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UP govt allots Rs. 6 crore for Darul Musannifeen’s library

Azamgarh: UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav during his recent tour of Azamgarh had made the announcement for meeting the requirements of Shibli Academy Darul Musannifeen and had himself asked for the estimated expenses for equipping it with modern facilities. In response to his wishes, the authorities of the Academy, of which Darul Musannifeen is an integral part, had given him details of the Academy’s requirements. In the follow-up of his announcement the chief minister while presenting the interim budget of the state had allotted Rs. 6 crores for this purpose. Director of the Academy, Prof. Ishtiaq Ahmad Zilli, while thanking the chief minister for allotment of this amount said that after Maulana Azad and Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru he (Akhilesh Yadav) is the first such leader who has announced this big amount for meeting the requirements of the Academy and its library. He said that this amount will help in the proper maintenance and protection of rare and valuable books and also to equip the Academy and Darul Musannifeen’s library with modern facilities. It may be stated in this connection that immediately after the death of Maulana Shibli No’mani, noted religious scholar and author, his disciples and colleagues had set up the Academy and Darul Musannifeen (House of Authors) in 1914 in fulfilment of his dream and tried to make it the cradle of science, literature and academic knowledge, as per his wishes. Because of its literary and political services the Academy had earned a good reputation and become the centre of lovers and crusaders of freedom. During the freedom movement Shibli Academy had become the centre from where planning and strategy of the freedom movement was undertaken and because of this, leaders of freedom movement like Maulana Azad, Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru, Gandhiji, Pundit Madan Mohan Malviya, Motilal Nehru and others used to visit and stay here. In addition to becoming the centre of the freedom struggle, it had also become the centre of Urdu literary activities and important Urdu litterateurs from all over the country used to visit Darul Musannifeen which in addition to publishing Maulana Shibli’s magnum opus, Seeratun Nabi, also published the literary monthly magazine Ma’arif which is being published regularly for the past hundred years at a stretch and has completed hundred years of its publication this year (2016). The centenary of the Academy and Darul Musannifeen was celebrated with a 3-day function in 2014 which was inaugurated by Hamid Ansari, Vice President of India.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 September 2016 on page no. 14

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