The Department of Urdu was established in 1916 with the Department of Persian and Arabic by Pt. Mahamna Madan Mohan Malviyaji. Mirza Mohammad Hasan "Faez" Banarsi was appointed as first Head of the Department of Persian, Urdu and Arabic by Malviyaji. "Faez" Banarsi was a great poet of the age and famous Hindi poet Bhartendu Harishchandra was also a pupil of "Faez" Banarsi for his Urdu poetries as Bhartendu Harishchandra started his poetical life from Urdu poetries with a pen-name "Rasa". After some times, Malviyaji invited Molvi Mahesh Prasad to take the charge of the Department and Molvi saheb resigned from the Lahore Arabic College on the call of Malviyaji and joined the Department. Molvi Mahesh Prasad was a renound scholar of Arabic, Urdu and Persian and he was the first editor and commentator of "Khatoot-e-Ghalib" written in Urdu. Professor Syed. Badrul Hasan Abidi, joined the Dept. after expiry of Molvi Mahesh Prasad and then Professor Hukum Chand Naiyyar. Other than these learned personalities, Professor Amrit Lal "Ishrat", Maulana Syed. Sulaiman Abbas Rizvi and Professor Syed. Haneef Ahmad Naqvi joined the Department.
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