Protection of regional languages : Centre vows all measures
The Centre has assured the TDP that it was taking all measures to protect and promote the regional languages as envisaged under the three language formula here on Monday.
New Delhi: The Centre has assured the TDP that it was taking all measures to protect and promote the regional languages as envisaged under the three language formula here on Monday.
Responding to the TDP member Kesineni Srinivas (Nani), who raised the issue of introduction of English as medium of instruction in Andhra Pradesh which had become a major controversy nowadays, in Lok Sabha, Union minister Nishank Pokhriyal said all measures were in place to protect the
Srinivas pointed out that the Andhra Pradesh was the first state to be created on linguistic basis in this country after our independence.
He said language defined one's culture and traditions. Bengali culture, Gujarati culture, Kannada culture, Punjabi culture, Odisha culture, Tamil culture, etc., were examples of the same, he added.
According to Census 2011, there had been a decline in Telugu language speakers and Telugu had slipped to third place.
"So, it was important for the regional languages to be preserved, and culture and heritage to be passed on to the future generations. So, in view of this, what is the ministry's plan to promote the language?," Kesineni Srinvias said.
Though there was disturbance during this time, the TDP member stood his ground and added that he appreciated the demand for English.
Andhra Pradesh under Chief Ministership of Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy had made English the language of instruction in all the government schools and due to this attention given to the Telugu language was on the decline, he said.
Srinivas further added that according to the All India Survey on Higher Education (2015-16), the total number of enrolments at PhD level in the discipline of Telugu literature stood at 167 out of nearly 7,000, which was just two per cent.
So, in the light of this, it was important to preserve the three-language formula as envisaged in the National Education Policy, 2019.
He sought to know what steps the ministry was taking so that equal focus was given to each language and the support extended to Telugu research and promotion.