The Union Government has agreed to the suggestion of the Vice President, Shri M Venkaiah Naidu to shift the Center of Excellence for Studies in Classical Telugu located in the Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL), Mysuru to one of the Telugu-speaking States. The Union Minister for HRD has informed the Vice President that it was willing to act on his suggestion. The Ministry would shortly communicate to both Andhra Pradesh and Telangana States about its willingness to shift the Centre of Excellence for Studies in Classical Telugu to either of the Telugu States and would take a decision based on the proposals from the two States regarding land and temporary accommodation. Earlier in the day today, the Vice President visited the Center of Excellence for Studies in Classical Language at CIIL and appreciated the efforts of the Institute in preserving and promoting classical Telugu. Shri Naidu enquired about the center’s research on the evolution of the Telugu script with the Director of the Institute D.G Rao, who apprised him about the activities being undertaken such as research, digitization, and publishing of classical Telugu literature. The Center is also coordinating with individuals, institutions in the States/UTs in India and abroad and provides linkages to studies in other classical languages of the world. Among others, the Center promotes, propagates and preserves the classical language inside and outside of its speech territories undertakes and encourages research and documentation in India and abroad makes documentaries on scholars of eminence who are well versed in classical texts and explores linkages of classical language with classical music and dance forms. It also translates classical texts into other Indian languages, English and selected European languages.