Aligarh: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has bestowed upon the Urdu Department of Aligarh Muslim University the status of Centre of Advanced Studies. It is the first ever department in India which has received the prestigious status. Usually UGC grants the above status to those departments who have completed successfully at least three projects in specially identified areas within five years.
Prof. Mohd. Zahid, Chairman of the Department said that by granting the status of Centre of Advanced Studies to Urdu Department, the UGC has recognized its contribution in the field of Urdu literature and research in the last thirty years. Prof. Zahid said that UGC has appointed Prof. Qazi Afzal Husain as the Coordinator and Prof. Mohd. Zahid as Deputy Coordinator.