Mujeeb Arab | KMNN
BIJAPUR. July 12, 2011. “Students strength in the Urdu schools in Karnataka is decreasing by the day and the future of Urdu looks bleak. But we are determined to strengthen the language. The department of Minority Welfare and Karnataka Urdu Academy will jointly work for the development of Urdu in the state,” said Prof. Mumtaz Ali Khan, Minister for Haj, Wakf, and Minorities Welfare here on July 11. About the medium of instruction in primary schools, he said, “There is consideration to restrict the Urdu Medium education from primary first to fifth standard and switch over to English medium onwards, however, Urdu and Kannada may be taught as language subjects. This pattern may be introduced in Morarji Desai residential schools soon after consultation with the experts.”
Mr. Khan also participated in the Bijapur District Mutawallies Conference organized by the Falah al Muslimeen Association (FMA) here. He said, “Karnataka state has over 32,000 Wakf properties including Masjids, Dargahs, Ashoor Khanas, Khabrastans (graveyards), and others, out of which 328 Wakf properties have been encroached by Hindus, Muslims, and the government. We are trying to evict their illegal positions.”
Mr. Khan who was touring the district to woo the voters for the ensuing elections to the Board of Wakfs said, “Please elect sincere and clean candidates in the ensuing elections for the Karnataka Board of Wakfs. They should come forward with a service motive to safeguard and develop the Wakf institutions. A Mutawalli is a Khadim (servant) and should not misuse his position. All Wakf institutions should be registered in the name of organizations, not on any person’s name.” Appealing to discard corruption he said, “I am proud to be in the forefront among the clean and non-corrupt ministers.”
Mutawallies attending from different places in the district voiced their grievances to the minister. Earlier, FMA president Mohsin Golaywalay welcomed the gathering. District Wakf Advisory Committee president Mr. Mazhar Inamdar, committee members, BJP District president Chandrashekar Kotgi, Municipal president Parshuram Rajput, Bangalore Urban Wakf Advisory Committee president Mr. Tafazzal Ahmad, Nisar Ahmad, Syed Abdul Azeez, Anees Reehan, Nawaz Davangere and others were present.
Prof. Khan visited the Women’s University and inspected the girls’ hostel being constructed there by the Minorities welfare department at an estimated cost of Rupees four crores. He strictly advised the concerned officers for lapses in the works.