Monday, January 22, 2007

State of Urdu Language in only Muslim majority State

CM admits Urdu is dying in State NASEER A GANAI Jammu, Jan 22: The Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad Monday acknowledged that Urdu was getting a raw deal in the State and promised that the government would formulate a plan to restore the pristine glory of the language. It is fact that Urdu language has not got the right which it deserves in Jammu and Kashmir, the Chief Minister said responding to a question of the National Conference MLA Dr. Chaman Lal Bhagat. In Maharastra, Karnataka and other states one cannot apply for Government job unless he is not literate in official language of the State but here no one takes the language seriously, the Chief Minister said. The promotion and development of Urdu, he said, should be concern of every citizen of the State. It is not Kashmiri that people of Jammu will not like. It is not Dogri which Kashmiris wont like. It is Urdu and every person in the State speaks it. So it needs promotion, the Chief Minister said. The State Government, the Chief Minister said, was sending a high level team of officers to Maulna Azad National Urdu University Hyderabad and Urdu University Lucknow to study how technical and science subjects are taught in Urdu. He said the Government would take any suggestion coming from any quarter to promote Urdu seriously. You are talking about Urdu academy and Government is contemplating about establishing Urdu University, he said. Earlier, responding to the main question Minister of State for Higher Education informed the House Committee has reported that the introduction of Urdu language as medium of instruction up to the University level is not practicable as most subjects like science could not be taught in the language. The House Committee, constituted to give boost to Urdu language, has tabled its report on April 10, 2000. The Minister said the Government was exploring the possibilities to find out as to how Urdu could get the requisite thrust within the existing language policy. In his supplementary, Mian Altaf said that the Government schools in Udhampur, Kathua and Jammu districts schools were not getting Urdu teachers. He asked the Government to appoint Urdu teachers in the schools in these three districts. Intervening, the Chief Minister said he would look into the matter.

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