Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Iqbal Day

Iqbal was born 130 years ago on 9th November. Pakistan celebrates it as Iqbal Day and India as Urdu Day.


THE 130th birth anniversary of Pakistan's leader and poet Allama Mohammed Iqbal was celebrated in Bahrain yesterday.

Iqbal Day, which falls on November 9, was marked by the Pakistan Urdu Literary Society (Halqa-e-Adab) and the Pakistan Embassy with a poetry evening held at the Bahrain Society of Engineers, Juffair.

The lovers of Urdu organised programmes at various places in the country Saturday to mark International Urdu Day on the 130th birth anniversary of the Poet of the East Allama Iqbal.

Speaking as Chief Guest in a programme organised under the joint aegis of United Muslim of India and Urdu Development Organisation in the Department of Urdu Delhi University, chairman National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions Justice Suhail Ejaz Siddiqui advised the lovers of Urdu, for the promotion of the language, to take different practical measures on their own rather than only depending on the government.

"It is easy to read Allama Iqbal but difficult to understand him. It requires one full span of life to understand his thought and philosophy. He is not one of the poets who are read as pastime," Justice Siddiqui said.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

distance education MPhil in Urdu

TIRUPATI: For the first time in the country, MPhil programme in Urdu through distance education mode has been introduced by Sri Venkateswara University.

Addressing students who attended the contact classes here today, Osmania University Urdu professor SA Majid Bedhar stressed the need for focusing on research in Urdu.

In his presidential address, Sattar Sahir, Head of Urdu Department of SVU, emphasised the need for more research in Urdu for the development of the language. Urdu professors K Bashir Ahmed, Nissar Ahmed and Ammanulla also spoke.


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Sunday, October 21, 2007

Urdu gets 2nd official language status

GARHWA: Urdu-knowing people of Garhwa district as well as several Muslim organisaitons have welcomed the state government’s notification extending second official language status to Urdu in Jharkhand.

Welcoming the government decision, presidnet of Garhwa district Anjuman Taraqqi-E-Urdu Yasin Ansari said, “Madhu Koda-led UPA government of Jharkhand has fulfileld its commitment made to the public and honoured the interests of Urdu-knowing people.” The organisation’s general seretary, Reyaz Ahmad, said the state government gave Urdu its deserved place.

Amit Kesri, a graduate in Urdu (hons) of local SSJSN College said, “The UPA government of Jharkhand has proved its secular character by granting second official status to Urdu”. A number of other people including, Ramji Ram, Prof Rokhsana Hadi, Tahir Husain, Hasan Imdu (advocate), Prof A J Khan and Prof Sharfuddin Shaikh were prominent amaong those who lauded the state government’s decision

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Monday, October 15, 2007

Urdu Science Encyclopaedia by June 2008

LAHORE: The Urdu Science Board (USB) will complete an Urdu Science Encyclopaedia by June 2008, USB director general Khalid Iqbal Yasir told the USB Advisory Committee on Monday.

Yasir said the encyclopaedia would consist of 10 volumes and four of them had been completed and printed. He said the USB has published 750 books on 25 subjects. He said that USB had won 31 prizes on its publications. He said the USB had set up its publication outlets in Punjab, NWFP and Sindh. He added that the USB had translated many books for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). He said the USB was also preparing Urdu course books in the country. He said the board was also working for collaboration with the Urdu University. staff report

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Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Dard in UPenn

The Hindi-Urdu Workshop Fall 2007:
"The Poetry of Khwajah Mir Dard"

Sat. October 6th 2007, 9 AM - 4 PM
Ben Franklin Room, Houston Hall, University of Pennsylvania

This event is part of the semiannual workshop series organized by Columbia
University and the University of Pennsylvania. The topic of this term's
workshop is the poetry of Khwajah Mir Dard. The workshop is sponsored by
UPenn's Department of South Asia Studies. The workshop is free and open to
public, but registration is required (see below).

The work of the mid-18th century Mughal poet Khwaja Mir Dard, considered along
with Mir, Sauda, and Mazhar to be "one among the four pillars of the Urdu
language," is an important part of the standard Urdu literary canon. In
addition to his importance as a poet, Dard was also a celebrated Sufi
personality and among the few prominent Urdu poets to remain in Delhi in the
midst of great political instability. For the workshop we will examine
Dard's life and works, trying to understand his place both within the
tumultuous late Mughal Empire and as a leading figure in Urdu's "golden age."

A packet will be available containing poems by Khwaja Mir Dard and secondary
materials for discussion. No knowledge of Urdu is required, as the poems
will be transliterated in Roman characters and translated into English.
Copies of the packet will be available at the workshop. The materials can
also be downloaded from:

This workshop is free and open to the public, but registration is required.
To register, RSVP to Sanjukta Banerjee ( by Oct. 1,

For further inquiry, please contact Till Luge (
Till Luge
Department of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania

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