“Despite many handicaps, the future of Urdu media is bright due to the new generation’s growing interest in Urdu media professional courses.” Expressing the above views at an evening with the 15-member team of the post-graduate students of mass communication and journalism in Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU), Hyderabad, on March 6, 2007 at Urdu Ghar, headquarters of Anjuman Taraqqi Urdu (Hind), New Delhi, G D Chandan, a renowned media personality, said if the trend so continued, the day was not far away when Urdu media would be in a position to compete with the English, Hindi and other regional media.
Prof Abdur Rahim, who was leading the above team on its educational tour of the national capital, said the responsibility of the Urdu media-persons would increase after getting equipped with the professional skills. So, they have to get prepared to face the challenges, and only then the expectations of Chandan Sahib and others would be fulfilled, he hoped.
L-R: Prof Abdur Rahim (speaking), Wasimul Haque, Siddiqur Rahman Qidwai and Dr Khaliq Anjum
Prof Abdur Rahim, who has produced and trained earlier thousands of journalists as the head of the department of communication and journalism in Osmania University, Hyderabad, is now a visiting professor at the department of mass communication and journalism in MANUU. Interestingly, having a background in Bengali language, he is now well-versed in Urdu and heads a department of an Urdu University. He is also a member of the Governing Council of the Institute of Objective Studies (IOS), New Delhi.
The function was presided over by Dr Khaliq Anjum, general secretary, Anjuman Taraqqi Urdu (Hind) and conducted by Masoom Moradabadi, Editor, “Khabardar”. Prominent among those participating in the function were Siddiqur Rahman Qidwai, President, Anjuman Taraqqi Urdu (Hind) and general secretary, Ghalib Institute; Shariful Hasan Naqvi, former vice chairman, Delhi Urdu Academy; Wasimul Haque, Editor, “Akhbar-e-Mashrique”; Arif Iqbal, Editor, “Urdu Book Review”; Suhail Anjum, correspondent, “Voice of America Urdu Service”; Khursheed Alam, reporter, Hindi daily “Hindustan” (HT Group); Abdul Bari Masoud, columnist; and Ramish Anjum, chief correspondent, Urdu daily “Hindustan” (Mumbai).
Prof Abdur Rahim with his MANUU media students at Urdu Ghar, New Delhi
First of all, Arif Iqbal wanted to know what actually prompted the visiting MANUU students, who were already engaged in media and other arena like practicing “tibb” (Unani medicine), to join a university and opt for the Urdu media professional courses. According to him, this showed the direction of the wind blowing towards professionalism in Urdu media and this was a good sign.
Wasimul Haque asked the visiting media students to concentrate upon learning the skills more and more and also to have a peep into their own culture and history. He narrated in detail his own story from litho to web printing.
Abdul Bari Masoud threw light on the growing interest of the channels towards starting programmes in Urdu and also the experiment of ETV Urdu. Based upon his own experience in ETV Urdu, he suggested the students to come forward and do labour in comprehending different issues with its background.
Suhail Anjum said the Urdu services of the AIR, Voice of America and BBC were still a great source of information to the people in rural areas of India. He asked the students to have a glimpse of different aspects of media in his recent book which is first of its kind in Urdu.
Dr Khaliq Anjum appreciated the Urdu newspapers for their commitment to moral values. He said these newspapers didn’t compromise and also didn’t allow the advertisements at the cost of morality and dignity. That’s why the Urdu newspapers and periodicals in general were still free of obscene advertisements. One found even ETV Urdu somewhat different in this respect from its sister channels in English, Hindi and regional languages. He asked the visiting media students to uphold this standard so that the Urdu media continued to remain different from other media. He also said that literature was also very much part of media, so, the Urdu media-persons should have also an interest in it. He recalled that Baba-e-Urdu Abdul Haque, the founder of the Anjuman, was himself also a journalist. That’s why the Anjuman was sometime back running a professional training course in Urdu journalism. It too publishes the Urdu weekly “Hamari Zaban” and quarterly “Urdu Adab”.
Masoom Moradabadi, on whose initiative the lively function was organised and there could be an interactive programme between the visiting MANUU media students and the Urdu media-persons of Delhi, said Hyderabad has remained a hub for the standard Urdu newspapers and a glance at the visiting MANUU media students assured one that it would remain to be so in future also. He hoped although Urdu Mass Media PG Diploma course was being run in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) for about 27 years, efforts would also be made on the pattern of MANUU to start the teaching of PG in Urdu media in Delhi.