UNAMI Chancellor Mumtaz Ali Khan
New Chancellor of Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU), Mumtaz Ali Khan, advised scholars to translate ancient Indian literature including Ramayan, Yogasutras and literature written by famous poet and author Kalidasa. During his visit to Hyderabad, he addressed an event held on the eve of International Mother Language Day at UNAMI.
“Urdu is an Indian language and we shouldn’t associate it with any particular religion or community,” Ali told News18.com. He explained that he asked MANUU to translate literature related to Indian heritage into Urdu language as people who know Urdu. can gain knowledge about Ramayana, Yogasutras and more about literature and poetry written by Kalidasa.
Khan (Pen Name Sri M (Shri Madhukarnath) recently assumed the office of Chancellor of MANUU. While asking scholars to translate, he said, “I also have this request to make not immediately but at some time, I’m sure you might be doing that and not sure you have a group of experts in Urdu as well as other languages and trying to translate ancient Indian literature into Urdu. We have to study them,” he said. he adds.
He added that he would give his full support to MANUU. “I’m here if you want me to represent the government and at the end of the day you are the ones who get the job done. Particular encouragement should be given to female students,” he said.
Khan added that Urdu should be respected as an Indian language. He said we have Urdu poets like Harivansh Rai, Firaq Gorakhpuri (Raghupati Sahay) as well as famous lyricists like Gulzar.
In his welcome speech, Vice Chancellor Prof. Ainul Hasan said that it is difficult to introduce Khan’s versatile personality who can talk about Quran and Bible, and on the other hand he also has knowledge about Vedas, Upanishad, Bhagwat Geeta, etc. MANUU is blessed to have a spiritual personality like Shri Mumtaz Ali as Chancellor who has also been enriched with Sufi traditions,” he said.
Meanwhile, Prof. SM Rahmatullah, Pro-Vice-Chancellor delivered the Chancellor’s introduction. He described Khan as a multi-faceted personality who is also a social reformer, world lecturer, author and educator.
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