03-AUG-2016: The Department of Linguistics, Aligarh Muslim University organized a condolence meeting on sad demise of Prof. Abdul Ghaffar Shakeel, former Chairman, Department of Linguistics, AMU, and Professor Braj Kachru of University of Illinois, USA.
Expressing a deep sense of grief, Prof. A. R. Fatihi said that the untimely death of Prof. Ghaffar Shakeel has caused a great loss to the Department of Linguistics and the University. "He had tremendous influence on my development as a teacher and his students benefited greatly from his teaching style".
Prof. Ghaffar Shakeel was an eminent scholar with many books to his credit. He worked with Professor Norman H. Zide, Professor Emeritus of the Department of South Asian Languages & Civilization the Department of Linguistics at the University of Chicago.
Prof. Fatihi also expressed deep sorrow on passing away of Professor Braj Kachru, a Jubilee Professor Emeritus of Linguistics, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Illinois US, who died on July 29.
Prof. Fatihi said that he was a member of the Indian Cultural Society, The Linguistic Society of America and the founder of the International Association of World English. He coined the term World English and published extensive studies on Indian version of English language. At the University of Illinois, Prof. Braj headed the Department of Linguistics, directed the Division of English as an International Language, and was director of the Centre for Advanced Study. He was named Jubilee Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Illinois in 1992.
Mr Kachru had authored and edited over 25 books and more than 100 research papers, reviews and review articles, besides publishing the prize-winning book "The Alchemy of English".