SRINAGAR: Scores of Persian scholars from Kashmir University on Tuesday staged protest demonstration here demanding the promotion of Persian language and the introduction of Persian subject at higher secondary and college level.
Almost fifty to sixty PhD/JRF/NET/SRF scholars from Department of Persian who have completed their degrees assembled at press enclave here holding banners and placards inscribes with slogans in favour of the promotion of the Persian subject.
“Persian has remained the official language of Kashmir for almost 700 years and our religious and cultural history is linked with this language but the government has failed to promote it and do justice with the people who are associated with it,” said Dr. Wahid Ahmad Sheikh, a PhD from Department of Persian, Kashmir University.
“Every year at least twenty PhD scholars complete their research and then sit at their homes doing nothing. We are all jobless. We are not even engaged as contractual teachers,” Wahid added.
The protesting scholars demanded that the subject should be started in higher secondaries and colleges which will in turn create posts for the people who are specialized in the subject.
“Only one out of every five higher secondary schools in every tehsil has a Persian subject which is very less when compared to other subjects and often candidates who have specialization in other subjects are appointed there,” Dr. Wahid said.
Alleging discrimination against the Persian language the scholars also demanded the introduction of Post Graduate departments in Islamic University, Central University and Jammu University.
“If there is a Dogri language department in Jammu University, then why not a Persian language department. Students from our community hailing from Jammu region has to travel to Kashmir if they are interested in studying Persian subject,” said Zahid Parvaz Choudhry, a Gujjar student activist.
“Like Sanskrit and Hindi departments are functioning in Kashmir University in the same way Persian department should be established in Jammu University,” Zahid said.