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Rehana Khatoon: Recipients of Padma Shri

Rehana Khatoon (born 30 August 1948) is an Indian scholar, teacher of Persian language, former Head of the Department of Persian, University of Delhi and the author of Encyclopaedia of Persian Language and Literature (India and Pakistan). She was honoured by the Government of India, in 2014, by bestowing on her the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award, for her contributions to the propagation of Persian language and literature. Rehana Khatoon is the first woman alumni of the Aligarh Muslim University to be awarded the Padma Shri. Biography Aligarh Muslim University - Rehana Khatoon's alma mater Prof Rehana Khatoon is undoubtedly the world’s foremost expert on Arzu, and I hope to work primarily with her on Indo-Persian Philosophy and the politics of vernacular culture, wrote Dr. Arthur Dudney, Columbia University, USA, an expert on Siraj-ud-Din Ali Khan Arzu, the famous poet-scholar. God has given me a little courage and wisdom to serve Persian Literature a little. writes Rehana Khaloon Rehana Khatoon was born on 30 August 1948, in Aligarh, in Uttar Pradesh, India to Late Professor Emeritus Nazir Ahmed, a renowned scholar of the Persian language and Padma Shri award winner. Inspired by her father, Rehana secured a master's degree in Persian in 1973 and followed it with an MPhil in 1975, and five yeares later, she took a doctoral degree in the language, in 1980, all from Aligarh Muslim University. Subsequently, she received a University Grants Commission fellowship and kickstarted her career as a research associate under the fellowship. In 1980, she joined University of Delhi as a faculty member where she worked till her retirement as the Head of the Department of Persian Language. During her tenure, she also worked as the Director of the Intensive Course in Modern Persian for Italian Students at the university and contributed to the Memorandum of Understanding between University of Delhi and University of Rome La Sapienza. Rehana Khatoon kept herself abreast with the developments in the Persian language by regularly attending refresher courses. She attended a two-monthlong course organized by Bunyad-i-Farhang-i-Iran, Tehran, in 1978 and a fourmonth course by University of Isfahan, Iran, in 1995. She attended the course conducted by the Academic Sraff College, Jamia Millia Islamia and has attended 18 courses by the Iran Cultural Centre, New Delhi during the period from 1986 to 2006. Rehana Khatoon currently lives in Noida with her family.


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