Telugu to be made compulsory for classes I to XII in Telangana

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Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao. PTI file

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

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.

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 schools which fail to do so, will be de-recognised and not allowed to be function in the state, KCR said.

Urdu, which is one of the state's official languages, will be offered as an optional language.

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The government will be strict in implementing the policy that Telugu is taught as the compulsory subject and only the syllabus framed by the Sahitya Academy is taught, the CM declared.

The Chief Minister also instructed that all private and public institutions in Telangana must display their organisation's name in Telugu on their signboards.

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.

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

"It is up to them to write their firm's names in other languages too".

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The ToI report also quotes an official source saying, "The chief minister said these two decisions will be placed before the next cabinet meeting for necessary amendment in the law".

During the meeting, it was also chose to conduct the first-ever WTC in the state from 15 to 19 December.

While announcing the conference earlier, Rao also made a decision to constitute Telangana Lalitha Kala Academy, Sangeet Nataka Academy and Folk Arts Academy.

Naidu, who often spoke about his love for Telugu, expressed hope that the Andhra Pradesh government would take a similar decision at the earliest. The Chief Minister sanctioned Rs 50 Crore for organising the Conference, which will discuss how to preserve, protect and enrich Telugu in Telangana. "If required, the government will bring about a legislation in this regard". It would be better if state government assembles an all-party meeting, it should not be a unilateral declaration.

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