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.
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.
possesses a well-stocked up-to-date library on the above mentioned
and other allied subjects. Besides a collection of about 25,000
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 115 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