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On-time publishing of Urdu text-books demanded

New Delhi: In a meeting held by Friends for Education, several important decisions were taken. A demand was made to Urdu Academy, National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language (NCUPL) and Ghalib Academy to give priority to matters regarding Urdu medium schools, specially the publication and supply of Urdu text-books on time.

The resolution said that Urdu medium students have been deprived of books for the past several years. The fault for this lies mainly with NCERT which generally begins Urdu translation of Hindi and English books after they are available in the market. This process takes at least a whole year and because of this the Urdu text-books are not available to students. As regards the language of these translated books, it is difficult for students to understand. As a result, parents are reluctant to teach Urdu to their children as a subject.

The Government order is that in government schools if there are six students in a class, who want to read Urdu, a teacher of Urdu should be provided but in most cases biased and non-Urdu knowing principals of such schools do not make any arrangement for an Urdu teacher, with the result that students are compelled to switch either to Sanskrit or Punjabi which is very difficult for such students. Some years ago a simple Urdu book published by NCERT on behalf of the Delhi Board of Text-books was provided to the children of Delhi free of cost.

But this has been discontinued now. These are some of the reasons why Muslims are lagging behind in education and will continue to be so unless some sincere and drastic steps are taken for promoting Urdu-learning students.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 April 2011 on page no. 18

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