Urdu Academy celebrates 129th birth anniversary of Abul Kalam Azad

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It was a memorable programme organized  by Telangana Urdu Academy on November 18, to  pay tribute to Maulana  Abul  Kalam  Azad, the front ranking freedom fighter and first education minister of independent India. Addressing a mammoth gathering of Urdu lovers at Chowmohalla Palace, the Deputy Chief Minister , Mohammad Mahmood Ali paid rich tributes to Maulana  Abul Kalam Azad and said as the  first education minister of  Independent India,  he laid a strong foundation for promotion of education and  cultural heritage  of  the  country.  Praising the efforts of the Telangana Chief Minister,  K  Chandrasekhar  Rao,  he said numerous initiatives are being taken up in the state for welfare  of minorities stressing education. Urdu has been made the second official language in the state and the degrees of Jamia-e- Nizamia made equivalent to the degrees of any recognized University. He said that the Andhra Pradesh government in its long rule ignored the Urdu language and culture of Urdu promoted by the  seventh  Nizam Mir Osman Ali Khan and  his predecessors.

The advisor to the government on minorities affairs, former director Anti-corruption Bureau, A K  Khan IPS said no other  state of the  country can compare with Telangana as far the welfare of minorities is concerned.

The secretary to the minorities welfare department, Syed Omer Jaleel IAS appealed to the  people particularly minorities to avail the schemes launched by the government.

The director/ secretary Urdu Academy, Prof S A Shookur threw light on the activities of the academy and said it is a model academy for other states.

The senior most physician of the city Dr Hyder Khan who was given Maulana Abul Kalam  Azad  award was felicitated on the  occasion. Urdu Academy awards were presented to the teachers and lecturers from primary to university level. Unani doctors and calligraphers were also given wards.

A ghazal programme presented by Mohd Wakil of Jaipur and Pratibha Singh of Mumbai enthralled the  audience.

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