1920-established Jamia School to be turned into English medium?
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Okhla Times Campus Reporter/JMI
The proposed plan of the new Jamia Millia Islamia administration to introduce English as the medium of instruction in the 1920-established Jamia Senior Secondary School has hit a road block with many teachers opposed to it. A teacher on the condition of anonymity said: “This would be going against the wishes of the JMI founders. The school was only separated from the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) for the purpose of imparting education in Urdu medium. And now after more than 80 years somebody has decided to change its character by introducing English which is not the right thing.” He pointed out that the founders had established an Urdu-medium school because they also wanted to promote the language that represents a particular culture.
Different views on the issue have surfaced. Some teachers feel that with the time the schools should also adopt English language as a medium of instruction. “There is nothing wrong in this. We need to prepare our child in English because it has become the lingua franca of the world. Besides, the move should not be taken as an assault on any language,” said a teacher, requesting that his name should not be published.
With stiff resistance coming from some quarters, the plan for the time being has been dropped. Senior officials in the university are not ready to discuss the sensitive issue on record. A teacher, who didn’t want to be named, said: “This is not practical as many teachers continue to come from Urdu background. To turn the school into an English medium needs a lot of work. It appears that the new administration is not willing to take that risk.”
According to some insiders, it was decided to turn JMI School on the line of Sardar Patel School where the medium of instruction from sixth standard onward is English. Right now the administration is just monitoring the situation. It is understood that the recent language training programme for teachers was part of that plan to expose teachers to English language skills.
|Dr. Arshad Ahmed|
Posted on 2.16.2011 at 6:17:21
Today English is the language of science and technology. Russians, Chinese Japanese all strive to learn English to keep pace with science and technology. Our community needs English and not Urdu which will only produce penny less Urdu writers or poets.The founders started the school to give right education to our children which was perhaps Urdu during those days. Recall Osmania university had engineering in Urdu medium then. Now to keep the spirit behind the founders intentions, the medium has to be changed to English. To keep Urdu to fulfill the wishes of the dead and gone founders is laughable. Are you trying to please their souls? During those days mullahs felt that without Urdu Indian Muslims will be devoid of religion. This is no longer true. Faith in Allah is not dependent on any language Hope good sense will prevail upon the school management and give voluntary retirement to all the teachers who cannot peak a word of English
Posted on 2.16.2011 at 20:36:35
I think Dr.Arshad should know that Urdu is a language, not a Muslim identity or property, so discussing the importance of it in professional life or to compete the science and technology\'s cold war among the nations, is not giving any sense.The thought process regarding the language of study,its Communication,its Explanation and its implementation should be changed.No need to change any thing, rather open more options to the wise people to select its own language as per their understanding, No need to keep \"urdu\" as to fulfill the wishes of dead and gone founders but to keep our mother tongue as our language of study to understand the things in proper way.Our mind is a translator, who translate the language heard in first, to mother tongue and then we understand it. No body has to issue any voluntary retirement as they cant speak a word of English rather they should being appreciated for their long service to the School and University who chose and prefer to serve the feature of Nation instead of going abroad for more professionalism, but perhaps they were not known that there will be a Dr who will talk about their voluntary retirement just because they learn him how to learn other language.Even who\'s comment is completing with full stop.
in all, I don\'t think there is any need of changing the medium of study, if it is so then they should change it in mass level,not only the Jamia school but all other schools of India so that all the student should be benefited with the facility of Govt.Dr. Arshad if it is possible go a head otherwise burn your doctorate degree which is a desire/wish of your forefather.
Posted on 2.16.2011 at 20:37:58
Language is just a medium. I could not understand why it is so much important to convert an Urdu medium school to an English...Why we can not have parallel classes both in Urdu and English. Let the students chose, what they want. At the same time, it will be a pity if Urdu speaking teachers are forced to change their medium to English. We have to find some other way to resolve this.
Posted on 2.16.2011 at 20:38:54
The Urdu Medium has always been a distinguishing feature of Jamia Millia Islamia University marking it unique among all other institutions in the country. Professional courses are already offered in English medium and the entire curriculum above 8th standard is offered in all three languages. The Urdu medium at school level not only promotes the world\'s most charming language at a National level but also helps support many industries in the local region which will be destroyed in case of transition to English Medium.
|Abdul Jabbar Suhail|
Posted on 2.17.2011 at 0:2:35
One solution that could be examined is to turn it into an English
medium school with Urdu as a second language.If this is implemented,
the children will have the best of both. Recently in Madras the same
thing was implemented in a school and it is now flourishing.
Posted on 2.17.2011 at 2:28:11
English should be the medium of instruction for all core subjects. Urdu can be the first/second language . Unless we impart education in English, we will not be able to come in the mainstream. students are unable to pursue higher education if we limit them to Urdu. Urdu is only a language for communication ---it has no place universally.