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ON GOING ADP SCHEMES 

      1)   Conservation of Jain Temple at Bhodiser and Development of Site

The Jain Temple is a 13th Century structure, probably the oldest standing temple in Sindh. The building was damaged during the earthquake of 2001, and the upper half of Shakhara fell in the year 2006. it is the only instance of elaborately executed design and shape, representation of the period it belongs, in Sindh.             

2)    Survey Mapping and Documentation of Cultural Archaeological and Historical Heritage Sites Sindh for Promotion of Tourism In Sindh 

The province is rich in its cultural heritage, dating back to 5000years before Christ. The development of culture can be traced through the remains from past, which are representative of its various phases. But unfortunately there is no existing record of widespread archaeological sites and historic remains. Such situation has encouraged the plunder ad devastations of this valuable heritage. In order to safeguard this priceless heritage and to plan its promotion and appropriate presentation it is required to be properly documented not only for record purposes, but also for planning any required input etc. Once the extent of rich heritage is known planning for its promotion becomes possible. 

       3)  Establishment of Institutions for Preservation of Tangible Heritage 

The country has no such institution which imparts training in the fields of Archaeometery, museum management and safekeeping of various artifacts. The institution will be first of its kind to offer training chances and offer opportunities of research in these fields. Its location at Jamshoro will facilitate collaborative projects, research and imparting of training, where natural sciences are involved; thus the efforts of the Institute will be complimented at the advanced laboratories of University Departments. The Institute will be instrumental in  advanced researches and also imparting training to students and in-service employees. 

4)         Restoration Conservation and Rescue of Mukhi House and Establishment of Mukhi House Museum 

Makli House is a type of house building that represents the emergence of high class urban structures. The building is beautiful and a powerful reminder of refined urban settings of the Sindh. The building is highly threatened and is fast losing its vitality. It requires immediate measures to save it for future generations. Once conserved it will house a museum that will show Sindh’s recent past, with special focus on pre partition period.  

5)         Establishment of Archaeological Museum at Sukkur 

Sukkur is an important town of Sindh, which has made prominent through out the historic period. It has also important pre-historic remains, urban settlements and Neolithic tool factories. This rich past will be represented in the Museum which is being established in a befitting old building, that is presently fully endangered. Built in anglo-Mughal architectural style the building of PPC school is in very bad shape, a threat to the lives of hundreds of students. The building will be scientifically treated and conserved and archaeological museum will be established therein. It will be first ever museum in the whole of upper Sindh, that will be a show window of the all phases of Sindh’s past. 

6)         Conservation and Improvement of Old Free Masons Lodge / Establishment of Wild Life Museum at Karachi. 

Old free Mason’s lodge was built after 1908, in a remarkable architecture, which was an amalgam of Victorian new classic and Edwardian trends. A representative price of architecture, the building deserves to be conserved. Sindh has no befitting wild life museum, the scheme envisages conservation of the building and establishment of a museum to show the natural wealth of the province in modern high-tec way. It also envisages a rich interactive library, on the subject providing modern facilities facilities to the readers.

 NEW  SCHEMES

1.            Establishment : of Museum  of Epigraphy. 

2.            Excavation on important sites around Sindh 

3.            Research Programme on Antiquities and publication of scientific reports 

4.            Construction of the office of Department of Antiquities and Sub-offices 

5.            The Conservation & Rehabilitation of Shahjahan Mosque, Thatta 

6.            Endowment fund for Preserving Physical heritage in Sindh 

7.            Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Youth Development Programe in Sindh  

Through these schemes the Department of Antiquities, Government of Sindh is expanding its activities  provides chances for reducing un-employment and will contribute in promoting and uplifting tourism facilities for visitors, thereby generating economic activity, it will contribute in betterment of the lot of the people of  Sindh.

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