The Gurmani Centre for Languages and Literature at the Lahore University of Management Sciences was founded by the Gurmani Foundation in April 2010, for the advancement of South Asian languages and literature. The Centre is part of the University's School of Humanities and Social Sciences (MGSHSS) and promotes languages and literature through teaching, research, publications, and a program of events. The Centre currently offers classes in Urdu, Persian, Punjabi, Sindhi, Pashto and Arabic, as well as classes about their literatures and about South Asian literary history.
As well as the LUMS professors and adjuncts who teach the Centre's classes, a team of researchers is also associated with the Centre. The Gurmani Centre Steering Committee deals with determining the Gurmani Centre's policy. Members include the Vice Chancellor, the Dean of the School of the Humanities and Social Sciences, the Head of the Social Sciences Department, and the Director of the Centre.
Aims of the Centre
- Instruction in South Asian languages - including Urdu, Persian, Sindhi, Pashto, Punjabi, and other Pakistani languages - and Arabic
- Research in these languages and their literatures
- Academic and literary events for the promotion of these languages and their literary traditions
- Association with centres of South Asian Studies across the world
- Arrangement of academic and literary events, including talks, seminars, workshops, and panels
- Arrangement of cultural performances, including music performances, poetry recitation, storytelling, and dance
- Regular publication of a research journal
- Regular publication of a student literary magazine
- Special courses for the LUMS community, as well as for people from outside LUMS
- Addition of books to the LUMS library
- Translation of works into Urdu and English
- Establishing an academic/creative writing centre for Urdu
- Fellowships for Pakistani and international scholars