The Department was established concurrently with the
University in 1975, when post-graduate classes of M.A. Urdu in Government
College, Multan were shifted to the University. The University Department thus
not only inherited the class but also the bright tradition of the patent
Department. Syed Iftikhar Hussain Shah was the founder Chairman of the
Department, whereas Prof. Dr. Kh. Muhammad Zakariya, Prof. Dr. A. B. Ashraf,
Prof. Dr. Anwaar Ahmad, Professor Dr. Najeeb Jamal and Prof. Dr. Abdul Rauf
Sheikh have also remained heads of this Department. Renowned scholars, Prof.
Khalil Siddiqui, Dr. Shamim Haider Trimizi, Dr. Farooq Usman and Dr.
Naimat-ul-Haq have been associated with the Department as Visiting Professors.
Ten teachers of this Department namely Dr. A. B. Ashraf, (Now working as
Principal Pakistan Embassy college,k Ankara, Turkey) Dr. Anwaar Ahmad (Dean,
Faculty of Islamic Studies & Languages), Dr. Abdul Rauf Sheikh, Dr. Rubina
Tareen, Dr. Najeebuddin Jamal (Now Professor and Dean of Arts in Islamia
University Bahawalpur), Dr. Syed Alamdar Hussain Bokhari (University of Sargodha
on deputation), Dr. Mrs. Aqila Bashir, Dr. Muhammad Sajid Khan, Dr. Qazi Abdul
Rehman Abid and Dr. Muhammad Mumtaz Khan, Have earned their Ph.D. degrees from
this University. Thirty three college teachers/scholars have obtained their
Ph.D. degrees from this University. At present 25 Ph.D. scholars are registered
for the degree of Ph.D. Department of Urdu is the only department of this
university whose whole faculty members hold Ph.D. Degree.
The Department offers facilities for M.A., M.Phil and Ph.D.
programmes. Regular M.Phil Programme was started from the academic session
1992-93. Till last year thirty seven students have obtained M.Phil Degree.
Details regarding M.Phil and Ph.D. Programmes may be obtained from the office of
the Department. In 2005, a Persian Certificate Course started, 40 students get
admission and successfully completed the course.
The students of this Department are serving as College and
University teachers in Pakistan, talents of several is being utilized in media
as well. Three of its prominent students, Dr. Aslam Adeeb, Dr. Farooq Mashhadi
and Dr. Saleem Haidrani have earned Quaid-e-Azam Scholarship and obtained Ph.D.
degrees from U.K.
Research Profile of the Teachers:
Pro. Dr. Anwaar Ahmad is a well known and distinguished
scholar. He is working in this Department from the last 28 years. He has been
attached with Ankara University, Turkey as Urdu Scholar for four years from
November 1995 to August 1999. He has published eight books (Khawaja Farid
kay Teen Rung, Urdu Afsana-Tehqiq-o-Tanqeed, Tehreek-e-Azadi mein Allama Iqbal
ka kirdar, Yakja, Aik he kahani, Manto ki Bees Kahaniyan, Bedi ki Pandra
Kahaniyan, Prem Chand ki Bees kahanian, Kh. Moeen-ud-din kay Dramay).
These books show his interest in various fields of research and criticism but
his main research work is in the field of Fiction and Criticism. His research
in Urdu Short Story has encyclopedic standards and has been appreciated in the
literary circles of sub-continent. His more than fifty research and critical
articles have been published in National and International Journals. He has
also won the best teacher award of U.G.C. (H.E.C) in the field of Humanities for
the year 2000. His 10 research students obtained Ph.D. degree.
Dr. Rubina Tareen's main field of interest is the study of
literature in the perspective of Sufism but she is well acquainted with the new
trends in literature and research. She has published eight books namely (Izhar-e-Khayal,
Multan ki Adabi-o-Tehzibi Zindagi mein Sufia-e-karam ka Hisa, Tehseen-e-Sher,
Khawaja Ghulam Farid Shakhsiyat aur fun, Istlahat-e-Tassavuof, Laila kay Khatoot,
Tahqeeqi-wa-tanqidi kutab ka Isharia, Multan main Lisani Tashkeelat ka Amal aur
Doaserey Mazameen). Her research has been appreciated widely. She also
has published her research articles in National and International Journals. She
is also Staff Editor of University Magazine Chanderaab. She has
won the best Teacher award (humanities) for the year 2002 by H.E.C. Her 7
research students obtained Ph.D. degree, where as 2 such thesis are under
Dr. Abdul Rauf Sheikh's main area of study and research is
Criticism of Prose and Poetry. He has published six books namely Armughan-e-Haq,
Syed Abid Ali Abid Shakhsiyat-o-Fun, Iqbal Shanasi aur Abid, Maqalat-e-Sir Syed,
Intiqadi Mubahis, and Nepal mein Urdu Shaire. He also got published 18
research articles in journals of repute. His 5 research students obtained Ph.D.
Dr. Alamdar Hussain Bukhari is a scholar whose areas of
interest are Fiction and Criticism. He has obtained his Ph.D. degree on
Urdu Short Story of Ghulam Abbas. He has published eighteen articles
in various important journals.
Main focus of Dr. Aqila Bashir's research is Fiction and
Feminism. The Topic of her Ph.D Thesis is The Reflection of Women folk
in Urdu novel. She has compiled & published two books namely: Bagmat
kay ansoo, 'urdu nasar kay asaleeb. She has published ten articles in
various important journals.
Dr. Qazi Abdul Rehman Abid's main areas of research are
Fiction, Criticism and Mythology. He has published two books: Urdu kay
Numainda Classici Ghazalgo, Urdu Afsana aur Usateer. He has published
more than twenty articles in well reputed National and International Journals.
He is the Deputy Staff Editor of University Magazine "Chandraab".
His title of Ph.D. thesis is, "Urdu Afsane Main Asateery Alaamat".
Dr. Mumtaz Khan Kaliani has published two books Payee-Khoob
Tar Nigaray, Intikhab-e-Ghazal. He also got published 3 research
articles. He is Deputy Editor of Faculty Research Journal. His title of the
Ph.D. thesis is Nigar ke Adbi Rewayat-o-Khidmat ka tahqiqi-o-Tanqeedi
Ms. Shazia Ambreen has Published Twelve research articles.
She is arranging her Ph.D. dissertation on the topic Maulvi Abdul Haq ki
Tadveeni Khidmat. Her M.Phil thesis has been published under the title
Multan mein Jadeed Urdu Nazam Ki Rewayat.
Ms. Sameera Ahmereen is a new induction in the department as
a research scholar. She is also doing her M.Phil with in department.
The Department has a Research Library namely
Professor Khalil Siddiqui Research and Seminar Library in which
there are more than 10,000 rare and precious books and Journals.
A reference collection namely Gosha-e-Rashid Ahmad
Siddiqui in central Library has been established only for the
researchers by Prof. Latif Arif.
In the Library of Faculty of Islamic Studies & Languages,
more than 12,000 books are available on Urdu Language and Literature. These
books can help the research students to meet their needs.
The Department is connected with National and International
Libraries through Internet.
There is a computer Lab with 20 systems in I.O.L. building
with the service of internet facility.