K’taka mulls making Kannada compulsory

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BENGALURU: In a bid to provide home advantage to

Kannadigas

, the

Karnataka

government is looking at introducing a

Kannada

Language Skill Test for those aspiring for a job or for admission in educational institutions in the state.
The test, which is being conceptualised by the Kannada Development Authority (KDA), will be on the lines of the Centre’s

National Eligibility Test

, to screen or shortlist candidates for Group C and D posts.
“We have mooted the idea of the test in order to ensure opportunities for those who know the local language. The objective is not just to protect the interest of locals but also to ensure better interaction between locals and those who are on the job. We have requested chief minister

BS Yediyurappa

to include this announcement in his Rajyotsava address,” KDA chairman TS Nagabharana told TOI. The state celebrates its 65th formation day on Sunday.
The test credentials will serve as a certificate to apply for jobs and college seats, and it will be made available for Group A and B jobs too.
Groups C and D pertain to mechanics, clerks, accountants, supervisors and peons among others, while Groups A and B include management-level posts. tnn
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