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10/5/2016 ManipalVarsitystudentstaketolearningKannadaKARNATAKATheHindu

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Published:August27,201300:00IST|Updated:August27,201308:22ISTManipal,August27,2013

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StudentsattendingaKannadaclassorganisedbytheVolunteerServicesOrganisation(VSO)atManipalUniversityinManipal.

Asmanyas120students,includingafewforeignstudents,aretakingpartina10hourSpokenKannadasessionbeingorganisedbyVolunteer
ServicesOrganisation(VSO)ofManipalUniversity.

Studentsfrommostoftheconstituentinstitutionsoftheuniversityhaveenrolledintheshortcourse,whichisgoodenoughforastart,
accordingtojointcoordinatorB.Koteshwar.

The10hourcontactprogramme,whichwilltakeplacethriceaweek,beganonAugust19intheInteractClassroomcomplex,KMC,Manipal.
TheclasseswereinauguratedbyC.MallikarjunaRao,PrincipalofManipalCollegeofPharmaceuticalSciences(MCOPS).Theclassesare
beingconductedfrom5.30p.m.to6.30p.m.inInteractComplexbyManipalUniversityfacultyandtheirspouses,apressreleasesaid.

Dr.Koteshwara,whohasbeenconductingtheseclassesforthepasttwoyears,saidthatwithabitofdedicationandregularattendanceone
canlearnKannadainjust10hours.

Attendingtheclass,MadelineAnderson,asecondyearnursingstudentfromSwedenandTanLoonHan,athirdyeardentistrystudentfrom
Malaysia,said,LearningKannadaisveryvitalaswegetalotofclinicalexposureoflocalpeopleanditisnecessarytoconverseinthe
languagethepatientiscomfortablewith.

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NikitaMascarenhas,afourthyearphysiotherapystudentfromSchoolofAlliedHealthSciences(SOAHS)said,VSOalwayscomesupwith
niftyprojectswhichhelpthecommunity,andSpokenKannadaclassesisoneofitskindwhichbenefitsthepeoplefromplacesotherthan
Karnataka.AnditpromotesthecultureofKarnatakatoo.

ElsaSanatombiDevi,afacultyfromManipalCollegeofNursing(MCON)said,ItisessentialtospeakKannadaflawlesslyandsoIhave
joinedtheseclassestolearntospeakKannadatoconnectwiththelocalpeopleinabetterway.

Teachingalanguageisaverychallengingtask.SwathiPai,facultyofDentistry,MelakaManipalMedicalCollege(MMMC)andtheVSO
FacultyCoordinatorforthisprojectsaid,WehavedevisedasimpleformulaetoenablestudentstolearnKannadaveryeasilyandquickly.
Withanewlessonplanandahugeresponse,wehopeforthebest!

VSOalwayscomesupwithniftyprojectswhichhelpthecommunity,andSpokenKannadaclassesisoneofitskind
whichbenefitsthepeoplefromplacesotherthanKarnataka.

NikitaMascarenhas

FourthyearphysiotherapystudentfromSchoolofAlliedHealthSciences

Studentsfromvarsity'sinstitutionshaveenrolledfortheshortcourse

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