JAMMU, JULY 06
"Dr Khawaja Ekram is a young and dynamic Urdu scholar who was assigned the duty of the prestigious central government department National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language (NCPUL) recently by, Ministry of HRD, New Delhi. He is the right choice of the government to head this prestigious department. He is not only a good writer but also a well known organizer who had visited several countries of the world for the promotion of Urdu language." These views were expressed by the illustrious speaker in a function organized by the department of Urdu, University of Jammu in collaboration with Rasa Javedani Memorial Literary Society in honour of Director Khawaja Ekram , Director, National Council for Promotion (NCP) of Urdu Language in the Prof. Gain Chand Jain seminar hall of the department of Urdu. The function was presided over by the veteran journalist Ved Bhasin while Jammu University Vice Chancellor Prof. M P Singh Ishar was the Chief Guest on the occasion and Prof Qudoos Javed Former HOD Urdu, Kashmir University was the Guest of Honour. At the very outset the HOD Urdu and President Rasa Javedani Momorial Literary Society Prof. Shohab Inayat Malik in his welcome address discussed his close association with Dr Khawaja Ekram for the last ten years. He said that Khawaja Ekram is a well known Urdu writer as well as a best organizer who had organized several National and Inter-National seminars in the JNU. Dr Khawaja Ekram is the youngest Director of National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language and under his leadership the National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language is doing a lot for the promotion of Urdu Language in the country. He had started many new courses regarding Professionalism which would definitely benefit the students in getting government and private jobs. After taking over as Director National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language he is visiting various parts of India to assess the promotion of Urdu language in the country. Khawaja Ekram also knows Information Technology well. It was through his efforts that many foreign students are learning Urdu added Prof. Shohab Inayat Malik. He further added that Khawaja Ekram had sanctioned money to the Centre for Professional Studies in Urdu, University of Jammu for organizing a national seminar on Manto in the month of September. Prof Shohab Inayat Malik thanked the HRD Minister Kapil Sibal for appointing Dr Khawaja Ekram as new Director National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language. In his presidential address Jb Ved Bhasin congratulated Khawaja Ikraheim for becoming the Director of National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language and hoped that under his leadership the Urdu literary activities in the country would be further boosted. Bhasin said that Khawaja Ikraheim is well known person in the Urdu world. He will do his best for the promotion of Urdu Language in the country and would organize seminars, symposiums and other literary activities throughout the country so that Urdu can get its lost glory. Bhasin said that relating Urdu to a particular religion is not true as the person and writer who belong to other religion had contributed a lot in the development of Urdu language. He listed the names of Pandit Ratan Nath Sarshar, Pt. Diya Shankar Nasem, Munshi Prem Chand, Krishan Chander, Rahinder Singh Bedi, Firaq Gorkhpuri and Jagan Nath Azad whose contribution towards Urdu could not be ignored. Bhasin appeal the state government to pay due attention towards the Urdu language as it is the official language of the state and is being neglected in every sphere of life. The Vice Chancellor of the Jammu University Prof. M.P. Singh Ishar too congratulated Khawaja Ekram for his new assignment. He said that it is proud for Jammu University that the Director of a prestigious institution is in our University and we are honouring him. He said that Jammu University in future will collaborate with the National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language so that Urdu could flourish more and more in Jammu University. Prof. Ishar also lauded the efforts of the HOD Urdu Prof. Shohab Inayat Malik for his contribution to the department of Urdu and said that under his dynamic leadership department of Urdu had become one of the best department of the country. Prof. Ishar informed that he would do his best for the upliftment of the Urdu language which happens to be official language of the state in collaboration with National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language. Prof. Qudoos Javed Former HOD Urdu, Kashmir University who was the Guest of Honour talked about the life and works of Khawaja National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language. He said that Kahawaja was born in Bihar and did his MA, M.Phil from JNU , he had lot of capacity for organizing the literary programs which he had proved during last three months in National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language. He is simple and secular man. Prof. Qudoos said that Khawaja had introduced new schemes in the National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language which are more beneficial for the students. Speaking on the occasion Dr Khawaja Ekram thanked Vice Chancellor of the Jammu University Prof. M P Singh Ishar and HOD Urdu Prof. Shohab Inayat Malik for organizing a function in his honour. He said that he is regular visitor of Jammu University and department of Urdu always gave him a lot of love. He praise the works of Prof. Shohab Inayat Malik for uplifting the department of Urdu. Dr Khawaja Ekram said that he will do his best for the promotion of Urdu language. He said that National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language will collaborate Jammu University in future for organizing literary activities. He announced 1,50,000/- for organizing Manto seminar in the month of September. The proceeding of the program was conducted by Dr Mohd Reyaz Ahmed while vote of thanks was presented by Dr A R Manhas on this occasion Dr Khawaja Ekram and Prof. Qudoos Javed was honoured by department of Urdu. They were presented a Shawal and a memento. Later in the evening a Urdu Mushira was organized in honour of Prof. Qudoos Javed Former HOD Urdu, Kashmir University, many renowned poets like Aresh Shabhai, Betab Jaipuri , Sham Talib, Mohan Singh ulfat and Sajad Poonchi entertain the audience with their poetry. The function was attended by students, scholars , Teachers of University, poets, writers and members of the civil society.