Aljamea Faculty Member Feted in Persian Olympiad in Karachi

Dawood Mirza, a faculty member of the Karachi campus of Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah was felicitated at a Persian Language Olympiad in Karachi

Students from various educational institutes across Pakistan participated in a Persian Olympiad on May 29, 2023 that was held for the first time in the Sindh province of the country. Out of the participating students, 14 were selected as key position holders.

Dr Ramzan Bameri, chairman of the Persian Department, University of Karachi, in his speech hailed the Olympiad as a valuable initiative and said, ‘The Persian language is one of the best languages in the world in terms of literature. The world’s great literary masterpieces exist in it.’

A large number of students including Persian professors, social personalities and media representatives participated in this event. Among them was Dawood Mirza, a faculty member of the Karachi campus of Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah, the Dawoodi Bohra community’s premier institute of learning.

Out of 150 participants from universities across Pakistan, Dawood Mirza secured a place in the top five. In recognition of his achievement, he was awarded a shield and certificate by Mr Talebi Niya, the head of the Cultural Center, and Mr Bameri, the chairperson of the Persian Department at the University of Karachi. He was also invited to share his thoughts and experiences regarding his study of the language.

In his remarks, Mirza explained the importance of the Persian language and literature and said, ‘The beauty and intellectual heritage of Persian literature has had a profound impact on my life. As a member of the Dawoodi Bohra community, I have a deep connection with it because our community’s distinctive language known as Lisan al-Dawat combines elements of Arabic, Persian, Urdu and Gujarati, and thus has many Persian words and idioms.’ 

At the end of the ceremony, the distinguished panel distributed shields, certificates of appreciation and cash prizes among the 14 selected students of the Olympiad.

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