Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Karachi chief Engr Hafiz Naeem Ur Rehman has announced to offer strong resistance against the PPP government in Sindh over the conspiracy against the historical Dayaram Jethamal Sindh Government Science College (DJ Science College) to encroach upon its building.

The JI leader expressed these views while visiting DJ College here on Saturday. On the occasion, he hailed the role of the Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association and the action committee, comprising students of the college, for raising their voices for the prestigious educational institute.

Expressing grave concerns over a steep decline in admissions offered in the college, construction work in the heritage building for government offices and a shortage of teachers as well as classrooms in the educational institute, Engr Naeem Ur Rehman demanded of the PPP government to establish offices of the Sindhi Language Authority at either Bilawal House or the Chief Minister House instead of reducing classes in DJ College.

Engr Naeem Ur Rehman said that the Sindh government had allocated Rs326 billion budget for education and literacy in the province. Out of the total, Rs29 billion were allocated for colleges. As far as ground reality is concerned, the Sindh government has failed to initiate MSc classes in the college for the past 10 long years.

Talking about demolition of infrastructure in the college’s building to reportedly establish offices of the authority, he dubbed the developments as nefarious design by the PPP government in Sindh against education in the city.

On the occasion, he vowed not to let the PPP’s provincial government be successful in its designs and announced to offer resistance against the move and hold protest against the ongoing attempts to encroach upon the DJ College’s historical building.

He further said that the college is one of the famous educational institutes not only in Karachi but across the country. He added that the college’s building is considered a national heritage site due to its history and beautiful design.

Engr Naeem Ur Rehman also highlighted that hundreds of brilliant students were offered admission in this historical educational institute every year, whereas this year the number of admissions were reduced by 85 percent — indicating a very clear pattern to collapse the college in order to grab the building.

He said that the PPP government has been ruling over the province for the past one and half decades but it did nothing for the progress and development of Karachi, instead the government ruined all public sector departments in general and the education sector in particular. The PPP government in the province has also resorted to ruin the last few educational institutes in the city that offer quality education, he said.

He also highlighted that the college has a hostel as well with a capacity to accommodate 200 students. However, he continued, the college has been deprived of the hostel for ages.

He said the college, established in 1887 has been serving for more than 130 years but the PPP government in Sindh was mulling to destroy the historical college.

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Arshad Yousafzai is a Karachi-based journalist covering Education and Human Rights. He can be reached on Twitter @Arshadyousafzay

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