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Nazeer Akbarabadi a victim of insensitivity 
Agra: There was a time when poet Nazeer Akbarabadi was an important and popular poet but today he is a forgotten poet, a victim of indifference and insensitivity. These views were expressed by Peerzada Umar Taimoori, president of Bazm-e Nazeer at a meeting sponsored by this Bazm. General secretary of this organisation, Mohan Lal Arora regretted that people have reduced this organisation to an ordinary one. This meeting was organised on the occasion of Nazeer Fair which is held on the occasion of Basant Panchmi in which many people participated.

One of the participants Ramji Lal Suman, MP from Firozabad who specially came from there said that he will finance the construction of dome and other repair works of Nazeer’s mazar from his own fund. 

Urdu Persian Arabic University in Jharkhand 
Ranchi: Lok Janshakti Party president and Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, while releasing his party’s manifesto said that if his party forms the government in Jharkhand, like other backward classes, ten percent reservation will he given to educationally and economically backward Muslims. He further said that an Urdu, Persian and Arabic University will also be set up in Jharkhand and central government will be requested to include backward Muslims in the notified lists of the government. Other things mentioned in the manifesto are improvement of roads and electricity arrangements, supply of clean drinking water in villages and cities, appointment of doctors and nurses in government hospitals, equipping them with modern machineries and facilities. Steps will also be taken to spread education to each family.

He said that his party has decided to contest all the 81 seats of Jharkhand Assembly in collaboration with All Jharkhand Students Union in the forthcoming elections. Under this alliance Lok Janshakti Party will contest elections for 36 and All Jharkhand Students Union will contest elections for 43 seats. For remaining two seats there will be friendly contests between the two parties, he said. 

Sixth Firaq Memorial Lecturers in JMI 
New Delhi: Jamia Millia Islamia’s department of Urdu and National Council for the Promotion of Urdu Language (NCPUL) jointly organised Sixth Firaq Memorial Lectures in the Committee room of Jamia Guest House under the presidentship of vice chancellor Prof Mushirul Hasan. The topic of the lectures was ‘Criticism of Islam in the light of Traditional Mysticism’. Prof Jamal Malik, president of the department of religions and Islamic Studies at a German University analysed the activities and practices being undertaken at the tombs and mazars of Muslim Sufis and religious divines in order to protect the people against natural and other calamities, with special reference to Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi’s story ‘Been’.

Dr Ahmad Mahfooz, a teacher at the department of Urdu presented a brief article, befitting the memorial lectures, on the status and position of Firaq in Urdu poetry in which he explained important aspects of poetry right from Meer to Firaq and Nasir Kazmi.

Vice Chancellor Prof Mushirul Hasan congratulated head of Urdu department for promoting the literary and cultural activities of the department of Urdu. Chief guest Dr Hamidullah Bhat expressed his pleasure and thanks for associating NCPUL with Firaq Memorial Lectures.

Workshop of research scholars in AMU
Aligarh: A 5-day workshop of research scholars was held in Aligarh Muslim University under the sponsorship of Academic Staff College. Addressing the concluding session of this workshop on 14 January, vice chancellor Naseem Ahmad said that nothing is bigger and more important than man and therefore research scholars should raise the standard of their research with self confidence and hard work because these research scholar are teachers of the future. He further said that a deep study and thoughtful writing is very necessary for research.

Director of Academic Staff College, Prof A R Qidwai said that in this 5-day workshop about 150 scholars took part and read out their research papers in the fields of social sciences, life science, agricultural science etc. Senior teachers of the University enlightened the scholars about the art of writing theses and research papers. They also furnished the information about financial help provided by different financial organisations and use of computers in research works.

Research scholars in their speeches were unanimous in their views that workshops of this type are important needs of the time which should be held regularly. Prof Farhatullah Khan said in his speech that search for truth is the essence of research. The vice chancellor gave away certificates to all research scholars on this occasion. 

Urdu declined after independence
Greater Noida: UP’s minister for basic education, Chaudhari Karan Pal Singh while speaking at a function organised by Saifi Community at Surajpur’s government school said that Urdu was the language of a large number of people in UP before Independence but after that much of its importance has been lost. Laying stress on the need to promote Urdu, he said that chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav is anxious to promote and popularise this language in the country, particularly in UP and that the steps taken by him for its promotion and popularisation should be lauded. He further said that because of laying more emphasis on Hindi after Independence, popularity of Urdu has suffered.

Former MLA, Narendra Bhat speaking on this occasion said that out of the 20 crore population of the state 4.5 crore are Muslims whose mother tongue is Urdu. He blamed the central government for interfering in Mulayam Singh’s efforts to promote Urdu by putting road blocks in the establishment of Urdu university.

Saifi community’s delegates from Gautam Budh Nagar, Meerut, Modinagar, Muradnagar, Ghaziabad, Buland Shahar, Sikandarabad, Alighar, Khurja and Delhi etc took part in this meeting which was presided over by Ibn Saifi, Contractor. 

Mulayam lays foundation of medical college 
Lucknow: Chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav announced Rs 1 crore for the construction of Dr. Abdul Ali Unani Medical college and hospital at Katauli, Malihabad. He was in Katauli to lay the foundation stone of the hospital in December last year. He also announced Rs 50 lakh for the development of link roads in Katauli.

Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister said that there was a need to revive the Unani system of medicine as developed countries like US were also opting for Unani and Ayurvedic systems. Promising that the state government would extent all possible support to revive Unani system, he said that government would accord recognition to the medical college on the condition that necessary formalities were completed within a stipulated time frame. He added that his government wanted to give impetus to Urdu and that he was not against English but wanted to end its dominance in competitive examinations. Talking about the proposed Maulana Mohammad Ali Jauhar University in Rampur, he said that if the Bill in this regard can not get through, then the university would be set up by the private sector. Samjwadi Party MP Amar Singh has offered Rs 1 crore as assistance for this purpose while another party MP Jaya Prada Rs. 50 Lakh, he said. Speaking at the function, minister for parliamentary affairs and urban development Mohammad Azam Khan expressed hope that the medical college would provide opportunities to the poor students to go for higher studies. He said that the state government would make all efforts to develop this college and ensure that it got recognition at the earliest.
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