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
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,
The announcement has created panic
among the Urdu speaking people in Hyderabad and other parts of the
"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 ummid.com 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
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
"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 ummid.com 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.