Digitalise Quaid-e-Azam’s rare manuscripts: president Alvi

By Staff Reporter
Thursday – February 18, 2021
KARACHI: The president Arif Alvi during his visit to the Quaid-e-Azam Academy (QAA), Wednesday, sought digitalisation of all its rare manuscripts ensuring easy accessibility of such to the scholars and researchers in the years to come.

According to a press release, the president visited the QAA in Sindh’s capital city.

He on the occasion acknowledged that the centre established with the objective to conduct a holistic research on Quaid-e-Azam Mohamed Ali Jinnah and his associates in carving out a separate homeland for the Muslims of sub-continent was indeed a significant platform for archiving national history with due focus on research, publication and projection of the cultural, social, political and economic aspects of the history of Pakistan.

President Alvi paid glowing tributes to Sharif-ul-Mujahid, the first director of the academy followed by other scholars who headed the QAA, Karachi in different years and played important role in turning it into a robust research cum publication centre since 1976.

Consequent to a briefing given to him by Quaid-e-Azam Mazar Management Board (QAMMB) secretary — with additional charge of QAA director — Mohammad Arif, president Alvi observed that current pace of its research work needed to be expedited.

He was informed that besides the post of QAA director itself (lying vacant since December 2019), no replacement against the positions for two senior research fellows, four research fellows and one librarian could be made , for quite sometime.

These were said to be other than certain administrative positions with no personnel to deliver since retirement of the former employees.

President Alvi was further informed that QAA – Karachi has submitted its proposals to the national heritage and culture division of the education ministry for establishment of “Heritage Corner,” digitalisation of speeches, statements and interviews of Quaid-e-Azam Mohamed Ali Jinnah as the governor general, digitalisation of books and other relevant material besides production of audible version of the nation’s voice.

Since its establishment the academy was said to have come forward with 80 different publications in English, Urdu and other regional languages, available for sale on discount.

The books and research work, encompassing almost every feature of Quaid-e-Azam’s life, were said to be also separately focused on Pakistan movement, Muslim League and associates of Quaid-e-Azam.

President Alvi prior to his departure from the academy purchased many of its publications from his own pocket.