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Anjuman Tarraqqi-e-Urdu demands restoration of Urdu in Jharkhand

By Prof Abuzar Usmani

The Milli Gazette Online

Ranchi: A delegation of Anjuman-e-Urdu Jharkhand met Governor Syed Sibte Razi on January 24 and submitted to him a 15-point memorandum highlighting the problems confronting the Urdu speaking people of the state. 

The delegation expressed concern on the non-inclusion of Urdu as compulsory subject in the syllabus introduced from the primary to +2 level bypassing the three language formula in contravention of the provisions of the Constitution posing serious threat to future of the language in the state. It demanded amendment in the syllabus of Urdu and introduction of B.Ed course in Urdu medium and reintroduction of Urdu with essential provision as an optional subject instead of an additional elective subject at Intermediate/+2 level and that it be allowed as a subject at the level of higher education and post graduate classes. 

The vacancies of 790 primary Urdu teachers have not been filled up with Urdu knowing candidates who qualified in the last examination conducted by the Jharkhand Public Service Commission and it has aggravated the situation and must be remedied forthwith. 

The Urdu course books unlike the prescribed text books in other languages are not being provided to the Urdu students in time and for this necessary arrangement be made to ensure their proper supply and distribution.
The vacancies of 790 primary Urdu teachers have not been filled up with Urdu knowing candidates who qualified in the last examination conducted by the Jharkhand Public Service Commission and it has aggravated the situation and must be remedied forthwith. 

Besides, there are 82 new posts required to be sanctioned for the appointment of Urdu teachers in 82 proposed +2 government schools. But there is no mention of it in the circular letter no. 40/2004 dated June 3, 2004 issued by the Joint Secretary, HRD, the letter has notified only the vacancies of Hindi, English and Sanskrit teachers. 

The delegation impressed upon the Governor for the urgent need to put a check on the systematic undermining of Urdu teaching and education worrying the Urdu speaking people of the state.

It brought to the notice of the Governor issues like separate constitution of Madrasa Examination Board imparting teaching through Urdu medium, Urdu to be allowed as a medium of examination by the Jharkhand Public Service Commission as adopted by the Public Service Commission of the undivided state, a minority cell in the Deptt. of Education to be constituted to serve as a monitoring body for the redressal of the grievance of the linguistic minorities, representatives of Anjuman Taraqqi-e-Urdu, Jharkhand to be assigned to the State Minorities Commission and other government forums, arrangement for posting an Urdu knowing person in the Public Relations Depatt. and representation of Anjuman-e-Urdu, Jharkhand on the state university senates under the respective articles of the Jharkhand Universities Act to be restored as provided in the Universities Act of the undivided state.

The Governor as Chancellor of the state universities was urged to issue necessary directives for filling up the posts of Professor and Reader in the Post Graduate Department of Urdu, Ranchi University as well as the posts of Urdu lecturers in the Constituent Colleges of the University lying vacant for a long time and sanction of PG Deptt. of Urdu, Vinoba Bhave University, Hazaribagh and teaching posts to be given consideration. 

The delegation stressed the need for formation of Urdu Academy as announced by the former Chief Minister Babu Lal Marandi on April 5, 2002 and establishment of Maulana Azad Memorial Centre at Ranchi, the foundation of which was laid by the former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi.

The delegation impressed upon the Governor that the problems put forth were linked with the education and employment of the Urdu speaking people and that they should be resolved for the overall development of the state. It also stressed that the Anjuman was working for the development of Urdu with the broader objective of promoting communal harmony and national integration which has to be duly recognised in view of the larger interest of the state and the nation. The Governor assured the delegation to issue necessary directives and take appropriate steps into the matters

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