Even as the arrangements are apace for the three-day World Telugu Conference (WTC) beginning December 27 at Tirupati, the Democratic Students Organisation is holding its State level convention here on December 20 to ‘expose the sad plight of Telugu language and culture’ by the successive governments.
The meeting will come out with an eight-point charter of demands to provide the much-needed value addition to the option of pursuing education in Telugu medium.
The DSO, in a leaflet released in this connection, expressed its scepticism over the WTC achieving anything tangible to protect and propagate the waning glory of Telugu language and culture. What was needed now was not a ‘cosmetic touch’ nor the ‘window dressings’ like the pompous show in the form of World Telugu Conference, but a specific policy frame, providing a direct linkage, as an incentive, between pursuing education in the Telugu medium and securing jobs in State government services.
It was in this context that it demanded that in respect of recruitments, the government should give ‘top priority’ to those who did their education in Telugu medium besides conducting all examinations and entrance tests for State government services only in Telugu.
The DSO also wanted that the State secure its quota in the Central government jobs on the basis of its population and give the jobs only to those from Telugu medium in the qualifying exams.
As for the government’s decision to announce at the WTC making Telugu compulsory from the primary school to degree level, the DSO said that mere rhetoric and empty statements without linking them with incentives vis-a-vis jobs, entrance tests etc, would be of no use or consequence.
It is to discuss all these issues threadbare that the DSO was having its State level session at Tirupati, just a week ahead of the WTC jamboree is to unfold. State leaders of DSO, revolutionary writers are among those expected to attend the convention.