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Roshan K Bharucha Sworn in as part of Pakistan’s Federal Caretaker Government

Roshan K. Bharucha is one of the six members of Pakistan’s caretaker federal government. Roshan along with her other colleagues was sworn in on June 4th. Roshan has been one of the leading Parsis in Quetta and has spent a lifetime in public service.

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Six-member caretaker federal cabinet sworn in

A six-member caretaker federal cabinet appointed by interim prime minister Justice (retd) Nasirul Mulk was sworn-in on Tuesday.

President Mamnoon Hussain administered oath to the interim cabinet at the President House in Islamabad.

The cabinet includes former governor of State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) Shamshad Akhtar, former Pakistan ambassador to the United Nations Abdullah Hussain Haroon, former senator Roshan Khursheed Bharucha, Mohammad Yousuf Shaikh, Mohammad Azam Khan, and Syed Ali Zafar.

Haroon has been given the portfolio of foreign ministry and National Security Division along with the additional portfolio of Ministry of Defence. Akhtar has been appointed finance minister and planning minister in the caretaker setup. 

Azam Khan has been given the portfolio of Ministry of Interior, while Yusuf Shaikh has been made minister of education, as per a notification.

Among the newly-inducted cabinet members, Ali Zafar has been given the portfolio of Ministry of Law and Justice as well as Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs and ministry of information.

Meanwhile, Roshan Khursheed will serve as minister of human rights and minster of states and frontier regions along with minister of Kashmir affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan in the caretaker setup, according to the notification.

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About Roshan Khursheed Bharucha

35234880_10155211392015566_2766717812100562944_oMs. Roshan Khursheed Bharucha Caretaker Minister for Human Rights, Kashmir Affairs, Gilgit Baltistan, and States and Frontier Regions got a masters degree in English from the University of Balochistan in 1977.

She also got a degree in Finance and Accounting for Non-Financial Executives from PIMS Karachi in 1993.

She has held public office / official positions as Caretaker Minister Balochistan (November 22, 2007 to April19, 2008); and Member Senate of Pakistan (March 12, 2003 to March11, 2006).

Ms. Bharucha has served as Chairperson Senate Standing Committee on Health; Member Senate Standing Committee on Sports, Culture, Tourism and Youth Affairs; Member Senate Standing Committee on Education, Science and Technology; Member Senate Functional Committee on Government Assurance.

She also served as Provincial Minister Balochistan (June 2000) with the portfolios of Social Welfare, Informal Education, Human Rights, Youth, Information, Population, Information Technology, Manpower Training,  Sports, Archives and Culture.

Ms. Bharucha, who has also held honorary positions for international organizations and bodies, has a lot of experience in diverse areas including teaching, women welfare, sports, information technology, special education, culture etc.

Worked as Provincial Minister (2000-2002) in Government of Balochistan in departments of Social Welfare, Informal education, Human Rights, Youth, Information, Population, Information Technology, Manpower Training, Sports, Archives & Culture and then worked as Senator in Senate of Pakistan (2003-2006). During the tenure she displayed high level of expertise and experience to develop social strategies and implement reforms programs all over Pakistan for:

    • Providing basic health & hygiene education.

    • Enhancing literacy and education.

    • Empowering Women and Youth through training and networking.

    • Rehabilitation of socio economic condition of poor women folk through vocational training and self employment.

    • Awareness Raising regarding population to aware people of the hazardous population burst.

    35272124_10155211391035566_4631244487744552960_nRoshan Bharucha possesses more than 30 years of unified experiences in fields of education, technical and vocational training, managing not for profit humanitarian organizations and she has been working for the welfare of people of Balochistan for decades.

    Roshan Bharucha is currently CEO of HUNAR (Human Unity, Networking Ability and Resources) which is a not for profit NGO working for uplifting the socio-economic condition of poor of the poorest female folk of Balochistan through vocational training which leads towards self employment. HUNAR, under the leadership of Roshan, worked with GIZ rigorously and continuously for Rehabilitation/Improvement of current TEVT (technical education and vocational training) framework of Balochistan Province which included measurements such as Rehabilitation of Physical Infrastructure, Provision of Latest Teaching and Learning Equipment and Material and Further Up gradation of Staff TTC (Technical Training Center), WTTC (Women Technical Training Center), and GVI (Government Vocational Institute) Quetta. The sincere hard work of Roshan bore fruits and the quality of TEVT System vastly improved which can be ascertained from the major increment in intake capacity of the aforementioned Training Centers.

    Professional Affiliations and Memberships:

    She held and currently holds important board positions in several key organizations such as:

      • Acting Chairperson of National Commission for Human Development.

      • National Council Member of RAHNUMA FPAP and worked as Vice President for two terms and National Treasurer for one term.

      • Chairperson of SOS Children Village, Quetta

      • Member Syndicate Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad

      • Member of Aga Khan Education Board.

      • Member of the Pakistan Senate’s Think Tank.

      • Board Member of Balochistan Rural Support Program.

      • Ex-Member Board of Trustees Hamdard Foundation.

      • Ex-Member of Education Curriculum Wing .

      • Ex-Member in Senate of Women University Balochistan.

      • Ex-Member National College of Arts , Board Member .

      • Ex-Member Liaison Committee Public Police.

      • Ex-Chairperson IT Pearl Institution, Balochistan.

      • Ex-Goodwill Ambassador of Polio-UNICEF.

      • Ex-Chairperson of Public Media Committee.

      • Ex-Director of PPL

           

          International Conferences and Seminars:

          Roshan has taken part in many international and national conferences such as:

            • Study tours to Philippines under the UNDP Strengthening Democracy through Parliamentary Development Projects.

            • 58th Session of the World Wealth Assembly from May 16-25, 2005 in Geneva , Switzerland .

            • The first India and Asia Region CPA Conference in Hyderabad , India from November 17-22, 2004.

            • 15th International Aids conference on July 11-16, 2004, in Bangkok- Thailand .

            • Five (5) weeks study tour to USA in 2003.

            • Participated in the UNICEF Convention of the Rights of Children in May 2002 at the United Nation in New York .

            • Attended the United Nations’ Conference on women and delivered an address on the Status of Women in Pakistan , March 2001.

            • Attended Pakistan Days in Germany (Berlin and Munich) sponsored by Pakistan German Business Forum and GIZ on 27-29 Oct, 2013

                 

                Awards and Recognitions:

                  • Human Rights Awards ( Pakistan Human Rights – Lahore ).

                  • Social Work Award by Tarraq-e-Niswan – Balochistan.

                  • Girl Guides Award

                  • Award by Mayor of Dallas-USA for Social Work.