KARACHI: A two-day 4th National Literature Conference on the theme of “A literary review of Pakistan’s desert areas) was held on Tuesday by Sindhi Department of Federal Urdu University Arts, Science and Technology (FUUAST) at its Abdul Qadir Khan Auditorium in FUUAST.
Speaking on the occasion, FUUAST Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Sulaiman D Mohammad said that the FUUAST is a model role for the others universities because it conducts conferences on diverse topics. He further said that there is shortage of facilities and resources in the desert areas, adding these areas lack healthcare and education facilities.
He said this seminar conducted in collaboration with the HEC, is a good sign to promote literature of these neglected areas. He said at least 45 conferences are conducted in the FUUAST within last 180 days.
Prof of Sindhi Department of FUUAST, Dr Inayat Hussain Laghari presented a review of literature and culture in regional desert areas of Cholistan, Tharparkar and Nara Khairpur.
Director of HEC Regional Centre at Karachi, Sulaiman Ahmed said that the universities should hold such a conferences the HEC will provide them funds. He said next time a conference of this topic should be held on international level, in which desert experts from different countries should be invited.
Dean Faculty of Arts, Professor Dr Naheed Ibrar, expert of literature and of desert areas, Professor Noor Ahmed Janjih, Department of Political Science and Syndicate member of FUUAST, Dr Ismail Moosa of Sindhi Department FUUAST, and Professor Dr Nawaz Ali Shooq were present.
In the research session, Chairman of Sindhi Language Authority Sarfaraz Rajar was the chief guest, while Professor Dr Nawaz Ali Shooq presided over the session and Resident Director of Pakistan Academy letters Qadir Bux Soomro, Professor Dr Muzamil Hussain, and Professor Khursheed Abbasi were also present.