Telugu compulsory from I to XII standards, Urdu optional - CM issues orders

Elias Hubbard
September 13, 2017

The schools which fail to do so, will be de-recognised and not allowed to be function in the state, KCR said. It is reported that a resolution would be passed in the next meeting of the cabinet to approve the above decisions.

Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Tuesday directed all the educational institutions in the state to make the Telugu language compulsory in all the schools - government and private - till class 12. The Chief Minister asked the Telugu Sahitya Academy to prepare syllabus for the Telugu subject to be taught to primary, secondary and higher secondary and Intermediate classes for textbooks to be printed at the earliest. The positioning of syllabus and printing up of textbooks are the first steps in favour.

"For those opting for Urdu, it should be offered as an optional", said the statement. Very few study Telugu or Urdu as they are not considered scoring subjects.

It stated, "CM Rao guided all private or public schools to bring a new Telugu subject in their institutions necessarily".

The Chief Minister was speaking at a meeting that was discussing arrangements for the five-day World Telugu Conference to be held in Hyderabad from December 15 to 19 this year.

The Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh N Chandrababu Naidu also chose to enact a legislation, a few days back, to give more power to the Telugu Language Development Committee for more effective enforcement of Telugu as the official medium of communication in the state. "It is up to them to write their firm's names in other languages too", Rao told officials, according to the release. At the WTC, conferences on how to preserve, protect and enrich Telugu in the Telangana region will be held, said the release, adding that eminent writers in other languages who have won the Sahitya Academy and Jnanpith awards will also be invited for the programme.

The Deccan Chronicle reported that the state government has sanctioned Rs 50 crore for the goal, along with Rs 5 crore to the Sahitya Academy and Rs 2 crore to the Official Language Committee.

Rs. 5 Crore is given to Telangana Sahitya Academy and Rs. 2 Crore to the Official Language Commission organising expenses. It would be better if state government assembles an all-party meeting, it should not be a unilateral declaration.

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