Pashto Academy (Pashto: پښتو اکیډمی) is a language regulatory organisation in Pakistan responsible for the standardisation, advancement and promotion of the Pashto language. The academy is based at the University of Peshawar in Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. It was established in 1955 with the support of the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, with Maulana Abdul Qadir serving as its first director. It is a research and publication institution with a focus on Pashto linguistic development and research. Areas studied and researched by the academy include Pashtun culture, literature, history and the arts.
Since its inception, the Pashto Academy has produced over 500 publications in the Pashto language, which include classical texts, modern literature, critical literature, scientific works, translations, Pashto lexicon, research publications, booklets and journals. The academy maintains a library which is host to a large collection of printed Pashto books, rare texts and manuscripts, media, tapes, and photographs of prominent scholars and poets. The academy also maintains a museum and art gallery, inaugurated in 2009, depicting Pashtun cultural heritage. A research cell has been set up at the academy by the Government of Pakistan which conducts studies on the life and works of Khushal Khan Khattak, regarded as one of the most notable classical Pashto poets.
Past and present directors of the Pashto Academy:
- Maulana Abdul Qadir
- Mian Syed Rasool Rasa
- Azim Shah Khyal Bokhari
- Mohammad Nawaz Tahir
- Raj Wali Shah Khattak
- Salma Shaheen (current director)
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