Brief Profile of the Institute :-
University of Kashmir instituted a chair in 1977 in the name of the poet-Philosopher of the East, Allama Muhammad Iqbal. Later on in 1979, it was converted into a full-fledged research Institute and was renamed as “Iqbal Institute”. Prof. Ale-Ahmad Suroor became the founder director of the Institute. Recently Iqbal Institute was again renamed as Iqbal Institute of Culture & Philosophy. Iqbal Institute of Culture & Philosophy is an interdisciplinary research Institute. The Institute admits students from various disciplines like Urdu, Persian, Arabic, English, Islamic studies, Philosophy, Education, Sociology, Political Science and Kashmiri literature etc. So far 109 candidates have completed their M.Phil and PhD degrees on various dimensions of Iqbal’s thought and art through this Institute.
The Institute is having a very rich library, which is equipped with a diverse and selective collection of rare books on Iqbal Studies and its allied disciplines. Seminars and Conferences have all along been a regular feature of this Institute. Every year seminars on various topics are held in which scholars from different Universities and other centres of learning are invited to participate and present their papers and deliver lectures. So far more than eighty-nine seminars and conferences including national level seminars have been organised, which have been highly appreciated in the academic circles of the country and abroad.
The Institute brings out a yearly research journal “Iqbaliyat” and has so far published more than seventy eight books and monographs in Urdu, English, and Hindi, which have been well received in the academic and literary circles of the sub-continent.