The role that writers play in improving, educating society should be brought to light through research platforms.
These views were expressed by Dr. Yousuf Khushk, Chairman, Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL) while presenting the key-note address in the 12th programme of Pakistan’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations series, an online seminar on “75 Years of Urdu Literary and Linguistic Research in Pakistan” organized by the PAL. The presidium comprised Prof Dr Anwar Ahmed and Prof Dr Tehseen Faraqi.
Prof Dr Najeeb Jamal was the chief guest. “. The moderator was Prof. Dr. Tanzeem Al-Firdous.
Dr Yousuf Khushk said a separate seminar on Pakistani languages would be organized very soon and PAL would publish all the research papers of this seminar in book form which will have the status of a document.
He said that the PAL was becoming an audio, video and digital library in Pakistan in which all these programs are being recorded.
He also appreciated the role of HEC in literary and linguistic research. He thanked all the participants of the seminar.
Prof Dr Anwaar Ahmad while delivering the presidential address said that the presidents of all departments should work together towards self-criticism and move ahead with a consultation.
There should be a think tank for Urdu teachers. Everyone should focus on improving the situation and put all the information on the website so that the questions that arise in the minds of the students can be answered.
Prof. Dr. Tehseen Faraqi said that editing is fundamental for research. Research requires attention and attention to matters without which any research is meaningless.
He said that a lot of work has been done in terms of research but standards have not been taken care of. Prof. Dr. Najeeb Jamal said that there is a tradition of research done in private, the quality of this research has paved new paths and it has the status of a role model.