[lg policy] Fwd: [ctamil] November 1 is Classical Language Day in Kerala

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at GMAIL.COM
Fri Oct 11 14:17:22 UTC 2013

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November 1 is Classical Language Day in Kerala


Kerala will observe November 1 as Classical Language Day, against the
backdrop of Malayalam getting classical status.
Minister for Culture K.C. Joseph told the media here on Friday that the
Department of Culture and the Kerala Sahitya Akademi would organise various
programmes in all districts in this connection. Special assembly would be
held in schools.
The Minister said the government was trying for Central approval for
setting up a Central institute of classical language in Thiruvananthapuram.
Proposals for starting courses in classical languages in Central
universities had also been mooted.
The Kerala Sahitya Akademi would digitise 1,000-old Malayalam books and
distribute copies to libraries and other institutions. The Malayalam
Mission would be expanded and a separate mission established for
translation. The State language institute would publish more books on
science and technology to enhance the richness of the language.
He said the government wanted facilities for teaching Malayalam to be
introduced in all schools in the State. Currently, about 300 schools in
Kasaragod and Munnar did not teach Malayalam.


 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com

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