Special Correspondent

TIRUPATI: Even as the State Government and Telugu zealots are shouting from the house-tops that Telugu must be conferred ‘classical language’ status on a par with Tamil, the Andhra Pradesh State Public Service Commission appears to be doing the diametrically opposite.

In the recent revision of syllabus, vis a vis its Group-I and Group-II examinations, the Commission is said to have edged out Telugu from the list of optional subjects a candidate appearing for the examinations has to choose.

But English, however, continues to occupy its prime place in the syllabus for the exams.

Prominent mention

Interestingly, the issue had in fact prominently figured at a recent literary meet on ‘Boyi Bheemanna’s works’ jointly organised in SV University by its Oriental Research Institute and the Potti Sriramulu Telugu Viswa Vidyalayam.

The speakers as well as delegates to the seminar termed the reported decision of the APPSC as an insult and affront to Telugu literature and the entire Telugu community as well.

A resolution adopted at the meeting felt that it was an irony that the APPSC should resort to such a denigration of Telugu when the State Government has not only declared it as the official language but had also made it mandatory that all official correspondence in the State should be conducted only through the medium.

Resolution adopted

The Vice-Chancellor of the Telugu Viswa Vidyalayam Avula Manjulatha who was presiding over the inaugural of the meet also echoed the sentiments expressed by the speakers against the ‘insult’ and promised to lodge a serious protest in this connection with the APPSC.

The meet also adopted a resolution demanding restoration of status quo ante to ensure the rightful place for Telugu in the Commission’s Group -I and Group-II examinations. The delegates also ran a signature campaign against the insult and submitted a memorandum.