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Saturday, March 27, 2010 8:50:53 AM (IST)  

Mangalore: Tulu Enters Schools as a Language of Study

Mangalore: Tulu Enters Schools as a Language of Study
Daijiworld Media Network – Mangalore (SP)

Mangalore, Mar 27: Friday, March 27 turned to be a historic day for Tulu language and the Tuluvas. On this day, the state government issued an order, permitting Tulu to be taught as a third language in schools located in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts. A long-drawn action, followed by persistent persuasion through persons in important positions, has made this possible, even though the decision was long overdue.

Organizations and activists had been pleading with the concerned, to introduce Tulu, which had been listed by Unesco as among the languages on the verge of extinction, although it seemed to be a little exaggerated and hence was received by the people here with skepticism. It is true that with modernization and large scale migration of the people from this part of the state to Mumbai and the Gulf, and also because of the fact that the coastal districts of late, are flooded with workers speaking different languages, Tulu had been showing signs of losing  some of its importance and sheen. Tulu Sahitya Academy and its members, had been steadfastly following up with the government to introduce Tulu as a language of study in schools, since the last several years.

Thorugh an order passed on Friday, under secretary in the department of education, M N Somashekhar, has ordered for the introduction of Tulu as a language of study in schools in the twin-districts commencing from the academic year 2010-11, and for preparing the syllabus and text book for the same. Kannada script will be used to teach this language.

Tulu Sahitya Academy has already submitted the draft of the Tulu text book and submitted the same to the department of educational research and training, said Uday Dharmasthala, member of Tulu Sahitya Academy. It is learnt that understanding the genuineness of giving encouragement to Tulu, which is a rich and beautiful language, the script of which is not in use and has been confined only to researchers so far, the government has finally decided to give its nod to start teaching it in schools. Uday has thanked home minister, Dr V S Acharya, Dakshina Kannada district in-charge minister, Krishna J Palemar, primary education minister, Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri, besides the Chief Minister for this decision.

The government and private schools in the two districts have already conveyed their willingness to teach Tulu, to the department of state educational research and training. It may be recalled, that Basel Mission had started teaching Tulu as a language in the schools in 1892 itself, when the British were ruling the country. However, after independence, Tulu seemed to be losing favour with those in decision making positions.

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Comments on this article
Frank, Tulu nadu state of india
Saturday, October 27, 2012

In tulu nadu, kannada language should be rejected and only tulu, konkani, byari bashe , english and sanskrit should be encouraged.

Suchindram L. Padmanabhan Potti, SUCHINDRUM, KK Dist. Taminadu
Wednesday, August 31, 2011

We Tulu speaking Shivalli Brahmin people living in Tamilnadu are very glad to know this news. You are doing very good job. Congradulation.

swarup malli, florida/usa
Tuesday, June 22, 2010

splendid instead of making tulu an optional language, students must be given an option to choose tulu over kannada, and it would make sense to teach tulu in the original script(grantha).
I'm certain students will choose tulu over kannada because tulu is very easy and enjoyable to learn unlike kannada,i have lived in karnataka for 26 years ,still can't speak fluent kannada :0
At last Tulu is getting the dues it deserves

Jai tulu nadu...long live tulu

sundar kelkar, parkala/Mumbai
Saturday, April 03, 2010

Tulu is rich and scholarly Language. It is more effective communication among Taulavas.
in Mumbai people of D K and Udupi communicates in Tulu only. Their children do not know Kannada Lanaguage.The Yakhagana is polpular among old population and not found favour with younger generation and there is no opportunity in Mumbai to learn Kannada among the masses. But teaching Tulu in D K has no impact for the people of Karnataka residing in Mumbai
Instead of ading as regular subject, Tulu should be taught in a way by holding drama, dance, pardhana, or vocational courses like carpentary, blacksmith, gold ornamentals making etc.

teaching of any language is an art. students should be creative while learning the language. Only those teachers who have skills in communications and involved in art, culture, philosophy be allowed to teach the languages.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Yes, Monika, I like calling my Mom, "mom" how about you Monika?

Monday, March 29, 2010

Jai Tulunadu.. jai tulunadu, jai tulunadu!!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Yeah yeah go bring KRV to challenge or vandalize about that bro! that is first and last straw for people like you right. Take it or not for now Tulu is going to be taught in schools right.. good effort.

Diya , Sakleshpura
Monday, March 29, 2010

Thanks to govt for introducing Tulu as subject . Also please introduce Tulu in schools in Sakleshpura ,mudigere ,Koppa & sringeri Taluks since Tuluvas here are more than 80% . Please make government aware of this .

Lancy D'Souza, Mangalore
Monday, March 29, 2010

Not mandatory but optional. How many children are interested to take up tulu as third language. So premature to celebrate.

Miss.Suman, Dubai
Monday, March 29, 2010

Mastt edde news marayre...

Sunday, March 28, 2010


sathish, kudla
Sunday, March 28, 2010

The term "National Language" is not mentioned in the Constitution of India. your views on HINDI.. JAI TULUNAD...

Arun, Mangalore
Sunday, March 28, 2010

@shammi...a lang without script should not be taught in schools rite? but English and Hindi also does not have its own script...don give comments without proper knoweldge, no elder is deciding what student should take up is upto the students to take up their lang, elderly leaders have just provided them with one more option and a small step to promote a local but a beautiful launguage...

John, Bangalore
Sunday, March 28, 2010

Introducing Tulu is just another burden for the stressed, poor students. In China, English is the
language that has been introduced in their schools, and pretty soon, in the next 5 years, you will have chinese BPO's competing with Indian BPO's. They have not introduced Hokkien, Schezwan, Cantonese, or Manchurian languages in China, instead only English and Mandarin (their national language). It shows they want to be more progressive and be a world leader, rather than going backward.

After studying Kannada for 12 years in DK, i have not achieved anything, except to read Udayavani - that's all! If at all, i have moved ahead in my career it is only because of my technical skills, experience, and the English language. Not tulu, Kannada, Konkani, Malayalam, Beary or even Hindi!

JOHN R LOBO, Kaikamba, Mangalore
Sunday, March 28, 2010

Dear Readers,

Tulu is very sweet language .Almost all Mangalorean learned it in their childhood irrespective of
their own religion and mother tongue.

First, Which TULU language ,our education board will going to adopt..????

1. Shivally Brahmins Tulu
2. D.K Jain Community Tulu
3. Puttur side Tulu
4. Normal Tulu

Secondly, Is it flood gate to two more Languages...?????


R. Shetty, Mangalore/Dubai
Saturday, March 27, 2010

Good step to protect the language. However instead of adding tulu as a additinal subject in school, it may be better allocating 50% of the marks on third language to tulu for tulu speaking students. Similar to Gulf countries where Muslim students are having to study islamic studied instead of Moral Science.

Shammi, Karnataka
Saturday, March 27, 2010

Mandatory or Opti0nal,they should nt have selected ed TULU or any mangalore local language Coz de r just grabbing kannada script to teach their language.No language should be taught in schools unless it has its own script n grammar.This is injustice on the part of KANNADA.We should fight for Kannada.Moreover WHO ARE THESE ELDERS TO DECIDE WHAT SUBJECTS CHILDREN SHOULD BE TAUGHT N WHAT NOT.LET THEM HAVE STUDENT OPINION POLL IN SCHOOLS OF TWIN DISTRICTS.Jai KARNATAKA,JAI JAI KANNADA....

Venita Albuquerque, MANGALORE/DUBAI
Saturday, March 27, 2010

For everybodys information its not mandatory...its optional,,,so dont be so happy hardly few will take...

T.K. Hamza, Kushalnagar
Saturday, March 27, 2010

Beary language also made third language in DK schools, like Tulu Beary language is spoken not only DK but all other parts of the state. ELLA BEARY SAMAJA IDKK AYITT SORA AAKKONU

Mona shetty, manglore/muscat
Saturday, March 27, 2010

Come on guys... be positive, you guys just support coz its mother tongue?? pls you guys have finished the sufferers gona be the future students who gona have this tulu subjects.70% of students cant get pass in kannada, its really far that they gona passed in tulu ... so i really feel karnataka govt. should take back this decision and think of the students future... jai hind, jai karnataka......

raghuram, surathkal
Saturday, March 27, 2010

Nana schooled fine kattuna agathya ejji tulu paterenda fine paduver nana jokulu bindas paterle

Saturday, March 27, 2010


R. Shetty, Beladi / Bahrain
Saturday, March 27, 2010

Thanks to the decision to start teaching Tulu in Schools, but blunder to teaching in kannada script. Since we have our own Tulu script (So called Malayalam script) why should we start with other language? This is better to start through our own language.

K chirodian, kudla / UK
Saturday, March 27, 2010

Bari yeedi suddi.Bari porluda bashe.

Lokanath.D, Bantwal/Iran
Saturday, March 27, 2010

Dear kanneth Karkala,I agree with you,really India is filled with dirty and so,but kindly keep it mind that Japan population is 127million,ours is 1148million...try to have some birth control programes in India.This is the biggest hurdles we are facing in India.

Rakesh Dsouza, Mangalore, Dubai
Saturday, March 27, 2010

If its an optional language there is no burden to the children. If it is a compulsory then I think children will suffer.   First of all parents should talk their mother tongue. By adding as a language in schools will not do much for saving one language. How you use a language in your day to day communication will do a big difference than adding it to the school syllebus.

How many can speak Hindi in Karnataka, Kerala, Tamilnadu and Andhra Pradesh even its a national language and compulsory in primary & high school???? same thing will happen to tulu also.
For instance my mother tongue is Konkani but I speak tulu fluently, I didn't learned tulu in schools. I speak Malayalam also, which I didn't studied in school.   One can learn a new language if its used in the day-to-day communication than studying the same in schools.

santhosh suvarna, mangalore/ west africa ghana
Saturday, March 27, 2010

Jai tulu nadu . its great to be tuluvas... our air port should be tulu nadu airport... thanks ..its our mother tongue///

Keerthi Hegde, Udupi
Saturday, March 27, 2010

This is to be written in golden words in Tulu history.It is heartening to know our future generation will have the opportunity to study the language and the tulu culture.Very futuristic thinking.The language tulu depicts the rich culture of Parshurama Srashti.

The industrialisation of coastal districts was a threat/opportunity to the Tulu language and to its rich culture.The administration has at the right time taken corrective measures.The language and the culture coexist.Kudos to the people who were in the fore front in this mission of strengthening of Tuluva roots.I am proud to be Tuluvite.

dinesh shetty, Nitte/Dubai
Saturday, March 27, 2010

Congratulation to all.Its a very Sweet News to all Undivided South Canara People. Very Good job done by state Govt.We all, Bearies Christians, are one under the umbrella of Tulu. Long Live tulu

Avish Jain, Moodbidri
Saturday, March 27, 2010

It will be a third optional language.Itz not mandatory! upto to u, wether to take or not...

Jags, Managalore/Dubai
Saturday, March 27, 2010

dear Mona,
you never understand the changes, because should know the value of our mother tongue..

Kanneth, Karkala
Saturday, March 27, 2010

Dear Mr. Shankar / Dubai / Mangalore. in Japan they Dont have Dirty politician & sanga like what we have in Karnatak  therefore they are number 1. in the world

Anil Bhat, Udupi/Pontiac, MI
Saturday, March 27, 2010

Ms. Mona Shetty, I pity on you for your innocence and ignorance. You should have been proud that there are folks who are successful in trying to restore the lost glory of Tulu language. Introducing this language in some schools will atleast prevent it from becoming extinct. I dont understand how this initiative is being termed as moving backward in time. Moving forward and developing does not mean you forget your roots. Jai Tuluvas and Jai Tulunad.

kiran, mangalore
Saturday, March 27, 2010

very good move after the konkani language. I wish also to have an tulu & konkani FM AND TV Channel also.

Antony DS, Mangalore / Dubai
Saturday, March 27, 2010

What are you telling Mona Shetty. Konkani and Malayalee (the Byaari language - a dialect of Malayalam) are already constitutionally recognized languages. Do not discourage learning any languages of India. Karnataka is blessed with people speaking many languages and you even heard of a language Coorgi (spoken in Kodagu disctrict) which also needs protectiona and promotion. We want more and more Tulu publications, books, dramas vis a vis teaching in the schools all over Tulunaadu.

Shammi, Karnataka
Saturday, March 27, 2010

hahahaha What a joke!!!I bet very soon Mother Karnataka will get crushed into 3 pieces-Karnataka, Coorg, Karavali states.Then our future generation wud prefer saying "UNITY IS IN DIVISIBILITY".First of all there are hardly Kannada speaking in schools even after Vatal nagaraj's so much effort... Now Im sure KANNADA will be like FISH OUT OF WATER.Jai Karanataka,Jai jai Kannada

Lokanath.D, Bantwal/Iran
Saturday, March 27, 2010

Let children enjoy with one more additional language....very loss to anybody...thanks to karanataka Govt.

suresh, Mudarangadi
Saturday, March 27, 2010

its good news.. but we missed it.

Shridhara Achar, Puttur/Bangalore
Saturday, March 27, 2010

Enkulegu ee Bhagya ijjandu. Jokule niklu tulu baseda parichaya idi desogu maltu korle. Tulu inchandala oriyadu.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

u guys have finished studyin thats why u do not think about others... funny stuff... hope its not complusory...

manu shetty, mlore
Saturday, March 27, 2010

if they wer making tulu instead of kananda was gud....  and y konkani shuld be made a subjest in tulunadu.......mlore is not aplace of konkanies.....  tuluvas live here..   .and we hav right to make tulu as subject in school...... is really a nice move....

Mona shetty, manglore/muscat
Saturday, March 27, 2010

i dont understand whats goin on??? i feel its gona be a joke. if tulu is included i believe in coming future konkani and beari will also be included... lol its really getting us backward rather then forward, its really a sad

Dr.Sabir, Mangalore/Abudhabi
Saturday, March 27, 2010

Very good decision.Jokule Enjoy malpule, But we missed..... Jai Tulu Naadu

shrinivas, India
Saturday, March 27, 2010

Raja Gaddugetu Kulluna Shri Yadiyoorapperegu manassu dingina Solmelu. Therinaaye artha malthonpe dane panda tanna maathru baashe du patheruneno, kalpuneno dadandala vishayodu patherunenoo yethu sulabhono, avve bethe baashetu patheriyara kashta apundu. mulpa virodha comments bareyinakledane kenle aklegu Englishtu yethumutta tarka patheriyara gottu. Puttuna ooru, appe pandikori bhashe, undu mantha shreshta. swadharme nidhanam shreyam. ijjindanda puna pottavuneno kaumpuneno panduthu charche suru.joklegu gathi ijji.

Antony DS, Mangalore / Dubai
Saturday, March 27, 2010

there is nothing like additional burden of learning languages. We humans are capable of learning any number of languages and for that matter, children can learn without difficulty, even if they have other languages to learn side by side.

We must congratulate the government and leaders for taking this long awaited step to teach Tulu. All communities residing in the Tulunaadu should take interest and learn this BEAUTIFUL language. Why not extend its teaching among Tulu speaking people bordering Kerala.

nayak, mangalore/usa
Saturday, March 27, 2010

Congratulations to all Tuluvas ( all Mangaloreans)for this achivement. this is a great mile stone.

But real test still exist, how many people opt the third language as tulu. talking and writting comments is easy but when it comes to practice we love Hinglish.
Now also nobody put their chikdren in stateboard , People want CBSE, ICSE where only Hinglish there.

Clifford, moodbidri/Dubai
Saturday, March 27, 2010

Good decision, I love this very sweet language. During my childhood days I learned this language faster than my mother tongue because of lovely Tulu neighbours. Easy to learn and communicate. Congratulations Tuluvas.

Jawar D'Souza, M'lore/Doha
Saturday, March 27, 2010

This is rather a silly Idea. Instead of burdening the children with one more subject it was better to make Tulu as a regional language in all the local offices and all local govt department's. The language would have been promoted, anyway we will have to accept the govt decision.

Ummer Kunhi, Perinje/Dubai
Saturday, March 27, 2010

well done, thank you all,  Yudiyurappa & team for good decision taken on Tuluva community by granting Tulu to study as a third Language in schools of our twin Dists.YENNA HRDAYANTHARALADA UDAL DINJINA SOLMELENU POOJYA KHAVEDERAYINA Shree VEERENDRA HEGGADERNA PADANGALADU SANDAVE.EE MARYADE TULUVERYINA YENKLE MATHERGLA THIKKARA EERE KARANA.IRENA THULU SANGATANE'NE SARKARADA EE NIRDARAGU KARANA. God bless you sir. Jaya avad Tulu nad'g Tulu bhasheg.

Fredrick Correa, Nairobi, Kenya
Saturday, March 27, 2010

One of the best news to be heard. While Konkani will survive because of the usage in the Catholic churches, among the Catholics and others, Tulu needed the support. I do not think, it will be a burden to the children as they will be very comfortable with it, as it is their own language. Tulu is spoken by almost everyone in Dakshina Kannada. My grand parents who are no more in this world, would have loved to hear this news.

Shankar, Dubai/Mangalore
Saturday, March 27, 2010

Mr. Mohammed, Japan is not teaching English , but still its one of the most developed country..To develop India we need patriotic Indians, not Angrezis...!!!! JAI TULU NADU....Thanks BSY

Cuteboy365, Nekkare / Abudhabi
Saturday, March 27, 2010

Bhaari kushi aandathha....Jokule manass deed kalpule nana class d thulu patherndala mastr nakulu kenera ijjathha.....!!! Sheeghrade Tuluttu pareekshe barepinancha avad panpina abhilashedottige.....

lingappa rao, udupi
Saturday, March 27, 2010

Great. Good move. All must know the local culture and local language. Tulu appe ireg koti namana.

Sudhir, Mangalore
Saturday, March 27, 2010

Really nice move to protect our sweet laguage & pride of Mangalore. Thanks for everyone who made this happen.

ASHOK, Udupi/Dubai
Saturday, March 27, 2010

Indeed good news. Thank you all.

Prabhakr, karkal
Saturday, March 27, 2010

u cannot digest bcz it is done by BJP. If it has been done by congress den you would have appreciated. Good work from all. It is really loveable language. Thanks to all

Jags, Managalore/Dubai
Saturday, March 27, 2010

Dear Mohammad be proud that our regional language included in our syllabubs... i am very happy to hear this news...

P.B.Pinto, Permude-Kuwait
Saturday, March 27, 2010

Tulu is a one of the sweet Dravidian Language and it has its own history,and now Karnataka Govt approve it to teach as 3rd language very good news for us especially living out of India and talking this lovely language,In Kuwait we are overhelmed by this new as we are celebrating our 10th anniversary of TULU KOOTA KUWAIT it became a PRECIOUS GIFT for us,
we thank every and each one whoever contributed their hard work for the noble cause. May God Bless them all.Well done.
P.B.Pinto - Kuwait.

Ahmed, Mangalore
Saturday, March 27, 2010

It is important to preserve our local language, heritage and culture. But, how much load we can give to our generations to come. Regional Language is important to us(Tulu), State Language is important to us(Kannada), National Language is important to us(Hindi). The International language is also very important to us(English). So, we have to make mandatory to the pupil to learn these 4 languages.

Roshan Shetty, Udipi/Bangalore
Saturday, March 27, 2010

If tulu is taught in schools it means we are goin back ??? i pity ur thining....grow up...if tulu is taught doesnt mean that english hindi or kananda wont be taught... its just a small step taken to save out language our culture..

Lawrence Saldanha, Kanajar/Kuwait
Saturday, March 27, 2010

Dear friends,

Finally, I am very happy that our own ancestors' Tulu langauge got its rightful place back I hope people cutting across religions & cultures will welcome this development as a bonding agent between them for now and for future. Regards Lawrence Saldanha Kanajar

Mohammad, Mangalore
Friday, March 26, 2010

So it means that the third language which usually was either kannada or hindi will be removed.
Funny things happening all around. May be can include Konkani, Byari also in future. World is going forward and we are going backward. We need to teach our children the international and national languages so they can face the world not only Dakshina Kannada.

Suraj Rajput, Maveenakatte/Mangalore
Friday, March 26, 2010

one more achievement from yeddi team.. congress not able to do so from last so many years... namma tulunadu...jai ho..

Ashwin Shetty, Mangalore / Bangalore
Friday, March 26, 2010

mathe tuluvereg vishaya kaend bhari kushi aand. Tulu namma mathernala bashe. matherla tulu patherod apnaga mathra yenkleg namma bashen oripavoli.

naveen mascarenhas, derebail
Friday, March 26, 2010

first of all our kids have got a lot to study this is an extra burden for them now these konkani fanatics will continue with their cry to start konkani in schools god have mercy on these crazy people.

Lydia Lobo, Kadri
Friday, March 26, 2010

So, Tulu will replace Hindi or English or Kannada or is it that students in twin districts must learn all four languages ?

Do we have to wait till start of new academic year to know this ? Any educationalists around ? Please ?

Charles D'Mello, Pangala
Friday, March 26, 2010

Congratulations Tuluvas. Tulu is a very sweet language, it is also second mother tongue.

Friday, March 26, 2010



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