BENGALURU: Kannada writer Chandrashekar Kambar has expressed unhappiness over programmes at universities being held in English language.
At an event organised by Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS) on Tuesday to mark Teachers’ Day, he said, “I was wondering why you people are conducting the programme in English. When there are so many Kannadigas here, why are you not talking in Kannada? What is the need to speak in English?” he asked the organisers.
The university officials were introducing 13 doctors and professors who were felicitated during the event, in English, and this disturbed Kambar.
“While concentrating on English practices, we have forgotten our Ayurveda and engineering. We are all acting as if English is a precious language,” he said.
He also said teachers nowadays need to improve the quality of their research work. “The quality of the research work our teachers are bringing out are such that they cannot be referred again by anybody. Teachers must not cheat their students by producing poor quality theses.”
Vice-Chancellor K Ravindranath, registrar Dr Sachidanand and others were present.