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Delhi Urdu Academy appoints six Urdu mediapersons in its Governing Council

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By Manzar Imam


New Delhi: Prof. Akhtarul Wasey, Head of the Department of Islamic Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia, has been re-appointed Vice Chairman of Delhi Urdu Academy. However, the term for the Governing Council of the Academy will be one year as Delhi will go for Assembly elections in 2013.


This is the first time that we have six Urdu mediapersons in the governing body, says Prof. Wasey. The six Urdu mediapersons who have been appointed in the Academy include Masoom Moradabadi (Litterateur and journalist), Manorma Dewan (Chief Editor, Asia News Service), Asad Raza (Head, Urdu publications, Sahara Media), Shakil Hasan Shamsi (Inquilab dialy), Hasan Shuja (Sahafat daily) and Khalid Anwar (Hamara Samaj).


Apart from the Chairperson, Vice Chairman and the mediapersons, 20 eminent persons from different spheres arts and sciences in Delhi have been appointed as members.


Prof. Akhtarul Wasey
The governing council was reconstituted by Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit who is also the Chairperson of the Academy. 


The complete list of members is as follows: Delhi Chief Minister (Chairperson); Prof. Akhtarul Wasey (Vice Chairman); Principal Secretary, Treasury, Government of Delhi (Member on account of post); Secretary of the Department of Art, Culture and Languages, Government of Delhi (Member due to post); Prof. Abdul Haq (Prof. Emeritus, University of Delhi); Dr. Dharmendra Nath (Writer and litterateur); Dr. G. R. Kanwal (Former Principal); Prof. Moinuddin Jinabade (Jawaharlal Nehru University); Prof. Ibne Kanwal (University of Delhi); Prof. Khalid Mahmood (Jamia Millia Islamia); Prof. Tauqir Ahmad Khan (University of Delhi); Prof. Shehpar Rasool (Jamia Millia Islamia); Dr. Khwaja Ekramuddin (National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language); Dr. Iffat Zarrin (Delhi University); Dr. Shabana Nazir (Principal, Government School); Dr. Aquil Ahmad (Ghalib Academy); Haji Miyan Faiyazuddin (Social & cultural activist); Mufti Ataur Rahman Qasmi (Madrasa Aminia); Shahid Ali Khan (Idara Nai Kitab); Anjum Usmani (DD Urdu); Marghoob Haider Abidi ( Former secretary, Delhi Urdu Academy); K. K. Kohli (Music, film and culture); Masoom Moradabadi (Litterateur and journalist); Manorma Dewan (Chief editor, Asia News Service); Asad Raza (Head, Urdu publications, Sahara Media); Shakil Hasan Shamsi (Inquilab daily); Hasan Shuja (Sahafat daily) and Khalid Anwar (Hamara Samaj). Asad Raza, Shakil Shamsi, Hasan Shuja and Khalid Anwar have been included as Special Invitees. Women have also been given fair representation, the Vice Chairman said. Anis Azmi would be member secretary of the Council.


[Manzar Imam, a Delhi-based Journalist, is Special Correspondent of IndianMuslimObserver.com. He can be reached at manzarkhalil@gmail.com]
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