Areas with a minimum of 200 Urdu-speaking population can now have Urdu-medium schools,provided at least 30 students from such pockets are willing to study in each school,a state governments directive read.
The government has recently given a go-ahead to local self-governing bodies like zila parishads,municipal corporations,municipal councils and cantonment boards of the state to open Urdu-medium schools as per the requirement.
The foremost condition laid down by the government to open Urdu schools is that they would have to comply with all necessary norms stipulated in the Right to Education Act.
Self-governing bodies can pass their proposal to claim compensation for the first-year of Urdu-medium schools through the State Directorate of Primary education. It has to be tabled before the forthcoming session of the state legislature, a government resolution stated.
It also states that some areas dominated by Urdu-speaking population in the state have lesser number of Urdu schools than desired.
As per government records,Maharashtra has 1,03,625 primary and secondary schools. It includes around 4,785 Urdu-medium,9,130 English-medium and 87,120 Marathi-medium schools.
The governments decision to allow self-governing bodies to open Urdu-medium schools has came close on the heels of last months move to clear a Rs 10-crore package for 200 of the 1,889 madarsas in the state.
Activist Matin Mujawar welcomed the governments decision to ensure opening of Urdu-medium schools,adding that such schools should also offer semi-English medium learning,similar to semi-English Marathi schools.