Thursday, January 13, 2011

Time to connect with Egypt

Indian Universities can help in the development of Urdu in Egypt feels Professor Yusuf Amir, HoD Urdu in Al-Azhar University of Cairo

CCS University will share its experiences on Urdu as a teaching subject and its literature with one of the oldest Universities in the world, the Al-Azhar of Cairo and are also planning for the educational exchange programs among themselves.

India shares warm historical relations with Egypt as the land of one of the oldest civilizations and also with a good number of Urdu knowing population. The department of Urdu, running in Al-Azhar University wants cultural; exchange with Indian universities in order to enrich its knowledge about the language and India, where Urdu was born.

“Although it is a new language but is quite popular among the masses world-wide and in Egypt too”, says Professor Yusuf Amir, who heads the department of Urdu in Al-Azhar. “The language bridges the gap between the people of various countries residing in Egypt and it can further ensure better communication among such people with those of Egypt ”, he says while adding that Indian Universities can help them in the development of curriculum and popularizing Urdu.

At Al-Azhar major Urdu literature and poetry is being translated to Arabic and vice versa. Now the university is looking for educational exchange programs. Along with Aligarh Muslim University, the Jamia Millia Islamia and the Maulana Azad Urdu University, the CCS University is also on the radar of Egyptian University. Reciprocating to the desire of Professor Amir, the CCS University has also shown the interest in the plan.

“It will be good both for them and our students too”, said Dr. Aslam Jamshedpuri about the educational exchange program. “ If we can serve for Urdu what another opportunity better then this will come to us”, he adds.

Presently, long with the University of Al-Azhar, which started teaching Urdu language way back in 1962 in the department of languages, five other universities run various courses in Urdu. With more then 400 research scholars in the language, Urdu is quite popular among Egyptian students. The language can ensure better ties with the major Arab country and with Al-Azhar, which is often termed as the cradle of knowledge for Islamic world and their relations with the rest of the world.

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