Saturday, July 26, 2014

SANA deplores rejection of national languages bill

Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The Sindhi Association of North America (SANA), the cultural and social platform of Sindhi origin residing in America and Canada, has deplored the act of Pakistan National Assemblys Standing Committee on Law & Justice to reject the Bill under consideration to award status of national languages to Punjabi, Sindhi, Pashto, Baluchi and other languages.

The SANA Executive Committee members held a meeting, presided over by Jamil Daudi, to finalize the arrangements of the annual function scheduled to be held from August 29 to 31 in Chicago, USA.

The EC members took serious notice of the recently taken decision of Pakistans NA Standing Committee on the grounds that the awarding status of national languages to regional languages will disintegrate sovereignty of Pakistan.

SANA viewed that the people of Sindh do not have any objection over the status of national language to Urdu because it is a language of communication understandable to all people although it is the mother tongue of five to seven percent population of country.

The EC said that the decision to award status to languages including Punjabi which is spoken by around 44% population, Sindhi spoken by 15% people, Pashto spoken by 13%, Baluchi spoken by 7% people, will surely integrate and strengthen the federation because the people speaking these languages will pose more trust in their state.

SANA called upon all the members of the National Assembly specially the Sindhi-speaking MNAs to resist this unethical and unreasonable decision of Law & Justice Standing Committee.

It appealed to literary and educated people of Pakistan to record their protest on this decision and force the government of PML (N) to review this decision and fulfill its commitment made in election manifesto to award due status to the languages of all four provinces of Pakistan. 

SANA members lauded the act of MNA Amjad Farooq Khosa who supported the bill and considered his stand as a bold and courageous.

The SANA President, Jamil Daudi, General Secretary, Noor ul Nissa Ghanghro and Chairman Annual function organizing committee, Dr Khalil Memon, presented their report about the on-going arrangements of up-coming annual convention & cultural gathering to be held in August.

The EC members were told that noted singer Sanam Marvi, sufi vocalist Jamal Din Faqeer and young singer Saif Samejo have confirmed their presence in the event whereas a large number of Sindhi diasporas are expected from all over the USA and Canada.

Dr Khalil Memon further briefed that 100 hotel rooms were spared for reservation at the venue of Hotel Westin OHare and all the rooms were booked and still the demand was coming for more rooms. The committee decided to arrange more 100 rooms at the same hotel or any other nearby lodge.

The meeting further discussed the schedule for the election of next central body of SANA and took important decisions which will be announced later on.

Jamil Daudi and Ghanghro called upon Sindhi community to renew their membership enabling them to cast vote in the coming election.

Among others Vice President, Aijaz Kolachi, Joint Secretary Dr. Khalil Memon, Treasurer, Irshad Kazi, regional secretaries Awais Leghari and Safdar Panhwar were among those having participated in the decision making process.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

SSUET’s 2014-15 budget approved

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The Board of Governors of the Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET), Karachi, has passed the Rs 2.10 million surplus budget for the fiscal year 2014-15. The budget showed the income at Rs 980.91 million and the expenditure at Rs 978.81 million. 

While an allocation of Rs 160.89 million has been made for development, the current expenditure will stand at Rs 817.92 million. 

Of the total development budget, the university will spend Rs 50.6 million on the construction of new Academic Block while Rs 14.9 million earmarked for research projects and a provision of Rs 6 million made for financial incentive to faculty carrying out research project work and Rs 0.8 million for Ph.D graduate programme. 

Another allocation of Rs 38 million was made for introduction of new technologies including Electrical Engineering as approved by the Board besides development of new campus and IT Park. 

The university will spend Rs 3.5 million on purchase of new books , research journals and equipments for the library. The SSUET has focused on its existing laboratories and made an allocation of Rs 29.3 million for purchase of additional equipments. 

In keeping with its tradition that no student would be allowed to give up its academic pursuit merely because of financial constrains, the university has earmarked Rs 40 rpt 40 million for scholarships to be given to deserving and talented students. 

A provision of Rs 8.5 million has been made for financial help out of profit of Endowment Fund to students and employees. The university’s Endowment Fund stands as today at Rs 330 million while the budget shows accumulated development fund at Rs 148 million. 

Chaired by Vice-Chancellor, Dr Jawaid Hasan Rizvi, the Board meeting was attended by Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan, Prof Dr Ata-ur-Rehman, Lt Gen (Rtd) Moinuddin, Haider, Dr S M Makhdoomi, Dean, Yusuf Siddiqui, Commodore (Rtd) Saleem A. Siddiqi, Registrar, Syed Abrar Ali and Director Finance, Munawar Hasan.