The Department of Kashmiri was initially established in 1974 as a research cell for the conduct of research on the Kashmiri language. Later on the research cell was converted into a full fledged P.G. Department in 1979. In 1982 the Department was recognized as a research centre to offer M.Phil./Ph.D. programmes. From the very beginning the Department has produced a considerable number of scholars whose contribution to the Kashmiri language and literature has been recognized across the country. Apart from teaching post-graduate classes and the conduct of research studies, the Department has a publishing wing which prepares the basic reading materials for the students and scholars. The Department offers 4-semester M.A. programme in Kashmiri for which eligibility criteria is at-least 45% marks at three year degree course with Kashmiri as one of the subjects. The Department also offers a one-year Diploma course in Kashmiri and the eligibility for the same is graduation in any stream with 45% marks. The Department right from its inception has a rich legacy to organize seminars/symposia on various facets of regional as well as world literature. The Department was shifted from the ground floor of Allama Iqbal Library to the first floor in new Humanities Block in 2009.