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Urdu at MA level introduced after partition: PU professor
Urdu at MA level introduced after partition: PU professor


LAHORE: (Wednesday, December 9, 2015): Punjab University Committee for the Literary History of the Muslims of the Pakistan & India Director Professor Dr Khawaja Muhammad Zakria has said that Urdu language at Master’s level was introduced after partition in Punjab University in 1948 and the first examination of MA Urdu was held in 1950. He was addressing the first ceremony of compiling oral history of Punjab University at Al-Raazi Hall here on Wednesday. PU VC Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran, Dr Zahur Ahmad Azhar, Dr Syed Muhammad Akram, Dr Naumana Amjad, Chief Librarian Haseeb Ahmad Pracha, heads of various departments, faculty members and a large number of students were present on the occasion.

Sharing his memories, Dr Zakria said that at the time when Urdu language teaching was introduced, there was no teacher who had degree in the national language and the teachers of Arabic and Persian used to teach Urdu. He said that he joined university in 1960 as student and since then he was associated with the university and had the memories of 55 years during his stay in his alma matter. He said that Syed Abdullah was the principal of Oriental College and used to deliver well-organized lectures. He said that there had been Language Unit at Oriental College with the financial support of UK and later, Canada also funded it. He said that French, German, Italian, Japanese, Turkish and other western languages were also taught at that time in the university. He said that University Law College and Oriental College were situated in the same building and all the administrative offices and central library were also situated at Old Campus. He said that after approval of PU Act 1973, various faculties were constituted and elections were held for the appointment of Dean of the faculty concerned. He said that before establishment of department of journalism, there was a diploma program in journalism and a Jewish teacher Dr Petrus used to teach the students of journalism. He said that Faisal Auditorium was previously called University Auditorium and the Institute of Education and Research was called “a department of Americans” because the teachers there completed their studies from America. He said that the appointment of teachers on the recommendations of a student organization started creating problems for the university. He also commented on the tenures of different Vice Chancellors. He said that the current Vice Chancellor speedily completed file work, a distinguished quality which he had never seen in any Vice Chancellor. In his address, Dr Mujahid Kamran said that more such events would be organized to compile oral history of Punjab University.