Proposed in 2013, no signs of ‘Urdu Council’

Proposed in 2013, no signs of ‘Urdu Council’

Srinagar: To promote the official language of the state, the J&K Government in 2013 proposed an autonomous body – the Jammu & Kashmir Council for Promotion of Urdu Language (JKCPUL). Four years after a high-level committee headed by former chief secretary Mohammad Iqbal Khanday gave concurrence to it, the proposal lies buried in official documents, […]

Losing one’s Language means Losing One’s Culture and Identity

Losing one’s Language means Losing One’s Culture and Identity

Jahangeer Lone Recently on social media, I posted , “Why the modern parents groom their kids to speak other languages, and not their native language?”. Most of my friends appreciated and applauded, others criticized and denounced. Meanwhile, it is good to be multilingual because we have to compete with the rest of the world, but […]

Govt open to conducting NEET in Urdu from next academic year

Govt open to conducting NEET in Urdu from next academic year

NEW DELHI: The government on Friday told the Supreme Court that it was open to the suggestion of conducting NEET, a single window entrance test for admissions for MBBS and BDS courses, in Urdu medium also from next academic year. The central government, represented by Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar, however, told the bench comprising Justices […]

Researchers develop calligraphy-based Urdu font for the Internet

Researchers develop calligraphy-based Urdu font for the Internet

Srinagar: Native speakers of the Urdu language instinctively know that the language is read from right to left but the numerical values mentioned within an Urdu sentence are read from left to right. To the untrained eye, however, the Urdu language has a lot of rules and variations. The Urdu writing system is cursive so […]

JK to set up Urdu council: Drabu

JK to set up Urdu council: Drabu

Jammu: Minister for finance and culture Haseeb Drabu on Thursday informed the Legislative council that the recommendations of a panel constituted to look into promotion of Urdu, including establishment of J&K Council for Promotion of Urdu would be implemented shortly. Replying to a question by PDP MLC Zaffar Iqbal Manhas in the House, Drabu said […]

‘Govt committed to encourage Urdu’

‘Govt committed to encourage Urdu’

Jammu: The government on Tuesday highlighted its commitment to safeguard and encourage the use of Urdu language extensively being used in revenue, police, administration and the subordinate judiciary besides being the official language of the state. In a written reply to PDP legislator Aijaz Ahamd Mir’s query, the government informed that it is committed to […]