Mangaluru, Nov 20, 2017: Konkani study chair of Mangalore University in association with World Konkani Centre will undertake anthropological study of Konkani race, vice-chancellor K Byrappa said on Nov 19, Sunday.
This will entail research in to two diverse areas - humanities and sciences, the VC said inaugurating a two-day Vishwa Konkani Literary Festival organized by the centre. The study will entail systematic, scientific study, field work and collection of blood samples.
The university is in the process of appointing two research scholars to take forward the process, VC said adding that blood samples will be drawn from Konkani speaking communities in different parts of India as part of the study. "Konkani speaking population have always held fascination for me for their honesty and ability for hard work," Byrappa said, adding the advisory committee of the Konkani study chair that met two-days ago, has cleared the anthropological study.
Varun Sahni, vice-chancellor, Goa University, chief guests, who released 17 Konkani bilingual titles on this occasion, said Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC) in its main vision document that PM released in 2016 is keen to use technology to address the bottlenecks that multi-lingualism in India poses. Sahni, co-author of paper on education said it is important to give knowledge to people in their language and not through English.
Tanaji Halarnkar, convener, advisory board for Konkani, Sahitya Akademi, who presided said absence of elders at homes and schools that earlier used to disseminate moral values to children has placed children in a piquant situation. "This has placed the onus of passing moral values to children on makers of children’s literature," he said. Halarankar also released Hodemalya Kanyo on this occasion. Basti Vaman Shenoy, president, World Konkani Centre, welcomed.