Srinagar: Vice Chancellor University of Kashmir Prof Talat Ahmad on Tuesday inaugurated a two day seminar Allama Iqbal on “Iqbals Contribution to New Perspective on Knowledge, Literature, Culture”, on the occasion of 149th birth anniversary of the poet.
The National-level seminar has been organised by the Iqbal Institute of Culture and Philosophy (IICP) University of Kashmir on the birth anniversary of the famous poet of the east was held at Gandhi Bhawan in Srinagar to pay tributes.
Vice Chancellor University of Kashmir Prof Talat lauded the role of IICP for organising the seminar on Allama Iqbal and described him as a highly influential personality in the entire sub-continent for his traditional background of knowledge and study especially in western and modern science.
Dean Academic Affairs Prof Farooq Ahmad Masoodi, who was a special guest on the occasion, said the such occasions provide an opportunity to young scholars to deliberate on the philosophy and poetry of Iqbal which is a treasure of knowledge and message for mankind as a whole.
Head of Department of Religious Studies Centre, University of Kashmir Naseem Rafiabadi said Iqbal message on self relliance for the youth can help students in shaping their character and practical lives. He said the poet played his role in promoting Urdu language well.
Former Director IICP Prof Bashir Ahmad Nehvi, delivered the keynote address and deliberated on the distinctive contribution of Iqbal to thought and literature. He highlighted Maulana Abul Hassan Nadwi’s understanding of Iqbal and its popularisation in the Arab world.
Former Head, Department of Urdu, University of Delhi, Prof Obiad-ur-Rehman Hashmi, who was a guest of honour, highlighted the influence of Maulana Rumi on Iqbal which made Iqbal a great spiritual visionary.
“The seminar was organised to pay tributes to Allama Iqbal and to remember his contribution to a new perspective on knowledge, literature and culture,” Ghazi Nazir Naqash a religious scholar said.
The seminar on Allama Iqbal could not be conducted earlier due to the COVID pandemic.