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Annual Report
2011
The National Commission on Historical and Cultural Research, now National Institute of Historical and Cultural Research,
Centre of Excellence, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, headed by Chairman/Director was established in December 1973.
It is an autonomous organization and is administered and controlled by a Board of Governors chaired by the Vice-Chancellor,
Quaid-i-Azam University, and includes, among others, competent historians and scholars from different parts of the
country.
The Institute possesses a well-stocked up-to-date library on the above mentioned and other allied subjects. Besides a
collection of about 25,000 books, its holdings include a vast variety of Government of India Gazettes, old files of pre-
independence newspapers and cassettes and tapes of recorded interviews with various political figures involved in the
struggle for Pakistan. It attracts a large number of researchers and scholars from far and wide every year. The Institute has so
far published more than 115 titles in English, Urdu and Persian. Some of these works have seen more than one edition. The
Institute has also been bringing out regularly two bi-annual journals, namely Pakistan Journal of History and Culture (English)
recognized by the Higher Education Commission and the Majallah-e-Tarikh wa Saqafat Pakistan (Urdu) for the last several
years.
The vision of NIHCR is to enhance the research capacity and output of institutions producing research on history and culture,
to identify strategic targets for social sciences and establish a network for social scientists across the country and conduct the
work of coordination among them. The Institute will strive to coordinate the research activities of the scholars and researchers
for the general benefits of the related individual and institution. The institute is focusing on the history and culture of South
AsianMuslims in general and Pakistan in particular.
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To assess and examine the needs and requirements of research in the history and culture of the Muslims of South
Asia, MuslimFreedomMovement and the Islamic State of Pakistan;
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To identify areas or aspects in these fields and conduct research thereon;
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To seek, acquire, publish and preserve source material (private papers newspapers, rare books, documents and
pamphlets, etc.) relevant to the above fields;
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To arrange interviews with important persons who can recall significant incidents relating to the two fields
mentioned above and to preserve a record of such conversations for current and further use by historians and
scholars;
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To publish a bi-annual Journal of high academic quality;
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To sponsor and commission scholarly works by persons not on the staff of the Institute;
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To reprint (with some editorial annotations) major and minor classics relating to the two fields mentioned at above
which are now completely unavailable or are very scarce;
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To make provision for research and advisory services and with these objectives enter into agreements with other
institutions or with public bodies under prescribed conditions;
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To co-operate with International Research Bodies in respect of history and culture;
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To study History and Culture of Pakistan in wider context of Central Asian and neighboring countries.
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