A consortium of universities has planned a series of events to promote and strengthen social sciences in the country. The Inter University Consortium for Promotion of Social Sciences (IUCPSS), an autonomous body of more than 20 universities of the country, will organise a number of events throughout the year to this end, said a PR.
As a follow up of “Roadmap for Strengthening Social Sciences in Pakistan” announced by IUCPSS, a first-ever national social sciences expo would be held this year on October 3-4 and international social sciences conference on January 9-10, 2016 in Islamabad.
The purpose of this expo includes educating the public about growth prospects and impact of social sciences on society. During the two-day expo, different universities and organisations will represent their pavilions from all across Pakistan. The event will be attended by academicians, researchers, practitioners, corporate managers, entrepreneurs, celebrities, research journal publishers, media and civil society.
IUCPSS Chairman Dr Nasser Ali Khan while describing the objectives of the two mega events said through these activities, Pakistani universities, academicians, policy makers, research and development organisations, government departments and civil society would join hands to strengthen social sciences in Pakistan and would showcase their achievements and success stories.
Organising committee chairman and Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan Vice-Chancellor Dr Ihsan Ali said these events would be greatly helpful in raising the importance of social sciences among Pakistani youth, media as well as general public and would create a soft image of Pakistan. He also hoped that these programmes would play a pivotal role for promoting culture and tourism in Pakistan.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 7th, 2015.