Hyderabad: In a major decision that may have far reaching political and social implications, the West Bengal government has made Bengali compulsory in all schools, including private English medium schools of the State. Now Telugu is a compulsory subject in Telangana.
After West Bengal Chief Minister declared to teach Bengali as compulsory subject to all boards, this time Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao has instructed educational institutions in the state to teach Telugu as a ‘compulsory subject’ to students from Std. I to XII, and has made it clear that only those institutions that adhere to this will be given recognition and permission to function.
Chief Minister Rao also announced that all public and private establishments and institutions in Telangana should display organisations’ names in Telugu on their signboards. “Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao has decided to organise a World Telugu Conference here for five days from December 15 to 19. He has instructed that the preparatory programmes should start forthwith. The government earlier decided to organise the World Telugu Conference in October,” a press release read. The Chief Minister has also announced a sanction of Rs. 50 crore for organising the conference.
“Rs. 5 crore is given to the Telangana Sahitya Academy and Rs. 2 crore to the Official Language Commission organising expenses. The Telangana Sahitya Academy will be the nodal agency for the World Telugu Conference,” the press release said. The instruction also stated that the syllabus should be framed and textbooks should be printed at the earliest.
Chief Minister Rao wanted that all the books on development of Telugu language and literature should be printed before the commencement of the conference.