Malayalam Varsity Calls for Law to Control Pre-Primary Edu Sector

Kozhikode: Thunchaththu Ezhuthachan Malayalam University in Kerala today called for enactment of a law to control pre-primary education sector in the State.

Briefing reporters on the Sangamam (meet) attended by individuals and organizations working for overall of development of the language, Vice Chancellor K. Jayakumar said that the Act should be competent enough to change the notion that anybody can start LKG, UKG and nursery schools and teach in any language.

The meet also suggested, among others, knowledge of Malayalam mandatory for State government jobs and in the proposed Kerala Administrative Service, making availability of books in the language for all topics in Plus Two level and encouragement to other universities to start courses in Malayalam medium.

He said the varsity has launched a Bhasha Technology Centre aimed at introducing the language globally.

“To achieve the goal, it proposed to launch digital library, dictionary and online courses targeting not only Keralites abroad but foreigners interested in learning the language,” he said, adding that preliminary work of the project has already started. “The comprehensive dictionary with 1,30,000 words would be dedicated in August, 2017.”

It also proposed to start an information corpus on rare books by Thunchaththu Ramanujan Ezhuthachan, known as father of Malayalam language, and writer M.T. Vasudevan Nair, among others.

Stating that the varsity has already published 12 books, he said it has formed a translation project to decide on translation of books from other languages to Malayalam.

“An Advisory Board comprising Prof. Sachithanandan, Prof. E.V. Ramakrishnanan, Prof. P.P. Ravindran, Dr. Jancy James, Prof. K.M. Sharief, Dr. M.M. Basheer, Dr. J. Devika and Dr. T.A. Yesudasan has been constituted for the purpose,” he added.