Save Kannada University campaign is trending on Twitter now, with over 11,800 tweets. Students are also posting funding demands as captured video clips and tagging the chief minister and related officials. Karnataka Rakshana Vedike, meanwhile, on social media sites, sends out soft copies of pamphlets on the subject.
KRV’s social media convenor, Dineshkumar AC, said “The campaign included as many as 80 academics, authors, teachers, film actors, directors, religious leaders, social activists and others. We are posting posters and tagging them with CM Yediyurappa and DCM C N Ashwath Narayana on about 5,000 WhatsApp, Facebook groups and Twitter. Last week, our hashtag was trending higher in Karnataka and 15th in India. It has crossed around 40 lakh individuals with over 11,800 tweets. When we met Ashwath Narayan, he assured us of resolving the issue, but there has been no action. Now we are planning to hold a protest to save the varsity,” he explained.
Lack of funding from the government has brought the academic activities at Kannada University in Hampi to a standstill. The student community, Kannada activists, and scholars have taken to social media platforms to express their anger against the state government.