Urdu authors, poets and scholars from five different continents are coming together in New Delhi for an international conference here to chalk out an action plan for promoting Urdu at the national and international level.

The three-day international conference, “Urdu in 21st Century: Development and Prospects”, being organised by the National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language (NCPUL), will begin on Wednesday.

The conference will reflect on issues including “Role of Government and Non-Government Organisations in Promotion of Urdu”, “Role of Cinema and Media in Promotion of Urdu” and “Role of Urdu in Promotion of Humanism”.

Briefing about the aims and objectives of the meet, NCPUL vice-chairman Prof. Waseem Barelvi and its director Dr. Khwaja Mohammad Ekramuddin said, the situation of Urdu and its literature at the national and international level will be deliberated upon and an integrated plan of action and approach will be evolved for the advancement and progress of the language and its education.

They pointed out that Urdu is basically an Indo-Aryan language and has become a global lingua franca today. It is gaining ground in countries such as the U.S., Britain, Russia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Mauritius, Turkey and Iran. The emergence of new Urdu-speaking areas abroad has provided a new impetus and direction to the advancement of the language, they added.

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