Undergraduate students of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) will now have to clear a compulsory Urdu paper to be eligible for the award of their graduation degrees. The marks of the Urdu paper will be added in the aggregate.
The change will be effective from the academic session of 2013-14. The compulsory Urdu course for undergraduate students will be for faculties of science,life science,arts,social sciences and commerce that run BA,BSc and BCom courses.
AMUs registrar Shahrukh Shamshad said the decision has been approved by AMU Vice-Chancellor Lt Gen (retd) Zameeruddin Shah. We realised Urdu needed a boost and its presence should be felt as ours is a Muslim university. We are getting good response from the students, Shamshad said. He said the decision was a collective one and not taken in haste. A committee was formed to finalise the modalities. It was cleared by the Academic Council and the V-C was keen on its implementation, he said. AMU PRO Rahat Abrar said all departments have been informed to make arrangements for conducting Urdu classes.
Pass marks in the paper will be 17 out of 50. Students will get two attempts to clear the compulsory Urdu paper and if they fail to clear it till their second year,they will not be eligible for the award of the degree. A minimum 75 per cent attendance in Urdu classes is a must.