Aligarh: “India has great linguistic diversity, and Urdu is the language of all communities, symbolizing our composite culture. There is a need to popularize Urdu, especially in North India,” Prof. Tariq Mansoor, Vice Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), said at the inaugural session of the national seminar. on Sahafat Urdu: Zaban kay Badaltay Pas-e-Manzar kay Hawaly Say’ organized by the Department of Linguistics, AMU in collaboration with the National Council for the Promotion of the Urdu Language (NCPUL), Ministry of Education, New Delhi.
Prof. Masoor said: Mother tongues have a special value in the life of communities, so Urdu speakers should focus on spreading their mother tongue, mainly by teaching the language and its script to their children.
Stressing the importance of Urdu teacher training, the Vice Chancellor pointed out that the AMU Urdu Academy was supposed to provide training for Urdu teachers in schools in Uttar Pradesh and India. other states. Linguistics and Urdu departments, among others, can take on this task after managing funds and resources.
“Some languages and dialects are threatened with extinction. There is a need to research and work for the preservation of these languages,” Professor Mansoor stressed. He commended the Department of Linguistics, a flagship department of the University, for organizing a seminar on Urdu journalism with reference to linguistic evolution and challenges.
He also highlighted the key role of conventional universities in advanced research and quality education in traditional and oriental subjects in the faculties of arts, social sciences, humanities and languages.
Previously, Prof. MJ Warsi (Chairman of the Linguistics Department and Seminar Director) welcomed the guests and resource persons to the seminar and introduced the topic of the seminar.
“The interaction of media and language is the key point of reference for linguistic studies and the journalistic language and idiom in Urdu has evolved and undergone change – a natural linguistic phenomenon,” Professor Warsi pointed out.
He mentioned the role of Sir Syed, Maulana Mohammad Ali Jauhar and others in the development of Urdu journalism, and also mentioned ancient Urdu newspapers like Jam-i-Jahan-Numa etc.
Delivering the keynote address, Prof. Ehtesham A Khan (Dean, School of Mass Communication and Journalism, MANUU, Hyderabad) said that journalism and mass communication students learn the technical part of news and screenwriting in universities and colleges, but there is not much emphasis on improving their language skills. “Training in content and scriptwriting with a focus on language should be part of the curriculum,” he added.
Professor S. Imtiaz Hasnain (Department of Linguistics, AMU) presented a linguistic analysis of some of the popular serials, which present the complex intricacies of human relationships.
Professor Syed Mohammad Hashim (Dean, Faculty of Arts, AMU) said the observations of the bicentenary of Urdu journalism are important because the Urdu press played a vital role in the independence movement and promoted language and literature. “Urdu should be taught to children with correct pronunciation and writing,” he stressed.
Prof. Shabana Hameed read the message from Prof. Aquil Ahmad, Director, NCPUL, New Delhi, highlighting the Council’s programs and projects.
Dr. Sabahuddin Ahmad, organizing secretary of the seminar, proposed the vote of thanks.
The two-day national seminar will end on March 6.