Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government has
decided to pursue with the Centre its demand for according
classical status for Malayalam language, State Minister for
Education and Culture M A Baby said today.
The International Dravidan Language Study Centre here has
been asked to prepare necessary documents to support Kerala`s
requesta, Baby said while replying to CPI-M`s M M Monaye`s
calling attention motion in the assembly.
An all party delegation led by Chief Minister V S
Achuthanandan and Opposition leader Oommen Chandy had a few
months ago submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh on the matter, he said.
The Prime Minister had assured the delegation that Centre
would favourably consider the state`s request, Baby said.
The Government also plans to hold a `Malayalam language
Convention`, similar to the one conducted by Tamil Nadu
government for Tamil language, he said.
The date of the convention would be decided later.
It has also been decided to make teaching of Malayalam
language compulsory in all English medium schools in the
state, he said. The schools with Central syllabus have also
been asked to include Malayalam language in their curriculum,