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|Hurriyat Conference female activists arguing with the police in Lal Chowk, Srinagar, on 20 July during a demonstration against Jammu killings
"AMU IS A MISSION"
New Delhi: "Aligarh Muslim University is not only an institution, but a mission. The responsibility of the educational development of Indian Muslims has been placed on this university. It is for the teachers to raise the educational standard of the university. I have spoken to teachers and have received a very positive response." These views were expressed by the newly appointed AMU Vice Chancellor Naseem Ahmad on the occasion of a reception in his honour by AMU Old Boys Association, Delhi. While calling his appointment a matter of pride and a turning point in his life, the VC said that he wanted to recreate the atmosphere prevailing 30 years ago when there was mutual love between the authorities and students. He said that the distinguishing mark of AMU was not only its higher education but the culture for which its products were recognised. Evading a question on formation of students union, he said that whatever was good for the university would be done.
The VC of Jamia Millia Islamia, Syed Shahid Mehdi assured him of every assistance. The VC of Jamia Hamdard Siraj Hussain drew attention to the need for conducting examinations for professional courses at one place.
The Aligarian fraternity of Delhi, several teachers from Jamia Millia and Jamia Hamdard were present on the occasion.
"URDU IS THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE"
Urdu Day was celebrated under the auspices of Anjuman Taraqqi-i-Urdu, Bihar at Gaya Collectorate Conference Hall. Inaugurating the function Brajesh Mahrotra, district magistrate of Gaya said that Urdu is a language spoken everywhere. It has sweetness and melody. Magadh division organiser of the Anjuman said that Urdu workers were given step-motherly treatment. Their degrees were equal to BA and +2 but their pay scale was not according to their qualifications. He said that even after about 20 years, the grade of Urdu teachers had not been decided which was a big hurdle to Urdu’s propagation. Abdur Rahaman, former director of Department of State Language, Bihar said that the process of enforcement of Urdu is very slow. Urdu is not the language of a particular religion or area. It’s poetry is soothing. Advocate Masud Manzar while drawing district magistrate’s attention towards Urdu said that if they really loved Urdu, they should introduce it in English medium schools. He also demanded land for building of an Urdu library.
Presiding over the meeting Magadh division commissioner Hem Chand Suprohi said there is profundity and profusion in Urdu. It is the language of love which joins people. He also issued orders to the DM that the next Urdu Day should be celebrated in the proposed library. A symposium was also organised on the occasion.
New Delhi: Tanveer Ahmed was on 11 July unanimously re-elected chairman of the Central Haj Committee while Syed Anwara Taimur and Mohd Suhail Lokhandwala will continue as vice chairpersons. Ahmed has been serving as chairman since June, 1999. Taimur is a former Assam chief minister and a former MP and Lokhandwala, who has served as MLA of the Maharashtra State legislative Assembly.
BIHAR STEP-MOTHERLY TO URDU
Patna: After about 21 years of Urdu’s recognition as the second official language of Bihar, it is still on paper and confined to legal documents. So far Urdu has not been used at official level. Urdu could neither get a place on office boards and name plates. District gazette, Bihar gazette and voter lists have never been published in Urdu. Departments of public relations and Urdu departments of Bihar Assembly have never received official recognition. Urdu Academy is almost non-functional due to lack of grants. Urdu Advisory Committee has not been formed for two years. Thousands of vacant Urdu posts have not been filled for years. All these situations have put a question mark on RJD government’s love for Urdu. These views were expressed by Shamail Nabi, chairman of Urdu Council and former minister of Bihar.
Dr Aslam Jawedan, general secretary of Urdu Council said that Urdu was being neglected at every level in Bihar. Hundreds of Urdu schools had been practically changed into Hindi medium schools due to absence of Urdu teachers and Urdu books. The children of Urdu speaking localities were deprived of receiving education in their mother tongue. Urdu workers were given jobs which had no relation to Urdu’s promotion . All this is a mirage and open deceit. Urdu Council is being stifled under a great and deep conspiracy, he added.
Secretary of Urdu Council Anwarul Huda said that no facility was provided to newly elected councillors of Patna on 5 July to take oath in Urdu while it was demanded by councillor Farhat Ahmad, which exposes government’s hollow claim. He said that a public campaign would be started if the government did not implement Urdu law in actual practice.
UNIVERSITY PAPER CREATES UNREST
New Delhi: Condemning the attempt to create hatred in the minds of new generation at academic level regarding Darul Uloom Deoband and Nadwatul Ulama, KM Khan, a Congress member of Parliament has demanded Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee that an investigation should be conducted by University Grants Commission regarding a mischievous examination paper of Din Dayal Upadhya University, Gorakhpur.
Khan has drawn Vajpayee’s attention to a University entrance examination paper of General Knowledge Hindi-1 in which the students have been asked as to which of the following institutes/madrasas which had produced a lot of intellectuals, taken active part in the freedom struggle, are now giving training to terrorists 1. Deoband School, 2. Nadwatul Ulama, Lucknow, 3. Darul Musannifin, Azamgarh, 4. None.
Khan said that the university did a mischievous act, that is why the case should be investigated and action should be taken against the guilty.
BRIGADIER USMAN REMEMBERED
New Delhi: Army personnel paid rich tributes to Brigadier Mohammed Usman on 3 July at his grave in Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. A posthumously Mahavir Chakra awardee Brigadier Usman laid down his life while fighting against Pakistan in the battle of Jhangar in 1948. Jhangar was captured by Pakistan on 25 December 1947. Paying floral tributes to the martyr, retired Major General LS Lehl, who had fought along with the Brigadier said that Usman was undoubtedly one of the greatest soldiers since India’s independence. The wreath laying ceremony was followed by a meeting in which the veteran Brigadiers’s colleagues shared their experiences.
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