Sibal for national strategy for promotion of Urdu
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Last Updated: Wednesday, January 05, 2011, 23:57
New Delhi: Promotion of liberal arts associated with the Urdu language like calligraphy, painting, ghazal singing will be put on fast track, HRD Minister Kapil Sibal said Wednesday.

He said issues like shortage of Urdu teachers would also be taken up at the next meeting of the state education ministers here later this month.

Underlining the need to make the study of Urdu relevant in keeping with the aspirations of the youth, he said a national strategy should be evolved in this regard.

"A new vision and a national strategy is needed in order to preserve the rich cultural heritage of the Urdu language, literature and the art forms like calligraphy," he said chairing the 18th Meeting of the National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language (NCPUL).

He said Urdu language could be made a component in the national vocational educational curriculum framework to be brought soon.

Several suggestions were also put forward at the meeting as well as worries voiced about preservation of the language.

While one of the members expressed his concern over shortage of Urdu language teachers, another member contended that though Urdu teachers are available, they somehow are not getting employed.

Responding to them, the Minister said that this matter would be taken up in the meeting of state education ministers to be held later this month.

Earlier, three interactive session had taken place to prepare an approach paper for the promotion and preservation of the language.

These sessions were presided over by Deputy Chairman, Rajya Sabha K Rahman Khan on March 12, 2010, by noted scholar Shamsur Rehman Farugi on August 2, 2010 and by Member, Planning Commission Syeda Hameed on December 28, 2010.


First Published: Wednesday, January 05, 2011, 23:57

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