Islamabad: Recognising and commemorating the dedicatated works rendered by a scholar of the Sindhi, Persian, Arabic, and Urdu languages Dr Nabi Bux Khan Baloch, International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) Rector Professor Fateh Muhammad Malik announced establishment of chair in Department of Urdu and named a road after him.
Malik was addressing the participants of a reference organized by IIUI in the memory of late Baloch, a renowned scholar and educationist on Monday. Professor Dr. Nazir A. Sangi, Vice Chancellor, Allama Iqbal Open University presided over while Dr. Abdul Ghaffar Soomro, Secretary Ministry of Sports, was the guest of honor on this occasion.
The road between the Academic Blocks Male and Female Campus connecting to the Central Library, New Campus, IIUI, is named as "Dr. Nabi Bux Baloch Road". The Rector, IIUI and Vice Chancellor, AIOU inaugurated the road.
Speaking on the occasion, Professor Fateh Muhammad Malik paid rich tribute to Dr. Nabi Bux Baloch for his remarkable service for Islamic University in particular and the country in general. He said the University will always remember Dr. Baloch for his services for the establishment this unique institute of higher learning. The Rector IIUI recalled that Dr. Baloch started Islamic University with a total strength of nine students and now there are more than twenty thousand students enrolled in different programmes of IIUI.
The Vice Chancellor AIOU, in his presidential address, said that modern researchers can also get proper guidance and assistance from the books of Dr. Nabi Bux Baloch.
His books teach the lesson of humanity and peace, Dr. Nazir A. Sangi added. He said that Dr. Baloch always preferred to personally visit the fields for verifying the sources for his researches.
On this occasion, Dr Abdul Ghaffar Soomro presented a detailed overview of the work and scholarly personality of Dr. N. B. Baloch. He said that work of Dr. Baloch presents new ideas especially in Sindhi music and Sindhi folk.
Earlier, Muhammad Qasim Haider said that the objective of Dr Baloch's work on folk was to promote brotherhood in the country.
He said that the Dr. Baloch's efforts for separation of Sindh from Bombay in 1935 and his active role in Tehreek-e-Khaksar can not be ignored.
Qasim Haider said that Baloch has worked on almost every subject including the music.
Professor Qaiserah Alvi said that Dr Baloch produced many work in the history and in different languages. She said that Dr Baloch was a great educationist who never retired from his scholastic work. Sadia Tahir said that besides linguistic work Dr Baloch was also affiliated with politics and Tehreek-e-Khaksar.
He also played vital role in the independence of Pakistan. He was pioneer in forming Muslim Students Association and celebrating first Pakistan Independence Day in America.
Among a number of teachers, students, officers and employees of IIUI, Dr Zia ul Haq, Dean, Faculty of Shariah and Law, Shagufta Haroon Director (Academics), Khursheed Alam Director (Finance), Tabrez Aslam Director (Personnel), and Khalid Mahmood Raja Director (Administration) were also present. Daily times