Government employees in Kerala would be taught Malayalam typing. At the end of the course, there will be an exam and grading.This new development is part of making Malayalam the official language of governance.
The programme already kick-started in Ernakulam and Thiruvananthapuram districts. By the end of August, it will be extended to Thrissur, Alappuzha and Idukki districts. The training classes are held at Model Finishing schools under the Institute of Human Resource Development (IHRD). 700 employees have obtained training in Ernakulam while in Thiruvananthapuram it was 80.
The governing bodies at separate districts have the right to choose the training agencies. The Malayalam language is typed by using Unicode aided softwares. Apart from Malayalam typing, training in Word processor, spreadsheets, presentation softwares were also provided. Also basic knowledge to operate and rectify computers were included in the training.
The employees from class 3 to the higher grades in the institutions including government, government aided, co-operative boards and self-governing bodies will be given training. The classes are scheduled from morning to evening for five week days.