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Work being done to make Urdu a professional language

New Delhi: Union HRD minister Kapil Sibal while speaking on the final day of Golden Jubilee celebration of the creation of Department of Urdu in Delhi University, made two important announcements as far as the lovers and well-wishers of Urdu are concerned: firstly, that HRD is working on the scheme to introduce Urdu as a subject in all schools and secondly that it is also working for making Urdu a professional language. He said that unlike Latin and Hebrew (old language of Jews) though classical languages, which are not spoken languages Urdu is widely spoken language and now the time has come when Urdu is brought in profession. He said that not too many people are making research on Urdu and that even after having a Master’s or Doctorate Degree in Urdu, people end up either being translators or teachers. Hence there is need to create other jobs for those who opt for Urdu as a subject. Sachin Pilot, Union minister of state for communications and information technology who also was present on this occasion, said that his ministry has designed and developed Urdu software for promoting this language, which it is distributing free.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 April 2011 on page no. 22

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