Hyderabad: Urdu, a language usually associated with sweet poetic expression of love and romance, is equally effective in communicating & popularizing science.
Dr. Nakul Parashar, Director Vigyan Prasar, Dept. of Science & Technology, New Delhi, today expressed the view at Maulana Azad National Urdu University(MANUU) while addressing the inaugural of National Urdu Science Congress 2020 as the Chief Guest.
The congress is being organized by Centre for Promotion of Knowledge in Urdu (CPKU) of MANUU in association with School of Sciences.
Dr. Parashar, while sharing his experience remarked that Urdu poetry is nothing short of a work of genius. The usage of selecting words while expressing the feelings is like understanding science. He asked the audience consisting of scholars, science writers, students & academicians to invoke science communicator hidden inside.
He also spoke about efforts by Vigyan Prasar to popularize science in regional languages and candidly acknowledged that success in Urdu language is much higher than others. He gave the credit of this success to his associate Dr. Irfana Begum, who is also bringing out a Urdu News letter “Tajassus”. Dr. Parashar also proposed a workshop on Urdu Science communication at MANUU.
Dr. Shyam Sunder Prasad, renowned Ophthalmologist from Hyderabad, Guest of Honour, in his brief address described Urdu as a living language and will remain so for ever. He also stressed the need to popularize and learn the language and rejected the attempts to associate it with a particular religion.
Prof. Zafar Ahsan in his presidential address stressed the need to spread the knowledge by preserving it through writing. We also need to encourage young writers in Urdu who can write about sciences.
Prof. Ayub Khan, Pro Vice-Chancellor in his welcome address highlighted the importance of science congress and also introduced the guests.
Earlier, Prof. S. M Rahmatullah, Registrarin his introductory remarks spoke about importance of Urdu & Science. He paid tributes to the untiring efforts by Dr. Mohammad Aslam Parvaiz, Vice- Chancellor, MANUU to popularize science through Urdu Science Congress & by publishing monthly magazine in Urdu named “Science” for the last 25 years.
Various books on science published by Vigyan Prasar, Directorate of Translation & Publication (DTP) MANUU, and others were also released.
Dr. Abid Moiz, Consultant, CPKU proposed vote of thanks. Dr. Sameena Kausar, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Arabic conducted the proceedings. Scholars, students& paper presenters from all over the India are attending the congress.
Dr Mohammad Aslam Parvaiz, Vice Chancellor joining the second session of the congress, emphasized the need to observe and think deeply. While referring speakers he said how they observed life in a different way and made it easier for them in light of their experiences. (INN)