Sindhi Language Authority

Sindhi Language Authority
Native name
سنڌي ٻوليءَ جو با اختيار ادارو
Autonomous Institute
Founded 1992
Founder Dr. Nabi Bux Khan Baloch
Headquarters N-5, National Highway,, Hyderabad, Sindh, Pakistan
Area served
Standardization and promotion of Sindhi language
Key people
Dr. Abdul Ghafoor Memon (Chairman)
Products Books, Research, Applications
Number of employees
Parent Government of Sindh
Sindhi Language

ہندیاں را اصطلاح سند مدح
سندیاں را اصطلاح سند مدح

Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi

Sindhi Language Authority (SLA) (Sindhi: سنڌي ٻولي جو بااختيار ادارو) is an autonomous body under the administrative control of the Culture Tourism and Antiquities Department[1] of the Government of Sindh province in Pakistan. SLA was established under the act Use of Sindhi Language Act 1972, and the Teaching, Promotion and Use of Sindhi Language (Amendment) Act, 1990 of Government of Sindh Provincial Assembly.[2][3]

[4] There is a Board of Governors to frame the policies for achieving the aims and objectives of authority and ensure their implementation. First Board of Governors was constituted under the chairmanship of renowned scholar and writer Dr. Nabi Bux Khan Baloch.

Since the establishment of the Sindhi Language Authority, different scholars and writers were appointed as its chairman, who have contributed to the development and promotion of the Sindhi language. The present chairman is Dr. Abdul Ghafoor Memon.[5]


SLA considers ways and means for the promotion, teaching and use of Sindhi. Moreover, it maintains and reinforce the status of the Sindhi language at all levels in the official and semi-official records. SLA also ensures the correct use of Sindhi language in official records, manuals, publications, text books, newspapers, television and radio, periodic publications and other permanent documents.


Sindhi Language Authority’s organizational structure consists of seven sections for achieving its objectives which are: Publication & Research Section which deals all kinds of books publication, research journals and magazines, Program Sections which arranges day to day planned programs, dramas linguistic seminars and symposiums, Encyclopedia Sindhiana which has vital team of researchers who collects data from all over the Sindh and compile it in alphabetically order and publish it in series of the Encyclopedia, Dictionary Section deals the etymology and compilation of the Sindhi Language thesaurus, Language Development Project section (Planning & development) arranges the helping seminars and add-on sittings with Literary and academics departments under the umbrella of Government of Sindh for development & implementing Sindhi Language in institutions, Muhammad Ibrahim Joyo Audio & Video Studio where multimedia programs, interviews and tradition folk literary people of Sindh shares their creative skills poetry and Sindhi Folk wisdom and Abdul-Majid Bhurgri Institute of Sindhi Computing develops web portals of Sindhi Literature & Sindhi programming of digitization in Sindhi Computing.


The major thrust of the Authority’s activities has been focused on three fronts, Publication, Programs and Sindhi Computing, in order to achieve its basic aims and objectives and bring Sindhi language at far with other developed languages of the world. On the publication and research front, Encyclopedia Sindhiana,[6] Dictionaries,[7] Classical Sindhi book,[8] books for children,[9] research material on Sindhi language and literature[10] Indus script and Indus civilization etc and other different descriptions have been published. The Program side arranges seminars, symposiums, lectures, training workshops and conferences on various subjects relating to the promotion, teaching and use of Sindhi language. Similarly, “Ibrahim Joyo AV Studio” has prepared significant AV material regarding preservation of dialects and sub- dialects of Sindhi language. Institute of Sindhi Computing is the youngest section of the Authority. Yet it has achieved progress in Sindhi Computing. It has launched several Android based mobile applications.[11] Moreover Sindhi language has been registered on Microsoft cloud and added Sindhi language in core programming of google. SLA is also the member of Microsoft Partnership Networks.

The authority established Sindhi Dictionary Board for the compilation of dictionary.[12]

The Authority wrote letters to the private schools of the province to teach Sindhi language subject in their schools and it also demanded to write sign boards on the national highways and road in Sindhi.[13][14]

Sindhi language

Main article: Sindhi language

Sindhi is one of the major languages of Pakistan, spoken in the province of Sindh by approximately forty million people. It is one of the oldest languages of the sub-continent with a rich culture, vast folklore and extensive literature.

Linguistic boundaries

Sindhi has extended its boundaries beyond the province of Sindh . In northern Sindh it flows over the north-west into Balochistan province, former Bahawalpur state (now in Punjab), on the west it is bounded by the mountain range separating Sindh from Balochistan.

This boundary has not been crossed by Sindhi, except in the southern part of the hilly area of Kohistan. Here in general, the language spoken is Balochi but Sindhi is also spoken by a large number of population. It is spoken as mother tongue in some parts of Balochistan. It has spread its influence still further towards the Persian Gulf in the Lasbella area of Balochistan and is spoken as a first language along with Makrani coast by a large number of people in Jadgal, Gwadar, Ormara and Pasni, and has crossed the Gulf and is spoken in Muskat, UAE and generally in the coastal region.

In the east and south-west, Sindhi has crossed the Rann of Kutch and is spoken by a large number of people in Kucch, Gujarat and the peninsula of Kathiawar in India. In the east, it has influenced the speech of the neighbouing parts of Marwar and Jaisalmir states of Rajasthan (Rajputana in India).

After the independence of Pakistan, numerous Sindhi Hindus migrated from Sindh and settled in the central and western parts of India and they speak Sindhi at home. In 2010, the estimated population of Sindhi Hindus in Ulhasnagar in India was 400,000.[15] It is also spoken by approximately 400,000 people as their first language, in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Congo, South Africa, Madagascar, East Africa, UK, US and Canada by those who have migrated from Sindh and settled there. It is also spoken in Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Sri Lanka and in some other countries in Far-East and South East-Asia by those people who have settled there in the first quarter of the 20th century or even earlier.

List of SLA chairpersons

Since the establishment of Sindhi Language Authority below mentioned Scholars were appointed as chairman whereas Dr. Abdul Gahfoor Memon is the sitting Chairman.

S # Name From To
1 Nabi Bux Khan Baloch 15 Feb 1991 6 Mar 1994
2 Nawaz Ali Shouq 6 Mar 1994 3 Apr 1995
3 Nabi Bux G. Qazi 3 Apr 1995 17 Nov 1996
4 Mumtaz Mirza ( Additional Charge) 17 Nov 1996 6 Jan 1997
5 Amar Jaleel 7 Jan 1997 5 May 1997
6 Abdul Hameed Memon Sindhi 6 May 1997 22 Jul 1997
7 Ghulam Ali Allana 22 Jul 1998 1 Aug 2001
8 Mohammad Qasim Bughio 1 Aug 2001 15 Feb 2005
9 N.D.Jatoi (Additional Charge) 16 Feb 2005 15 Sep 2005
10 Abdul Qadir Junejo 15 Sep 2005 10 May 2008
11 Fahmida Hussain 28 May 2008 13 March 2015
12 Aftab Ahmed Memon (Lookafter) 15 March 2015 14 May 2015
13 Sarfaraz Rajar (Temporary) 15 May 2015 14 Oct 2016
13 Dr. Abdul Ghafoor Memon[16] 14 Oct 2016 Todate

List of SLA Secretaries

Incumbency wise list of Secretaries in Sindhi Language Authority following Scholars, authors & literary figures were appointed as Secretary, whereas Mr. Haroon Inayat Abbasi is the now looking after the position.

S # Name From To
1 Mr. Murad Ali Mirza 1 June 1991 08 Dec 1991
2 Mr. Inayatullah Junijo 16 Mar 1992 30 Nov 1993
3 Syed Allah Bux Shah Bukhari 12 June 1994 14 Nov 1996
4 Mr. Shahzor Ali Tayyabani (Additional Charge) 14 Nov 1996 03 Dec 1996
5 Mr. Addul Razzaq Chandio (Additional Charge) 03 Dec 1996 28 Sep 1998
6 Mr. Taj Joyo 28 Sep 1998 03 Sep 2002
7 Mr. Akhter Innayat Bhurgri 03 Sep 2002 14 Oct 2003
8 Mr. Majid Burfat 29 Apr 2004 02 Apr 2005
9 Mr. Ghullam Nabi Buledi 2 May 2005 11 May 2006
10 Mr. Taj Joyo 10 Nov 2008 10 Mar 2015
11 Mr. Ayoob Jamali (Additional Charge) 17 Apr 2015 26 Jan 2016
11 Mr. Haroon Inayat Abbasi (Additional Charge) 27 Jan 2016 up to date

See also


  1. Culture Tourism and Antiquities Department
  3. "Cronyism-hit SLA of little service to Sindhi". Dawn. November 24, 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  4. PAS/Legis-B-5/90 dated 23rd December 1990
  6. Encyclopedia Sindhiana
  7. Dictionaries
  8. Classical Sindhi books
  9. books for children
  10. research material on Sindhi language and literature
  11. Android based mobile applications
  12. "Plagiarise this: Sindhi Language Authority accused of copy pasting". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  13. "Local language: SLA demands signboards in Sindhi". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  14. Hauze, Emily. "SINDHI LANGUAGE AUTHORITY". Indus Asia Online Journal (iaoj). Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  15. Sindhi Hindus in Ulhasnagar
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