Punjabi University Patiala decided to establish an institute of higher learning in Oriental Studies at Malerkotla named after one of the founders of Malerkotla state, Nawab Sher Mohammed Khan, who had protested the cruel and inhuman killing of two sahibzadas of Guru Gobind Singh by the Governor of Sirhind Province. Hence Nawab Sher Mohammed Khan Institute of Advance Studies in Urdu, Persian and Arabic was inaugurated in October 1988 and has been working since then, vigorously to achieve its goals.
The Institute provides the facilities of higher research in the area of Urdu/Persian Languages and Literature up to the level of Ph.D. Besides regular classes of M.A. (Persian), Certificate courses (Urdu, Persian and Arabic), M. Sc. (IT), M. Sc. (IT) LE, PGDCA and CCA (Certificate Course in Computer applications) are also being run. The Institute has a very rich and large library having a number of attractive titles of oriental languages to fulfil the needs of the scholars.
Most of the students of this department have taken up teaching as their profession. Some of them have gone in for higher studies, research jobs and some even have floated their own enterprises.
For different courses being run by the Department the eligibility is as follows:
Eminent Persons of International fame invited by the department to deliver lectures:
The institute offers students an excellent collection of books for the subjects and reference books for additional information. The institute has subscribed for some of the leading magazines and journals. The institute has the richest Urdu and Persian library in the Punjab. Equipped with More than 5800 Urdu and Persian Books.
A well-equipped Computer Lab having HP, Lenovo and Acer (All in One) computers with latest hardware and software configuration (i3 Processor, 4GB RAM, 1 TB HD, 19" LED Monitors, Windows 10). The lab has latest HP Wi-Fi Laser printers. The campus is also Wi-Fi enabled. Internet usage is available for students and the faculty of the Institute.
Alumni Association of the Institute working and having 21 life members.