The department of Urdu came into existence in the
year 1965 as a full-fledged department of the Jammu
Division of the erstwhile University of Jammu &
Kashmir. At the initial stages of existence, the
department was threatened by the non-availability of
students and scholars and as such University Council
had therefore to allow department to run its classes
in the evening. This shift to the evening timing also
enhanced the number of the students. With the passage
of the time, research gained momentum and in 1972, the
first scholar of the department was awarded Ph.D.
Prof. Gian Chand Jain, Internationally known scholar
of Urdu language was the first Head of the Department
and Prof. J.N Azad, latter on glorified this
department internationally .