The Department of Urdu was a major Department in pre-partition time of the then "University of Punjab Lahore", which was founded in 1882. Department of Urdu, was introduced in Panjab University, Chandigarh, in 1976. The Department of Urdu, became a post-graduate Department, in 1991 with the regular teaching of M.A. in Urdu and research leading to Ph.D., with the appointment of Prof. M. Shakeel Khan, who joined the Department just after completing the "Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellow Programme from London in 1990.
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