About The Arzu Center

The Arzu Center for Regional Languages and Humanities contributes to Habib University’s overall vision and institutional mission through fostering pedagogy, research and scholarship in the various languages from Pakistan. Adversely affected by the lack of clearly defined educational and national priorities, this Center is designed to contribute to the revitalization of these languages and cultures.

It is linked to Habib University’s School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and will serve to meet the vernacular requirements of the University. The Center’s scope of work covers a wide range including language instruction, translation from and into the regional languages, development of pedagogical material, cultural and literary preservation and the promotion of language-based activities.

The Center is named after the 18th century poet, linguist and lexicographer, Siraj-ud-Din Ali Khan Arzu.

People of Arzu Center


Dr. Asif Farrukhi

Interim Dean & Associate Professor School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Director Arzu Center for Vernacular Languages and Humanities


Dr. Nauman Naqvi

Assistant Professor,
School of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences and Director of the Liberal Core

Dr. Sarah Humayun

Assistant Professor,
AHSS & Co-Director of Arzu

Dr. Saher Shah

Associate Professor

Dr. Inamullah Nadeem


Afzal Ahmed Syed

Associate Professor (Professor of Practice)

Arzu Center’s Upcoming Event

Lady Changez Khan & Pom Pom Darling

Date: 26/04/2017
Time: 5:30 pm-7:30 pm

Location: Tariq Rafi Lecture Theater, Habib University

Arzu Center at Habib University and Zambeel Dramatic Readings present: Lady Changez Khan & Pom Pom Darling

Dramatic Readings from Nazaara Darmiyaan Hai by Quratulain Hyder & Aik Shauhar Ki Khaatir by Ismat Chughtai

Direction: Asma Mundrawala
Performance by: Mahvash Faruqi, Saife Hasan & Asma Mundrawala
Preceded by an Introductory Talk by Dr. Asif Aslam Farrukhi

About the Event:

Habib University’s Arzu Centre is proud to present readings by two masters of Urdu Fiction. The curious title refers to the name both writers bestowed upon each other during the course of their literary careers. The readings will be performed by Zambeel Dramatic Readings who have mastered the art of bridging the gap between literature and performance.

*These readings are a part of Habib University’s curriculum. Jehan-e-Urdu is a required pedagogically-dynamic course which is rapidly advancing students’ knowledge of Urdu through engagement with powerful texts of prose and poetry.

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For inquiries please contact:
Ms. Donna Fernandes
Program Coordinator, School of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Call: +92 21 111 042242 Ext –  5332
Email: arzu@habib.edu.pk

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Past Events

Voices of Partition

Voices of Partition

Date and Location
Habib University


Dastaan-Goi: Tilism-e-Hosh Ruba

Dastaan-Goi: Tilism-e-Hosh Ruba

Date and Location
Tariq Rafi Lecture Theater, Habib University


Read to Lead

Read to Lead

Date and Location
Tariq Rafi Lecture Theater, Habib University