Over 8,000 sign petition seeking old Osmania University logo with Urdu inscriptions

New Delhi: More than 8,000 men and women have signed an online petition seeking restoration of the old logo of Hyderabad-based Osmania University 9 (OU).

The petition said several changes have been made in the logo in the past.

When OU was set up, its emblem had the Nizam turra (crown) of Nawab Mir Osman Ali Khan, the seventh Nizam and the founder of Osmania University. The crown was surrounded by wandering beams of lights and the words Noorun Ala Noor were printed in Arabic. It means knowledge is light.

After Hyderabad was merged into India, Nizam’s crown was removed from the OU emblem. This is clearly unfair, it was the Nizam who built Osmania University, slowly the Urdu inscription was also removed. Urdu medium courses were changed to English and the language become extinct in OU.

“Urdu is integral to this region. Its removal from the emblem is irrational as OU was the first university in the country to start courses in Indian languages,” said the petition.

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