Lahore: 28 May: GC University Lahore has established Nuqoosh Research Centre at the Postgraduate Library in collaboration with Naqoosh to promote students and researchers interest in the Urdu literature. GCU Vice Chancellor Prof (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman along with a large number of eminent writers inaugurated the first research centre of Urdu literature established in any university of Pakistan. The Centre, equipped with an Urdu Library and the state-of-art reading room, is the part of GCU Nuqoosh Museum that houses more than 10,000 literary letters and manuscripts of noted writers including Mirza Ghalib, Allama Iqbal, Ehsan Danish, Saadat Hassan Minto, Akhter Sheerani, Akbar Ellah-abadi, Altaf Hussain Halli, Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi, Adda Jafferi, Ijaz Batalvi, Amirta Pritam, Hafeez Jalandri, Qudrat Ullah Shahab, Asmat Chugtai and Suffi Tabasum.
Speaking on the occasion, the GCU vice chancellor said that the University was giving equal importance to humanity, social and natural sciences and established the Directorate of Research, Innovation and Commercialization to promote research in all disciplines. He revealed that the GCU had separated its research funds and accounts so that innovative projects could be funded effectively. He said that each discipline would get its due share from the research fund. The Vice Chancellor also offered the Nuqoosh to mark the death anniversary of late Muhammad Tufail, the Naqoosh editor, at GCU every year.
Addressing the inaugural ceremony, noted Urdu critic Dr Saleem Akhtar said, “A healthy combination of language and culture speaks of a healthy society but unfortunately we have not put enough effort to promote our culture and literature and that is why today’s language is that of weapons and materialism.” He said that the concept of the nation state was under threat and to save our identity, universities must take a lead in promoting the research in our culture and Urdu language. He hoped that other universities would also follow GCU’s footprints and establish research centers on the pattern of Nuqoosh. Aslam Kamal also spoke on the occasion.
Noted columnist Atta-ul-Haq Qasmi said that Muhammad Tufail was a legendary editor whose editorial discretion was respected by all the leading writers of his time. He would never budge an inch from his principled stance, even if his business interests were at stake.
Addressing the ceremony, Javid Tufail announced that the research conducted at the NRC would be published by Nuqoosh Publishing House every year and the revenue generated through these publications would dedicated to his alma mater GCU.
GCU Chief Librarian Abdul Waheed said over 50 renowned educationists and men of letters had donated their personal collections of more than 150,000 books to the GCU during the last 20 years which reflected their confidence in library systems of the University. “They acknowledge that their precious literary and intellectual treasurer would be in safe hands at the GCU and it would be preserved for the benefit of research scholars and students alike,” he concluded.
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