HEC to Strengthen Inter-University Consortium for Social Sciences

ISLAMABAD: The Higher Education Commission is stepping up efforts for advancement of Social Sciences research with special focus on impact on society. This was discussed in detail during a meeting of Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, Chairman, Higher Education Commission (HEC) with members of the Inter University Consortium on Social Sciences.

It was agreed that the Consortium would share resources, exchange students and scholars, conduct joint research projects and develop and enhance faculty strength through exchange as adjunct faculty. It will also help develop linkages with national and international organizations and host joint seminars and conferences. There was consensus on the dire need to revitalize Social Sciences research and end duplication of work that was visible in working of various committees. A national conference on Social Sciences is planned for May by University of Peshawar in a link to revive waning interest in the sector.

Chairman HEC revealed that Pakistan had gained membership of the Asian Social Sciences Association (ASSA) in November 2014 and Pakistan would host the Association’s first meeting in October this year. A Social Sciences conference will also be held at the same time. He further shared with the participants the plan to establish

Social Sciences Research Council, Pakistan and preparations were afoot to promote and achieve excellence by encouraging scholarly cooperation and collaboration in the Social Sciences sector. The aim would include to identify indigenous needs and priorities to address issues of national importance, enhance interdisciplinary research and link social sciences for providing solutions to issues that face us. Its ultimate aim would be to advice the Government on National Social Policy for more concerted work in the field.

The member vice chancellors expressed their resolve to work for the renaissance of the Social Science discipline and agreed to apply involving students in community work for the uplift of the adjoining as suggest by Chairman HEC. The next meeting will be held at Allama Iqbal Open University at the end of the month.

Heads of universities from members of the Consortium who attended the meeting include, Dr. Shahid Siddiqui, Vice Chancellor Allama Iqbal Open University, Dr. Mohammad Ali, Vice Chancellor Government College University Faisalabad, Dr. Qaiser Mushtaq, Vice Chancellor, Islamia University, Bahahwalpur, Dr. Javed Iqbal, Vice Chancellor, University of Balochistan, Dr. Zia Qayyum, Vice Chancellor, University of Gujrat, Dr. Mohsin Khan, Director, Institute of  Management Sciences Peshawar and Dr. Aliya Khan, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Quaid-i-Azam University

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