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DD to improve quality of programmes

By Our Staff Reporter

BANGALORE MARCH 16. The Chairman, Prasar Bharati, U.R. Rao, has said that the organisation has chalked out extensive plans to improve the quality of Doordarshan programmes, with more accountability and objectivity.

Prof. Rao, who is also the former Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation, was speaking at the monthly programme, "Maneyangaladalli Matukate", organised by the Department of Kannada and Culture here on Saturday.

He said Prasar Bharati was all set to introduce programmes based on socially consequential works of noted writers, such as the late Premchand and Sharat Chandra Chatterjee, on the Bengali channel. It planned to introduce programmes based on literary works in all languages on the respective DD channels, including Kannada, he added.

Replying to questions, he said the Indian space programmes assisted in social development. Science and technology could tackle problems such as increasing population, declining water-table, and decreasing forest cover. Space science would play a major role in empowering the people, he added. Dr. Rao said though Doordarshan could not generate as much revenue as private channels such as the Star network, it could draw the attention of people by telecasting quality programmes. In a democracy, "right to right information" was more important than mere "right to information", he remarked.

Asked about the importance of the medium of instruction, Prof. Rao, who studied in Kannada medium till SSLC, said education should be imparted in the mother tongue till high school.

Learning basic concepts in one's mother tongue helped strengthen the foundation of education, he added.

Borrowing terms enriched regional languages, and translation should be resorted to only where required.

Translating internationally accepted terms was of no use. Such translation would harm growth of a language, he added.

The Director of Kannada and Culture, C. Somashekhar, welcomed the gathering. The Minister of State for Kannada and Culture, Rani Satish, and the Secretary, Department of Kannada and Culture, C.S. Kedar, were present.

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