The K. A. Nizami Centre for Quranic Studies
is a newly established centre named after Prof. K. A. Nizami (1925-1997), an
acknowledged historian of South Asia and Islamic scholar who authored over
fifty books and was associated with the University for almost half century,
having served under various capacities as Professor and Chairman of the
Department of History, Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences, Provost of Sir Syed
Hall, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Vice Chancellor and Ambassador to Syria.
The Centre was
established under the provisions of the AMU Act of 1981 and its proposal was submitted
by Dr. Farhan A. Nizami, Director, Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (Oxford, UK).
It was established following the approval of the Executive Council and on the
recommendation of the Academic Council. Management of the Centre is governed by
the Chapter XXXVIII of the Executive Ordinance. In conformity with the special
provisions of the AMU Act, the objectives of this Centre serve the best
interests of the University.
The building of
the Centre has been designed by the world renowned architect
Professor Abdel Wahid Al-Wakil, recipient of the Agha Khan Prize for
Architecture (UK). Two big class rooms
and three study rooms have been provided in the Centre's building. There are,
in addition to offices for the Director and visiting fellows, a lobby, a conference
room, a Display area, a Language Lab, a Library and a Mosque. The building has
been furnished and equipped through a grant from UGC under the XI Plan. The
Centre is well networked with modern ICT facilities and is equipped with modern
The Centre focuses
on teaching and research in the field of Quran and related Sciences. It aims to
create links with both national and international institutions devoted to this
field, and provides an academic forum for scholars whose interest focus on any
aspect of the study of Quran. An important concern of the Centre is to utilise
modern facilities in providing conventional learning and therefore courses on
Quran and its Sciences will be taught using modern ICT facilities.