‘Decentralisation key for economic uplift’

Theme of conference focuses on human resource and management structure

Our Correspondent March 21, 2018

LAHORE: Punjab Higher Education Commission Chairperson Dr Nizamuddin has said that economic development cannot take place without introducing a decentralised system in the decision making process.

He said this while addressing the inaugural session of two-day international conference on “Governance, Management & HR: Strategic Directions” on Tuesday. The conference was jointly organised by Punjab University Institute of Administrative Sciences (IAS) and Punjab Economic Research Institute (PERI) at the Pearl Continental Hotel in the city.

PU Vice Chancellor Dr Zakria Zakar, Faculty of Economics and Management Sciences Dean Prof Dr Nasira Jabeen, Punjab Economic Research Institute Director Dr Mumtaz Anwar, Prof Tom Christensen from University of Oslo, Norway, Prof Evan Berman from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, delegates from various parts of the world, faculty members and a large number of students were present on the occasion.

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While addressing the inaugural session, Dr Nizamuddin said that research could contribute to improve governance and develop human resource. He added attention should be paid to such conferences for economic growth of Punjab.

“We should prepare comprehensive policies for the success of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, which is a game changer in the region.”

The VC maintained that Punjab Higher Education Commission and universities were playing important role in initiating debates on public policy.

Dr Zakar said, “We need to promote innovative ideas and conferences that enhance our international connectivity.”

He pointed out good governance was linked with human resource and for the progress of our country.

Dr Nasira Jabeen said that the conference aimed at providing a venue for academic conversation and scholarly dialogue on strategic directions that govern mechanisms in public sector, management of organisations and human resource management practices.

She added that the conference focuses on CPEC, its socio-economic impact and challenges it posed to the governance, management and HR practices in Pakistan.

Dr Mumtaz Anwar said the theme of the conference focused on human resource and management structure. He said in recent times, the public sector had shown advancements with regards to identifying and nurturing efficient workforce.

He said, “Investing in human resource is central to governance and management.”

During the session, Prof Christensen delivered lecture on “Comparative university governance reforms- perspectives and experiences” while Prof Berman delivered lecture on “Innovations in public sector reforms in Asia: implications for HR”.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 21st, 2018.


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