Department of Saraiki
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Department of Saraiki is one of the recent, though long-awaited disciplines of Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan. It was established in 2006 with the admission of students to M.A. Saraiki Part-I.
Saraiki is an ancient language of central Pakistan, spoken as the major language in the southern Punjab. Saraiki is also the native language of several districts of Sindh, Balochistan and NWFP where rich traditions of Saraiki literature have existed since centuries. Saraiki language has its own phonetic system and grammatical structure. Literature in this language is unique in content and styles and has about seven hundred years long tradition, which include the Shloks of Baba Fariduddin Ganj-e-Shakar, sachal Sarmast, Charagh Awan, Akbar Shah, Ali Haider Multani and Khawaja Ghulam Freed etc. Saraiki literature is rich in poetic forms and vocabulary, along with its distinct variety of a folk literature, and it has an unexplored treasure of folk wisdom.
The Department of Saraiki has had the Saraiki Research Centre as its predecessor, which was established in 2001. Many research projects have been completed under the supervision of the Department of Saraiki, and many more are underway to completion. The Department of Saraiki has a comprehensive agenda for the publication of books and other research material. The syllabi of M.A. Saraiki Part-I and Part-II has been worked out in view of the latest concepts of language and literature and is inclusive of a compulsory paper in Saraiki linguistics, creative and journalistic writing. The Department of Saraiki has the following projects to its credits:
1. The area that is commonly termed as Southern Punjab, has great historic significance. It is home to some of the most important monuments of great architectural value. In order to study the history, culture and language/s of this area/region, BZU is going to establish Saraiki Area Study Centre (SASC). Many new subjects such as Cultural Studies, Archaeology, Post Colonial Studies & linguistic Communication would be part of this study centre, with many more projects of cultural and social values.
2. The development of a small but valuable Museum and other visual aids to reflect the rich culture of this area. The decoration of the roof, a panel of glass decoration and Kashigari are the manifestation of such vision.
3. A valuable library, comprising of rare books and manuscripts, donated by Late Mahr Abdul Haq, Late Ibn-e-Hanif, Late Mian Mumtaz Soomro, Late Allama Ateeq Fikri, Late Wali M. Wajid, late Q.U. Shahab, Late Khalish Pir Ashabi, has been raised.
4. The research cell of the department has compiled, edited, translated and published 32 books on the topics of Saraiki Literature, History, Archeology, Research and Linguistics.
5. Introduced Syllabus of Saraiki at the level of BA, MA. A spacious building of the Department is almost complete. The department has a Museum, a Library, a Computer Lab., an Audio Visual System, Seminar Hall, Classrooms, offices of Faculty members.
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