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Centre for Research in Pahari, Gojri, and Kashmiri Languages

Gojri is the mother tongue of over 20 million people residing in various parts of India particularly in Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Uttarakhand. It is an offshoot of Indo-Aryan Group of languages and it has been used by several noted poets and Sufi saints to spread their message during the dawn of Sanskrit and Persian poetry and prose in the Indian sub-continent. Noted poet-musician Hazrat Amir Khusro formally made mention of the Gojri language in the list of eight Indian languages of his time. Researchers and historians believe that Gujri language is the mother of Rajasthani languages. (Ajay Mitra Shastri; R. K. Sharma; Devendra Handa (2005). Revealing India's past: recent trends in art and archaeology. Aryan Books International. p. 227).

The Doordarshan and All India Radio run various programmes in Gojri along with the Radio Kashmir, Jammu, Srinagar and Poonch. The National Academy of Letters, Sahitya Academy, New Delhi has recognized Gojri as one of the major Indian languages for its prestigious National Award, Bhasha Samman and other programmes. The Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Arts, Culture and Languages have a well-established Gojri Department in its Central Office which is in operation for last 40 years.

Jammu and Kashmir State Board of School Education made curriculum in Gojri up to Middle Standard for Teaching Gojri in Schools. The University of Jammu Council has approved the opening of Gojri Research Centre in Jammu and University of Kashmir have awarded several Doctorate Degrees on completing research projects on Gojri. Numerous organizations are working for the promotion of Gojri languages and following are the remarkable ones:

      1.      Jammu & Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture & Languages, Jammu

      2.      Tribal Research and Cultural Foundation, Poonch

      3.      Gurjar Desh Charitable Trust, Jammu

      4.      Adbi Sangat Kashmir

      5.      Jammu and Kashmir Anjuman Taraqi Gojri Adab Rajouri

      6.      Bhartya Gurjar Pareshad Uatter Pradesh.

      7.      Anjuman  Gojri Zuban-o-Adab Tral Kalakote