New Delhi, Dec 5: A demand for conferring classical language status on Kannada is under consideration, Home Minister Shivraj Patil told the Rajya Sabha today.
The demand for conferring the 'Classical Language' status on Kannada has been referred by the Ministry of Culture to the 'Committee of Linguistic experts' constituted in Sahitya Akademi for the purpose, Mr Patil said in a reply during Question Hour.
The Ministry of Culture will take a decision in this respect after recieving the report of the Committee of Linguistic experts, he said He, however, said no such demand had been recieved in respect of Tulu.
So far, only two languages, Sanskrit and Tamil, have been conferred classical language status.
The Minister said demands have been made for inclusion of many languages, including Tulu and Kodava, in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution.
''A committee was set up under Mr Sitakant Mahapatra to evolve a set of criteria for inclusion of more languages in the Eighth Schedule. The committee has submitted its report and the demand for the inclusion of more languages in the Eighth Schedule will be considered in light of recommendations of the committee,''Mr Patil said.
Replying to supplementaries, the Minister said while the demand for inclusion of more languages in the Eighth Schedule was under consideration, it should not become a cause of division.
''All languages of India are rich. Rather than becoming a cause of division, they should be sources of unity for the people of the country,''he said.