Monday, July 6, 2009

Introduction to Punjabi Khojgarh

Punjab is host to one of the oldest civilization, which dates back to 5000 to 2500 BC. A diversified religious group of South Asia Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs and Christians speak Punjabi as their mother tougue. The largest population of Punjabi speaking people live in Pakistan, followed by Punjabi speaking people in India and diaspora in the West.

Aim and Objectives

To conserve and regenerate Punjabi Cultural Heritage regardless of religion.
To support and encourage national and local scholarship in Punjabi history, culture, literature, music and arts.
To record and conserve the oral history of Punjab.
To provide logistic assistance to scholars, academics, and students, who are interested in the Punjab region.

Research Support Services

The institute also offer supervision for those wishing to conduct research; write
academic essays; develop manuscript for publishing, work on dissertation/thesis; research methodologies.

Teaching and Training Workshops

The institute runs a training and teaching program in the form of workshops for students and scholars, aiming to develop research and teaching skills. National and international academics , engaged in research, conduct the workshops. The training workshops are part of the efforts to encourage local scholarship through national and overseas individual and corporate funding.
The Institute also facilities the selected research proposals or publications in attracting funds to support the research.

Research Fellowship Program

Institute also aims to create Fellowships on history, culture, literature, music and art of Punjab with the sponsorship form trustees, individual philanthropist, professional bodies and private sector institutions, both home and overseas to support local scholarship and publications.

There will be two categories of fellowships pitched at different levels of scholarship. One is unrestricted and is open to competition for all candidates, above the age 40, called Senior Fellowships. The second category of fellowhips is reserved for the teachers in social sciences, history and arts at colleges of small towns and cities in Pakistan. The Junior Fellowship will run during the summer, to encourage research and publications at colleges in Pakistan.

The spin offs from research or entire publications will be published.

The fellowships will bear the name of the persons or their representative, who have made the endowment for the specific fellowships. The negotiation for the grants on following two fellowships in underway.

Baba Farid Fellowship on Punjab History
Bulleh Shah Fellowship on Islamic History
Joshwa Fazil Din Fellowship on Punjabi culture
Baba Guru Nanak Fellowship on Punjabi literature
Ustad Allah Baksh Fellowship on Punjabi Art
Madam Noor Jahan Fellowship on Punjabi Music

The details of each fellowship program will be available at the Institute and will be communicated to the publice through its quarterly electronic Newsletter..

Endownments and Other Assistance

Khoj Ghar plans were designed by Rabia Nadir (voluntarily)

People can offer their professional skills, donations of books, manuscripts, artifacts , and monetary donations
Sponsorship of any activities can be done through foundation stones

Board of Turstees

The Khojgarh Trust comprises of following members.

Managing Trustee: Iqbal Qaiser
Shafqat Tanveer Mirza
Prof Jameel Ahmad Paul
Dr Saeed Khawar Bhutta
Prof Khalid Humyun
Aleem Shakeel
Riaz Ahmad Malik
Abdul Sattar
Abdul Jabbar

Distinguished Lecture Series

The Institute arranges two biennial lecture series: the Muhammad Asif Khan Memorial Lectures Series, and Bhai Veer Singh Memorial Lecture Series.

Project Director Prof Hassan Malik
Leagal Advisor Asad Jamal

Following Individuals volunteers to up keep the Centre
Dr Naddem Omar
Sayeeda Deip
Bilal Ahmad
Dr Riaz Anjum
Sanawar Chaddar
Karamat Ali Mughal
Ashik Ali Faisal

Six acres of land has been purchased to facilitate and accommodate the following requirements:

Reference library

Preservation of material

Audio/visual equipment

Printed and electronic media

Punjabi museum

Conference facility

Cultural activities
Boarding for those whishing to stay overnight

Langar hall a tradition started by Baba Farid


Main Office
Contact Iqbal Qaiser

Punjabi Khaj Ghar, Lalliyani (Musfafar Abad),
District Kasur, Pakistan.
Telephone: ++92-300-9432852
Lahore Office

Laison Office (United Kingdom)

Dr Pipa Virdee
University of Converty
George Elliot Building
Priory Street
Conventery CVI, 5 FB,

Dr Jaswant Singh (United States of America)
914 Waxen Way Grand Ledge, Michigun, 48837, USA
Telephone: 517622-1616

The Institute holds no official ideology, however, its members are not discouraged from taking independent positions on the issues of vital interest.