Student Activist of SIO Telangana Files PIL in High Court for Urdu Medium Online Classes

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Telangana High Court.

The gradual conversion of courses offered in Urdu in Government Degree colleges into English medium and the authorities’ lackadaisical attitude toward the state of Urdu-medium high schools have clearly indicated the intention of the state government to disregard Urdu

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HYDERABAD — Abdul Sami, a Law student from Hyderabad and activist of the Student Islamic Organisation (SIO) Telangana, has filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the Telangana High Court, seeking directions to the state government to ensure availability of online education also in non-Telugu mediums of instruction, including Urdu.

SIO State President Dr. Talha Faiyazuddin said in a statement that the state administration seemed to be systematically eradicating Urdu from education as proved by disregarding Urdu as a medium for online classes.

SIO Telangana has been studying the case of Urdu medium education in the state. There about 1,50,000 students depending on Urdu as their medium of instruction. The gradual conversion of courses offered in Urdu in Government Degree colleges into English medium and the authorities’ lackadaisical attitude toward the state of Urdu-medium high schools have clearly indicated the intention of the state government to disregard Urdu.

“This needs to be corrected and the citizens need to be reassured. Irrespective of the number of students awaiting education in their mother-tongue, it is the responsibility of the state to preserve the rich cultures and beautiful heritages of society, and languages are the first step,’ said Dr. Faiyazuddin.

Sufiyan Ali, PR Secretary, appreciated and hailed the Law student Sami’s decision to take the legal route to raise the issue of injustice as a socially responsible move. He encouraged the students and youth of the state to be socially conscious and active.

SIO welcomed the state government’s move to continue education even during the pandemic through broadcast of online classes on various digital/TV/T-SAT platforms. It also praised the initiative of training teachers to teach in Telugu using TV and online platforms considering the current circumstances due to covid-19.

Dr  Faiyazuddin, however, said that this proactive move was not fortunate for the non-Telugu medium students, as they were not considered to benefit from receiving education in their mother-tongue.

According to him, the Urdu-speaking community constitutes a major part of the population of Telangana and Urdu is recognised as the 2nd official language of the young state. This being the case, it follows that appropriate measures be taken and Urdu teachers be prepared for the same tasks, he says.

Furthermore, arrangements should be made for mass broadcast of Urdu classes to benefit the students and families. However, even upon requests from Urdu teachers associations, organizations and students, the government has not taken any initiative in this regard, he lamented.

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