Patna, Nov. 29: The department of Arabic, Patna University, today organised a national-level seminar entitled “Role of Bihar on development of Arabic language and literature” here today.
The chief guest at the function, Abdul Bari from Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), said Arabic language had a glorious history not only in Arabian countries but also in India.
Speakers at the function said Indian history is like Ganga, which carries its water from different tributaries but doesn’t lose its character in the process. The Indian culture and language also has a rich history that assimilates from the culture of its people. The modern Bhojpuri and Hindi languages have many words that have Arabic roots and with period of time these words have become quite popular and it is difficult to find out if the words are Bhojpuri, Hindi or Arabic, Bari said.
“Scholars and writers from India have played a crucial role in the development of the writing style of modern Arabic. Their efforts have been acknowledged by scholars and writers from Arabian countries too.”
Bari said Bihar has contributed a lot for the development of Arabic language, literature as well as journalism. Arabic is one of those few languages, which contributed a lot from 800 AD to 1300 AD in the fields of science and technology, and international relations.
Speakers at the seminar agreed that in Indian sub-continent, scholars and writers have played a pivotal role in the development of the language as compared to their counterparts in Pakistan and Bangladesh. After partition of Pakistan and Bangladesh had a question of strengthening their financial structure. But in India, there was a sustained effort to develop ancient Indian languages like Sanskrit. A similar interest was taken up to promote Arabic, Sarwar Alam, lecturer in Arabic in Patna University said.
Speaking on the occasion pro vice-chancellor of Patna University S.I. Ahson said: “Arabic is next only to Englishin providing jobs to people. People are getting a number of jobs by learning Arabic. There are jobs in hotels, airports, and consulates, not only in India but also in the Arab countries. Indians constituting a large number of populace from the Arab countries are working in other sectors such as teaching as well.”
Alam said: “The language is getting more and more popular in Bihar. Earlier, there were 18 seats in Patna University at the post graduate level, whereas now, there are 50 seats now and we have received over 300 applications for the language course.”
However, the university has seen a fall in luminaries in the language and the state government should work on brining back the lost glory of Arabic in university.