Collaborative Efforts for Promoting Citizenship Education in Pakistan
Addressing on the occasion, guest of honour the ceremony, Executive Director HEC Prof. Dr. Sohail H. Naqvi said that HEC is committed to promote social sciences in Pakistan and special programs have been initiated in this connection during last ten years since inception of HEC. The outcome of these initiatives is visible. He also lauded the joint efforts of IUCPSS and CCEP for improving the state of social sciences and civic education in Pakistan and assured cooperation of HEC in this regard. He also underlined close relationship between universities and civil society organizations to address the various social problems being confronted by the people of Pakistan. “Universities should produce such graduates who may also be a good citizen through upholding the values of tolerance, peace and respect for rights of other citizens. Therefore, I strongly recommend that civic education may be introduced at all level of education”, he added.
Prof. Dr Muhammad Mukhtar Chairperson IUCPSS & Vice Chancellor the Islamia University Bahawalpur termed the agreement milestone in improve the state of civic education in Pakistan. He also assured utmost cooperation in achieving the objectives of the MOU. He announced that both the organizations would jointly work for introducing certificate and diploma courses on civic/human rights education.
Mr. Zafarullah Khan Executive Director Centre for Civic Education Pakistan hoped that the joint efforts by both the organizations would be greatly helpful in encouraging critical and creative ways of thinking and stimulating civic activism to promote pluralism, rule of law and good governance at the leading Pakistani universities.
Prof. Dr. Mohammad Nizamuddin Chairperson National Committee on Development of Social Sciences HEC & Vice Chancellor University of Gujrat termed the promotion of social sciences vital for the socio-economic development of the country. He was also of the view that Inter University and inter organization collaborations can be greatly helpful in this regard.
Under facilitation of HEC, IUCPSS has been formed by nine renowned and prestigious higher educational institutions of Pakistan including Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad,
University of Gujrat, Government College University Faisalabad, Shah Abdul Latif University Khairpur, University of Baluchistan Quetta, Institute of Management Sciences Peshawar, Bahauddin Zakariya University Multan, the Islamia University of Bahawalpur and COMSATS Institute of Information Technology Abbottabad
One of main functions of the consortium includes establishing linkages with national and international organizations for improving social sciences, arts and humanities and research activities in Pakistan.