The Government of Andhra Pradesh is seriously considering a proposal to make learning Telugu compulsory for every student in the state. An amendment to the Education act of 1982 in currently being enforced in the state has also been mooted. The proposal has come to focus in light of the Telugu World Conference being organised this year.
According to the new proposal, every student will have to chose Telugu as a subject. Tamil Nadu has a similar law already being enforced with regard to Tamil and te same seems to have inspired the Congress government here. Only students whose mother tongue is Telugu opt to study Telugu as a subject currently. If a student has Tamil or Kannada as their mother tongue, they are under no obligation to study Telugu till now. They usually chose their mother tongue as the second language if they are being educated in the English medium. If this prposal becomes law, then every student studying anywhere in the state will be obliged to study Telugu as a subject.
The proposal is currently being examined by the Official Language Commission headed by Mandali Buddha Prasad.