Qirtas is a community based, a non profit renown organization. It was basically
a literary circle of like minded friends which emerged as an organization to
provide the youth of area with a sound platform to grow and develop their
personality through participating in creative and recreational activities.
Initially the circle started a monthly first ever magazine in the district,
namely "Monthly Justaju." Very soon it felt a dire need of recreational
activities which could involve the youth in positive activities and save them
from negative activates prevailed in the society.
Jash-n-Azadi Badminton tournament was the first effort in this connection which
was started in in 1990s for the first time and then it continued to be held
every year in the month of august and became one of the major sports and
entertainment event as well an icon of independence celebration in the area.
Gradually this event having its closing ceremony held at the nights of 14th August
every year, included gymnastic show, Karate and Music show. In June 1998, this
circle established Qalam Qirtas to broaden the horizon of the activities.
Fortnightly literary sitting at its office was a new activity which soon became
a very popular among educated circles of the town and suburban cities. These
sittings had two sessions, Prose & critical works reading and Mushairah. It
brought all the poets and prose writers on a single platform where they could
share their literary and creative works.
section was also established very soon which also hunted the talent of the local
professional and armature singers under one roof. Very soon Qalam Qirtas
introduced other traditional and national sports event like heavy stone lifting,
Gatka and Karate in the form of competitions from time to time. Social welfare
wing also started. It started holding seminars, walks and charity collection
activities. Qalam Qirtas took active part in rehabilitation activates in the
earthquake hit areas in 2005. Now Qalam Qirtas aims to expand its activities to
improve educational resources and environmental protection and awareness about human rights
in the area. Qalam Qirtas has always been in constant interaction with the government, the
private institutions, other NGOs and community-based organizations. We have this way
set a new trend of doing social work in collaboration in order to make a strong network of
volunteers and social organization in the area.