The third meeting of the Board of Studies of the Institute of Balochi Language and Culture (IBLC)

The third meeting of the Board of Studies of the Institute of Balochi Language and Culture (IBLC), University of Turbat (UoT) was held on 17th October 2022 at video conference room of the university. Prof. Dr. Abdul Saboor Baloch, Director of IBLC and Dean, Faculty of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities chaired the meeting. Dr. Zia Ur Rahman Baloch, Assistant Professor, Pakistani Languages and Literature Department, Allam Iqbal Open University (AIOU), Islamabad attended the meeting as the external expert. In his welcome address, Prof. Dr. Abdul Saboor Baloch elaborated upon the vision and future plan of the institute, adding that besides teaching and promoting of Balcohi Language and Culture, the IBLC is rapidly growing as a prominent center for academic research. He informed the meeting that the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan had recently issued an NoC to the IBLC to start its PhD program which will further promote research activities in the university. He said it was a great achievement that in a short span of time, the University of Turbat had played an important role in promoting quality higher education and research activities in this region. He said that IBLC has the distinction of being the first institute that started M.Phil program in Balochi in 2015 and now the institute will launch its PhD program as well from spring 2023. The meeting discussed and reviewed the courses and syllabus of the BS, M.Phil, and PhD programs in detail. The forum also approved to bring amendment in the outline and title of many courses in line with modern requirements. The meeting also deliberated on the standard operating procedures (SoPs) of different centers of the institute including Mullah Fazul Chair, Center for Abstracting and Indexation Agency, Center for Formation, Standardization and Classification of Balochi Terminology, Research Center for Preservation of Oral Traditions, Translation Center, Cultural Exhibition Center, Language Center, Press and Publications, Establishment of Reference Library, Establishment of General Archives, and Establishment of Museum. Associate Prof. Dr. Tahir Hakeem Baloch, Assistant Prof. Dr. Ghafoor Shad, Assistant Prof. Dr. Rauf Raaz, Assistant Professor Sadiq Saba, Assistant Professor Aqeel Ahmed and Assistant Professor Tariq Raheem from IBLC, Khuda Raheem, Lecturer, Government Degree College Panjgur, Fida Ahmed, Lecturer, Government Atta Shad Degree College Turbat, and Ms Shamsal Elahi Bakhsh, lecturer, Government Girls Degree College Turbat attended the meeting. At the end of the meeting, Prof. Dr. Abdul Saboor Baloch extended his gratitude to the participants of the meeting and presented to them books published by the Institute.

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