Punjabi Wikipedia

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Favicon of Wikipedia Punjabi Wikipedia
Logo of the Eastern Punjabi Wikipedia (above) and Western Punjabi Wikipedia (below)
Type of site
Internet encyclopedia project
Available inPunjabi
OwnerWikimedia Foundation
UsersWestern: 28,592
Eastern: 23,363
LaunchedOctober 24, 2008; 10 years ago (2008-10-24) (Western Punjabi)
June 3, 2002; 17 years ago (2002-06-03) (Eastern Punjabi)
Current statusActive
Content license
Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 and GFDL, Media licensing varies

The Punjabi Wikipedia (ਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਵਿਕੀਪੀਡੀਆ) is the Punjabi language edition of Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.[1][2] There are two Punjabi Wikipedia editions viz. Eastern Punjabi Wikipedia (in Gurmukhi script) and Western Punjabi Wikipedia (in Shahmukhi script).

Eastern edition[edit]

The Eastern edition domain came into existence on June 3, 2002[2][3] but the first three articles were only written in August 2004[4] In July 2012, it had reached 2,400 articles.[2]

Since August 2012, it has about 26 million readers from all over the world.[5]

The first Punjabi Wikipedia workshop was organized in Ludhiana on July 28, 2012[1] and later another on August 16, 2012 at the Punjabi University in Patiala[6] to inform people how to edit and add to the Wiki.

Wiki-events and workshops to improve this Wikipedia and increase number of editors are conducted on regular basis. In October 2015 a seminar was organised at an event in Amritsar, where 148 students from 17 schools participated. The aim of the seminar to increase awareness about Wikipedia among the students.[7]

There are currently 31,390 articles on the Gurmukhi Punjabi Wikipedia.

Western edition[edit]

Punjabi-language writer Anwar Masood certifying the launch of the Western Punjabi Wikipedia.

The Western edition was started on 24 October 2008 via the Wikimedia Incubator, and its domain came into existence on August 13, 2009. The project was pioneered by Khalid Mahmood, a college professor from Islamabad.[8]

There are currently 47,931 articles on the Shahmukhi Punjabi Wikipedia.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Punjabi Wikipedia workshop in Delhi on 27th, Ludhiana on 28th of July". July 27, 2012. [YesPunjab.com]. Retrieved October 14, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c "Contribute to Wikipedia Punjabi, says representative". Tribune India. Ludhiana. July 29, 2012. Retrieved October 10, 2012.
  3. ^ pa:Special:Permalink/1
  4. ^ Wikipedia:Multilingual statistics (2004)
  5. ^ "Articles can be compiled in the Punjabi Version of Wikipedia". News. [PunjabNewsExpress]. August 18, 2012. Retrieved October 14, 2012.
  6. ^ "Punjabi Wikipedia Workshop at Punjabi University, Patiala". News. [CIS-India.org]. September 28, 2012. Retrieved October 14, 2012.
  7. ^ "148 students attend Maa Boli Mela". Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  8. ^ Erhart, Ed (31 October 2016). "Remembering Khalid Mahmood". Wikimedia Blog. Retrieved 8 January 2016.

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