When a handful of engineering colleges in the State decided to offer undergraduate courses where Kannada was the medium of instruction, faculty members and heads of departments were expecting a tepid response, at best. After all, such an initiative had never been undertaken before. But much to their surprise, and joy, they were wrong. Many students have applied for Kannada medium engineering courses in the mock counselling session for this academic year.
Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) said that as per data provided by Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA), 17 students so far have applied for the 30 government quota seats in two colleges in the civil engineering stream in the mock round. That’s more than half of the available seats. VTU is expecting good demand in the counselling session that will be held later this month. However, one college offering mechanical engineering in Kannada has no takers.
o far three colleges have decided to offer courses in Kannada for the 2021-22 academic year. “While VTU had initially stated that five colleges would offer Kannada-medium courses from the next (2022-23) academic year, several institutions were keen on launching it this year itself,” said a varsity official.
The three engineering colleges that will offer courses in Kannada are: Bheemanna Khandre Institute of Technology (BKIT), Bhalki in Bidar district; S.J.C. Institute of Technology, Chickballapur; and Maharaja Institute of Technology Mysore, Srirangapatna. While the first two colleges will offer civil engineering courses, MIT has a mechanical engineering programme in Kannada.
This is for the first time this year that engineering colleges in the State will offer programmes in the Kannada medium in line with the National Education Policy. While a total of 45 seats are up for grabs under the government quota, another 45 seats are available under other quotas.