Panel studying classical language status for Telugu, Kannada

June 19th, 2008 - 9:04 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Ambika Soni

New Delhi, June 19 (IANS) A committee of experts is examining whether to grant Telugu and Kannada the status of classical languages. Tourism Minister Ambika Soni conveyed this to visiting Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy here Thursday. During the half-hour meeting, Reddy urged Soni, who is also the culture minister, to grant classical language status to Telugu.

Soni said an experts committee is examining the issue of granting Telugu and Kannada classical languages status.

She said the majority of experts has formed a view and efforts are being made to arrive at a consensus on the issue.

She expressed the hope that the committee would reach a decision on the subject shortly and said it would be forwarded it to the government, according to an official statement issued here.

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