Telugu must in state schools in Telangana from class I-XII : CM

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The Chief Minister, in a statement, said,"Only the educational institutions that are teaching Telugu, as a compulsory subject, will be given recognition and permission to function".

Telangana government has decided that all schools in the state including government and private should offer Telugu as a compulsory subject from class I-XII.

In its bid to safeguard the regional language, the Telangana State Government has made Telugu a compulsory subject from first to 12th standard in all the private and public educational institutions in the state.

The committee made many recommendations to the government like use Telugu language in all government works from Secretariat level to Panchayat level, preference for people who have studied in Telugu medium for government jobs, Telugu as primary language in government and private schools and also one compulsory language in higher studies in state.

Stating that students could take Urdu as an optional subject, the DC report adds that the Sahitya Academy was given the task of preparing a syllabus for Telugu to be taught from Class 1 to Class 12.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu today welcomed the government's decision to make Telugu a compulsory subject.

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The syllabus should be framed and textbooks should be printed at the earliest. The Vice President, who has been vouching for giving importance to mother tongue at several occasions, has appealed to other States to follow suit. The Syllabus fixed by the Sahitya Academy will be taught in all the educational institutions and they are not expected to print textbooks and teach syllabus according to their whims and fancies, the Chief Minister said. He said that only the syllabi prepared by the Sahitya Academy would be taught in schools. The state government has chose to pass a resolution in the Cabinet meet for protection and perseverance of Telugu language and literature.

It was earlier decided that the inaugural ceremony of the first World Telugu Conference would be held on June 2, the state's Formation day.

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao.

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.

The opposition Congress' deputy leader in Telangana Legislative Council, P Sudhakar Reddy addressed it a great decision of the government.