Thane: There is a need to concentrate on states like UP, Bihar, West Bengal, Assam, MP and Rajasthan which are lagging behind in the education sector when compared to the other states, Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said today.
    
Inaugurating the 29th All India Urdu Book Fair at the powerloom town of Bhiwandi in the district, the Minister said "As far as education is concerned, statistics reveals that Muslim, Hindu and other community members progressed in states of Kerala, TN, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Gujarat while it was not so in other states. There is a dire need to pay attention to this."

He said that the present government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi had taken up several measures to promote Urdu language and various steps have been taken in this direction.
    
The minister, who praised Urdu as a lovely language and the script as nothing but an example of calligraphy, said the Urdu Academy and Council have come out with several publications. Even the Wikipedia has an assistance in Urdu which was not there previously.
    
On standard of education in government schools and on issue of dropouts, the Minister said, "The government has decided to take several measures to ensure that the standard of education in the government schools in the country improves and the issue of dropouts is addressed."

He appreciated role played by various educational institutions, universities, research centres in addition to the NGOs in promoting Urdu language.

He said plans are afoot to go in for online teaching of Urdu where every one can take education in their spare time. The Minister said the World Urdu Conference will be held in Delhi in March 2017.
    
On the occasion, Javdekar gave slogan -- 'Sabko Siksha, Aachi Siksha'. "If the 'Talim' (teaching) improves everything improves and the country makes progress," said Javdekar.