Hyderabad: The Telugu Association of Malaysia (TAM) is launching a Telugu Akademi of Malaysia at Kuala Lumpur in May to promote and preserve Telugu language in Malaysia and surrounding countries. Earlier, “Samskruthi Nilayam” used to conduct Telugu language courses to the Telugu diaspora.
In an effort to make it more professional and extend its reach, TAM is now coming up with an exclusive Akademi complex which is being constructed on 2.5 acres of land at Rawang Selangor, about 35 km from Kuala Lumpur. Apart from Telugu language, people can learn dance, music, arts and other fine arts at the Akademi, TAM president Y Achaiah Kumar Rao told Telangana Today over phone from Malaysia.
Over 3,000 students of different ages, who are pursuing Telugu language in 30 different locations throughout Malaysia, will be benefited from the courses offered at the Akademi, he said, adding that it would be the Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University that prepares question papers for students and give the certificates for qualified students.
The Telugu Akademi will accommodate 350 students and will be a major centre for Telugus to learn the Telugu language, culture and fine arts. TAM laid the foundation for the Rs 40 crore Akademi project in March 2016 of which Rs 25 crore was granted by the Malaysian government. Telugu Association of Malaysia, Council member, Vengkat Ramanaidu said plans were afoot to invite Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, Telangana Chief Minister
K Chandrashekhar Rao and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu in May for the formal launch.