Maharashtra Education Minister assures second state language status to Urdu

Aurangabad: Maharashtra Education and Minority Affairs Minister Vinod Tawde assured hundreds of teachers on Urdu being confer the second state language status in recently concluded educational event in Aurangabad.

A three day event ‘Shikshanachi Vari’ (Educational Convention) under the aegis of the state government, was held at the Divisional Sports Complex from 10 to 12 March.

The Minister addressed the event through Skype video conferencing. The event was organised exclusively for Urdu teachers to improve the educational standards of Urdu schools and provide platform to showcase ideas for promotion the language.

Replying to a question raised by Head Master Asif Iqbal from Solapur on granting Urdu the second language status, the minister said that he would discuss the matter with the Chief Minister and the central government.

This event received very good response as over 4,000 teachers from six divisions of the State attended and shared their ideas on improving Urdu teaching methods through presentations.

Tawde lauded the vital role played by the Urdu language during the freedom struggle of the country and said that the Urdu slogan ‘Inquilab Zindabad’ was a rallying cry of the Indian independence movement

Asif Iqbal while speaking to said that Maharashtra has lakhs of Urdu speaking people and it has become the center for the language. Emphasizing on the right to have State language status to mother tongue, he said, “Indian states like Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar have already given second language status to Urdu. Government’s Guardianship is the key to promote any language. If Urdu gets said status other community or non-Urdu will also come closer and fill the various gaps.”

Ziyaur Rahman Ansari (Head Master Raees high school & Jr. College) welcomed Minister Tawde’s assurance and said, “Now it has become responsibility of Urdu Associations and people having political influence to follow this demand and get it done”. He further said that condition of Urdu is far better in Maharashtra, lakhs of students are learning in Urdu Medium schools but unfortunately this language has not yet acknowledged in its true sense.

Urdu is one of the most important languages of the state and consist of 7.30% Urdu speakers. The State Government has notified 19 districts where Urdu is part the linguistic minority groups and constitutes 15 per cent or more of the local population of the districts/municipalities as per 1981 Census.