Aligarh: Noted Persian scholar Prof Azarmi Dukht Safavi, former Dean, Faculty of Arts and former Chairperson, Department of Persian has been awarded the prestigious Tagore National Fellowship for Cultural Research (TNFCR) by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India.
Under the fellowship, she will be working on valuable Persian manuscripts about Indian culture and history. The fellowship carries an honorarium of Rs. 80,000/- per month and a contingency grant of Rs 2.5 lakhs per annum for the duration of the fellowship.
It is awarded to the scholars who have sound academic or professional credentials and made a significant contribution to knowledge.
Prof Safavi has brought many laurels to her alma mater, the Aligarh Muslim University. An internationally known Persian scholar, she has been the recipient of a number of prestigious awards for her contribution to Persian scholarship such as the President of India Award; Lifetime Achievement award by Iran; Ghalib Award; Saadi Award by the Iranian Government; and many more. She is the first Persian scholar in India to receive the Tagore National Fellowship.
Prof Safavi is the founder and former Director of the Institute of Persian Research at AMU. Presently she is the Advisor to the Institute of Persian Research.