Arabic, Persian literature on decline at ICT colleges.

ISLAMABAD -- Despite having a rich history and importance, the Arabic and the Persian literature are slowly dying out in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) colleges.

According to an official source, some colleges have suspended their Arabic and Persian courses, asking the teachers of these subjects to teach other subjects in which they were not specialized.

The future of the Arabic and Persian languages in ICT colleges was ambiguous and uncertain, the source said.

Some teachers were of the view that both the Arabic and Persian literature had lost support and patronage of the relevant authorities, hence the popularity of these subjects among the young people was declining.

They urged the authorities at Federal Directorate of Education to take steps for the promotion of Arabic and Persian literature.

A professor on the condition of anonymity said, 'The subject of Persian has been suspended at Islamabad Model College for Girls I-8/3 due to unavailability of subject teacher while Islamabad Model Postgraduate College H-8 did not offer the admission in the subjects of Arabic and Persian in this session despite the availability of teachers.

Tasnim Akhter Mir, an Associate Professor of Persian at Islamabad Model College for Girls G-10/4, termed Persian a must to understand Allama Iqbal's message.

She said, 'Persian literature is about history, psychology, philosophy, languages, sociology and theology. No one can deny its importance. Persian remained a language of administration and high culture across the subcontinent and played a role very similar to the one English does today".

Referring to the glorious period of Persian in the subcontinent, during which valuable literature was produced, she said that it was a pity that they kept themselves away from the vast treasure of the literature.'

Dr Nazir Ahmed Bhutta of Islamabad Model Postgraduate College H-8 said, 'Students are...

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