Telangana deputy CM meets panel to discuss Telugu as compulsory subject

22 Nov 2017

Telangana deputy chief minister K Srihari has asked the state officials to complete all arrangements for the implementation of Telugu as a compulsory subject from the first standard to intermediate from the next academic year.

Srihari, who handles the education portfolio, yesterday held a meeting with the officials and the members of the sub-committee appointed over the implementation of Telugu as a compulsory subject, a government release said. The sub-committee was formed following the orders of chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao to implement Telugu as a compulsory subject. The sub-committee studied the implementation of mother tongue as a compulsory subject in Tamil Nadu and Punjab, the release said. The members of the panel informed Srihari in the meeting on Tuesday that they had spoken to concerned officials on implementation of Telugu as compulsory subject in the CBSE and ICSE schools.

The officials of CBSE and ICSE told the sub-committee that they have no objection in implementation of the move, the release said. The CBSE and ICSE had rules for the implementation of mother-tongue as a compulsory subject, but those rules are not being implemented effectively in schools, the sub-committee members said. It would suffice if those rules are implemented effectively, they said. Srihari directed that Telugu be developed as an "interesting and high scoring" subject for students. The language should be implemented as a compulsory subject in a way that did not burden the students.

There are 1,370 schools in Telangana, where Telugu is not taught and there would be no problem to make the language a compulsory subject from first standard to Intermediate from the next academic year, the officials said. Srihari said the sub-committee would be converted into an advisory panel for implementation of Telugu language, the release added.