Anjuman Taraqqī-ē-Urdū (Urdu: انجُمن ترقئ اُردو) occupies a pride of place as a premier organization working for the promotion and dissemination of Urdu language, literature and culture. The organization owes its origin to the All India Muslim Educational Conference, set up by the great social reformer and educationist Sir Syed Ahmed Khan in 1886. The basic objective of the Conference was to encourage Indian Muslims to adopt modern education and for this purpose establish schools and colleges along the lines of the Mohammedan Oriental College (later renamed Aligarh Muslim University). The Conference had three sections: Women’s Education, Educational Census and Schools. In a further Conference held in 1903, three more branches were added: Social Reform, Shoba-e-Taraqqi-e-Urdu and Miscellaneous. It is to the Shoba-e-Taraqqi-e-Urdu that the present Anjuman traces its origins. Incidentally, Thomas Walker Arnold was the first elected President of the Shoba-e-Taraqqi-e-Urdu and the scholar par excellence and noted writer Allama Shibli its Secretary. It is from such hallowed portents that the present Anjuman was born and continues to draw inspiration.Anjuman played a role in the creation of Pakistan.
The organisation publishes journals and books, and supports research and creative work in Urdu linguistics and literature. Prominent poet Josh Malihabadi also worked towards the progress of the organisation.
Dr Zafar Iqbal, is President of Anjuman Taraqqī-ē-Urdū Pakistan. The membership of the organisation wa re-opened after 50 years on the occasion of the 53rd death anniversary of Maulvi Abdul Haq