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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 33,000 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 200 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.

Among the most important academic events organized by the Institute so far mention may be made of Seminar on


  • Documentation of Current History (March 1980),

  • The National Hijra Conference (3-6 July 1980),

  • Workshop on History (23-29 August 1986),

  • Pakistan History Conference (March 1989),

  • Quaid-i-Azam International Seminar (21-23 December 1989)

  • National Conference on Madar-i-Millat Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah (21-22 July 2003),

  • International Seminar on “Turkish War of Istiklal” (May 2005),

  • National Conference on “Pakistan Movement: Historical and Cultural Perspectives, (June 2005) and

  • National Conference on Balochistan Through History (December 2005).

  • National Conference on “Pakistani Culture”, by NIHCR, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, 8-9 June 2006.

  • International Conference on “All India Muslim League (1906-1947), 18-21 December 2006, Islamabad. by NIHCR, Quaid-i-Azam University, in Connection with National Centenary Committee on Muslim League.

  • National Conference on “1857 — 150 Years of the War of Independence”, Islamabad, 10-11 May 2007.

  • International Conference on “Leaders of Pakistan Movement” held in Islamabad, 7-8 April 2008.

  • International Conference on “Islamic Archaeology” held in Islamabad 21-23 January 2011 in Collaboration with IRCICA, Istanbul.

  • International Conference on “Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: History and Culture” in Collaboration with Pakistan Study Centre, University of Peshawar, 28-30 November 2012 at University of Peshawar.

  • International Conference on “Balochistan: History and Culture” 28-30 April 2014 in collaboration with the Higher Education Commission, at Islamabad.

  • One Day International Conference on “Turkmenistan’s Policy of Permanent Neutrality” held on 16 March 2015 at Earth Sciences Auditorium, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad.

  • International Conference on “Sindh: History and Culture” 23-25 November 2015 in collaboration with Shah Abdul Latif University, at Khairpur, Sindh.

  • 24th IAHA International Conference titled “Asian History, Culture and Environment: Vernacular and Oriental Paradigms” 04-09 December 2016 in collaboration with People Environment and Development Alternatives (PEDA) at Hotel Margalla, Islamabad.

  • Three-Day International Conference on “The Punjab: History and Culture”, 6-8 January 2020 at the University of Lahore (UoL), Lahore in collaboration with QAU, HEC, UOL, IUCPSS, AIPS, GCU, UOE, AIPS.

  • A National Conference on "National Integration And Cultural Assimilation", 26-27 October, 2021, Organized by The National Institute of Historical and Cultural Research (NIHCR) and the National Institute of Pakistan Studies (NIPS), Quaid-i-Azam University.

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