The idea of M Phil / PhD program was initiated in 1998 by the
Director of National Institute of Modern Languages, Brig. Aziz Ahmad Khan and second by NIML’s Board of Governors.
It was basically a Faculty Development Program aimed at providing an opportunity to faculty members of the then National Institute of Modern Languages to enhance their academic qualifications and also to promote research culture in modern disciplines. At that time, NIML was affiliated with Pakistan Futuristic Institute (PFI) headed by Dr. Ikram Azam. The Institute was itself affiliated with American University of London, England for award of PhD degrees.
At that time, it comprised the disciplines of: Arabic, Education, and English with only 16 students enrolled in PhD.
The formal beginning of the program and the setting up of the Department of Advanced Integrated Studies (AIS) dates January 2000 when the National Institute of Modern Languages (NIML) was elevated to the status of a degree awarding University, the National University of Modern Languages (NUML). This was a landmark achievement as NUML became the first Languages University in Pakistan and also in the region to embark upon a program at tertiary level. To our knowledge, NUML is still the only language university in Pakistan and probably also in Asia that offers PhD program in even the most rare languages. When PFI students were shifted to NUML (in year 2000) the total number of students at that time was 15 - 03 in Arabic, 02 in Education and 10 in English. In year 2001, services of Prof. Dr. Saeeda Asadullah Khan, then Pro Vice-Chancellor, Fatima Jinnah Women University, were sought and she replaced Dr. Azam as Head. AIS later on became FAIS&R that is, Faculty of Advanced Integrated Studies and Research, and Dr. Saeeda was elevated to the status of Dean. More disciplines that is Persian with 03 students and Urdu with 06 students were added. MPhil Program was also launched and more faculty was inducted. Till 2010, MS was also part of FAIS&R. But since 2011, it has become independent of FAIS&R and functions under Dr. Naveed Akhtar Dean, (FMS). Today the program is offered in
17 disciplines and the strength of its MPhil faculty is 73 and PhD faculty is 85.
The higher studies program of the National University of Modern Languages is also unique in the sense that it is an integrated program set up on the international pattern of ‘Doctoral Schools’. It is hence a program that runs under the umbrella of Faculty of Higher Studies. It is headed by a Dean who works in close liaison with other Deans / Heads of disciplines in which the program is offered. This system helps in better management and a smoother functioning of the program. FHS has a Graduate Advisor, a PhD Advisory Committee, a Plagiarism Standing Committee, a Comprehensive Examination Committee, a Board of Advanced Studies & Research, a Departmental Committee and an its comprises 130+ MPhil and 270+ PhD graduates. Course Coordinators of each discipline help in maintaining liaison.
The higher Studies Program adheres to HEC criteria in letter and spirit and strictly complies all instructions communicated to HEI’s by HEC and NUML QEC