All recruitment examinations, being conducted by the Kerala’s Public Service Commission (PSC), will soon have question papers in local language Malayalam together with English.
The apex recruitment agency accepted the government’s suggestion in this regard “in precept”, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said here on Monday after he held discussions with PSC Chairman, M K Sakeer, at his office.
The government would also imagine bringing out the PSC question papers in Kannada and Tamil, the minority languages in the state, in future, he added.
“The government has suggested to make to be had in Malayalam the question papers of all recruitment examinations conducted by the PSC, including Kerala Administrative Service (KAS). They’ve accepted the suggestion in principal and will take essential action,” Vijayan told reporters at the Secretariat.
The agency pointed out some practical difficulties in bringing out Malayalam question papers in technical subjects, he said.
The government would soon convene a assembly of the Vice Chancellors of universities to help the PSC to find solutions to get to the bottom of the difficulties.
A high-level committee would be constituted to study the issues in translating technical jargons into Malayalam and a dictionary, comprising technical terminology in quite a lot of subjects, would be compiled, he added.
At present, PSC question papers are to be had in Malayalam for the exams which require eligibility up to Plus Two.
“So, 90 per cent of PSC exams are already conducted in Malayalam. Only in some examinations that the question papers are provided in English,” Vijayan said adding it has been determined to change this.
The Chief Minister held talks with the PSC in the wake of an indefinite agitation led by the Aikya Malayala Prasthanam (AMP), a pro-Malayalam outfit, demanding the agency to conduct all its exams in the mother tongue.
AMP’s protest has been going here on for just about one month.
The agitation, being held in front of the agency’s headquarters here, gathered momentum after numerous eminent personalities including writers and cultural leaders extended fortify to the cause.
Legendary filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan, who joined the starvation strike by the protesters on September 11, the Thiruvonam day, had severely criticised the PSC and said it will have to be “dissolved” whether the agency was once against the emotion showed by the people of the state.
But even so Gopalakrishnan, the stir also saw the participation of eminent poets, Sugatha Kumari and V Madhusudanan Nair and former Chief Minister and Congress leader Oommen Chandy here.
The protesters had accused the PSC of neglecting Malayalam despite it being made the administrative language of the state in 2017.
They also urged the state government and the PSC to give importance and conduct all its examinations in the local language in addition to in English.
Sep 16, 2019 18:21 IST