Malayalam Mission logs on to cyber space, launches web magazine

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Tvm: Malayalam Mission, a project by the Kerala government to educate the new generation about their native language and culture, has made its mark online in an effort to reach out to non-resident Malayalees. The Malayalam Mission website (mm.kerala.gov.in) was launched by the Minister for Culture, Shri K C Joseph on April 11 in Thiruvananthapuram. A web magazine, Pookalam (pookalam.kerala.gov.in), was also launched on the occasion by Chief Minister Shri Oommen Chandy.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that the web magazine will complement the mission’s certificate courses in Malayalam. He added that steps would be taken to give special consideration and protection to Malayalam language. He expressed his hope that Malayalam would get classical status soon. Efforts are on to get a Malayalam University in the State.

The Malayalam Mission was started in 2010 as an initiative to teach the new generation Malayalees, especially those who stay outside Kerala (NRKs), their mother tongue and culture. It is estimated that more than one crore Malayalees live outside Kerala. The mission provides a platform for their children to learn the language and interact with others. Malayalam Mission has ensured that students in Kerala did not pass out from school without before studying their native language.

The courses are prepared in such a way as to provide an over-all development in the children’s language skills. Each course provides the children with an overall understanding of the history, culture, art and social structure of Kerala. The mission has set up learning centres in different parts of the world with the help of local Malayali organisations. The mission has expanded with more than 25,000 students attending free classes on Sundays.

Minister V S Sivakumar; Poetess Sugatha Kumari; and Sajan Peter IAS, Director, Malayalam Mission, were among those present on the occasion. The websites have been designed and developed by C-DIT.

Kerala IT News

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