Will work to link Urdu with Google search: Sibal

New Delhi, April 4 (IANS) In an effort to popularise Urdu, Communication Minister Kapil Sibal has decided to set up a committee of experts to evolve technology for linking the culturally rich language with the Google search engine.

He also urged Nokia – the world’s largest mobile company – to develop a software so that 170 million Urdu speaking people in India can communicate with each other in this language.

The purpose is to link Urdu with all the social networking sites, Sibal said at the Urdu Editors Forum which was also attended by Harayana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Urdu scholars.

Sibal said he held meetings with National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language (NCPUL) vice chairman and noted poet, Prof Wasim Barelvi and director Khawja Ekram in this connection and directed them to prepare a comprehensive proposal in this respect. He said he has convened a meeting of top communication experts April 8 to take further steps in this regard.

He also said a team of experts will be set up to develop method and technology for using Urdu in social networking sites. This will benefit Urdu-speaking people, who are not only in India but in Pakistan and other countries too.

Sibal said that all source material on Google will be made available in Urdu and this will help popularise the language all over the world. He said that Urdu can be taught through Skype as many students all over the world have shown interest to learn the language.

Giving a detailed presentation, Ekram said it is possible to evolve new technology for providing source material in Urdu.

Hooda said that his government has recently recruited scores of Urdu teachers in Muslim concentrated areas of Haryana like Mewat, Panipat and other areas and will render all possible help in promotion of the language.

Delhi Urdu Academy vice chairman, Prof Akhtarul Wasey, former advisor to ex-prime minister Narasimha Rao, Pandit N.K. Sharma, Sahara Urdu group editor Syed Faisal Ali, Secular Qayadat chief editor Qari Mazhari and others also attended the function.

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