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Kishanganj: In the present scenario Muslims can regain their lost position by progressing in academic field. Education must reach every Muslim's house. These views were expressed by Maulana Asrarul Haque Qasmi, president of All India Talimi wa Milli Foundation (AITMF) at the first academic convocation of Milli Girls School, here at Talimabad on 16 April. He is also founder president of the school.

For the last few years, the Foundation has made considerable progress in the field of education. Milli Girls School, set up with the sole purpose of educating girls in a remote village in one of Bihar's academically poor regions has earned a good name for its academic standard.

Maulana Qasmi, Prof. Hayat Ahmad, Maulana Ghayasuddin and Prof. Vinod Kumar Jha distributed prizes among successful students. Principal Jamal Saeed and others were present on this occasion. 

New Delhi: Delhi University organised a one-day national seminar on 24 February on Azad Bilgrami's services to Arabic language and literature in India. Speaking on this occasion, Prof. Zuber Ahmad Farooqui said that Maulana Ghulam Ali Azad Bilgrami was great literary figure of Arabic language and literature in India during the eighteenth century and who is the first Arabic poet of India whose 'Diwan' exists even today. He said that his contemporaries acknowledged his literary and poetic genius and the king of Yemen conferred on him the title of Hasaanul Hind.

Mohammad No'man Khan, president the department of Arabic, Delhi University, shedding light on Indo-Arab relations said that even before the advent of Islam in India, Arabic language was spoken and understood in India. He said that there were trade and commercial relations between India and Arabia and Arab traders used to take Indian goods and sell them in Egypt, Syria and European countries. He further said that it were the Arabs who introduced and familiarised India with maximum number of other countries.

Prof. Ijtiba Nadwi, who presided over the inaugural session, described Bilgram as the place which has produced distinguished personalities like Maulana Ghulam Ali Azad. Many scholars presented their papers on the works and writings of Maulana Bilgrami who was a many-sided genius.

Aligarh: The second annual conference of Uttar Pradesh Urdu Teachers Association was held on 22 February at Darbar Hall of Aligarh Exhibition Ground. Addressing the participants on this occasion, Aligarh Corporation's chief, Savitri Varshini said that if a doctor does not perform his job efficiently, a few lives can be lost, if an engineer is negligent in his duties, a few buildings can collapse but if a teacher is incompetent and insincere in his duties the whole society is adversely affected. Therefore teachers should perform their duties honestly and efficiently. She further said that Urdu teachers should also be given equal status and rights and should be treated respectfully. On this occasion she also released a book written by Dr Nasir Naeem.

Samajwadi Party leader Mujahid Kidwai said that Urdu and Hindi are like two sisters and therefore every one should come forward to support and promote Urdu. Programme convener, A Sami Khan while shedding light on the problems of teachers, regretted and expressed his disappointments over the absence of the concerned departmental officers in this conference and said that the main objective of holding this conference was to emphasise and make a demand for giving rightful place to Urdu.

Aligarh: Dr. Mohd. Sarosh Umar, Reader, Department of Computer Engineering, AMU, delivered lectures at the 95th Induction Training Programme for IAS officers at Mussorie organised by the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration on ‘Computer and E-Governance’. He spoke on the growing application of computers and the rise of the Internet during the last two decades. He highlighted the emergence of e-Services such as e-Commerce, e-Banking, e-Education etc. and the growing need and importance of E-Governance. He talked about the steps taken up by the developed countries in establishing e-Governance and the hurdles faced by them. He also spoke on the e-Governance initiatives taken by the various states in India such as Gyandoot in Madhya Pradesh, e-Seva in Andhra Pradesh and Friends in Kerala. 

Belgachhia (West Bengal): The 46th literary meeting (prose and poetry) of literary organisation Tahreek-e-Adab, Belgachhia was held at Muhammadia School recently. The meeting chaired by noted poet Ahmad Rais was attended by young poets and litterateurs. Ahmad Kamal Hashmi thanked Dr Shabbir Abrawi for his efforts in promoting the movement. He admired young poets and litterateurs.

Ahmad Rais said that Tahreek-e-Adab, Belgachhia was the second literary organisation in Kolkata which had continuously conducted 46 meetings. He asked Urdu poets to weigh their poetry in the global market and see where they stood. He asked them to read earlier litterateurs and learn from them.

Aligarh: The distinguished educationist and former member of Planing Commission, Prof P.N. Srivastava while delivering University extension lecture in AMU's engineering college said that in this age of information technology human knowledge and information becomes double in every ten years, knowledge about computer science and knowledge about Internet is doubling every 18 months and every year respectively and time is shrinking fast.

Prof. Srivastava said that the invention of transistor in 1940 was the first step towards modern computer and after one decade i.e. around 1950 the invention of laser formed the basis of Internet and information technology. He further said that at this rate human life will totally change in the near future.

Shedding light on the gradual increase in the use of computer Prof. Srivastava said that initially 100 scientists had the facility of one computer only and in the year 2020 computer will become an important part of one's daily life.

Earlier, the coordinator of University extension lecture, Dr Arif Rizvi welcoming Prof Srivastava said that he is counted among the distinguished scientists of the country.

Presiding over this function Prof Salimuddin of Biotechnology advised the students to learn a lesson from the life of Prof Srivastava.

New Delhi: Urdu Academy, Delhi organised a 3-day All India seminar here on 'assets of Urdu' from 20 to 22 March on legendary literature in which speakers on the whole agreed that legendary litterateurs are valuable assets of Urdu literature. These legends and stories have attracted film and TV serial makers, but the way in which language is being distorted and wrongly used in such films and TV serials is a matter of concern. In order to improve Urdu language and to present it in a better way attention needs to be paid on correct pronunciation. 

A large number of Urdu litterateurs took part in this seminar and they spoke and presented their articles on different aspects of legendary literature. Iqbal Niazi's article on 'Depiction of Urdu legends in films and TV serials' was very much appreciated by the audience. Many speakers presented their articles on 'Dastaan Amir Hamza'. Prof Mujavir Husain Rizvi also presented his article on 'Dastaan Amir Hamza: Most Voluminous Legend of the World'.

Prof Sharib Rudaulvi said in his article that legends have served as means of earning livelihood during their periods and that legends are a great legacy of Urdu literature.

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