Focus on Munshi Premchand
Munshi Premchand the novelist and short story writer was the most popular Urdu / Hindi writer, secular icon and an intellectual who used literature as a potent tool for social reform. He introduced a new dimension to Hindi language by bringing in real life experience of the marginalized and the down trodden. His realistic approach set a trend for future writers. Premchand has been extensively studied, researched and translated. The Jamia's Premchand Archives & Literary Centre is engaged in:
- collecting all published works of Premchand written in Urdu and Hindi.
- collecting all publications on him including translations of his works in different languages of India and of the world.
- collecting original or true copies of his published and un-published letters to different people and different institutions.
- collecting photographs, certificates, diaries, personal belongings, and every thing else that would facilitate understanding and study of the writer.
- Index all dissertations on Premchand at M. Phil or Ph.D. level in different universities.
- indexing and collect all papers published on Munshi Premchand and his writings in different journals and newspapers.
- collecting all Special Issues of different magazine / journal dedicated to Munshi Premchand.
- listing all seminars and conferences that have been organized on Premchand.
- collecting all audio-video material on Premchand's work, e.g. films, theatrical adaptations, audios / narrations of Premchand's stories.
- building oral Archives on Premchand with interviews of leading scholars who have extensively researched and studied him, of lectures in his memory and all deliberations during different symposias.
- collecting all illustrations of his stories.
- Organising programmes to represent Premchand's stories and characters in different contemporary medium of art for better understanding of his text.
- encouraging translation of Premchand's stories and novels in different Indian and foreign languages.
- supporting future research on Premchand with the available archival resource.