Inaugurating the two-day International online webinar on “Knowledge Creation: Mother Tongue” organised by the Department of Telugu, University of Hyderabad (UoH) and the Telugu Academy here, Naidu stressed the need for giving a special thrust to the respective official language by every State Government. Observing that language was the lifeline of any civilization, he said, it denotes the identity, culture and traditions of the people. It plays an important role in preserving music, dance, customs, festivals, traditional knowledge and heritage, Venkaiah added.
Calling for imparting education in the mother tongue up to primary school, the Vice President stressed that a language would gain popularity only through widespread usage.
He said it was a fallacy to think that progress could be achieved only if education was pursued in English.
Research has shown that those who are proficient in their mother tongue can learn other languages with equal ease, Naidu said.