Social Sciences research must be goal-oriented: Hassan Askari

KARACHI: Former interim Punjab Chief Minister Hasan Askari Rizvi Wednesday said that the research on social sciences must be goal-oriented and should aim at serving the humanity by suggesting ways and means to address human’s social problems.

Delivering a keynote address on the day one of a two-day international conference on “new trends in social sciences and humanities in the contemporary world: with reference to world peace order”, organized by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Karachi, he informed the audience that social sciences could evolve mechanisms which would be helpful in coping with the intolerance from the society which was one of the major reasons of extremism and terrorism.

Hassan Askari who is Professor Emeritus, Political Science, Punjab University, Lahore, and an Independent Political Consultant said that social sciences represent human’s efforts of studying and examine each others.

“The social sciences provide diversity of opinion while accessing education as utmost priority can help in society’s development.

Europe is the best example in this regard. The continent was once living in a dark age but with advancement of knowledge and industrial and other revolutions, they are now dominating the world, ” he said.

Hassan Askari informed the audience that research on human issues requires hard-work and adoption of scientific methodology.

“The universities are engine of change and societies can be transformed if varsities play their due role. If governments spend on betterment of the education system, it is investment of a nation in the future, ” he concluded.

Addressing on the occasion, KU Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Mohammad Ajmal Khan said that knowledge was power and if one wanted to be more powerful, he/she should get more education.

“A person must have ability to think out of box. Analytic approach while doing a task will excel your performances, ” he said.

Prof. Dr. Ajmal Khan told that methodology and impact factors were essential for good research and stated that taking a side and position were two different things and being a researcher a person must know the difference between them.

He advised the students to talk to scholars present in the conference and others whenever possible as these little discussions would give new and innovative ideas and approach.

Dr Najimdeen Bakare of NUST University Islamabad, shared his papers on contradictions and rejection of globalization: implications for global order. He mentioned that globalization was a phenomenal process; potential enough to produce multidimensional outcomes.

Dean Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences KU Professor Dr Mohammad Ahmed Qadri delivered his papers on geo strategic importance of Karachi and Gwadar cities: with reference to the China Pakistan economic corridor (CPEC).

He informed the audience that a few years ago the name Gwadar was unfamiliar to the world except to a few scholars who were familiar with it due to its historical importance, as well as the deep sea of Arabia.

“CPEC has become a common tie between Pakistan and China as both countries want to see this project successfully completed in time.

Therefore, it seems necessary to introduce Karachi and Gwadar to clarify the topic of the research.”

Earlier, in his welcome speech, Dr Qadri expressed that development of peace and harmony remains an important task not only for heads of states but also for the international scholarly community. Scholars and experts from the disciplines of arts, humanities and social sciences have a much more important role to play in the promotion of peace than any other discipline.