New Delhi: Youngsters in Urdu speaking areas across the country may soon be able to get job-oriented training under the proposed national vocational curriculum framework which will be launched this year.
HRD minister Kapil Sibal said linking "rich language" with employment and training will help promotion of the language which is "deeply rooted" to the culture of the country.
The HRD minister has already announced that by this year, government would launch the ambitious National Vocational Education Qualifications Framework to provide job-oriented courses to students and chart out a flexible education system.
"It is important to link Urdu with employment. If we link Urdu with employment then it will help us promote the language. Urdu is a very rich language and we will do whatever possible to promote it," Sibal said addressing a seminar on `Life of Maulana Azad" here.
"We are going to launch the National Vocational Education Qualifications Framework by 2011 and under it students from Muslim community in certain areas will have the option learning the vocational skills in Urdu," he said.
Sibal was awarded National Integration award for his "significant contribution" in reforming the education sector in the country.
Various speakers at the function strongly urged Sibal to take effective steps to promote Urdu language in the country.
The function, attended by religious leaders and scholars across the country, was organised by Universal Association for Spiritual Awareness.
In his address, Sibal said his Ministry was going to set up a "round-table for minorities" to examine various problems being faced by the community. However, he did not elaborate on it further.
Talking about the Right to Education Act, Sibal said government was determined ensure education to each and every child of the country. "There will not be any child in the country who will not reach a school by the year 2020."
The HRD minister also paid tributes to Maulana Azad and said as first education minister he had contributed immensely to the country.