Islamabad:March 20:The Higher Education Commission (HEC) Monday arranged an international colloquium to bring local and international scholars together for sharing research to help it reflect on the state of public action in Pakistan.
The colloquium titled ‘Public Action in Pakistan between Apathy and Anger’ was organised by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Pakistan, HEC, in collaboration with the Institute of Social and Policy Sciences.
Chairman HEC Dr Javaid R. Laghari was the chief guest in the opening ceremony of the two-day event. The event would also provide the scholars an opportunity to share debating conceptual assumptions in the production of knowledge and its relevance with Pakistan’s social and political realities and public action in the backdrop of increasing apathy and anger in the society.
Dr Laghari applauded the launch of the series of colloquia, which is meant to bring social and policy sciences closer. He reiterated HEC’s support for all such ventures from public and private sectors that addresses social sciences cause in the country.
HEC Executive Director Dr Sohail Naqvi articulated the challenges caused by the diversity of the social contexts in the country and the challenges faced by HEC for providing education that does equal justice to the demand of quantity without compromising on quality.
Dr Nasser Ali Khan, Member Operations and Planning highlighted the need and role of Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.
In his keynote address, Director General, Islamic Research Institute, International Islamic University Dr Khalid Masud elaborated various practices prevalent in the country that define public action in Pakistan.
Dr Masud explained the influence of certain belief and laws both in actual and in perception that are found to influence large fragment of public action.
He stated that public space has been always available and stressed on the need for removing hegemony and unifying such actions for better growth of public action.The news.