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Chairperson: Prof. Dr. Tanzeem-ul-Firdous

The department of Urdu officially came into existence in 1955 when the University of Karachi decided to organize postgraduate classes in Urdu under its own management instead of through the colleges.

At the time of its establishment, Moulvi Abdul Haq, ‘Baba-e-Urdu’ was made honorary Professor and the Chairman of the Department. Teaching responsibilities were carried out by the teachers of local colleges. Later Dr. Ghulam Mustafa Khan, a prominent scholar and Professor at Urdu College Karachi, was appointed both as a cooperative teacher and as the Chairman of the department. In the same year, Dr. AbulLaisSiddiqui was appointed as a Reader and Chairman and Dr. Abdul Qayyum, Dr. Syed Shah Ali, and QudratullahFatimi joined as lecturers.

With the valuable efforts and abilities of these teachers and scholars, the department has kept making progress. The following famous academics have been associated with the Urdu department. Dr. Syed Abul Khair Kashfi, Dr. Farman Fatehpure, Dr. Aslam Farrukhi, Prof. Jameel Akhtar Khan, Dr. Haneef Fauq, Dr. Younus Hasni, Shamim Ahmed, Prof. Sahar Ansari, Dr. Vaqar Ahmed Rizvi, Dr. Sidiqa Arman, Dr. Moinuddin Aqeel and Dr. Zafar Iqbal.

The department of Urdu has a prominent position in the University of Karachi for research. Over 75 people have completed their Ph.D. research program and approximately twelve projects are in progress.


Teaching and Assessment

Teaching at the Department combines lectures, group discussions and class presentations. Students are also given writing assignments and selected final year students are required to submit a dissertation carrying 200 marks six weeks after the final examination of the last semester.


Career Opportunities

Teaching; Print and Electronic Media, Research & Academic Organizations.