Meet to highlight Urdu’s significance

Staff Reporter

CHENNAI: An All India Urdu Conference will be organised jointly by the Muslim Educational Association of Southern India (MEASI) and MEASI Urdu Academy at New College, Royapettah, on Saturday.

Addressing presspersons here on Wednesday, the conference’s convenor A. Mohamed Ashraf, said the meet would highlight the significance of Urdu language and its future in India.

It would also discuss the problems faced by the minority linguistic groups and the students of Urdu medium schools in the State owing to Tamil Nadu Tamil Learning Act, 2006.

Of the 345 Urdu medium schools across the State, 30 are in Chennai.

Though the Academy is not against introduction of Tamil as a compulsory language in schools, the implementation of Tamil as first language and other languages as optional subject would lead to problems for students particularly of minority linguistic institutions, he said.

The students of such institutions who learn other languages as first language must be given exemption from learning Tamil as the first language. Instead, Tamil may be taught as a compulsory third language in schools, he said.

Academy chairman K.Ameenur Rahman said the conference, which would be inaugurated by Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman K.Rahman Khan, would have 5,000 participants. Prince of Arcot Nawab Mohammed Abdul Ali who is also vice-chairman of Tamil Nadu State Urdu Academy would participate in the inauguration ceremony.

The conference would be followed by All India Urdu Mushaira wherein prominent Urdu poets would present their poetry, he added.

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