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
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
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.