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Masud Khaddarposh Gold Medal 1986
In 1986 the Governor Punjab, Makhdoom Sajjad Hussain Qureshi instituted the Masud Khaddarposh Gold Medal to be awarded to the top student in MA Punjabi, in the Punjab University.
Punjabi books 1986
Prior to 1986, Punjabi books were being published only in poetry and prose categories. MKT took the initiative of announcing awards for books written in other categories, such as children’s books, religious, scientific, vocational, research and books in general category. Unpublished manuscripts were accepted by the Trust initially, as an encouragement and incentive to the writers of these additional categories.
Encouraged by the MKT awards, books in these additional categories began to appear in bookshops. The readership showed signs of increase, as better quality books became available, resulting in the long-awaited improved financial benefits for the down trodden Punjabi writers.
financial assistance 1986
Historically, Punjabi writers have been denied patronage from the Government and private sector. Writers had to face financial hardships and difficulties in getting their books published. The Trust through its financial assistance programme has been directly instrumental in the encouragement and uplift of the Punjabi writers in Pakistan.
Punjabi Classical and Sufi Poetry recitation competition, between the students of schools and colleges of Punjab, has attained recognition and status of its own as a competition where only talent and merit is considered supreme.
The Punjabi Savak Award 1986 – onwards
This award is given to individuals who have performed exceptional work for the promotion of Punjabi language, literature and culture. Each year one such worker is given this coveted award.
Scholarships 1986 – 1993
Punjabi language students of Bachelors, Masters and Ph. D. were awarded scholarships on merit.
Rural School Children’s Support Project 2001 – 2005
As the majority of the participants of the Punjabi Poetry recitation competition come from far-flung rural areas of Punjab. Participating in this competition gives the children not only the much-needed exposure and encouragement, but also an opportunity to visit the city of Lahore, a trip far beyond their financial reach. The participants from outside Lahore are invited to stay an extra night. The next day, they are taken on a comprehensive tour of Lahore. All expenses from their home to Lahore and back are borne by the Trust.
The Punjabi Life Time Achievement Award 2005 – onwards
Life achievement award given annually to people who have dedicated their whole life for the promotion of Punjabi language, literature and culture.
Donation of books
• 1st Reference Library 2005
The Trust established a reference library of Punjabi books, published in Pakistan and abroad. The MKT donated its entire collection of Library books to the Punjabi Department of the Punjab University Lahore, where the Masud Khaddarposh section has been setup. The Trust is now building its 2nd reference library.
• 2nd Reference Library 2006 – onwards
Library is being setup again on the same lines.
• Free Distribution of Punjabi books to Colleges 2006 – onwards
Each year the Trust undertakes the free distribution of Punjabi books to colleges, schools and libraries in rural areas.
Awards to masud khaddarposh trust
- Baba Fareed Award – 1995 In 1995, Masud Khaddarposh Trust was nominated to receive the Baba Fareed Award by the International Punjabi Seth, India, for services towards the promotion of Punjabi language, literature and culture.
- World Punjabiat Foundation – 2001 In April 2001 (Masud Khaddarposh Trust received a special award by the World Punjabiat Foundation of Canada) at the World Punjabi Conference, held in Lahore.
- Punjabi Adbi Sangat – 2011In July 2001, Masud Khaddarposh Trust was given an award by the Punjabi Adbi Sangat, London, for its work and services in the field of Punjabi language.