Now LOGO Has A Kannada Version

Bangalore: | Updated: Nov 3 2003, 05:30am hrs
Computer education in rural India may take a new turn with an Indian scientist developing the childrens programming language LOGO in Kannada. Built on a Microsoft platform, the first Kannada version of LOGO (Logic Oriented, Graphics Oriented) has over 250 commands in the Nudi font.

Speaking to FE, Dr UB Pavanaja, who developed the Kannada LOGO inspired by the source code of MSWLOGO on the web, said, LOGO is used across the world to teach basic computing skills to children in the 9-15 age group. With this, the Karnataka state government will be able to teach LOGO in its Kannada medium schools.

Kannada LOGO, which took three years to develop, has all the files including help files translated into the regional language.

For instance, commands in LOGO such as Forward 100, Right 90, Repeat translate into Munde 100, Bala 90 and Puna in the South Indian language, he said.

The language also teaches logic. Ongoing computer education programmes would not be able to do that successfully, as these would have to give the commands in English which rural children would not understand, Dr Pavanaja said.

Dr Pavanaja said that LOGO can be written in other Indian languages too.

While the Azim Premji Foundation will include Kannada LOGO in its school curriculum, the Karnataka government hasnt yet reached a decision on teaching it in government schools.

We are in talks with Mr Pavanaja. No decision has been taken yet, said a government official when contacted.