Maulana Azad National Urdu University was established against all
odds and it faced severe opposition in its earlier stages from
within and outside the Urdu speaking people and government. Dr. Aziz
Qureshi, former Minister Govt. of Madhya Pradesh who headed the Urdu
University Committee constituted in 1992, disclosed this while
delivering foundation day lecture at Maulana Azad National Urdu
University, (MANUU), in Hyderabad. Prof. K.R. Iqbal Ahmed, I/c
Vice-Chancellor, presided over the function.
According to a Press release issued by MANUU, Dr. Qureshi, who is
also former Member of Parliament, claimed that without the effective
and continuous support of the then Minister of Human Resource
Development Arjun Singh, the dream of Urdu University would never
have been realized.
Recalling his experiences as the chairman of the committee Dr.
Qureshi said former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh late K. Vijay
Bhaskar Reddy was very forthcoming towards the idea of establishing
the Urdu University at Hyderabad. He too offered 500 acres of land
for the University. Bangalore too was interested and Mr. Veerappa
Moily also made similar offer.
According to Dr. Qureshi the very idea of establishing Urdu
University was opposed at the highest level of the Government. Even
some prominent Urdu scholars were of the opinion that Urdu as a
medium of instruction was not useful in the present circumstances.
Despite all this opposition the committee under the chairmanship of
Dr. Aziz Qureshi completed its task and submitted the report.
However to utter shock and surprise of the committee the concerned
officials handed them over a note which said that Urdu is a dead
language which cannot be linked with employment was willing hence
the government shall not waste its money. Dr. Aziz Qureshi,
prevailed over the concerned minister and officials in convincing
the utmost necessity for establishing Urdu University.
Dr. Qureshi, who expressed his good wishes for the University, said
Urdu and Urdu speaking people are still facing problems. The mandate
of University wouldn’t be achieved until the Urdu students get jobs.
The government is also neglecting the progress of Urdu language. He
paid special tribute to the city of Hyderabad with reference to the
promotion of Urdu language.
Prof. Iqbal Ahmed introduced the chief guest. Mr. Abid Abdul Wasay,
PRO, welcomed the gathering. Prof. S.A. Wahab proposed vote of
thanks. Mr. C.M. Eshwariah Registrar I/c, large number of teaching
and non-teaching staff, students and prominent personalities were
Earlier, a test balloon was released from the lawns of the campus by
Prof. K.R. Iqbal Ahmed. This balloon will investigate the lower
atmospheric winds & temperature, generation of gravity waves during
annular solar eclipse of January 15. Test flight was conducted twice
at 11:00 a.m. & 4:15 p.m. on Friday. The flight is part of the
collaborative project between Anwar-ul-Uloom College and MANUU
funded by ISRO.
According to Principal Investigator of the project Dr. Gopa Dutta
and Co-Investigator Dr. H. Aleem Basha, special flights will be
conducted between 13th Jan to 17th Jan 2010 to investigate the
eclipse induced effects on lower atmosphere, the release said.