Special Correspondent

VELLORE: The Tamil Nadu Urdu Medium Teachers Association has appealed to Vice-Chancellor of Thiruvalluvar University L. Kannan to create a Department of Urdu to enable students to pursue higher studies in the language and literature.

In a memorandum addressed to the Vice-Chancellor, Md. Shahnawaz, State general secretary of the association, said that subjects were taught through the Urdu medium in 216 elementary and middle schools and 15 high and higher secondary schools in Vellore, Tiruvannamalai, Cuddalore and Villupuram districts, which fall in the jurisdiction of the university.

Besides, there were Departments of Urdu in three colleges in Vellore district, namely, Islamiah College, Vaniyambadi, Mazharul Uloom College, Ambur, and C. Abdul Hakeem College, Melvisharam.

Thousands of students

Thousands of students were studying in the Urdu medium in the above schools and colleges. Hence, the request to the Vice-Chancellor to start a Department of Urdu in the University to enable the students to join it for higher studies in Urdu language and literature.