Urdu Department is one of the oldest departments of Bareilly College. As the college was established in 1837 it possesses a lot of treasure in its historical perspective. In this arena Urdu was not only a famous literature in India but a very powerful medium of expression of every literate citizen of this country. That is why the English rulers made it the language of government in 1835.
In the first battle of Independence it played a vital role in spreading the spirit of freedom in this region. The most heroic character of round table conference Maulana Mohd. Ali Jauhar was also a student of the department.
In the first half of Twentieth century i.e. from 1936 onwards it produced many scholars among whom Dr Ibadat Bareillvi got National Stature in Urdu literature.
In the post independence era Urdu department brought National and International fame to the college by two of its devoted teachers namely Prof Osman Qureshi and Prof Z H Waseem nicknamed Waseem Bareillvi. Prof Osman Qureshi had a multidimensional personality. He not only played games himself but led the college in National events of game for many years. Waseem Bareillvi Internationally proclaimed poet brought name and fame to the college through his poetry. Both in the form of his DEEWAN (published poetical volumes) and oral recitation almost allover the world.
Present scenario of the department is very encouraging in terms of teacher and taught and the temple of knowledge and learning. Teaching staff are not only highly qualified in degree but courageous, laborious, friends of the future generation and true Nation builders. That is why the silent progress of the department could be seen as the NET/JRF qualified students pursuing their higher studies in MJP Rohilkhand University, DU, JNU, JMI, AMU and other universities of the country and getting employed in various discipline of life.