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MANUU opens its doors to non-Urdu speaking staff; creates unrest

Saturday February 25, 2012 03:16:45 PM, Staff Reporter

Hyderabad: In a shocking decision for the Muslims, Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU) - the leading Urdu university of the country established in 1998 with an aim to promote higher education among the Urdu speaking students especially the Madrasa graduates, has decided to recruit non-Urdu speaking teaching staff. The decision has created unrest and panic among the academicians and the Urdu speaking majority.


As per the university notification, it is announced that in case Urdu knowing candidates are not available, non-Urdu speaking candidates can be appointed if they clear a certificate course in the language within the given time.


"Urdu shall be compulsory for all the teaching posts. The candidates must have studied Urdu as a subject at SSC/+2 or graduation level. However, in case of non-availability of Urdu knowing candidates, as per University mandate, the candidates selected against these posts would have to clear a certificate course in Urdu from any recognized Institution within the prescribed period", says the Information Booklet for Teaching Posts Employment Notification No.27/2012 dated February, 2012.


The announcement has created panic among the Urdu speaking people in Hyderabad and other parts of the country.


"It is an attempt to provide backdoor entries to the people who do not know the language. This is an attempt to destroy the very character of the University which was established for the Urdu knowing people", said Advocate Mohammad Iftekharuddin, state president of Andhra Muslim Reservation Front, while speaking to on phone.


"What was done with Osmania University after independence, the same is now being repeated with MANUU", he said.


According to him, Osamnia University was also an Urdu University and medium of instruction was also Urdu. But after independence, first English was introduced and then Telgu. Slowly the original identity of the Osmania University became a history.


"By opening the doors of MANUU to non-Urdu speaking people that too as teaching faculties, same damage will be done to it", he said warning that the community will not tolerate this.


He was also apprehensive of the other term stated in the notification which says, 'Those candidates who have come through 10+2+3 stream with Master’s degree will be given preference.'


"It appears that this term has been deliberately included in the notification to deny the Madrasa graduates from getting jobs at the university", he said.


Meanwhile, to allay the fears of the community, the university has constituted a four member committee headed by Prof Amena Kishore to look into the controversy which has given rise to the unrest.


University official Abid Abdul Wasey while speaking to said that the committee will discuss the entire issue and submit its report as soon as possible.


"Till the submission of the report by the committee, no recruitment will be made", he added.




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