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Teachers for Urdu and Punjabi in Delhi schools

New Delhi: An MLA, Veer Singh Dheengan asked in Delhi Assembly on 24 March whether some teachers have been appointed for teaching Urdu and Punjabi in government and government-aided schools in Delhi and if so, how many teachers for Urdu and Punjabi have been appointed during the past five years?

In reply to this question, it was stated on behalf of the minister for social welfare department that during the past 5 years 28 Urdu and 40 Punjabi teachers have been appointed in all schools of Delhi. Reacting to this news Dr. Khaliq Anjum, general secretary of Anjuman Taraqqi-e Urdu said that according to their assessment, about 200 Urdu teachers are needed for Delhi’s schools but after appointing only 28 teachers, government feels that it has done its duty. He said that during the past 1½ years we have been not only carrying on a movement for appointment of Urdu teachers in schools but also personally met many ministers and senior leaders for this. He said that government itself had promised to appoint at least 126 Urdu teachers but only 28 have been appointed which is far well below our demand and their promise.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 April 2011 on page no. 18

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