More announcements related to the protection of Telugu language, and promotion of its usage, were in the offing, Andhra Pradesh Official Language Commission chairman, Mandali Buddha Prasad, has said.

Mr. Buddha Prasad, who returned to Avanigadda after the three-day World Telugu Conference, talking to The Hindu on Monday, said that he was overjoyed by the overwhelming response from youth to the conference. A majority of people who usually attended language related conferences were in the “above 50” age group, but most of those who attended the WTC at Tirupati were youth, he said.

Mr Buddha Prasad said a decision was taken to conduct programmes to protect Telugu and promote the use of the language through out 2013. A decision had to be taken on the type of programmes that should be conducted had to still be taken, he said.

He said the creation of a separate Ministry for Telugu language, the making of Telugu compulsory till tenth standard and conducting the World Telugu Conference every five years without fail were proposed by the Commission. A few more demands that were being made to protect Telugu language were being studied by legal experts. More announcements would be made after they were approved by the legal pundits, he said.

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About the next conference being held in the United States of America, he said, that one of the Telugu Association had already volunteered to hold the Conference in Dallas, but the government was likely to constitute a committee with New Jersey Deputy Speaker and Telugu man Upendra Chivukula as the chairman to begin the ground work.

Mr Buddha Prasad said that he was overjoyed to see people standing in queues to buy Telugu books from an exhibition organised on the venue of the WTC. “It was a pleasure to see people leaving with bundles of books in their hands,” he said.

He said that some of those who had come to the conference were subjected to inconvenience because the number of people who attended the conference was “way above what we expected.”

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