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Department of Urdu

The  Department  of  Urdu,  in  the  faculty  of Humanities, Patna University, is one of the oldest Departments  of  Urdu  in  the  country.  The Department  has  developed  as  a  remarkable institution over the decades. It has been at the forefront  of  centres  of  learning,  teaching  and research in Urdu Language and literature. There is a distinctive academic aura about the Department which  underpins  a  culture  of  close  academic supervision of students as also the promotion of various genres of Urdu literature by scholarly and literary pursuits of its well endowed teachers. Since inception, the Department has been served by a number of eminent scholars of national and international repute. Dr Azimuddin Ahmad, the founder  head  of  the  Department  in  1936  was himself an acclaimed scholar of Arabic, Persian and Urdu as also a renowned poet. Prof. Ahtar Orainvi (1910-1977), a professor of the Department was author of some 20 books including a drama, a novel, a collection of poetry and six collections of short stories which deal with a wide range of subjects. Akhtar Orainvi, also emerges as an insightful critic as evidenced from collections of literary essays authored by him. Allama Jameel Mazhari was also a distinguished  poet  whose  name is  taken  with utmost respect in Urdu circles in India and abroad. He  gave  a  new  dimension  to  thoughtful  and philosophical poetry in Urdu. The Department of Urdu, Patna University, has helped to foster a spirit of inquiry and inquisitiveness that has inspired outstanding  research  achievement  and  original thinking coupled with a deep awareness of social responsibility.  The  Department  has  produced amongst its students many eminent personalities invarious  fields  of  life  including  administration, financial sector and politics besides academics. The Department of Urdu, Patna University has rightfully emerged as a centre of excellence in learning, a literary and cultural hub and a symbol of national unity.

Master's  Programme

M.A. in Urdu
Duration          :    2  years,  M.A.  Part-I  &
M.A. Part-II
No. of Seats   :     40
No. of Paper       :     16
Other Courses
The department has started a new Professional course  of  one  year  P.G.  Diploma  in  "Urdu Journalism  and  Mass  Communication"  on  Self Financing  Scheme  basis  from  the  session 2007-08.

Infrastructure and facilities
There are five thousand books and Journals in the Departmental Seminar Library. The Department has all modern facilities to aid teaching.
Desirous Students, both boys and girls, of the department are provided accommodation in Nadvi Minority Hostel, Iqbal Hostel, P.G. Hostel and Girl Hostels of the University on merit basis.


Prof. Ezaj Ali Arshad, PhD (HOD)
Dr Ashraf Jehan
Dr Israil Reza
Dr M. Azimullah
Dr Shahab Zafar Azmi
Phone No.: 0612-2660323, 9334107757, 9431152912, 9430002712