Kendriya Vidyalaya Students to Formally Learn Malayalam, Earn Certification

Exciting news for Kendriya Vidyalaya students in Kerala! Introducing KV Malayalam: a new initiative offering formal language courses and certifications, enriching cultural connections and career prospects.
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In a significant development, Kendriya Vidyalaya (KV) students in Kerala will soon have the opportunity to formally study Malayalam and obtain a PSC-recognized certificate for their proficiency in the language.

Formalizing Malayalam Education

Currently, Malayalam is informally taught in KVs across Kerala, primarily focusing on basic literacy. However, the state’s Malayalam Mission, under the Cultural Affairs department, has introduced ‘KV Malayalam’. This initiative allows KV students to enroll in certified Malayalam courses integrated into their regular schooling. The curriculum will adhere to SCERT-approved textbooks, ensuring comprehensive learning experiences.

Murukan Kattakada, Director of Malayalam Mission, emphasized the structured approach: “Teachers from KVs will undergo training led by our academic council, utilizing a dedicated handbook and approach paper for effective teaching.”

Addressing Longstanding Demands

Santhosh Kumar N, Deputy Commissioner of KV Sangathan Regional Office in Ernakulam, highlighted the demand from parents for formal Malayalam education. He noted that approximately 70-80% of KV students in Kerala are Malayalis, underscoring the community’s interest in preserving and promoting their native language.

Certification and Career Benefits

The initiative aims not only to enhance students’ proficiency in Malayalam but also to prepare them for potential careers in Kerala’s government sector. Courses offered under KV Malayalam, starting with KV Pallippuram in Thiruvananthapuram and soon expanding statewide, include:

  • Kanikkonna: Certificate course (2 years)
  • Sooryakanthi: Diploma course (2 years)
  • Aambal: Higher diploma course (3 years)
  • Neelakurinji: Senior higher diploma course (3 years)

Recognition and Opportunities

The General Education department has already recognized the ‘Neelakurinji’ course as equivalent to Class X for newly-inducted state government employees. This recognition from the Public Services Commission (PSC) underscores the career benefits of mastering Malayalam through KV Malayalam courses.

Promoting Cultural Familiarity

Beyond educational benefits, the Malayalam Mission also aims to familiarize children of Non-Resident Keralites (NRKs) with Kerala’s culture, enriching their educational experience.


With the introduction of KV Malayalam, Kendriya Vidyalaya students in Kerala are poised to deepen their linguistic skills and cultural ties. This initiative not only meets parental expectations but also aligns with career aspirations by providing formal certification in Malayalam proficiency.

Stay tuned as KV Pallippuram leads the way, paving a path for students across the state to embrace and excel in Malayalam education.

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