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Editorial: Urdu as Medium of Instruction in Professional Institutions


Anwar Ul Haque

Department of Pathology, Northwest School of Medicine, Hayatabad, Peshawar

Some may go into shock seeing this title of our editorial. What a silly idea, what a stupid thought,

how can we live in “stone age.” (If there was indeed such an age.) I remember during my medical college

days at Dow Medical College, in one departmental test (stage) I described the boundaries of femoral triangle in Urdu; that sent my demonstrator teacher into disbelief; what are you saying. I was amazed as I was describing the boundaries accurately, but he couldn't digest it because it was in Urdu. Later after many years I was invited to give a talk on post-splenectomy septicemia based on my original research on Sprague Dawley rats, as I began in Urdu, one well-wisher doctor came on the stage and whispered in my ears; “Please don't do, what people will think, give lecture in English.” Unfortunately, I had to comply with his absurd idea.

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