Telugu should be made compulsory in all schools, says Telangana CM KCR

Telangana govt reschedules World Telugu Conference for December

In a major development, the Telangana state government has decided to make Telugu a compulsory subject from class 1 to class 12 in the southern state.

Summary: Hyderabad: CM of Telangana State, Mr. KCR issued orders that Telugu would be a compulsory language from class I to XII and Urdu will be an optional subject.

It was also decided the only educational institutions that teach Telugu as a compulsory subject would be given recognition and permissions to function.

Vice President, M Venkaiah Naidu said I welcome the resolution of Telangana Government for making Telugu a mandatory language from 1st to 12th standards.

Dr P Mashusudhan Reddy, president of Government Junior Lecturers Association responded to the move saying, "Of 9 lakh intermediate students, nearly 75 per cent have taken up Sanskrit". Sahitya Academy will prepare syllabus for the Telugu subject to be taught to primary, secondary and higher and intermediate classes.

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The syllabus should be framed and textbooks should be printed at the earliest. The syllabus fixed by the Sahitya Academy must be taught in all the educational institutions, with no leeway for schools to set their own syllabus for the subject. "They have to offer Telugu as a compulsory subject in every class. If required, the government will bring about a legislation in this regard".

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. If they want, they can use another language as well.

Another official said that the chief minister directed that for necessary amendment in the law, the decisions will be placed before the next cabinet meeting.

The Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh N Chandrababu Naidu also made a decision 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. "He has instructed that the preparatory programmes should start forthwith", an official release said today.

An amount of ₹50 crore has been sanctioned for organising the World Telugu Conference while ₹5 crore is to be given to the Sahitya Academy and ₹2 crore to the Official Language Commission towards organising expenses.

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