The Delhi government has added woman power to the Urdu Academy in a bid to make the institution more “dynamic”. It has also introduced people from various professions associated with the Urdu language as part of the team like scholars, media professionals, historians and social media influencers.

A well-known scholar and Jamia Millia Islamia professor, Wajeehuddin, will head the recently constituted committee. The government appointed the committee on December 1  for a period of two years.

“Urdu is an integral part of Delhi’s cultural and literary history. It is an important marker of Delhi’s composite culture,” Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said, The Hindu reported

“The government hopes to create an environment for Urdu that will not only ensure that the language is well-preserved but that it also advances linguistically and socially. With this dynamic general body committee we are sure to create an unprecedented impact,” the deputy CM added.

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Among the well-known names in the committee are advertising professional Nasheet Shadani, who founded online platform Ishq Urdu, blogger and activist Rana Sahfvi who writes the popular Hazrat e Dilli blog and Urdu activist and entrepreneur Kamna Prasad who founded Jashn e Bahar Foundation.

“We have made a conscious effort towards inclusivity. There has been an unprecedented rise in the number of female members of the Urdu Academy,” – Delhi govt

With the new committee, the Delhi government wants to bring about inclusivity into the Urdu Academy.

“We have made a conscious effort towards inclusivity. There has been an unprecedented rise in the number of female members of the Urdu Academy. The academy will work with contemporary practitioners to improve and bring forth interesting and thought provoking content,” the government said in an official statement.

Picture credit- Indian Express

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