Sindh University’s Urdu department is the pioneer when it comes to publishing a quality Urdu research journal. Its journal ‘Tehqeeq’, founded by Dr Najmul Islam, has now entered in its 25th year and it has come up with a voluminous ‘Maktoobaat number’, presenting some rare letters written by literary celebrities. Dr Javed Iqbal as editor of the journal has been successfully maintaining the high standard set by Dr Najmul Islam.
Publication of research journals is a welcome sign as this does point to the flourishing research culture in the country, albeit some of the research papers published have been written just for the sake of fulfilling the promotion criteria. One hopes that with the passage of time the threshold for accepting the papers for publication by these journals would be raised a bit further.

Prof. Dr. Syed Javed Iqbal
Editor