Hyderabad: Allama Ejaz Farrukh, noted litterateur and city historian, said on Tuesday that mastery over one language should not deter a person to attain proficiency in other tongues. Therefore, a person with Urdu mother tongue should also try to excel in English, Hindi and other languages to serve the nation better.
Allama Farrukh was delivering the Teachers’ Day lecture at Maulana Azad National Urdu University.
The birth anniversary of Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, First Vice President and Second President
of independent India, is observed in the country as Teachers’ Day as a tribute to his services to the nation.
Allama Farrukh traced the history of education in former Hyderabad State and elucidated the role of Osmania University as the first university in India with a native Urdu language as medium of instruction.
From Engineering to Medicine to Social Sciences all were taught in Urdu in Osmania University that was established in 1917. English replaced Urdu at Osmania University with the end of Nizam’s rule in Hyderabad State in 1948.
He described teachers as the guardians of students. Therefore, it is required of them to provide the best of education to their disciples. At the same time, the teachers should constantly upgrade their knowledge levels so as to remain relevant to the society.
Dr M Aslam Parvaiz, Vice Chancellor of MANUU, said that only those teachers are remembered by students even after passing out of their portals of education who have imparted knowledge with love and efficacy.
He asked teachers to take more interest in the profession as it impacts generations to come. Prof Fatima Begum, Dean School of Education and Training, spoke about the life and works of Dr Radhakrishnan while Prof Siddiqui Mohammad Mahmood, Head Department of Education, introduced the guest. Dr Shaheen Shaikh proposed a vote of thanks.