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Non-recognition of Urdu equivalent of B.Ed degree by Rajasthan

Jaipur: Recently, Rajasthan’s Secondary Board of Education has issued an order terminating the services of about half a dozen Urdu teachers who had Urdu Moallim degree (equivalent to B.Ed) of Jamia Urdu, Aligarh and who had completed, or will soon be completing, 25 years of service. They were told that they in fact did not deserve the teachers’ job that they had been holding because their Urdu Moallim Degree of Jamia Urdu, Aligarh was not recognised by Rajasthan government. The Secondary Board was also looking into the service records of other Urdu teachers and if these Urdu teachers also were found to be holding Jamia Urdu’s Moallim Degree, which is not recognised by the state government, their services too would be terminated.

Recently, the State Madrasa Board had put in advertisements to recruit Urdu teachers but it was clearly mentioned in it that the candidates holding this Degree of Jamia Urdu will not be eligible for recruitment or appointment for this job. Jamia Urdu, Aligarh is running many centres in Rasthan and as per its records, as many as 50,000 students or so were awarded Urdu Moallim Degrees during the past seven years. These students were hoping to get Urdu teachers jobs in the state’s madrasas or schools but since this degree is not recognised, their job prospects are uncertain, at least in Rajasthan.

According to Salim Engineer, state president of Jamiat Ulama-i Hind the central government had issued orders in 1973 recognising Moallim’s Degree for Urdu teacher’s job and many states like Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Karnatak etc have recognised this Degree but, he says, Rajasthan government has not recognised it for reasons best known to it. One Zakir Husain of Social and Welfare Society had sent an application, followed by many reminders to the state government, requesting recognition of this  Degree but so far the state government has not paid any attention to his request.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 March 2011 on page no. 18

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