According to fresh guidelines, Urdu will be taught as an optional subject in secondary schools in Bihar and an Urdu teacher will be appointed in the school only after 40 students opt it as their subject.
By Hasan Akram
Bihar’s education department has eliminated the status of Urdu language as a regular subject in the syllabus of Bihar School Examination Board. According to its fresh guidelines, Urdu will be taught as an optional subject in secondary schools and an Urdu teacher will be appointed in the school only if 40 students opt it as their subject.
Earlier Hindi, Urdu and other languages were treated as mother tongues and a teacher of every mother tongue was appointed in schools. Moreover, the condition of certain number of students opting the subject did not apply for appointment of any mother tongue teacher, Dr Khalid Mubashir, assistant professor at Jamia Millia Islamia’s Urdu department told Muslim Mirror.
However, in a notification issued to all education officers in Bihar, the state’s education department said that teachers for six subjects inluding Hindi should be appointed in every secondary school. Moreover, a teacher of “second language” should be appointed in the school if 40 students choose it as their subject. In its next circular, the department made it clear that Urdu will be treated as the second language and hence its teacher will be appointed only if 40 students choose it as their subject.
Prof. Mubashir said that it was “sad” that rules have been framed to eliminate Urdu like Persian and other languages. He urged people to raise voices for withdrawal of the education department rulings.
Similarly, representatives of several Muslim organisation have jointly called for withdrawal of the rulings and restoration of Urdu as a regular subject in the Bihar School Examination Board. The organisation include Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Jamiat Ulama-e-Bihar, Imarat Sharia, Edara-e-Sharia and Jamiat Ahle Hadith.