HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar in the Rajya Sabha said "There are no plans to make Urdu compulsory in school education though the government is taking steps to promote the language".
Further replying to questions MR. Javadekar said that currently government is taking number of other steps for promoting Urdu and other languages as well.
What Mr. Javadekar said
"¢ In a written reply Mr. Javadekar said "There is no proposal to make Urdu compulsory in schools."
"¢ He said that the major objective of three language formula is to promote language harmony and equality among languages in school education by making provision for the study of three languages.
"¢ Ahead of the new education policy, Urdu books have been readily provided from classes 1 to 12 and training of Urdu teachers are also being carried out," said Javadekar
"¢ He further added "It is not connected to any particular community, it is an issue connected to a language". He also said that government taking steps to fill up vacancies of teachers.
"¢ The Minister said education is in the concurrent list and thus the states should also make efforts. The Centre on its part has provided Rs 62 crore to the National Council for promotion of Urdu languages in the last two years.
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