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|Deoband: Addressing the students of Al-Ma’hadul Anwar, Deoband on 15 April, Dr Hamidullah Bhat, Director of National Council for the Promotion of Urdu Language (NCPUL) said that we have to move forward and change ourselves with the new requirements of changing times. Describing computer as an important necessity of modern age, he emphasised the need for moulding it into our civilization.
He said that government has no intention of interfering in the affairs of madrasas because if the government takes over even one-fourth of the madrasas and bears their expenses, its entire budget will fail. He further said that the Council has prepared a two-year syllabus for the education of Arabic and Persian by incorporating words of common use because teaching these languages in classical form will be of not much use.
He regretted that though Urdu language is used in speaking, its script is vanishing. If Urdu is alive these days, it is because of madrasas. The Council is therefore trying to teach Urdu script and that through its efforts, more than six thousand non-Muslims have learnt Urdu whereas, regrettably, more than 55 percent of Muslims in UP do not know Urdu script.
Describing information technology and computer as a danger to linguistic civilization and heritage of the country, he said that the way computer is growing rapidly is the biggest danger and challenge to our civilization. In order to ward off this danger and challenge, we will have to mould information technology into Indian languages. He said that calligraphy faces no danger from computer. Calligraphy occupies the position of an art in our heritage.