LUMS launches Research Initiative on Internet and Society

Published: April 13, 2012

RIIS will be a collective of independently run, funded projects dealing with aspects of internet, society in Pakistan.

LAHORE: The Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) is launching a cross-university interdisciplinary Research Initiative on Internet and Society (RIIS).

A news release by the university states that the goal of the initiative is to explore Pakistani cyberspace, facilitate its study, better understand its relationships to business, technological, economic, social, legal and other dimensions of society, and to undertake projects that encourage better utilisation of cyberspace for the country’s development.

Various efforts and activities will be brought together under a common umbrella to encourage activities and research across the university. It will be a collective of independently run and independently funded projects dealing with various aspects of internet and society in Pakistan.

LUMS Vice Chancellor Dr Adil Najam said that the initiative is aimed at encouraging cross-disciplinary research and collaboration in an area that cuts across all the Schools and departments at the university.

“In keeping with the ‘network’ spirit of the internet, the Initiative on Internet and Society at LUMS will not be a formal centre or organisation but will be a network of people around LUMS who are interested in and working on these issues,” he said.

“The goal of the Initiative on Internet and Society is to create a space at LUMS where ideas and activities can be generated to contextually understand and deploy the power of the ‘connected’ society to Pakistan.”

Reader Comments (2)

  • Falcon
    Apr 13, 2012 - 6:27PM

    Great initiative. That’s what I like about Adil Najam. He has a unique vision on how to ground LUMS in Pakistan’s developmental challenges rather than churn out graduates for blue chip companies in the west. Furthermore, such initiatives that cut across disciplines are also in line with growing shift in education structure in leading educational institutions across the globe.

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  • khan
    May 14, 2012 - 5:08AM

    LUMS is a great hope for Pakistan.
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    I have seen LUMS graduate doing wonders in top UK/US universities. Many have returned to help Pakistan.

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