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A five member delegation of the Karnataka Urdu Academy, Bengluru visited AMU

ALIGARH September 22: A five member delegation of the Karnataka Urdu Academy, Bengluru visited the Aligarh Muslim University under the leadership of Academy’s Chairperson Mr. Azeezullah Baig, a former Secretary to the Governor of Karnataka. The delegation met the AMU Vice Chancellor, Aligarh Muslim University, Lt. Gen. Zameer Uddin Shah and discussed with him various issues pertaining to the promotion of Urdu language.
Mr. Baig informed Lt. Gen. Shah that in Karnataka, more than five thousand schools and colleges offered teaching in Urdu medium. He said that the Karnataka Urdu Academy was looking for prospects of cooperation and collaboration with AMU to take joint measures for the promotion and development of Urdu language.
The Vice Chancellor of the Aligarh Muslim University is fully committed to promote Urdu, and it had made it mandatory to count marks in compulsory Urdu paper for determining division. He said that with the aim to augment Urdu promotional activities, all the teaching positions of the Urdu Academy of the University have been filled through general selection committee and the Academy had been made functional.
The delegation also interacted with the faculty members of the Department of Urdu and discussed various means and ways to charter mutual cooperation and support between AMU and Karnataka Urdu Academy for Urdu’s development.
Welcoming the delegation, Dr. Rahat Abrar, Director, Urdu Academy said that AMU had the honour to have the largest Department of Urdu in the world in terms of number of faculty members and students enrolled. He pointed out that the Urdu Academy will seek to establish close relations with all the Urdu Academies and other organizations in the country which are engaged in Urdu promotional activities.
Addressing on the occasion, officiating Chairman of the Department of Urdu, Prof. Tariq Chhatari said that number of Urdu knowing people was growing and many more persons were taking interest in learning Urdu. He said there was nothing to be pessimistic of the future of the Urdu language as Madrasa students were taking it across the disciplines through the bridge Course of the University.
Noted Urdu critic, Prof. Abul Kalam Qasmi urged the Urdu Academy Director, Dr. Rahat Abrar to develop coordination with other Urdu Academies in the country and develop AMU’s Academy as a nodal agency for promotional activities. He said AMU enjoyed a central position regarding Urdu teaching and research and one should not be wary of its future on the basis of its condition in Uttar Pradesh. He said that in UP also, Urdu was flourishing owing to Madrasa education system.
A number of faculty members including Prof. Asghar Abbas, former Director of Sir Syed Academy and Prof. Khursheed Ahmad, former Chairman of Department of Urdu participated in the interaction.


(M. Shamimuzzaman)

Assistant PRO

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