The teaching of Arabic at the college can be traced to the closing years of the 17th century with the origin of the college itself with an Arabic madrasa. The Arabic department, with its dedicated, competent and committed teachers and student-centred teaching methodology, offers a three-year B.A. programme focusing on the study of Arabic language and literature. It aims at developing global proficiency in modern standard Arabic in combination with Arabic texts of pre-modern period. Emphasis is equally placed on all the four basic language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Most importantly, the department enables its graduates to be poised to meet the diverse academic and professional career demands in India and abroad. The department also runs an active Arabic literary society called ‘Al-Nadi Al-Arabi’ publishing a quarterly wall-magazine ‘Al-Qalam’ and holding a monthly speaking session ‘Al-Bayan’.
President: Dr. Mohd. Qasim
It gives me immense pleasure to present the annual report of the Department of Arabic and its Arabic Society Al-Nadi Al-Arabi for 2020-2021.
This year, also, despite the pandemic Covid-19, the Arabic Society has been able to organize a couple of events that can be attributed to the dedication and team spirit of the teachers of the department as well as the students.
A Condolence Meeting was held on 17 June, 2020, Wednesday, 11:00 A.M., online through Zoom, on the sad demise of Professor Wali Akhtar, (former Head of the Department of Arabic, University of Delhi) to condole his family members, colleagues, friends and his students and to remember his golden services which enriched the Arabic language in India. The meeting was presided over by the Principal of the College, Professor (Dr.) Masroor Ahmad Beg, and it was attended by many professors and academicians of several universities.
A Students’ Meet entitled: Quality Assurance was held with the students through Zoom on 04 September 2020 at 2:30 P.M. to discuss the importance of attendance, problems related to students during the pandemic Covid-19 and announcement of the Prize Distribution Program for the highest percentage of attendance.
A Special Lecture was held on “Stories and Language Acquisition”, on 11 September, 2020, at 2:30 pm, online through Microsoft Teams. The lecture was delivered by Mrs Omama Mustafa Al-Lawati (Oman) and the program was presided over by the Principal of the College.
The 6th Ghaziuddin Khan Lecture was held on 25 November, 2020, 11:30 am, online. The lecture was delivered by Mr. Abdulhadi Bepukaran, Head, Dept. of Arabic, Dr Zakir Husain College Ilayangudi, Sivagangai, Tamilnadu on the topic “Medical Translation: Techniques, Problems and Samples”. Prof. Mohammad Nauman Khan, former head, Department of Arabic, University of Delhi graced the event as a Chief Guest and Principal of the College presided over the lecture.
Freshers’ Welcome Party was held online on 10 December, 2020, 10:00 a.m. Dr. Naimul Hasan, Head, Department of Arabic, University of Delhi graced the program as Guest of Honour.
The 3rd Mamlukul Ali Lecture was held online on 28 January, 2021, 7:00 PM. The Lecture was delivered by Dr. Shams Kamal Anjum, Head, Department of Arabic, BGSB University, Rajouri, on the topic “Arabic Poetry: Reality and Expectations”, Prof. Naimul Hasan, Head of the Department of Arabic, DU graced the occasion as Chief Guest. The Principal of the College presented the presidential remarks.
Farewell Function was held online on 24 April, 2021, 11:00am, Dr. Jamaluddin Faruqi, Principal of WMO Arts & Science College, Wayanad, graced the occasion as Guest of Honour.
Weekly Oratory and Speech programmes were held which were organized by the students under the supervision of the teachers. The students participated and delivered speeches in Arabic and showed their oratory skills.
Besides, monthly Wall cum E-Magazines were published enthusiastically and creative writings of the students appeared on several topics.
2nd Online Special Lecture was held on the topic “Arab Culture and Its Reception in India” on 6 September, 2021, 11:00 am (Monday). The lecture was delivered by the guest speaker Dr. Md. Aftab Ahmad, Assistant professor, India-Arab Cultural Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. Professor. Naimul Hasan, Head, Department of Arabic, Delhi University graced the occasion as chief guest. Due to prior engagement Dr. K K Arora, Principal of the College could not attend the program but his written message was received and read out in the program.
Ghaziuddin Khan Lecture -7 was held online on the topic “Arabic Language in India: Past and Present” on 28 October, 2021, 03:00pm (Thursday). Prof. Mujeebur Rahman (JNU) delivered the lecture. Prof. Naimul Hasan, Head, Department of Arabic, Delhi University graced the occasion as chief guest. The Program was presided over by the Principal of the College Prof. K K Arora, and his message was conveyed in the program.
All these events could be possible because of the commitment and handwork of all the concerned, the college authorities, colleagues, teaching and non-teaching staff and the students. I owe a big thanks to all of them.
Dr. Md. Obaidullah