DELHI:EROS TIMES: The Governing Council of Urdu Academy, Delhi government met today under the chair of Deputy Chief Minister and Minister of Art, Culture and languages, Manish Sisodia to discuss various issues pertaining to the promotion of Urdu language and functioning of the Academy including programmes, scholarships, publications and budget.
The Council discussed a number of issues and took major decisions to promote and upgrade Urdu language.
Chairing the Governing Council, Sisodia said:
“The Urdu Academy has done very well in the last year, thinking out of the box with Heritage Festival, Programmes in memory of Kaifi Azmi, Tom Alter etc.
Delhi government is committed to working for the development of Urdu. In the next year we are focussing on grass root level work for the language including increasing budgets and ensuring quality implementation of programmes.
There is a need to revisit ol schemes and come up with new ideas. We have to take Urdu to more people.
Why should Urdu centres be limited to certain areas. If there is a centre in Okhla there should be one in Greater Kailash.
We are also going to take knowledge in Urdu to more people through translation that will not only enrich academic discourse but also challenge fake news by providing historic evidence”.
The governing council took important major decisions, which are as follows: :
Budget increase for Urdu Literacy Centres and improvement of scheme
DY CM observed that while the Urdu Academy has been running 127 literacy centres, they are in dire need of improvement.
He ordered a review of the entire scheme.
A committee shall be set up to look into the the scheme and recommend improvements.
The governing council decided to improve the content, design as well as circulation of academies publications specially the magazines for Children – Umang and Aiwan – e – Urdu.
The remuneration for contributing to publications of the Urdu academy has also been increased.
It was also decided that it is critical that the magazines are not only improved but the academy should also look into their circulation and innovate ways to increase readership.
3. Translation Work from Urdu to English
Considering that a lot of good literature and other writing in Urdu remains unread by people who do not read Urdu, it was decided that select historic works be translated by the Urdu Academy.
DY CM also suggested that old Urdu newspaper be translated and shared in the public domain.
4. Increase Urdu Certificate Course Centre from 8 to 50 in different parts of the city to promote the language and take it to people interested in the language.
5. Increase in Fee / Honorarium to paper writers, poets, story writers, experts etc engaged by Urdu Academy
6. Prize Money for Urdu Toppers from secondary to M.Phil level doubled/ tripled. Prize Money for Urdu Certificate course tripled from 100.
7. Finalisation of names and increase in amount for Monthly Financial Assistance to needy Writers, Poets, Journalists
8. Announcement of prestigious awards by Urdu Academy. The prize money has also been increased substantially.
- Annual Award for the year 2017 (total 8 Awards)
|Names||Recommended for Award||Name of Award|
|Prof. Sharib Rudaulvi
Jb. Yousuf Sarmad
Jb. Mujtaba Husain
|Jb. Mujtaba Husain||All India Bahadur Shah Zafar Award|
Jb. Mohd. Firoz Dehlavi
|Jb. Feroz Dehlavi||Pt. Brij Mohan Datataria Kaifi Award|
Prof. Haneef Kaifi
|Prof. Haneef Kaifi||Award for Research & Criticism|
|Dr. Khalid Javed
Prof. Ghazanfar Ali
Prof. Moinuddin Jinabade
|Dr. Khalid Javed||Award for Creative Writing|
|Prof. Khalid Mahmood
Jb. Surender Shajar
|Prof. Khalid Mahmood||Award for Urdu Poetry|
|Jb. Shakeel Hasan Shamsi
Jb. Abrar Rehmani
Jb. Mansoor Agha
Jb. Tehseen Munawwar
|Jb. Mansoor Agha||Award for Urdu Journalism|
|Jb. Abdul Naseeb
Jb. Anjum Naeem
|Jb. Abdul Naseeb||Award for Urdu Translation|
|Jb. Sayeed Alam
Jb. Danish Iqbal
|Jb. Sayeed Alam||Award for Urdu Drama/Ghazal Gaeeki/Qawwali