Make Urdu second language
Hyderabad-based Maulana Azad Urdu University Vice-chancellor Prof A M Pathan on Monday emphasised the need for bringing pressure on the State to make Urdu as the second language.
Speaking after presenting awards for the year 2005 and 2006 instituted by Karnataka Urdu Academy, he said that the State has about 15 per cent of Urdu-speaking people.
“Hence, Urdu must get the second language status. I feel the elected representatives must bring pressure at the vidhana soudha,” he suggested
He said that the Urdu academies in Bangalore and Hyderabad were functioning effectively.“
Prof Pathan said that the Urdu academies were not getting sufficient funding.
The 2005 awardees are - Sheen Naziruddin of Hubli, Muhammed Yakoob Begana of Bhadravathi, Prof Ataulla Khan of Davangere, Muneer Ahmed Adil of Bangalore and Syed Mujeebur Rahman of Gulbarga.
The 2006 awardees - Dr Jaleel Tanveer of Gulbarga, Suleman Khumar of Bijapur, Prof Aga Mirza Mahmood Sarosh of Mysore, Rizwanulla Khan of Bangalore and Syed Ahmed Esar of Bangalore.
Former minister Tanveer Sait, CIIL Director Prof Udaya Narayana Singh, and Urdu Academy Chairman Prof M N Sayeed were present.