is the main concern of the average engineering graduates in Kannada. I have written to the government to book these graduates for government engineering positions in departments such as Public Works, Irrigation, KPTCL, Bescom, BDA, BBMP and other local bodies. This will help promote Kannada middle engineering courses,” said Dr. Karisiddappa.