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MoU between AMU and Saudi Emb. for promotion of Arabic

Aligarh: Vice Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University, Prof. P.K. Abdul Azis said here at a function to inaugurate two additional rooms and Library Hall for AMU's Department of Arabic that this University will soon sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Saudi Arabian embassy in Delhi for the further promotion of Arabic language.

Speaking about the need for further promotion of Arabic language he said that it is one of the most important languages of the world, it is the official language of 40 countries of the world and also one of the official languages of United Nations in which all official business and proceedings of UN are transacted (alongwith other official languages like English, French, German, Spanish, Russian etc.) in addition to it being the language of the Holy Qur'an, adding that opportunities of employment with a knowledge of this language are increasing.

He said that AMU's Department of Arabic is the first one among all Indian universities which has been granted the status of Centre of Advanced Studies by University Grants Commission. He said that in this age of information technology his cherished desire is that smart class rooms are established where teaching may be on e-pattern. University Registrar Prof. V.K. Abdul Jaleel said that two new class rooms have been built for Arabic department in addition to a Library Hall at the cost of Rs. 15 lakh.

Prof. Kafil Ahmad Qasmi, CAS coordinator said that the Department of Arabic is making rapid progress in teaching and research fields and because of good progress in this field, it has been given the status of the Centre of Advanced Studies by UGC.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 May 2011 on page no. 20

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