Welcome To Department of Urdu

HOD Message

Prof. Dr. Fouzia Aslam

The Department of Urdu Language & Literature has been committed to promote and development of Urdu. We are contributing to the Urdu language and literature education in Pakistan. To further enhance our teaching and research standards and establish the NUML as an outstanding model of “university of languages” in the region. Our Department comprises 21 teaching and research staff. We teach a number of programs, including the newly developed Bachelor of Science (BS-Urdu) in Urdu Studies. The Urdu department provides foreigners students of BSML with different levels of Urdu course as well. On the research front, the Faculty, in addition to its continued effort in consolidating research strengths in Urdu language and literature and applied linguistics, has been devoting every effort in developing academic research in language and literature. With the establishment of the Faculty-level Research, the Faculty works with the University-level Research, pulling together research teams and strengthening academic publications, all in an attempt to advance Pakistan’s National language teaching enhancement through high quality academic research. We also publish one Urdu research journal Daryaft.  This journals is included in the list of approved research journals of HEC in "Y" category and International database and indexing agencies i.e. MLA directory of periodicals, Urlichweb and Proquest.


The Department of Urdu Language & Literature was established in NIML in November, 1976. Initially its courses were designed and started for foreigners only. They were certificate, diploma and advance diploma courses in 1996 affiliation was made with the Quid-e-Azam University and MA (Urdu) classes were also introduced for Pakistani as well as foreigner students. After getting the independent status of university M.Phil and Ph.D classes were also introduced in Jan 2001. In addition BA (Urdu) and BAML were also started with four years duration along with MA Urdu external in 2003 and BA external in 2015. 

In June 2002 1st issue of Urdu research journal Daryaft appeared and since then twenty one issues have been published. The second research journal Takhliqui Adab issued in March 2004. Both the journals are included in the list of approved research journal of Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. From February 2016 HEC merged both Annual journals into one Bi-annual and has been upgraded to category Y. These journals are available on university website: www.numl.edu.pk/urdu-index.html. It is also included in international databases Ulrich and MLA and are available on EBSCO, Proquest, CSA, the major distributers of MLA.

Our Vision

To become a leading center of excellence of academic excellence and research in Urdu Language, Literature and cultural studies. 


Our Mission

To ensure state of the art academic and research opportunities through creative pedagogy and critical thinking in emerging studies in Urdu language & literature