International Mother Language Day is an observance held annually on 21 February worldwide to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. It was first announced by UNESCO on 17 November 1999.
This year, Andhra Pradesh State government, department of IT, in association with Silicon Andhra celebrated International Mother Language Day at Jublee Hall, Hyderabad. The State Government has taken a positive step in making Telugu as an official full member of the US-based Unicode Consortium, paving the way for standardised, user-friendly fonts and scripts for the language on computers.
Telugu is the first Indian language to join the Unicode consortium as a full permanent member.
In an interview given to The Hindu, the IT & Communications Minister for Andhra Pradesh, Ponnala Lakshmaiah said: