Centre plans to take urdu mainstream

Soon Urdu may become a part of the mainstream schools curriculum as the government plans to give a major boost to the language during 12th Plan period.

A proposal to this effect would be part of the 12th Plan document, which is in the penultimate stage of its finalisation. In a chapter on “minority welfare” prepared by a steering committee for Plan document, a copy of which is with DC, it has been suggested that Urdu be not “limited only to madarsas.”

Rather,“the language should be taken to mainstream schools”. For this, attempts should be made to ensure “massive recruitment” of Urdu teachers in mainstream schools, it said.

The report says,“efforts be made to promote Urdu as a language in which economic and social transactions are conducted.” It also mooted one Residential School along the lines of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, in minority concentration areas.

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