By Hamid Khan Wazir
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Speakers at a webinar stressed the need for undertaking collaborative efforts aimed at creating awareness and adopting preventive measures against the deadly Coronavirus besides developing research agenda, promoting values of peace, tolerance, harmony and working on out of box solutions in order to convert the pandemic into opportunity.
Leading social scientists, parliamentarians and experts expressed these views during a webinar held on Saturday on the topic “Role of Social Scientists during the Pandemic” which was organized by Inter University Consortium for Promotion of Social Sciences Pakistan in collaboration with Government College University Lahore and the University of Lahore.
The speakers also emphasized on continued close interactions among the social scientists and decision-makers for developing an effective mechanism, learning from best practices and taking advantage from one another’s experiences and expertise.
They emphasized that social scientists, thought leaders and opinion leaders have a key role as they have broader perspective on society and pulse of the people.
They can provide a way forward with optimism on overcoming the current challenge and converting into opportunities.
The speakers of the webinar included Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed, Chairman Senate of Pakistan Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Nizamuddin, Pro Rector Superior University Lahore, Prof. Dr. Yousuf Khushk, Chairman Pakistan Academy of Letters, Zafarullah Khan, Former Executive Director Pakistan Institute of Parliamentary Services, Mian Imran Masood, Former Education Minister of Punjab, Vice Chancellor University of South Asia, Prof. Dr. Asghar Zaidi, Vice Chancellor Government College University Lahore, Prof. Dr. Syed Tahir Hijazi, Vice Chancellor Muslim Youth University Islamabad, Prof. Dr. Fateh Muhammad Burfat, Vice Chancellor University of Sindh Jamshoro, Prof. Dr. Rukhsana Kausar, Vice Chancellor Government College Women University Sialkot, Prof. Dr. Uzma Quraishi, Vice Chancellor The Women University Multan, Prof. Dr. Razia Sultana, Vice Chancellor Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Women University Peshawar, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Saleem Mazhar, Pro-Vice Chancellor University of the Punjab and Nadeem Akber Director AIPS Pakistan while Prof.
Dr. Rauf Azam, Pro-Rector University of Lahore, Former Vice Chancellor University of Education Lahore moderated the session.
Murtaza Noor, National Coordinator Inter University Consortium for Promotion of Social Sciences Pakistan extended thanks and assured to proper follow up the recommendation given by experts in the webinar.