Those residing in Karnataka but unfamiliar with Kannada can now log into the state government’s e-Kannada portal to take online courses.
Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Tuesday launched the e-Kannada program, under which online Kannada lessons in print, audio and video formats are available at ekannada.karnataka.gov.in
These lessons start with the basics such as Kannada greetings and provide the learner with lessons in basic Kannada vocabulary and phrases.
The lessons also contain practical exercises at the end. The lessons are free and designed for self-study.
On occasion, Bommai said that the government would issue an ordinance making it mandatory for all administrative software to have Kannada as the base model.
Not limited to Kannada lessons, e-Kannada is a broader program that emphasizes the use of Kannada in administration.
For example, from now on, the e-mail addresses of all ministers will be available in Kannada.
On Tuesday, the Kannada email addresses of Bommai and Kannada Development Authority Chairman TS Nagabharana were launched.
“The idea is to get all ministers to adopt this eventually,” Nagabharana told DH.
The portal also contains several other features meant to emphasize Kannada in administration.
One of these features is “Pada Kanaja”, where no less than 59 dictionaries have been digitized. About 6 lakh Kannada words have been made available in this area.
This should be useful for administrative purposes, as any government official can access Kannada synonyms of various words here.
Sources from the e-governance department said, “Sometimes officials use the wrong words in a particular context. Pada Kanaja will help officials find the right word for the context.”
There is also “Digital Jagali,” where the public can start a discussion and leave comments on various government initiatives, the sources added.