Restoration of official language’s status main aim; commitment to act as yardstick: Edu min

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Chairs maiden meeting of State Council for Development of Urdu

JAMMU: Jammu and Kashmir Council for Development of Urdu Language on Thursday held its maiden meeting under the chairmanship of Minister for Finance, Education, Labour and Employment Syed Muhammad Altaf Bukhari
Scholars, writers, heads and faculty of state and outside state universities were present in the meeting.
According to an official handout, the minister said that establishment of the institution solely aimed at restoration of the status, the language enjoyed in the state for centuries.
“Government has vowed to contribute towards this long-cherished goal with honesty. I assure you that the commitment will be the only yardstick to judge the achievements,” Altaf Bukhari said in response to the suggestions projected by participants.
Listing steps taken by the state government in promotion of the official language, Altaf Bukhari said to meet their dearth in schools this time the government had kept 10 percent for of Urdu subject in the recruitment of teachers, the handout read.
However, the minister made it clear that no other language would be ignored in this pursuit. “I may make it clear that forming State Urdu Council by the government, not by any means, be construed as an attempt to underestimate other languages. Our only aim is to give Urdu its due position in the state and society,” the minister asserted.
He said the language had international appeal and had acted as a binding force in uniting the culture, heritage and social milieu of entire sub-continent.
Calling upon universities, faculty, writers, organisations associated with Urdu language teaching and promotion for coming up with a well thought plans, he said “each and every suggestion and proposals deemed best for achieving the set goals” would be taken on board while finalising the future course for the council.
Speakers on the occasion called for making Urdu subject compulsory till class 10 in schools, while some pitched for switching back to Urdu medium of instruction in schools, reinforcement of language in administrative system by making passing of Urdu paper mandatory for entry into administrative services, including IAS, IPS and KAS in Jammu and Kashmir, the handout added.