The Malayala Aikya Vedi has urged the government to set up a State-level language advisory committee to ensure due priority for Malayalam.
President of the Vedi Puthussery Ramachandran and general secretary K.M. Bharathan told reporters here on Saturday that Malayalam medium schools were fast disappearing from the State's education sector. “There is no justification for the neglect of the mother tongue. Despite being declared as the official language in 1969, court orders and official notifications are still issued in English,” they said.
“The government has announced universities for veterinary sciences and medical sciences. But the long-standing demand for a Malayalam university has not been conceded. Other South Indian regional languages like Tamil, Kannada and Telugu have had universities for long,” Mr. Ramachandran said.
The Vedi appealed to the government to withdraw the revised Hindi textbook for Class 9 that seeks to teach Hindi in English. “It is a universal theory that a language is best taught using the mother tongue. The revised textbook is an affront to Malayalam. The government has to take stern action against the committee that recommended the revision.” he said.