The decision of the Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU) to start a Telugu course has come in for criticism by the Aiwane Fankar, Bazme Froge Urdu, A.P and Radio and Television Artist Guild.

At a meeting held here recently, members of these organisations said the move would dilute the Urdu character of the university and it would end up being a centre for imparting different languages.

In a statement, Javeed Kamal, M.Q. Saleem and Moin Amar Bamboo, said the Vice-Chancellor’s decision to impart Telugu language on the suggestion of the Union HRD Minister was intended to please the State and Central governments. If the government was sincere it should also think of starting Urdu teaching in the Telugu University.

They regretted that right from its inception the Urdu University was caught in controversy.