A few months ago Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) Vice-Chancellor Najeeb Jung expressed his desire to hone his Urdu skills. For this purpose the Head of the Urdu department JMI was approached. Since then Jung has been busy mastering the language to perfection. These days the VC, a former IAS officer, is engrossed in Deewan-E-Ghalib, according Dr Khalid Mahmood, head Urdu department. Ghalib, a classical Urdu and Persian poet, during British colonial rule, wrote several riveting ghazals.
Mahmood tells OKHLA TIMES: “Jung is head over heels in love with Ghalib and has a good grasping power. It is my pleasure to discuss the subject with him.”
Jung’s love with Ghalib goes back to his childhood. It is understood that Jung as an eight-year-old student used to recite ghazals written by Ghalib whenever Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, India’s first education minister, used to visit his swanky Daryaganj house in Old Delhi. Grandson of Moulvi Samiullah, a close associate of Syed Ahmed Khan, young Jung, in his later days lost touch with Ghalib. But after coming to JMI he renewed his interest in the great poet and writer.
Mahmood interacts with Jung four days a week for one hour after 5.30 pm.
Jung, son-in-law of Dr Abdul Jalil Faridi, wants to contribute to the development of Urdu in India and Maktaba JMI, claims Mahmood.
(Photo of Jamia Millia Islamia’s Vice-Chancellor Najeeb Jung via Hindu)