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Urdu Academy to come up in J&K soon

Srinagar: Abdul Ghani Malik, minister for higher education, speaking on the occasion of Urdu writer’s conference on the World Urdu Day (11 November) in Jammu said that the Jammu and Kashmir government is thinking in the direction of setting up an Urdu academy in the state in order to promote Urdu language in the region. The conference was organized by the Department of Urdu, Jammu University, in association with National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language. During the conference a poetic collection of Prof S Shargi was also released by Malik. He also informed that the proposal to set up academy has been discussed with the chief minister and it is likely to come up soon. Ved Bhasin, Chairman Kashmir Times, expressed that the promotion of this language is the constitutional responsibility of the government as it is the official language of the state. Malik who was the chief guest said that Urdu language is the symbol of composite culture and asked the people to strive for peace and harmony. More than 100 Urdu writers from all across the state participated on the occasion. In the conference it was also felt that that the approach of government towards promotion of this language has not been satisfactory. Media persons were also honoured for their contribution towards promoting Urdu language.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 December 2010 on page no. 18

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