02-APR-2019: Department of English concludes 2-day National Seminar
Aligarh, April 2: The Valedictory session of the two-day National Seminar on ?Translating Identity: Assimilation, Assertions, Affiliations, Aversions? organised by the Department of English under UGC SAP DRS-II was held at the Arts Faculty Lounge recently.
The Chief Guest for valedictory session Pro-Vice Chancellor AMU, Prof MH Beg emphasised the global importance of English language and highlighted the value of translation and benefits of being bilingual.
In his Presidential address, eminent scholar and critic, Prof Harish Trivedi stressed the role of such seminars in disseminating knowledge. Humility is an indispensable virtue of a translator, he added.
Prof Mohd Rizwan Khan (Coordinator of UGC DRS-II programme and Chairperson Department of English, AMU), while extending his gratitude to the guests, he addressed the issues and ideas related to the translation of identity to the audience and highlighted the positivity that the genre of translation carries with itself: He also urged the audience to review, revisit and redefine the notion of ?identity? in positive terms.
Prof Asha Kuthari Chaudhuri, (HoD English, Gauhati University), expressed the view that translation has opened a variety of avenues for academicians, especially in the post colonial context, which they should recognise and explore. An important and currently neglected genre in translation is the dramatic text that poses special challenges, which must be addressed she added.
Prof M Asaduddin (Department of English, Jamia Millia Islamia), commended the efforts of the translators, who are researchers in the department of English and are presently engaged in translation as trainee under UGC SAP DRS-II project. He advised them to continue their journey as translators in future too.
Prof Vibha Sharma paid vote of thanks to all the core committee members, the teachers, the interns and the non-teaching staff members for their efforts and cooperation.
At the end, the letters of appreciation were presented to those who presided the Chair and an expression of gratitude was extended to the Vice Chancellor, the Pro Vice Chancellor, the Registrar, the Finance Officer, the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and also to all translators who contributed in making the event successful.
People who chaired different sessions reflected the multidisciplinary nature of the seminar as were drawn not only from the field of English studies, but also from other disciplines like History, Hindi, Urdu and Linguistics. As many as 50 researcher scholars presented their papers in parallel sessions in the two day seminar on different issues and aspects of translation.
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