Government College University (GCU) Lahore has established Naqoosh Research Centre (NRC) at its Postgraduate Library in collaboration with Naqoosh publications to promote research in Urdu literature.
GCU Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Muhammad Khaleequr Rahman inaugurated the research centre in the presence of a number of eminent writers.
The research centre at the GCU Naqoosh Museum has a library and a state-of-art reading room. The museum houses more than 10,000 letters and manuscripts of poets and noted writers including Mirza Ghalib, Allama Muhammad Iqbal, Ehsan Danish, Saadat Hassan Manto, Akhter Sheerani, Akbar Allahabadi, Altaf Hussain Hali, Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi, Ada Jafferi, Ijaz Batalvi, Amirta Pritam, Hafeez Jalandri, Qudratullah Shahab, Asmat Chughtai and Sufi Tabassum. All editions of Naqoosh, the magazine, are also placed in the research centre.
Speaking at the inauguration, Dr Saleem Akhtar, a leading critc and former GCU teacher, said that language and culture of a people reflect on the health of the society.
He said that the concept of the nation state was being challenged and universities must undertake research on Pakistani culture and Urdu language to preserve the nation identity.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 26th, 2012.
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