Leading Archaeologists meet CM Balochistan

QUETTA: Under the auspices of Inter University Consortium for Promotion of Social Sciences Pakistan (IUCPSS) and over the invitation of government of Balochistan, a group of leading archaeologists led by Prof Dr Ihsan Ali Vice Chancellor Abdul Wali Khan University would visit various regions of Balochistan during January 2016.

The purpose of their visit would include undertaking archaeological survey of the province, preservation of archaeological sites, establishment of museums and promotion of tourism in Balochistan.

It was informed during a meeting of delegation led by Chairman the Inter University Consortium and Vice Chancellor University of Haripur Dr. Nasser Ali Khan with Chief Minister Balochistan Dr. Abdul Malik Baloch at Balochistan House Islamabad Thursday. National Coordinator IUCPSS Murtaza Noor was also present on the occasion.

Dr Abdul Malik Baloch appreciated the keen interest and contribution of inter university consortium for promotion of higher education and preservation of rich cultural heritage of Balochistan.

He said that Balochistan has more than ten thousand year’s history and heritage which remained neglected and unexplored due to certain factors. He assured support of concerned departments to the delegation in this regard. He remarked that inter-provincial coordination & experience sharing, award of PhD scholarships, admission offers to the youth from Balochistan and faculty development by the inter university consortium and its partner organizations including National Testing Service would be greatly helpful in promoting higher education in Balochistan.

On this occasion, renowned archaeologists Prof. Dr. Ihsan Ali stated that he and his team would work closely with directorate of archaeology and museums government of Pakistan, culture department of government of Balochistan and universities for undertaking collaborative efforts for conservation of centuries old archaeological inheritance of largest province of the country.

Chairman Inter University Consortium Dr. Nasser Ali Khan assured that as per follow up of Gwadar Declaration signed by 26 vice chancellors during April 2015 at Gwadar, the consortium member universities and its partner organizations would continue to contribute for advancement of higher education in remote and far flung areas of country especially in Balochistan. He also appreciated the efforts of government of Balochistan for establishing new universities/sub campuses and bringing about positive reforms in education sector of the province.

The delegation also presented painting to chief minister Balochistan.

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