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Urdu, Persian & Arabic courses started in St. Stephen’s

New Delhi: Like last year Urdu and Persian certificate courses have been started in St. Stephen’s College this year also and in addition to these courses, certificate course for Arabic also has been introduced for the first time this year in this college. Prof. Abdul Haq, a special guest on this occasion, said that oriental languages and literature are attractive enough to invite the attention of seekers of knowledge in all ages and everywhere and that is why in this College, which is famous for its English education and modern sciences, education of oriental languages and literature has always been given respect. Head of Delhi University’s Urdu Department, Prof. Ibn Kanwal said it is with the efforts of Dr. Shamim Ahmad, President of the Departments of Urdu and Persian of this College (St. Stephen’s) that certificate courses of all these languages have been started in this college. Prof. Aleem Ashraf, Persident of this College’s Department of Persian said that for the students, scholars and researchers of the Middle Ages, knowledge of Persian is essential. Prof. Wali Akhtar, President of Delhi University’s Arabic Department said that Delhi University’s history indicates that Arabic Department in this University was first of all started from St. Stephen’s College but subsequently some developments took place because of which education of Arabic was stopped and now after about 7 decades, right Arabic education has once again started here in the form of certificate course.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 September 2016 on page no. 15

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