The new committee brings together a diverse range of people associated with the language like scholars, media professionals, historians, social media influencers and those from the Urdu literary world. The dynamic members shall contribute their expertise in varied disciplines to improve and enhance the academy’s programme structure.
The Delhi government has also made a conscious effort towards inclusivity and there has been an unprecedented rise in the number of female members of the Urdu Academy.
The Urdu academy will work with contemporary practitioners to improve and bring forth interesting and thought provoking content. The emphasis shall be on presenting quality programmes rather than merely organising events.
The Urdu academy hopes to increase its outreach and engage Delhi’s youth with the language. With this goal, the new academy boasts of a rising presence of young members amongst its ranks. The academy will also use social media to engage with a wider audience.
To increase outreach, the academy also plans to start courses and create multimedia content for pedagogical purposes. In order to keep the language alive, the academy will work with contemporary mediums and innovative technology.
According to the Deputy Chief Minister, Shri Manish Sisodia: “Urdu is an integral part of Delhi’s cultural and literary history. It is an important marker of Delhi’s composite culture.
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 new committee will be chaired by well known scholar Prof. Wajeehuddin (Shehpar Rasool) from the Department of Urdu, Jamia Milia Islamia. Some other interesting names in the committee include Nasheet Shadani, an advertising professional whose web initiative ‘Ishq Urdu’, works to connect youth to the language using pop culture references. Rana Safvi, another member runs the popular blog ‘ Hazrat e Dilli’, about Delhi’s culture, heritage and traditions. Kamna Prasad, an Urdu activist and founder of the ‘Jashn e Bahar’ Foundation that has been organising international mushairas for the past two decades almost, is also a member of the newly constituted Urdu Academy. Ms Aparna Pande a member of the Rekhta team is the youngest member of the committee. Other members include filmmaker Riazat Ullah Khan, teacher and social worker Irtiza Querishi and journalist Faisal Ali.
The committee notified on the 1st of December 2017 will work shall work for a tenure of two years.