Varsity students complete weeklong short Pashto course

Sher Alam Shinwari

PESHAWAR: Speakers at a ceremony held at the University of Peshawar here on Friday called upon the students to learn the basics of Pashto language script for scholarly expression and also master communication skills. Students and teachers from different faculties and departments of the university attended the function.

The weeklong Pashto learning language script course was concluded here on Friday. The event was organised under the auspices of Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba (IJT) University of Peshawar chapter where around 40 participants showed up and completed their course.

Prof Dr Nasrullah Jan Wazir, the Director, Pashto Academy, University of Peshawar, was the chief guest who distributed commendation certificates among the course participants while Prof Dr Fakhrul Islam, the Director, Pakistan Study Centre and Shafiq-ur-Rahman, the Chief of IJT, were also present on the occasion.

Prof Anwar Ali Orakzai, who conducted the weeklong Pashto language course in his remarks pointed out that learning the basics of Pashto language and mastering communication skills were mandatory for university students, adding that most students required knowing how to read and write Pashto script when it came to understanding of scholarly writings.

Mr Orakzai said that unfortunately most Pakhtun students didn’t know writing Pashto script and faced big difficulty during sitting in the competitive examinations and therefore, participants benefited from the weeklong short course in which they learnt about 44 Pashto alphabets and their sounds and also came to know about other important aspects of Pashto language and literature.

Prof Dr Fakhrul Islam while addressing at the event said that learning languages was an art and helped students to widen scope of their minds and also developed a taste for scholarly readings and nations around the world promoted their respective lingos so that the people could better understand them.

Shafiq-ur-Rahman, the Chief of IJT University of Peshawar, said that the basic objective of the weeklong short Pashto course was to help out the young students to learn Pashto script and master communication skills because Pashto language had already attained a global status in the world through social and mainstream media.

Ali Jan Wazir, a student of the Khyber Medical College Peshawar, told this scribe that he along with four classmates benefited a lot from the short Pashto course classes over the week and learnt for the first time how the Pashto script could be written and pronounced with proper sounds. “We believe that learning local language for professionals and specialists is a must to be able to communicate,” he argued.

“Around 700 million people speak Pashto language around the world and numerous social media users communicate in Roman script instead of proper Pashto script and that’s why we thought a weeklong short course should be arranged for varsity students and today about 40 participants completed it with flying colours, IJT would continue to arrange such activity in the future too,” Mr Rahman added.

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