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Jamia Urdu, Aligarh’s Moallim Urdu degree recognised

Deoband/Aligarh: UP government has now decided to recognise Jamia Urdu, Aligarh’s Moallim Urdu Degree as equivalent to BTC. This will enable Moallim Urdu Degree holders to find teaching jobs in government and other schools. This success has been achieved by degree holders and Muslim leaders after a long and protracted legal battle. Way back in 1993 Mulayam Singh Yadav government, because of political compulsion to attract votes of Muslims, had recognised Moallim Urdu Degree as equivalent to BTC and also appointed about 14000 Urdu teachers in UP on the basis of this Degree of Jamia Urdu, Aligarh. Salaries to these teachers were also paid but unfortunately, soon Mulayam Singh’s government was voted out, the next government derecognised the degree, with the result that thousands of Urdu teachers were removed and rendered unemployed. Thereafter all governments because of their bias towards Urdu and in order to discourage Urdu made no effort to recognise this degree.

Unemployed Urdu teachers and their supporters and Muslim leaders waged a long legal battle. In 2010 Allahabad High Court in its verdict recognised this degree and issued orders that unemployed Moallim Urdu Degree holders be employed as teachers; but again the present Mayawati government, instead of implementing the High Court’s order, filed a special leave petition in the same court against Moallim Urdu degree holders because of which the appointment of Urdu teachers was again stopped. However, according to newspaper reports, Mayawati government has withdrawn the special leave petition (SPL) earlier filed by her government against Moallim degree holders and High Court’s order to appoint them for teachers jobs. With the withdrawal of SPL from the High Court, the way now has been cleared for the appointment of this degree holders as teachers in government schools of UP.

This U-turn in UP government’s policy is not free from expediency and opportunism and appears to be in view of the next year’s assembly elections in UP. Mayawati’s ‘greed’ to become prime minister of India is so acute that she can go to any extent and even shake hand with her bitter rivals, whether BJP, Congress or even SP if in a pre-election understanding they agree to support her becoming prime minister. Once she wins next year’s assembly elections and becomes chief minister, it is not surprising if she creates some other hindrance in blocking the recognition of Moallim Urdu degrees which will also be helpful in promoting Urdu in UP which no political party sincerely wants.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 July 2011 on page no. 22

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