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NCPUL to hold 10-day National Urdu Book Fair in Malegaon
Thursday November 21, 2013 8:05 PM, Staff Reporter

In a significant move for the Urdu loving people in Maharashtra and especially the Malegaonians, the National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language (NCPUL) has decided to hold ten-day National Urdu Book Fair in Malegaon in January 2014.

A variety of cultural and entertainment programs have also been planned to be organised simultaneously during the mega event.

"The ten-day Urdu book fair will be held in Malegaon from January 03 to 12 next year in 2014. We are also giving final shape to a variety of cultural and entertainment programs to be organised simultaneously", NCPUL Research Officer, S.M. Khurram, said while talking to

S.M. Khurram was in Malegaon on Tuesday for inspection of the venue and preliminary official formalities. He was accompanied by NCPUL Publication In-Charge Mohammad Aseem and Editor of Urdu Book Review Arif Iqbal.

"The idea is to make available books on different topics to people, especially the students, so that they get linked with them, something which is slowly declining in our society", he said.

"This is the first time the NCPUL book fair is being organised at a taluka place. This is decided because Malegaon is one of the biggest centres of Urdu language in the country", he said.

The book fair will be held at A.T.T. High School & Jr College and J.A.T. High School & Jr College grounds. Two NGOs Pasbaan-e-Adab of Mumbai and Malegaon Society of Education will coordinate with the NCPUL. Along with them over 35 local NGOs have also committed support for the success of the book fair.

Giving details of the cultural and entertainment programs to be held simultaneously with book fair, the main architect of the entire mega event Imtiyaz Khaleel said that on Friday January 3rd there will be an "Urdu Caravan' in which an estimated one lakh people are expected to participate.

"This will be the inaugural event of the ten-day program. We are in touch with top national leaders to lead this Urdu Caravan, which will pass through the entire city", he said.

Other programs include local and national level Mushaera, competitions on different topics, literary and informative sessions on Urdu language, journalism, history, career guidance and planning and school curriculum, and mono acting and drama competitions.

Earlier, the NCPUL book fairs were held in metros and state capitals. It was recently held in Bangalore and in Maharashtra it was held in September 2012. NCPUL was founded 44 years before as Taraquee-e-Urdu Board which later became Tariquee Urdu Bureau and finally renamed as National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language (NCPUL) with more power.

[Photo Caption: Editor of Urdu Book Review Arif Iqbal is addressing a consultative meeting in Malegaon held on November 19, 2013. Also seen are SM Khurram, Mohammed Aseem and Asif Shaikh Rasheed]

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