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Goa Konkani Akademi

The Goa Konkani Akademi (Goa Academy of Letters for Konkani) is an organization set up by the Government of Goa in 1986 to promote Konkani in Goa. Its stated aim is to accelerate the pace of development of Konkani by encouraging writers, researchers, etc. and to bring Konkanis from all areas together.[1]

Nature

The Goa Konkani Akademi was founded on 4 March 1986.[2] It is an autonomous body and has jurisdiction over the state of Goa.[3] It undertakes activities for the development and promotion of Konkani. GKA receives grants from the Government of Goa.[4]

The current Akademi President is Pundalik Naik (2002- present). Past presidents were Purushottam Kakodkar (1984-1996) and Uday Bhembre (1996-2002) respectively.[5]

Aims and Objectives

The Akademi was built with the purpose of promoting the growth of Konkani. Some of the major goals stated on its website are:

  1. To initiate, assist or undertake implementation of projects or schemes of research in the field of Konkani language, literature and culture.
  2. To initiate, assist or undertake publication in Konkani language, the results of such research.
  3. To initiate, assist or undertake publication in Konkani language of original and erudite papers, monographs, books, journal, as also of any other works in any other branch of knowledge.

The GKA carries out its activities under directions issued to it by the Government of Goa. It also assists the state Government in formulating various policies in regard to Konkani.[3]

Activities

The GKA conducts various activities

  1. Providing financial assistance(75% of cost) to the first book by a new author.
  2. Provides 50% financial assistance to publishers and purchases 100 copies of each book.
  3. Section on folklore
  4. Has undertaken a project to publish a dictionary-cum-encyclopedia in Konkani.
  5. Conducts a "Knowledge of Konkani" certificate test which is necessary for Government Jobs in Goa. Also has other certificate exams.
  6. Has organized a five-day annual cultural event since 1993.[3]

Organization Structure

The Organization has various sections

  1. Education Section: Post-graduate and certificate courses; teacher training
  2. Lexicon Section: Creation of Konkani encyclopedia and dictionaries
  3. Folklore Section: collection of various media related to folklore
  4. Literature Section: Oversees various publication schemes
  5. Cultural Section: Drama, tiatr(theatre) and documentaries. [6]

Criticism

The GKA has been accused of being biased against Konkani publications in the Roman script in the past. Another demand has been that the GKA should be headed by persons of both the major communities in Goa(Hindus and Christians) by rotation.[7]

Fredrick Noronha has criticized the way the GKA distributes books. He blames the "low-price, no-distributor-margins policy" as being responsible for the lack of interest by distributors, and hence low readership of its books.[8]

Location

The Goa Konkani Akademi's office is situated at Patto Colony, Panaji, Goa. [3]

See also

References

External links

  • Goa Konkani Akademi website

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