TRS Chief takes up the cause of Urdu and writes to Sibal
Known as a sole Telugu politician with great command over Urdu language, Telangana Rashtriya Samithi supremo K. Chandrashekar
Rao has jumped into the ongoing battle of Urdu and non-Urdu speakers in Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU). In a letter to Union HRD minister Kapil Sibal Rao has urged probe into the alleged irregularities in the lone Urdu university of the nation.
In his epistle to Mr. Sibal, KCR urged the central government to cancel the appointments of non-Urdu speaking staff in MANUU. “The sole and main aim of the formation of MANUU was the promotion of Urdu language in the whole nation. Hyderabad has been
the hub of Urdu speakers, and language blossomed here for decades, so this was the reason that national Urdu university was set up here. But in the recent years the administration of Urdu University has indulged in many irregularities. Appointment of non-Urdu
speakers is a major one among them. If this trend continues, then Urdu university will lose its prime features and its very raison de’ter,” KCR wrote.
He cited the instance of denial of appointment to Dr. Mohd Abdul Haq from his parliamentary constituency
of Karimnagar. He wrote that Dr. Haq had done Ph.D. in computer science; he completed his matriculation through Urdu medium. He
applied for the post of assistant professor in MANUU and appeared for interview but he was not selected. In his place Mrs. Kehkashan Begum who was neither eligible for NET nor has any knowledge of Urdu was selected and given two years time to pass NET
and to learn Urdu. KCR didn’t miss to play a regional card; he demanded that 40% reservation should be provided in staff recruitment and admissions in MANUU to the Urdu speakers of Telangana region.
He wrote this letter after getting representation from MANNU action committee, an umbrella organization of different teachers group and NGOs who claim to be fighting against ‘anti-Urdu’ administration of the University. He urged an impartial probe in the irregularities, lest such lapses recurred. (Report by Faisal