Sahyog Corner at Mumbai University

10th Feb 1998

Department of Sindhi, University of Mumbai

Inaugural function of - SAHY0G FOUNDATION CORNER (For the promotion of Sindhi Language & Literature), on Tuesday 10th Feb., '98 10-30 a.m. at Department of Sindhi, Vidyanagari Campus, Santacruz (East), Mumbai 400 098.

Inauguration by DR. (MRS) SNEHLATA S. DESHMUKH (Vice Chancellor, University of Mumbai)

NANA CHUDASAMA (Former Sheriff of Mumbai) will preside over the function.

Chief Guest - RAM JAWHRANI - (Chairman, Sahyog Foundation)

Guests of Honour:
VISHWANATH SACHDEV - Editor, Navbharat Times
PRADEEP SINGH - Editor, Jansatta
RAMESH TULSIANI - Chairman, Tulsiani Builders. & Textiles Ltd
RAM MOORJANI - Chairman, Rama Exports
CHANDER MANGHNANI - Associate Chairman, Sahyog Foundation

Sahyog Foundation Corner, set up by the University of Mumbai to promote Sindhi language and literature, was today declared open at its Kalina Campus by Pro Vice Chancellor Naresh Chandra, World President of Giants International Nana Chudasama, Chairman of Sahyog Foundation Ram Jawhrani, and Editor of Navbharat Times Vishwanath Sachdev.

Sahyog Foundation Corner, the first of its kind in the Country, would endeavour to preserve all books of Sindhi Scholars and rare literary materials in audio and video formats apart from promoting research in Sindhi language.

Speaking on the occasion, Chudasama lauded Sindhis for their business acumen and peace loving nature. All the languages of the country, he said, were rich in content and gratify reflected on Indian culture and ethos. The University of Mumbai has taken steps in right direction to promote Sindhi language, he said.

Chudasama also appreciated the efforts of Sahyog Foundation, Non-Governmental Organisation, in promoting Sindhi language and literature.

Ram Jawhrani, who graced the occasion as the Chief Guest, said Sindhis had struggled for freedom before partition and laboured to preserve their culture and language after Independence. In whatever form Sindhi language existed in the University and Educational Institutions today, is mainly due to the efforts and sacrifices made by the older generation, he added.

Jawhrani urged the University to perform Bhoomi Poojan of the proposed Sindhi Bhasha Bhavan, a multi-crore project, in Kalina Campus on the Cheti Chand Day (March 29, 1998). The proposal to set up Bhavan, he said, was mooted at a seminar on Development of Sindhi language organized by Sahyog Foundation three years back.

Naresh Chandra, Pro Vice Chancellor, addressing the gathering, promised that the proposed Sindhi Bhasha Bhavan Building would come up within two years.

Vishwanath Sachdev, in his address, said language was an important tool of communication. Sindhi language today faced the threat of extinction because there were few schools imparting education in this medium. Therefore the only way to save Sindhi language was to use Devnagiri script.

Dr. Baldev Matlaney, Reader and Head of Sindhi Department, University of Mumbai welcomed the gathering.

Sahyog Foundation Corner has been set up with donation from Suman-Ramesh Tulsiani Charitable Trust.

The University of Mumbai has embarked upon an ambitious project to promote Sindhi literature by setting up "Sahyog Foundation Corner" at its Kalina Campus.

The Corner, sponsored by Non-Governmental Organization Sahyog Foundation, is the first of its kind in the Country. It seeks to preserve the audio-video cassettes of Sindhi legends and rare books of eminent writers.

"Sahyog Foundation Corner" will be inaugurated by Dr. (Mrs.) Snehlata Deshmukh, Vice Chancellor of University of Mumbai, on February 10, at Vidyanagari Campus in Kalina, at 10.30 hours. Mr. Nana Chudasama, former Sheriff of Mumbai would preside over the function, while Mr. Ram Jawhrani, Chairman, Sahyog Foundation, will be the Chief Guest.

Eminent Journalists, Vishwanath Sachdev and Pradeep Sinqh, and Business Tycoons Ramesh Tulsisni and Ram Moorjani would grace the occasion as Guests of Honour.