Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu today called for preservation and promotion of classical languages saying that they provide the window to our past and the civilizational values of ancient India.
Vice President Naidu, who arrived at Venkatachalam, in Nellore district by a special train, interacted with the Telugu scholars, litterateurs and experts in the Telugu language during a luncheon meeting, in Nellore today.
During the interaction, the Vice President said that our classical languages represent the knowledge and wisdom of our ancient thinkers, scientists, poets, sages, doctors, philosophers and rulers.
“If we don’t preserve and sustain this link, we lose a very precious key to the treasure house we have all inherited’, he added. Referring to reports, he expressed concern over the fact that more than 40 languages or dialects in India are considered to be endangered and are believed to be heading towards extinction as only a few thousand people speak them.
Vice President Naidu’s discussions with scholars centred around the promotion of classical Telugu language and the development of the ‘Center of Excellence for Studies in Classical Telugu’ (CESCT).
It may be recalled that Tamil was the first language in India to be accorded the classical language status in 2004. Subsequently, Centre for Excellence of Classical Tamil which was functioning in the campus of the Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore was shifted to Chennai on request from Tamil Nadu government in 2008. The institute is now known as the Central Institute of Classical Tamil (CICT).
The Vice President visited CICT, Chennai yesterday (on 19 January 2020) to acquaint himself with the functioning and various projects undertaken by the Institute for preservation and promotion of Tamil language.
Sanskrit, Kannada, Malayalam and Odia are the other language that has been declared as classical languages in India by the government. Following a demand to shift the Center of Excellence for Studies in Classical Telugu from Mysuru, the Vice President had suggested shifting the CESCT to then unified Andhra Pradesh, some years ago.
Subsequently, the Central government wrote to the combined Andhra Pradesh government in this regard.
On the suggestions of the Vice President, Union HRD Ministry has organised a two-day workshop on ‘Development of Center of Excellence for Studies in Classical Telugu’at Swarna Bharat Trust, Nellore. Various scholars and experts of Telugu classical language are participating in the workshop.
The Workshop among others things will discuss the preparation of a roadmap on the preservation, propagation and promotion of classical Telugu so that the richness of the language could be taken to a greater height.
The Vice President who is on a two -day tour to Nellore on January 20th and 21st will attend a host of programs in the city.
This includes the Valedictory Session of the two-day workshop on Classical Telugu. The Union HRD Minister, Ramesh Pokhariyal ‘Nishank’ will also grace the occasion.