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St Joseph's Co-ed School asked to withdraw diktat in Bhopal, Archbishop urged to intervene

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BHOPAL: Several organisations have urged the St Joseph's Co-ed school Arera Colony to continue Urdu as a third language option for students after VIIIth standard.

The issue has once again cropped up as parents are worried because the students who had studied Urdu up till VIIIth standard, were asked to choose another optional language.

This is not only causing mental harassment to students who will now have to leave their language of choice but also cope with another language at an advanced level, midway and a critical point in their life. Besides, it also takes away the students' right to choose a popular language as optional subject.

The MP Urdu Academy director, Dr Nusrat Mehdi, has written a letter to the school principal Fr Melvin CJ to continue Urdu in the school syllabus. In her letter she mentioned that it was a language that is spoken and understood by all communities and is a symbol of unirty among Indians.

Earlier, Coordination Committee of Indian Muslims (CCIM) that represents multiple organisations and bodies had urged Archbishop Leo Cornelio to reconsider the decision. Dr Leo Cornelio, Archbishop, Bhopal Diocese is the Chairman of the St Joseph's School, Arerar Colony.

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