Director of AP Telugu Academy K. Yadagiri has said that there are plans to award Fellowship to five scholars of different universities who pursue research in Telugu language and culture.

Prof. Yadagiri, who took over as Director of the academy on January 20 this year, came to the city for the first time in his new role on Thursday.

Addressing a media conference, he briefed about the activities of the academy and its efforts to provide textbooks at cheaper rates to students.

He said that there were plans to set up a Telugu Academy Library in Visakhapatnam and to promote research. The textbooks of final year degree would be made available in the market by June 2011.

The AP State Council of Higher Education had handed over the responsibility of publishing degree textbooks for English Medium students along with those of Telugu medium from the academic year 2008-09 to the academy. The textbooks for second year were published during the academic year 2009-10, he said.

Apart from textbooks for Intermediate, B. Ed., D. Ed., the academy was also publishing books in Telugu and English for students appearing at various competitive examinations. Question Banks were being published for the benefit of students appearing for EAMCET and for those appearing for Group-I and Group-II examinations conducted by the AP Public Service Commission.

He said that the Department of Higher Education issued a GO that all government and private colleges should invariably follow textbooks published by the Telugu Academy.

This was done to prevent piracy by some private colleges that were re-printing the academy books and selling them to their students at higher cost. The academy suffered a loss of Rs.15 crore last year due to piracy. He said that a decision was taken to supply the academy books to the libraries. Regional Coordinator of the academy Vijay Kumar was present.