Odisha: Speakers highlight neglect to Urdu education

Speakers at a state-level Urdu education seminar expressed worry over the government’s continued disregard of this style of instruction from elementary school to higher education

Speakers at a state-level Urdu education seminar expressed worry over the government’s continued disregard of this style of instruction from elementary school to higher education. The speakers brought up a number of difficulties relating to Urdu education, including a teacher shortage and the non-recruitment of Urdu teachers at some schools where such facilities are available. They claimed that the situation is similar at the college level. They bemoaned the fact that such a problem is being discovered even at Ravenshaw University and Bhadrak Autonomous College. It was also said that the 109-year-old Urdu training school in Cuttack was facing a teacher shortage and was considering abolishing the Urdu form of instruction.

The seminar, held under the auspices of the Urdu Bachao Action Committee, encouraged the government to take seriously the language’s marginalisation. It urged the formation of a committee to oversee Urdu education and its issues. Shaikh Muntaqeem Buksh, state convenor of the Bachao committee, and Mufti Ghulam Ali co-ordinated the seminar. Mohammad Akhtar, a former member of the railway board, said the government should defend the community’s constitutional right to get education in Urdu in addition to other forms.

Because the New Education Policy (NEP) is thought to place a strong emphasis on Indian culture, the omission of the language from the list of Indian languages has sparked a firestorm. The exclusion of Urdu from the overall policy has led many people to conclude that the government does not recognise Urdu as the country’s national language, despite the fact that it is spoken by the majority of the country’s minority population. Former finance minister Yashwant Sinha questioned why it was not included in the NEP. “The NEP makes no mention of Urdu.” Prime Minister Modi is to be congratulated. “Urdu is not recognised as an Indian language by the New Education Policy,” Sinha tweeted.

The Central government was forced to issue explanations after Sinha’s statement, stating that the policy applied to all languages included in the Constitution’s Eighth Schedule. “This assertion is completely untrue and deceptive. NEP sections 4.12, 22.6, and 22.18 refer to all languages included in the Indian Constitution’s Eighth Schedule, which includes Urdu. In fact, what is being purposefully and maliciously repressed is that these paragraphs do not name Hindi at all, but rather all of the languages listed in the Eighth Schedule.” Amit Khare, Secretary of Higher Education.

“States, particularly those from different parts of India, may enter into bilateral agreements to hire large numbers of teachers from each other in order to meet the three-language formula in their respective states and to promote the study of Indian languages throughout the country.” For the teaching and study of different languages, as well as to popularise language learning, extensive use of technology will be made.”

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