Kerala Sahitya Akademi

Kerala Sahitya Akademi

Kerala Sahitya Akademi

The Kerala Sahitya Akademi is an autonomous institution established for the promotion and development of Malayalam language and literature. Formally inaugurated by the then Raja Pramukh late Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma Raja of Travancore at Kanakakunu Palace, Thiruvananthapuram on 15th October, 1956, the Akademi started functioning in the Secretariat, Thiruvananthapuram and later on was shifted to a room in the Thrissur Museum Bungalow. In September, 1957 it was again shifted to the present beautiful building near the Thrissur Town Hall.
The Akademi functions under the overall control of a General Council consisting of eminent persons representing different branches of Malayalam literature, and is assisted by an Executive Board consisting of the President, Vice President, District Collector as Treasurer, Secretary of the Akademi and Secretary to Government in charge of Cultural Department or his nominee and persons elected by the General Council from among its members. Apart from this there will be a Finance Committee, with the Treasurer as the Chairman, a nominee of the Secretary to Government in charge of the Culture Department, a nominee of the Secretary to Government in charge of Finance Department, one member of the Executive Board nominated by the Committee and one member of the General Council nominated by the Council.

Governing Body :
Sri. V.S. Achuthanandan
Chief Minister
Sri. M.A. Baby
Minister for Cultural Affairs
Sri. Venu V. I A S
Secretary for Cultural Affairs Department
Sri. M. Mukundan
President
Sri. Purushan Kadalundi
Secretary
Dr. V.K. Baby I.A.S.
Treasurer (Thrissur District Collector)
Executive Committee Members:
Sri. K.E.N. Kunjahammad
Sri. Ravunni
Sri. Asokan Charuvil
Sri. Prabha Varma
Prof. Amrutha Kumari

General Council Members:
Sri.. Vysakhan
Sri. Narayanan
Sri. P.K. Gopi
Prof. Kadathanattu Narayanan
Sri. A.K. Nambiar
Sri. K.P. Ramanunni
Mr. Paul Kallanode
Sri. Vijayalekshmy
Sri. Mini Sukumaran
Sri. V.V. Rugmini
Sri. Akbar Kakkattil
Sri. T.N. Prakash
Sri. Kureepuzha Sreekumar
Sri. C.B. Sudhakaran
Prof. S. Saradakutty
Sri. V. Harshakumar

Sub Committees:
In order to carry out the day-to-day functioning of the different activities of the Akademi effectively Sub Committees have been formed each with a Convener and a few members. The various sub committees are:
Publication Committee
Works & Planning Committee
Library & Research Committee
Editorial Committee on Malayalam Literary Survey
Educational Committee
Committee on Literary Meets
Sahityakara Directory
Sanskarika Diary & Literary Archives

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Kerala Sahitya Akademi

Good teachers make good citizens – PM

The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh lighting the lamp to inaugurate the National Education Day Celebrations, in New Delhi with Kapil Sibal and D. Purandeswari

The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh lighting the lamp to inaugurate the National Education Day Celebrations, in New Delhi with Kapil Sibal and D. Purandeswari

The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh today called upon the nation to rededicate itself to the cause of education He said, “The celebration of Maulana Azad’s birth anniversary as the National Education Day is a befitting homage to one of our greatest leaders. Today is also an occasion when all of us should re-dedicate ourselves to the cause of education, and through it to building India as a modern, knowledge society.” He was speaking at the National Education Day celebrations, on 11th Nov 2009. Also present on the occasion among others were Kapil Sibal, Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Koichiro Matsuura, Director General, UNESCO, Smt. D. Purandeswari, Minister of State for Human Resource Development and Smt. Anshu Vaisha, Secretary, Department of Higher Education.

The Prime Minister pointed out that, education has received the highest priority from the Central Govt. in the last 5 years or so. He said, “We had earlier taken important steps in providing quality education to all children through our flagship programme of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan. Now we have extended our initiatives to the secondary level. The objective of the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) is to achieve an enrolment ratio of 75% for classes IX-X within five years and to provide universal secondary education by the year 2017. The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2009 creates a legal entitlement for compulsory and free education for all our children between the ages of 6 and 14 years. We have recently launched a new literacy initiative, SAAKSHAR BHARAT, on the International Literacy Day on 8th September, 2009.”

“In higher education, the outlay has been increased by 10 times in the Eleventh Five Year Plan as compared to the Tenth Five Year Plan. A number of new institutions – Indian Institutes of Technology, Indian Institutes of Management, Indian Institutes for Science Education & Research, Indian Institutes of Information Technology and others – are being established.”

The Prime Minister offered to share with UNESCO e-learning material prepared under the National Mission on Education through ICT by the Indian Institutes of Technologies (IITs). He said that UNESCO plays a very important role as a global clearing house of ideas and knowledge.

The Prime Minister underlined that improving access to education is not enough, and that it should be accompanied by efforts to ensure equity and improve quality. He said,”Our Government stands committed to provide good and quality education to each and every child in our country, especially those who belong to the underprivileged sections of our society. It is with this end in view that we have started a number of scholarship schemes for those who cannot afford to study on their own – the SCs/STs/Minorities and other such disadvantaged groups. We especially recognize the importance of educating women and they are being given special attention in the SAAKSHAR BHARAT mission. Improvement in quality at all levels is also receiving increasing emphasis. In higher education this will be achieved through structural reforms on the basis of the recommendations of the National Knowledge Commission and the Yashpal Committee.”

The Prime Minister said that India needs an extra 1 million teachers to implement the Right to Education Act. For this purpose, apart from the need of augmenting teacher’s training institutes and use of ICT for mass learning, it is necessary to restore the prestige and status of the teaching profession in our society, he added. Dr. Manmohan Singh stated, “The importance of good teachers cannot be over-emphasized. Good teachers not only educate- they also inspire. Good teachers make good students. Good teachers make good citizens. We must therefore find ways and means of improving the quality of our teachers. We must find ways of attracting the best talent as faculty in our premier institutions. We today face difficulty in finding top level professors and lecturers in the newly created IITs, IISERs and other such institutions. This state of affairs cannot be allowed to persist and I urge all of you to work to address these problems of deficiency in the quality of teaching in our schools, in our colleges, and in our universities. “

Speaking on the occasion, Kapil Sibal, Union Minister fir Human Resource Development, said to meet the requirements of Education For All (EFA) and to provide secondary and vocational training to the youth, we require millions of teachers. The social order must respect teachers who all play a pivotal role in building a peaceful and just society, he added.

Sibal stated that the globalisation of higher education has also added newer challenges in terms of quality assurance system, issues of mutual recognition and equivalence of degrees and transparency in the regulatory structures of national systems of higher education. He said,” Towards this, our Government has initiated several reforms measures. An independent mandatory accreditation system is being proposed. We also plan to introduce legislation to prohibit and punish malpractices and adoption of unfair practices in higher education. Further, a legislation to facilitate the entry of foreign education providers is also under consideration.”

Good teachers make good citizens – PM

The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh lighting the lamp to inaugurate the National Education Day Celebrations, in New Delhi with Kapil Sibal and D. Purandeswari

The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh lighting the lamp to inaugurate the National Education Day Celebrations, in New Delhi with Kapil Sibal and D. Purandeswari

The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh today called upon the nation to rededicate itself to the cause of education He said, “The celebration of Maulana Azad’s birth anniversary as the National Education Day is a befitting homage to one of our greatest leaders. Today is also an occasion when all of us should re-dedicate ourselves to the cause of education, and through it to building India as a modern, knowledge society.” He was speaking at the National Education Day celebrations, on 11th Nov 2009. Also present on the occasion among others were Kapil Sibal, Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Koichiro Matsuura, Director General, UNESCO, Smt. D. Purandeswari, Minister of State for Human Resource Development and Smt. Anshu Vaisha, Secretary, Department of Higher Education.

The Prime Minister pointed out that, education has received the highest priority from the Central Govt. in the last 5 years or so. He said, “We had earlier taken important steps in providing quality education to all children through our flagship programme of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan. Now we have extended our initiatives to the secondary level. The objective of the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) is to achieve an enrolment ratio of 75% for classes IX-X within five years and to provide universal secondary education by the year 2017. The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2009 creates a legal entitlement for compulsory and free education for all our children between the ages of 6 and 14 years. We have recently launched a new literacy initiative, SAAKSHAR BHARAT, on the International Literacy Day on 8th September, 2009.”

“In higher education, the outlay has been increased by 10 times in the Eleventh Five Year Plan as compared to the Tenth Five Year Plan. A number of new institutions – Indian Institutes of Technology, Indian Institutes of Management, Indian Institutes for Science Education & Research, Indian Institutes of Information Technology and others – are being established.”

The Prime Minister offered to share with UNESCO e-learning material prepared under the National Mission on Education through ICT by the Indian Institutes of Technologies (IITs). He said that UNESCO plays a very important role as a global clearing house of ideas and knowledge.

The Prime Minister underlined that improving access to education is not enough, and that it should be accompanied by efforts to ensure equity and improve quality. He said,”Our Government stands committed to provide good and quality education to each and every child in our country, especially those who belong to the underprivileged sections of our society. It is with this end in view that we have started a number of scholarship schemes for those who cannot afford to study on their own – the SCs/STs/Minorities and other such disadvantaged groups. We especially recognize the importance of educating women and they are being given special attention in the SAAKSHAR BHARAT mission. Improvement in quality at all levels is also receiving increasing emphasis. In higher education this will be achieved through structural reforms on the basis of the recommendations of the National Knowledge Commission and the Yashpal Committee.”

The Prime Minister said that India needs an extra 1 million teachers to implement the Right to Education Act. For this purpose, apart from the need of augmenting teacher’s training institutes and use of ICT for mass learning, it is necessary to restore the prestige and status of the teaching profession in our society, he added. Dr. Manmohan Singh stated, “The importance of good teachers cannot be over-emphasized. Good teachers not only educate- they also inspire. Good teachers make good students. Good teachers make good citizens. We must therefore find ways and means of improving the quality of our teachers. We must find ways of attracting the best talent as faculty in our premier institutions. We today face difficulty in finding top level professors and lecturers in the newly created IITs, IISERs and other such institutions. This state of affairs cannot be allowed to persist and I urge all of you to work to address these problems of deficiency in the quality of teaching in our schools, in our colleges, and in our universities. “

Speaking on the occasion, Kapil Sibal, Union Minister fir Human Resource Development, said to meet the requirements of Education For All (EFA) and to provide secondary and vocational training to the youth, we require millions of teachers. The social order must respect teachers who all play a pivotal role in building a peaceful and just society, he added.

Sibal stated that the globalisation of higher education has also added newer challenges in terms of quality assurance system, issues of mutual recognition and equivalence of degrees and transparency in the regulatory structures of national systems of higher education. He said,” Towards this, our Government has initiated several reforms measures. An independent mandatory accreditation system is being proposed. We also plan to introduce legislation to prohibit and punish malpractices and adoption of unfair practices in higher education. Further, a legislation to facilitate the entry of foreign education providers is also under consideration.”

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The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh lighting the lamp to inaugurate the National Education Day Celebrations, in New Delhi with Kapil Sibal and D. Purandeswari

The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh lighting the lamp to inaugurate the National Education Day Celebrations, in New Delhi on November 11, 2009.
The Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Shri Kapil Sibal and the Minister of State of Human Resource Development, Smt. D. Purandeswari is also seen.

Good teachers make good citizens – PM

The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh today called upon the nation to rededicate itself to the cause of education He said, “The celebration of Maulana Azad’s birth anniversary as the National Education Day is a befitting homage to one of our greatest leaders. Today is also an occasion when all of us should re-dedicate ourselves to the cause of education, and through it to building India as a modern, knowledge society.” He was speaking at the National Education Day celebrations, on 11th Nov 2009. Also present on the occasion among others were Kapil Sibal, Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Koichiro Matsuura, Director General, UNESCO, Smt. D. Purandeswari, Minister of State for Human Resource Development and Smt. Anshu Vaisha, Secretary, Department of Higher Education.

The Prime Minister pointed out that, education has received the highest priority from the Central Govt. in the last 5 years or so. He said, “We had earlier taken important steps in providing quality education to all children through our flagship programme of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan. Now we have extended our initiatives to the secondary level. The objective of the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) is to achieve an enrolment ratio of 75% for classes IX-X within five years and to provide universal secondary education by the year 2017. The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2009 creates a legal entitlement for compulsory and free education for all our children between the ages of 6 and 14 years. We have recently launched a new literacy initiative, SAAKSHAR BHARAT, on the International Literacy Day on 8th September, 2009.”

“In higher education, the outlay has been increased by 10 times in the Eleventh Five Year Plan as compared to the Tenth Five Year Plan. A number of new institutions – Indian Institutes of Technology, Indian Institutes of Management, Indian Institutes for Science Education & Research, Indian Institutes of Information Technology and others – are being established.”

The Prime Minister offered to share with UNESCO e-learning material prepared under the National Mission on Education through ICT by the Indian Institutes of Technologies (IITs). He said that UNESCO plays a very important role as a global clearing house of ideas and knowledge.

The Prime Minister underlined that improving access to education is not enough, and that it should be accompanied by efforts to ensure equity and improve quality. He said,”Our Government stands committed to provide good and quality education to each and every child in our country, especially those who belong to the underprivileged sections of our society. It is with this end in view that we have started a number of scholarship schemes for those who cannot afford to study on their own – the SCs/STs/Minorities and other such disadvantaged groups. We especially recognize the importance of educating women and they are being given special attention in the SAAKSHAR BHARAT mission. Improvement in quality at all levels is also receiving increasing emphasis. In higher education this will be achieved through structural reforms on the basis of the recommendations of the National Knowledge Commission and the Yashpal Committee.”

The Prime Minister said that India needs an extra 1 million teachers to implement the Right to Education Act. For this purpose, apart from the need of augmenting teacher’s training institutes and use of ICT for mass learning, it is necessary to restore the prestige and status of the teaching profession in our society, he added. Dr. Manmohan Singh stated, “The importance of good teachers cannot be over-emphasized. Good teachers not only educate- they also inspire. Good teachers make good students. Good teachers make good citizens. We must therefore find ways and means of improving the quality of our teachers. We must find ways of attracting the best talent as faculty in our premier institutions. We today face difficulty in finding top level professors and lecturers in the newly created IITs, IISERs and other such institutions. This state of affairs cannot be allowed to persist and I urge all of you to work to address these problems of deficiency in the quality of teaching in our schools, in our colleges, and in our universities. “

Speaking on the occasion, Kapil Sibal, Union Minister fir Human Resource Development, said to meet the requirements of Education For All (EFA) and to provide secondary and vocational training to the youth, we require millions of teachers. The social order must respect teachers who all play a pivotal role in building a peaceful and just society, he added.

Sibal stated that the globalisation of higher education has also added newer challenges in terms of quality assurance system, issues of mutual recognition and equivalence of degrees and transparency in the regulatory structures of national systems of higher education. He said,” Towards this, our Government has initiated several reforms measures. An independent mandatory accreditation system is being proposed. We also plan to introduce legislation to prohibit and punish malpractices and adoption of unfair practices in higher education. Further, a legislation to facilitate the entry of foreign education providers is also under consideration.”

Grown-ups …live in prisons of their own

childrendayby Jawaharlal Nehru

Dear Children,

I like being with children and talking to them and, even more, playing with them. For the moment I forget that I am terribly old and it is very long ago since I was a child.

But when I sit down to write, I cannot forget my age and the distance that separates you from me. Old people have a habit of delivering sermons and good advice to the young.

I remember that I disliked this very much long ago when I was a boy. So I suppose you do not like it very much either. Grown-ups also have a habit of appearing to be very wise, even though very few of them possess much wisdom. I have not yet quite made up my mind whether I am wise or not.

Sometimes listening to others I feel that I must be wise and brilliant and important. Then, looking at myself, I begin to doubt this. In any event, people who are wise do not talk about their wisdom and do not behave as if they were very superior persons…

What then shall I write about? If you were with me, I would love to talk to you about this beautiful world of ours, about flowers, trees, birds, animals, stars, mountains, glaciers and all the other beautiful things that surround us in the world. We have all this beauty all around us and yet we, who are grown-ups, often forget about it and lose ourselves in our arguments or in our quarrels. We sit in our offices and imagine that we are doing very important work.

I hope you will be more sensible and open your eyes and ears to this beauty and life that surrounds you. Can you recognise the flowers by their names and the birds by their singing? How easy it is to make friends with them and with everything in nature, if you go to them affectionately and with friendship. You must have read many fairy tales and stories of long ago. But the world itself is the greatest fairy tale and story of adventure that was ever written. Only we must have eyes to see and ears to hear and a mind that opens out to the life and beauty of the world.

Grown-ups have a strange way of putting themselves in compartments and groups. They build barriers… of religion, caste, colour, party, nation, province, language, customs and of rich and poor. Thus they live in prisons of their own making. Fortunately, children do not know much about these barriers, which separate. They play and work with each other and it is only when they grow up that they begin to learn about these barriers from their elders. I hope you will take a long time in growing up…

Some months ago, the children of Japan wrote to me and asked me to send them an elephant. I sent them a beautiful elephant on behalf of the children of India… This noble animal became a symbol of India to them and a link between them and the children of India.

I was very happy that this gift of ours gave so much joy to so many children of Japan, and made them think of our country… remember that everywhere there are children like you going to school and work and play, and sometimes quarrelling but always making friends again. You can read about these countries in your books, and when you grow up many of you will visit them. Go there as friends and you will find friends to greet you.

You know we had a very great man amongst us. He was called Mahatma Gandhi. But we used to call him affectionately Bapuji. He was wise, but he did not show off his wisdom. He was simple and childlike in many ways and he loved children… he taught us to face the world cheerfully and with laughter.

Our country is a very big country and there is a great deal to be done by all of us. If each one of us does his or her little bit, then all this mounts up and the country prospers and goes ahead fast.

I have tried to talk to you in this letter as if you were sitting near me, and I have written more than I intended.

Jawaharlal Nehru

(Jawaharlal Nehru wrote this letter addressing children on December 3, 1949)

childrenday

childrenday

Grown-ups …live in prisons of their own

Dear Children,

I like being with children and talking to them and, even more, playing with them. For the moment I forget that I am terribly old and it is very long ago since I was a child.

But when I sit down to write, I cannot forget my age and the distance that separates you from me. Old people have a habit of delivering sermons and good advice to the young.

I remember that I disliked this very much long ago when I was a boy. So I suppose you do not like it very much either. Grown-ups also have a habit of appearing to be very wise, even though very few of them possess much wisdom. I have not yet quite made up my mind whether I am wise or not.

Sometimes listening to others I feel that I must be wise and brilliant and important. Then, looking at myself, I begin to doubt this. In any event, people who are wise do not talk about their wisdom and do not behave as if they were very superior persons…

What then shall I write about? If you were with me, I would love to talk to you about this beautiful world of ours, about flowers, trees, birds, animals, stars, mountains, glaciers and all the other beautiful things that surround us in the world. We have all this beauty all around us and yet we, who are grown-ups, often forget about it and lose ourselves in our arguments or in our quarrels. We sit in our offices and imagine that we are doing very important work.

I hope you will be more sensible and open your eyes and ears to this beauty and life that surrounds you. Can you recognise the flowers by their names and the birds by their singing? How easy it is to make friends with them and with everything in nature, if you go to them affectionately and with friendship. You must have read many fairy tales and stories of long ago. But the world itself is the greatest fairy tale and story of adventure that was ever written. Only we must have eyes to see and ears to hear and a mind that opens out to the life and beauty of the world.

Grown-ups have a strange way of putting themselves in compartments and groups. They build barriers… of religion, caste, colour, party, nation, province, language, customs and of rich and poor. Thus they live in prisons of their own making. Fortunately, children do not know much about these barriers, which separate. They play and work with each other and it is only when they grow up that they begin to learn about these barriers from their elders. I hope you will take a long time in growing up…

Some months ago, the children of Japan wrote to me and asked me to send them an elephant. I sent them a beautiful elephant on behalf of the children of India… This noble animal became a symbol of India to them and a link between them and the children of India.

I was very happy that this gift of ours gave so much joy to so many children of Japan, and made them think of our country… remember that everywhere there are children like you going to school and work and play, and sometimes quarrelling but always making friends again. You can read about these countries in your books, and when you grow up many of you will visit them. Go there as friends and you will find friends to greet you.

You know we had a very great man amongst us. He was called Mahatma Gandhi. But we used to call him affectionately Bapuji. He was wise, but he did not show off his wisdom. He was simple and childlike in many ways and he loved children… he taught us to face the world cheerfully and with laughter.

Our country is a very big country and there is a great deal to be done by all of us. If each one of us does his or her little bit, then all this mounts up and the country prospers and goes ahead fast.

I have tried to talk to you in this letter as if you were sitting near me, and I have written more than I intended.

Jawaharlal Nehru

(Jawaharlal Nehru jDecember 3, 1949)

Gajanan Madhav Muktibodh

Gajanan Madhav Muktibodh

Gajanan Madhav Muktibodh

One of the greatest Hindi poet Gajanan Madhav Muktibodh was born on November 13, 1917 in Madhya Pradesh.  His father Madhav Rao Muktibodh was a sub inspector. His early education was in many places – Ujjain, Vidisha, etc. He did BA independently in 1938 at the University of Agra.
He started working as a middle school teacher at different places – Badnagar, Ujjain.He passed MA in 1953 in Hindi from Nagpur University. He tried to do several jobs but due to his love for poetry and literature, he failed to continue anywhere. He worked for ‘Naya Khoon’ and ‘Vasudha’ magazine also.
One of the pioneers of modern poetry in India Muktibodh was published in the different volumes of ‘Tar Saptak’ edited by Ajnaya in 1940’s that led Hindi towards Experimentalism from Chhayavaad, one type of romanticism. Among the most important work ‘Brahmarakshas’, ‘Chand ka Muh Teda hai’, ‘Bhuri Bhuri Khak Dhul’, and ‘Andhere Mein.’ His most of the poems are very long. It was a great paradox of his life and for entire Indian literature that when his first landmark poetry collection ‘Chand ka Muh Teda hai’ published, he died. Some of his books other than poetry are Kath Ka Sapna (Anthology of Short stories, 1967), Satah Se Uthta Admi (Anthology of Short stories, 1971), Nayi Kavita ka Atmasangharsh tatha anya Nibandha (Essays, 1964), Ek Sahityik ki Dairy (Essays, 1964), Naye sahitya ka saundarya-shastra (1971), Kamayani: Ek punarvichar (1973) .

He and his work was very much influenced with Marxism and Socialism.  He was deeply associated with Progressive Writers’ Movement. His stature in Hindi poetry is no less than Nirala. He died on September 11, 1964 in Delhi.

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