Department of Saraiki is one of the recent, though long-awaited
disciplines of Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan. It was
established in 2006 with the admission of students to M.A. Saraiki
Saraiki is an ancient language of central Pakistan, spoken as the major
language in the southern Punjab. Saraiki is also the native language of
several districts of Sindh, Balochistan and NWFP where rich
traditions of Saraiki literature have existed since centuries. Saraiki
language has its own phonetic system and grammatical structure.
Literature in this language is unique in content and styles and has
about seven hundred years long tradition, which include the Shloks of Baba Fariduddin Ganj-e-Shakar, sachal Sarmast, Charagh Awan,
Akbar Shah, Ali Haider Multani and Khawaja Ghulam Freed etc.
Saraiki literature is rich in poetic forms and vocabulary, along with its
distinct variety of a folk literature, and it has an unexplored treasure
of folk wisdom.
The Department of Saraiki has had the Saraiki Research Centre as its
predecessor, which was established in 2001. Many research projects
have been completed under the supervision of the Department of
Saraiki, and many more are underway to completion. The Department
of Saraiki has a comprehensive agenda for the publication of books
and other research material.
The syllabi of M.A. Saraiki Part-I and Part-II has been worked out in
view of the latest concepts of language and literature and is inclusive
of a compulsory paper in Saraiki linguistics, creative and journalistic
writing. The Department of Saraiki has the following projects to its
1. The area that is commonly termed as Southern Punjab, has great
historic significance. It is home to some of the most important
monuments of great architectural value. In order to study the
history, culture and language/s of this area/region, BZU is going to
establish Saraiki Area Study Centre (SASC). Many new subjects
such as Cultural Studies, Archaeology, Post Colonial Studies &
linguistic Communication would be part of this study centre, with
many more projects of cultural and social values.
2. The development of a small but valuable Museum and other visual
aids to reflect the rich culture of this area. The decoration of the
roof, a panel of glass decoration and Kashigari are the
manifestation of such vision.
3. A valuable library, comprising of rare books and manuscripts,
donated by Late Mahr Abdul Haq, Late Ibn-e-Hanif, Late Mian
Mumtaz Soomro, Late Allama Ateeq Fikri, Late Wali M. Wajid,
late Q.U. Shahab, Late Khalish Pir Ashabi, has been raised.
4. The research cell of the department has compiled, edited,
translated and published 32 books on the topics of Saraiki
Literature, History, Archeology, Research and Linguistics.
5. Introduced Syllabus of Saraiki at the level of BA, MA.
A spacious building of the Department is almost complete. The
department has a Museum, a Library, a Computer Lab., an Audio
Visual System, Seminar Hall, Classrooms, offices of Faculty members.
Eligibility & Courses
Determination of Merit
Aggregate Marks in B.A/B.Sc + 20 marks for the
applicant who have done graduation with Saraiki as
an Elective/Optional subject.