Bhopal to host Urdu teachers training workshop from today:
Madhya Pradesh Urdu Academy, (MPUA),
is organizing a 10-day workshop from December 21 here at Bhopal
during which training will be imparted to teachers for adopting
simple methods of teaching Urdu and making it.....
A 10-day orientation course / workshop for Urdu teachers got
underway here at Mulla Ramuzi Sanskriti Bhavan, the headquarters of
Madhya Pradesh Urdu Academy, (MPUA).
The orientation course is being held jointly organized by Urdu
Teaching & Research Centre, (UTRC), Solan, under Union HRD
Ministry’s Central Institute of Indian Languages, and the Madhya
Pradesh Urdu Academy. The course will conclude on December 30.
The inaugural function was presided over by chairman of MPUA Padam
Sri Dr. Bashir Badr, a renowned poet. The Additional Director Dr.
Kaushal Kishore Pandey of Directorate of Public Instructions, Madhya
Pradesh was the chief guest on the occasion. Joint Director Dr. O.
P. Sharma & Bhopal District Education Officer R. S. Tomar,
Directorate of Public Instructions, Dr. Z. R. Siddiqui of UTRC (Solan),
MPUA vice chairman Jafar Baig and secretary Mrs. Nusrat Mehdi were
present on the dais. Iqbal Masood, joint secretary MPUA, conducted
the inaugural function.
Dr. K. K. Pandey speaking as chief guest on the occasion mooted the
idea of writing Urdu in Devnagiri script which would enable it to
break barriers and enter the Hindi-knowing world and broaden its
base. He said when Urdu is spoken and heard then 90 per cent of it
is understood. However, when it comes to writing and reading Urdu
then the language which is so easily spoken and heard becomes
“French” for the Hindi knowing people.
Dr. Pandey said if through Urdu medium mathematics, Science and all
Arts subjects are taught then it would be a revolutionary step in
propagating Urdu language. He hoped that one day Urdu books for
school curriculum would be published from Bhopal and his Directorate
would not have to call it from Aligarh and other places.
Padam Sri Urdu poet Dr. Bashir Badr said Urdu is one of the biggest
language after English. He said Urdu Ghazal talks with people for
its simplicity as does the Hindi Ghazal. While criticizing legendry
poet Mirza Ghalib for the complexities of the language he used in
his works, Dr. Badr claimed that in the 40-50 books which he had
authored he has not used any phrase of Persian or Arabic language
but relied on pure and simple Urdu which is very easy to understand
for one and all.
It may be mentioned here that some of the unpalatable remarks about
Urdu and internationally acclaimed Urdu poet Mirza Ghalib caused
indignation in the minds of some people among the audience and left
a sour taste in their mouth.
Meanwhile, Dr. Z. R. Siddiqui threw light on the aims and objects of
Urdu Teaching & Research Centre at Solan and the one also at Lucknow.
He said the focus is on to develop methods, materials and aids for
teaching Indian languages and conduct language courses in India and
abroad. He expressed happiness that for the first time the
orientation course for Urdu teachers is being organized in Bhopal by
UTRC in collaboration with M. P. Urdu Academy for which he was
thankful to the academy authorities. He hoped this would go a long
way in propagating Urdu language in Bhopal and elsewhere.
Dr. Siddiqui said noted educationists of the country including Prof.
Naseer Ahmad Khan (JNU, New Delhi); Dr. Mohammad Nauman Khan (NCERT,
New Delhi); Dr. Rizwan-ul-Haq (Regional College of Education,
Bhopal); Dr. Yasmeen Khan (M. P. Rajya Shiksha Kendra, Bhopal);
Anwar Pasha (NCERT), Anwar Hussain (Bhopal) and himself are the
resource persons for the orientation course.
Dr. O. P. Sharma, said it is a challenge as how to inculcate love
for languages in the masses. He said language is a medium through
which one’s thought transcends into heart and mind of others. As a
teacher one should be in touch with books continuously in order to
keep interests in books intact, he opined. R. S. Tomar also spoke on
At the outset Mrs. Nusrat Mehdi, who is also a poet, welcomed the
guests and the Urdu teachers who had come to attend the orientation
course. She said that the objective and purpose of this orientation
course, in which 35 teachers are participating, is to adopt simple
methods of teaching Urdu and making it interesting.