Fate of Urdu Academy hangs in balance

Higher Education Department Proposal Goes Missing In GAD



Jammu, Dec 30: The dream of having an Urdu Academy in the state seems to be meeting a catastrophic end as the proposal moved by the Higher Education Department in this regard has gone missing in the General Administration Department (GAD).
 The height of carelessness can be gauged from the fact that the file maintained and processed by Planning Department for the establishment of much needed Urdu Academy, was misplaced in GAD about four months back.
 Informed sources in the Civil Secretariat told Greater Kashmir that the Higher Education Department had forwarded a proposal for creation of over 100 posts for to-be-established Urdu Academy in the state. However, the proposal was rejected by the Planning Department and it was retuned to Higher Education Department with a rider to revisit the same.
 In the meantime, following a news item published in Greater Kashmir with regard to the delay in the establishment of the Academy, the Chief Secretary, Madhav Lal asked the Planning Department to submit the file and subsequently sent it to GAD with some quarries.
 In the meantime, Higher Education Department sent a fresh proposal to the Planning Department for creation of posts cutting these to 29.
 “While the Planning Department has to incorporate the amended creation of posts, the original file regarding the establishment of the Academy is missing,” sources said.
 They said that the officials of Planning Department were making rounds of GAD, since last around four months but are unable to locate the file. “The new proposal sent by Higher Education Department, proposing creation of 29 posts for Urdu Academy, is acceptable to Planning Department, as they had agreed to creation of 27 posts, but as the file remains untraced, the fate of Urdu Academy is hanging in balance,” sources said.
 Pertinently, to look into the long pending demand for measures for promotion of Urdu, the state’s official language, the government had constituted a Committee in 2011 under the chairmanship of Member Legislative Council Muhammad Yousuf Taing to look into the issue.

 After holding threadbare deliberations with all stakeholders, the committee had submitted thirty six recommendations to Higher Education Department.
 The first and foremost recommendation of the panel was to establish an Urdu Academy in the state for promotion of the language.
 In 1889, during the regime of Maharaja Partap Singh, Urdu was declared as official language of state and the same was adopted by the first Constituent Assembly of state in the year 1957.

Lastupdate on : Sun, 30 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 30 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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