Mangaluru: If everything goes as per the plan, the Beary language might be introduced as a third language for primary and high school students from the next academic year.
Beary Academy Chairman Rahim Uchil told reporters here on Tuesday, March 10, that the government has already approved the introduction of Beary language in schools. Following this, the academy formed a committee of experts to implement the project. Professor A V Navada, writers Bhaskar Rai Kukkuvalli, Dr Annaiah Kulal, Hamza Malar, Ismath Pajeer, Abdul Rehman Kuthethoor, Aysha U K, Abdul Rasheed, Haneef Puttur, Riyaz Ashraf and others are part of the team that will prepare textbooks in the Beary language. The textbooks will be ready within a month, he informed.
Rahim said that for the first time, the state government has approved the inclusion of Beary as one of the third languages in schools. From the next academic year itself, the language will be introduced as a third language in schools for students from classes VI to X. The government has sought information from the schools about how many students want to take Beary as a third language, and how many Beary speaking students are there in the school. Schools in Dakshina Kannada and other districts should furnish such details to the government, which will help them introduce the language in a systematic way, he said.
He also informed that there is a general notion among the public that there will be a separate script for Beary and that their children will find it difficult to learn it. “However, there is no separate script and this language will be taught in schools in the Kannada script. Apart from the Muslim community, some Hindu communities like the Malayali Billavas and Theeyas also speak Beary. As Beary is the mother tongue of many people, students will be able to score high marks in their examinations, Rahim added.
Beary Academy office to be moved to Taluk Panchayat building
Rahim informed that the academy office will be moved to the ‘Samarthya Soudha’ located near the Mangaluru Taluk Panchayat building on March 21. Dakshina Kannada district in-charge minister Kota Srinivas Poojary will inaugurate the office. Meanwhile, Rahim informed that state government has already released Rs 6 crores for the construction of the Beary Bhavan. “Even though a site has been identified in Neermarga for the construction of the Beary Bhavan, we have not accepted that site for several reasons. A new site will be identified soon to for the construction of the Beary Bhavan,” he informed.
Academy registrar Poornima and Beary language expert committee members Hamza Malar, Flora Castelino, Aysha, Abdul Rehman Kuthethoor and others were present.