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Jamia to undertake the translation of Tagore into Urdu

It is a matter of great pride and pleasure for Jamia Millia
Islamia that the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India has granted a two year
project for Rs. 96 lacs to the Deptt. of Urdu, Jamia Millia Islamia to
translate and publish 10 books comprising Tagore’s important writings as well
as writings on Tagore  for Urdu readers.
It has been decided in the research committee meeting of Tagore Research and
Translation Scheme to translate Tagore’s selected poems, fiction, essays,
articles, plays, important letters, interviews and travelogues.

 In this connection, a
workshop of Tagore Research and Translation Scheme of Dept. of Urdu, Jamia
Millia Islamia was held from 17-21 Dec, 2012 to translate Tagore’s fiction,
poems including Gitanjali and The Gardener and important essays and articles.

 A meeting of the
Advisory Committee of Tagore Research and Translation Scheme of Deptt. of Urdu,
Jamia Millia Islamia chaired by Mr. Najeeb Jung (IAS), Vice Chancellor, Jamia
Millia Islamia, was held on 19.12.2012.

 A five-day workshop
was also organized from December 17th to 21st under the Tagore Research and
Translation Scheme for the purpose of translating Tagore’s stories, essays and
poetry into the Urdu language. The Inaugural Session was presided over by eminent
Urdu scholar, Prof. Shamim Hanfi along with Prof. Afaque Ahmad, Prof.
Ateequllah and Prof. Khalid Mahmood, Head of the Department of Urdu, Jamia
Millia Islamia. “There was a time when Tagorism had become a literary jargon,
and it has had a great impact on Urdu prose writers”, Prof. Shamim Hanfi said
in his inaugural speech at the workshop.

 Prof. Khalid Mahmood
remarked that ‘it was a matter of great joy that the translation ofGitanjali
and The Gardener and other poems was being taken up,’ He added that  the history of Jamia was glorious, and he was
hopeful that translations done under the Tagore Research and Translation Scheme
will become a part of that history.

“It is a matter of
pride that the Ministry of Culture has chosen Jamia for translating the works
of the Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore”, said Mr. Najeeb Jung, Vice
Chancellor Jamia Millia Islamia.

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