ISLAMABAD, April 29: Pakistan needs to focus on higher education and social sciences so that scholarly discourse can help the policymakers solve national issues.   

The recommendations were put forward on Sunday at the concluding session of 3-day International Conference on the Emerging Issues of Social Sciences in Pakistan, organised by Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) in collaboration with Higher Education Commission (HEC).

It was strongly recommended that the academicians and policymakers should be taken on board so that knowledge and expertise could be utilised to its full extent for the good of
the country.

On the last day of the conference, different sessions were chaired by MNA Bushra Gohar, QAU Vice-chancellor Dr. Masoom Yasinzai, Dr. Atle Headland from Norway, Dean National Defence University (NDU) Dr. Pervaiz Iqbal Cheema, Director QAU School of Economics Dr. Aliya Khan and Gujrat University Vice-chancellor Dr. Nizam-ud-Din.

Technical session on youth and society highlighted the gender issues through global workplaces (call centres). Dr. Karim (George Mason University, USA) presented the case of Karachi youth – their perceptions, ambitions and entrepreneurial potentials.

In another technical session on history, politics and heritage, Dr. Zafar Nawaz Jaspal presented his arguments on the minimum to credible nuclear deterrence. Yaqoob Bangash from FC College also expressed his views on the topic. Director Italian Heritage Mission in Pakistan Luca Maria emphasised on sustainable development for archeological heritage in the country.

The last session on ‘The Role of Media’ was chaired by Atle Hatland. The session highlighted the role of media in the progress and development of a vibrant and tolerant society.

Dr. Nazir Hussain of QAU highlighted the role of media in the promotion of political culture and awareness in the country. “The media act a watchdog in a democratic society but in
Pakistan it is more sensationalised and hype-generator,” he said and added that the media could play a role in the promotion of positive political culture in the country.


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