A meeting of the PSC board here on Monday has agreed to incorporate this condition in their notifications for various jobs in the government. As per the decision, candidates, who have not studied Malayalam either as a first or second language in Class 10 or Class 12, will have to pass a special language examination if they have to be made permanent.
The eligibility test, which will be equivalent to a Class 10 Malayalam examination, will be conducted by the PSC.Students studying the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) or the Indian School Certificate Examinations (ISCE) syllabus do not have to study Malayalam as they have other options like taking Hindi, French or Special English as their language elective subjects.
The government had given the proposal based on the recommendations of the State Cultural Committee. The committee wanted questions for courses like engineering, medicine and IT, in which admissions are made through entrance tests, to be made available in Malayalam along with an option to write answers in Malayalam.
The committee has also recommended introduction of Malayalam in courts and in all sectors at the academic level. It has also mooted scholarship to foreigners to study the vernacular language. Foreigners contributing to the upliftment of Malayalam will be felicitated with an award in the name of Herman Gundert.
The move is in tune with the government’s efforts to seek classical status for Malayalam.