Centre of Arabic and African studies
Before coming into its present form, the CAAS was part of combined Arabic and Persian Centre known as CAAL which was established in the academic year of 1974-75 and in 1996 was bifurcated into two separate Centres "Persian and Central Asian Studies" and "Centre of Arabic and African Studies" which is presently known as CAAS.
The Centre of Arabic & African Studies (CAAS) offers full time three year B.A.(H), two year M.A. and five year M.Phil/Ph.D. programmes in Arabic Language, Literature and Culture. The salient feature of these programmes is an intensive specialised training in Arabic Language with particular focus on developing communication skills, oral, written as well as translation. Subsequently, students are gradually exposed to and provided deep insight about the culture and literary heritage of the Arab World through both classical and contemporary texts. In recent years the Centre has emerged as one of the most prominent centres among all the Indian Universities specially in the field of modern Arabic Language and specialisation in its literature.
NEW THRUST AREAS
The Centre is trying to introduce a) Capsule course in speaking Arabic spreading over 45 working days under self finance scheme b) Certificate and Diploma in Arabic subject to approval of the Academic Council and provision of extra teaching hands.
The Centre is also developing thrust areas such as:
a) Classical Arabic Language and Literature
b) Indo Arab relations in the field of contemporary literary exchange.
c) Indo African Studies: Social cultural and literary aspects.
d) Introduction of Hebrew Language as tool course at the moment and later develop it into a full fledged course subject to availability of funds and teaching faculty.