Urdu is the representative language of the people of the sub-continent and the national language of Pakistan. It has a rich source of Muslim culture and literature and has a precious intellectual heritage.
Urdu Department was established in NIML on November, 1974. Initially its courses were designed and started for foreigners only. In 1994 affiliation was made with the Quid-e-Azam University and MA (Urdu) classes were also introduced for Pakistani as well foreigner students. After getting the independent status of the University M.Phil and Ph.D classes were also introduced. In addition BA (Urdu) and BAML were also started with four years duration.
In June 2002 1st edition of Urdu research journal Daryaft appeared and since then Ten editions have been published. The second research journal Takhliqui Adab came in to being in March 2000. Both the journals are included in the list of approved research journal of HEC and International database and indexing agencies i.e. MLA directory of periodicals, Urlichweb and Proquest. These journals are also available on World Wide Web: http://www.numl.info/research-publication.aspx