Sindh University to open Indus Valley Centre to promote heritage and cultural studies

Thursday 03 August 2017 3 months ago 72   Jamshoro   Print

VC UoS Dr Burfat with German Experts

Report  Ali Murad Chandio : JAMSHORO: Sindh University Jamshoro on Thursday has decided to set up Centre for Indus Valley Integrated Studies (CIVIS) for conserving heritage and conducting research on science, humanities and human resources across province by the support of experts from USA and Germany. The experts said that improving knowledge in the fields like heritage, science, humanities and human resources would be in the interest of future human sustainability through learning about the past phenomena occurring in Greater Indus Valley. This they said while speaking in a meeting chaired by the vice chancellor Prof. Dr. Fateh Muhammad Burfat which was attended by all the members of the committee that had been constituted on February 12, 2017 exclusively for the preparation of proposal for the establishment of CIVIS at Sindh University. Briefing the meeting, German scientist Professor Dr. Michael Jansen said that inspired by the extraordinary importance of the cultural capital of the province of Sindh; such as two world heritage sites Moenjodaro and Makli, the idea of research centre was given, adding that according to the newly-emerged observations, Moenjodaro had proven to be the largest Bronze Age city of the world that merited international attention and concern. He said that the comparison of Moenjodaro with Egypt and the Pyramids was fully justified. “A group of scientists has assembled to work on an interdisciplinary scientific program to answer necessary questions for the better understanding of the complexity of the Greater Indus Valley”, he said, and added that for the time being a concrete project was already dealing with the studies of the Sediment logy and underground extension of Moenjodaro as demanded by the UNESCO. “As a result of the findings of the working group, it is deemed essential to establish an international research centre at the University of Sindh Jamshoro, that may have the ultra-modern facilities to grow into a centre of global repute”, he maintained. “We are very thankful to the vice chancellor Dr. Burfat for having picked up the idea and constituting the committee to further refine the proposal for the establishment of the centre”, observed German scientist Professor Dr. Michael Jansen. Speaking on the aims and objectives of the proposed centre, the vice chancellor Prof. Dr. Fateh Muhammad Burfat said that the CIVIS would be conducting research related to the past, present and future of Sindh and Pakistan in the context of global heritage, science, humanities and HR fields in relation to Greater Indus Valley. “When I talk about heritage it includes culture, archeology, anthropology and arts, science includes geology, biology, medicine, chemistry, agriculture, water management and engineering, whereas, social science incorporates humanities, languages, religion, history, literature& philosophy while HR includes movements, migrations and tribes”, he said,. He said that the establishment of interdisciplinary research centre at SU would optimize cooperation and better understanding among the people of the region and would help them find solutions to the common complex issues relating them. Accepting all aspects and terms of reference of the proposal regarding establishment of the centre, Dr. Burfat agreed with the idea of German scientist Dr. Michael Jansen that it would be a post graduate centre to support national and international scholars to earn academic award in Masters, M. Phil and PhD streams. He said the CIVIS might also need to solicit national and global support; therefore international networking would be essential for collaboration and prop up. Among others, PVC SU Thatta campus Prof. Dr. Sarfraz Hussain Solangi, US expert on archeology Dr. Joseph Schuldenrein, Dr. Akhtar Hussain Moghal, Dr. Imdadullah Siddiqui, Dr. Hamadullah Kakepoto, Muhammad Hanif Leghari and Manik Mustafa Shar were also present in the meeting. 02