Education in Karnataka through the ages
by Jyotsna Kamat
Excerpts of the chief collector's report, dated August
In spite of my report, if the board wishes me to submit regular
educational reports. I will try my best to do further research. There is only
one employee, among the many who work for the collector, who knows the Farsi
language. Others only know Hindavi and Kannada. There are many who know
Sanskrit. However, they cannot read any inscriptions. They claim that the script
they know is different.
Kanara, there are no schools or colleges teaching science and other complex
subjects. There are no established schools. There are no permanent teachers.
There is no record of any government building or any educational
class Brahmins receive some education in cities under a chief Brahmin. The
teacher does not receive a salary except in the form of clothing. The
Muslims follow a similar system, with the Mullas acting as the teachers. The
education is fully private and does not follow a uniform curriculum. The
children are taught reading, writing, and mathematics. Except for the
uppermost caste, nobody studies Persian, Hindavi (old name of Hindi), and
is no doubt that the education in this state has degenerated to the lowest
level. The education is the monopoly of the Brahmins, Konkanis, and Shenvis.
I came to Kanara, I tried to encourage some farmers (Bunts) to acquire some
education, but without any success. There is one Christian school in Kanara
that teaches Latin and Portuguese.
in Karnataka through the ages
Preface | Buddhist Education | Jaina Education |
Palm-leaf Texts |
Ghatikasthana | Education of Royalty |
Community Education | Vocational Training |
Education of Women | Physical Education | Among Muslims |