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UMI meet discusses ways to promote Urdu
New Delhi: The United Muslim of India (UMI) held a meeting in Zakir Nagar, south Delhi on 13 December last year. The meeting was chaired by Abdul Rauf Fazli. Reviewing the condition of Urdu medium schools, he regretted the apathy and ignorance of the new generation about Urdu. He said that all the previous governments discouraged the use of Urdu and befooled the people of India who really wanted to learn and read Urdu. Those governments introduced schemes for the promotion of Urdu but they deliberately did not implement them.
In the meeting a resolution was adopted and the Delhi government was asked to implement it. The resolutions said that Urdu should be made a compulsory subject from primary to 12th standard in all schools run and managed by Delhi government. Since only lower and middle class children generally read in Urdu medium schools, government should make arrangements for special scholarships for them in order to encourage them to learn Urdu. Immediate steps should be taken to fill up the vacancies for Urdu teachers in all Urdu medium schools.
The participants discussed the ways to promote Urdu among the new generation and many speakers including Dr Badrul Islam, Dr Sayyad A. Khan and others expressed their views.
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