Workshop on Urdu orthography, single curriculum

Zubair Qureshi

A day long workshop on Urdu orthography in connection with introducing single National curriculum across the country by the Government of Pakistan was organized at National Language Promotion Department (NLPD) in collaboration with National Curriculum Council, Ministry of Education.

In the workshop, experts gave their opinion with reference to Urdu Orthography and Curriculum for class VI to VIII.

Joint Educational Adviser, National Curriculum Council, Muhammad Rafique Tahir presided over the workshop.

Dr. Yousaf Khushk, Chairman Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL) participated as Chief Guest on the occasion whereas Dr Rauf Parekh, Director General (DG) NLPD Dr Arshad Mehmood Nashad, Urdu Department Allama Iqbal Open University; Dr. Abid Sial, Urdu Department of NUML; Dr. Sofia Khushk Urdu Department, NUML and Dr. Bibi Ameena, Urdu Department, International Islamic University were among the experts.

Dr. Sadia Tahir, Dr Fouzia Aslam, Shabana Naeem, Gulnaz, Wajeeha Rizvi, Shazia Naqvi and Robina Kosar participated from National Curriculum Council.

Muhammad Rafique Tahir on the occasion said for the first time in the history of Pakistan the government has paid attention to the education sector.

He said it had been decided in the Cabinet meeting by Prime Minister that there should be a single curriculum throughout the country, so that discrimination among students should end.

The government has laid down rules for education of elementary classes, so a single curriculum was developed for the new academic year from one to the 5th grade.

He said the aim of the workshop was to create a consensus among experts across the country so that difficulties in the curriculum regarding Urdu orthography could be overcome.

Earlier in his welcome note, Dr Rauf Parekh assured all the stakeholders of NLPD’s support, saying curriculum development was an important task and a national duty.

NLPD is thankful to the government for giving the opportunity to participate in this national work, said Dr Raauf Parekh in his remarks. Mehboob Bugti moderated the event.

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