Jamia MilLia Islamia University is devising a unique way to introduce reading and writing Urdu for Indian and foreign students. The centre for information technology has been busy developing a software which will enable students to learn Urdu on the web.
The university started this project two years ago and presently 20 lessons are ready to be uploaded on the web, by the university’s correspondence department.
The course is focused at students who are familiar with Hindi because it is the language of instruction. “This means students will learn Urdu from Hindi. This is a novel concept and the first of its kind,” said a faculty member.
The centre’s Director Prof Zahid H Khan said, “We are yet to decide the duration of the course and there is no age limit. Initially, the course will focus on Indian students and the medium of instruction will be Hindi. The teaching will focus on familiarization of alphabets. Through this course, the students will be able to read and write words and string simple sentences together. We are also in the process of uploading an interactive voice session on the web for facilitating teaching.” Interestingly, students will also be offered the option of correcting themselves through this new system.
“For instance, if a user has made a mistake in sentence construction or formulating a word or has furnished an incorrect answer to a question, the system will point out mistakes and give the user a chance to rectify. The correct answer will be flashed after sometime,” explained a faculty member. The university has an ambitious plan of roping in foreign students later.
“Graphics, pictures and English will be the main medium of instruction for these students,” he added.