Aligarh: Noted critic and senior faculty member at the Department of Urdu, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Prof Maula Bakhsh Ansari passed away after a brief illness. He was 59 years old.
Extending condolences on the sad demise, AMU Vice Chancellor, Prof Tariq Mansoor said, “Prof Maula Bakhsh was a sincere teacher, he loved sharing knowledge with his students. His demise is a big loss to the University.”
“Under Prof Maula Bakhsh’s tutelage, students thrived and through his leadership as a senior faculty member, younger teachers made great educational and professional strides — each enriched by his unique style of teaching and leadership,” said Prof Mohd Ali Jauhar (Chairman, Department of Urdu).
Prof Maula Bakhsh was a stylistic known for bilingual criticism with prose, criticism and literary theory and Quest for finding the base of Eastern Poetics as his thrust areas. He taught the undergraduate, postgraduate and Ph.D students and authored four books.
He edited chapters of over 26 books, published numerous papers in peer-reviewed journals, wrote pre-text and introductions of books by eminent authors and translated Hindi and English books into Urdu.
Prof Maula Bakhsh was working on six projects of yet-to-be-published books on stylistics, critical studies and cultural Studies among other topics. He used to regularly appear as an expert in literary programs on radio and television.