Urdu courses and career options
Urdu is spoken by around 140 million speakers including native and non-native speakers
over the world. The language is spoken in Pakistan and India. The language is given
official status in Pakistan and few states of India like Telangana, Bihar, West
Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir.
Courses offered and academic eligibility:
- Urdu correspondence course : the one year course needs no specific qualification
but the knowledge of Hindi or English
- Certificate course in Urdu: Passing in School secondary Board examination
- Diploma in Urdu Language: Passing in 10+2 from a recognized board
- Diploma course in Urdu Journalism: a bachelor degree in any discipline with the
knowledge of Urdu
- Post Graduate Diploma in Urdu Mass Media: A Diploma in Urdu or equivalent
- B.A. (Urdu Literature/ Oriental Language): Passing in 10+2 from a recognized board
- M.A. (Urdu): A Bachelor degree in the language or equivalent
- Language Pandit: A Bachelor or Master degree in the language or equivalent
- M.Phil. in Urdu: Master degree in the language or equivalent
- Ph.D. in Urdu: Master degree in the language or equivalent
For some of the programs like M.Phil. and Ph.D. the admission procedure involves
Career prospect and expected salary:
The language provides number of opportunities for the enthusiasts. Teaching institutes,
print media, film and television industries are few of the major fields in which
the openings are found for the language experts.
Teaching profession: Teacher, lecturer, Assistant Professor and Professor are the
major occupations of the field. For being a teacher, the candidate must possess
a bachelor degree in the language besides the bachelor degree in education or equivalent.
Teacher Eligibility Test (TET/CTET) is an eligibility test for being qualified as
a teacher. Though few of the private organizations recruit the teachers who didn’t
qualify TET or CTET, the graduate teachers seeking jobs in Government bodies in
teaching positions must qualify the exam. National Eligibility Test (NET) is the
test for getting eligibility for lectureship and also for getting an opportunity
for the fellowship grant.
The average salary range starts with Rs. 5000/- and above for a fresh private teacher
and Rs.9000/- and above for a government teacher. The average salary for a private
lecturer starts from Rs. 8000/- and above and Rs.15,000/- and above for a government
Print media: Article writer, columnist, Journalist, novelist, story writer, Editor,
Poet, translator etc are the major roles of the field. Newspapers, magazines, publishing
companies are few of the work providing areas. Innovativeness, weaving words according
to the article in a contemporary style, grabbing attraction of the readers are the
major attributes for being in the field. Journalism or creative writing courses
help one for getting better opportunities. Many writing chances are also found in
e-companies. Online magazines, online papers, online translating companies and websites
require content writers and translators. Permanent recruitments and most of the
times freelance works are offered, which are either online or offline.
The salary range starts from Rs.5000/- and above depending on the popularity of
the news paper or magazine and the job role.
Film and Television industry: Script writer, story writer, lyricist, content creator
etc are the major roles of language experts. The qualification is least bothered
and the end work is a major issue. The style of the work must always be updated
according to the contemporary styles. New comers as well as the experienced or popular
writers have equal prospects depending on the skills and talent.
The payment in the field ranges from Rs. 5000/- and above. The earning depends on
the opportunities. Fixed income can be guaranteed for the permanent recruiters and
high income sources for the skilled individuals.
Thus the language provides great number of opportunities that could compete with
the opportunities in the scientific fields.