New Delhi: The city government has informed the Delhi High Court that there is a shortage of 152 trained Urdu teachers and the process of appointment was already underway.
The submission came in an affidavit filed by Delhi government's Directorate of Education (DoE) before a bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice R S Endlaw while hearing a PIL filed by lawyer Mushtaq Ahmad on behalf of NGO Shiksha Seva Samiti and some other societies.
"DoE had assessed an additional requirement of 152 TGT (trained graduate teachers) Urdu posts and the process of creation thereof is in the pipeline. There exists some shortage of regular Urdu teachers for which necessary requisition had been sent to Delhi Subordinate Service Selection Board and the process of appointment is going on," the affidavit said.
It also submitted that most of the universities in country do not have Urdu as a medium of instruction at graduation level in any discipline which has led to non-availability of Urdu trained graduate teachers.
"Urdu teachers under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan are also appointed every year on contract basis to overcome shortage of Urdu teachers. There exists no shortage of Urdu teachers in schools where Urdu is taught as a language and so also in Urdu medium schools," the affidavit said.
The city government also told the bench that DoE had deployed teachers from Urdu Academy in the Urdu medium schools to teach subjects like Mathematics, Science, Social Science in Urdu medium.
"There are 228 government schools under the DoE, GNCTD in which Urdu is being taught as a language and in addition to this, there are 21 government schools under the DoE, where Urdu is the medium of instructions," the affidavit added.
The PIL was filed with the request that appointment of Urdu teachers may be made like that of other teachers, that all vacancies of Urdu teachers must be filled up and Urdu schools which have been closed down should be reopened and teachers appointed there.