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Conference on "The Punjab: History and Culture"

03 days Conference on “The Punjab: History and Culture” was organized by NIHCR, QAU with collaboration of IUCPSS, UoL, UoE, and AIPS ON 8TH January, 2020.

1st Harappa International Conference

The COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) hosted 3-days Harappa International Conference on August 15 – 17, 2015 with collaboration of IUCPSS.

2nd Rectors Conference at Governor House Lahore

Superior University successfully organized 2nd Rectors Conference in collaboration with Inter University Consortium for the Promotion of Social Sciences which at Governor House Lahore on 27th November, 2017. Inter University Consortium for Promotion of Social Sciences Pakistan contributed as academic partner.

National Conference on State of Fundamental Rights in Pakistan

Centre for Civic Education and Inter University Consortium for Promotion of Social Sciences Pakistan jointly organized a National Conference on State of Fundamental Rights in Pakistan on11th October, 2014 in which Malala Yousafzai receiving Civic Courage Award.

Two Days vice chancellors Conference on Promotion of Peace and Tolerance at University Campuses of the Punjab

Two days conference on Promotion of Peace and Tolerance at University Campuses of the Punjab was organized by the working group for Promotion of Peace and Tolerance at University Campuses of the Punjab and Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) on 19th & 20th April, 2017 at Avari hotel Lahore. Vice chancellors (VCs), Directors Student Affairs (DSA), Intellectuals and representatives of 27 public sector universities of the Punjab participated in the conference.
The conference was inaugurated by Chairperson PHEC, Prof. Dr. Mohammad Nizamuddin while Syed Raza Ali Gilani, Provincial Minister for Higher Education Punjab, graced the concluding ceremony as the chief guest.
Governor of the Punjab (Chancellor of the Universities) also interacted with the participants at the reception hosted at the Governor House Lahore.
The consolidated recommendations of Day One (Inauguration session and Panel Discussions) were collated and presented during the concluding session on Day Two by Prof. Dr. Rukhsana Kausar, Vice Chancellor Lahore College for Women University Lahore. Moreover, the nominated presenters representing each of the four group also presented the recommendations of their respective working groups in the concluding session. A synthesis of all these recommendations is given below for reference and further action:
There should be no exclusion and marginalization on the basis of ideology/race/ language/gender etc. We should forge inclusion rather than exclusion.
Antipathy towards criticism; divergence of opinion/expression of thoughts and holding dialogue is important for growth of an institution and free environment must be provided for expression of ideas and generation of new ideas. Discussions to be held to articulate opinion among different groups. Currently due to communication gap every group intends to develop its own hegemony which needs to be discouraged.
Various disciplines in Social Sciences (e. g. art & culture, citizenship studies, sociology, languages, humanities) should be promoted and more attention needs to be paid to these disciplines instead of disproportionate focus on science and technology. Understanding of theory, philosophy of science and history of science should be introduced as disciplines as it is imperative for understanding of social relations and human development. Interdisciplinary approaches should be adopted.
Structural problems need to be addressed i.e. curriculum needs to be enriched by incorporating content related to peace, tolerance, volunteerism and civic education. This is important to produce humans instead of robotic professionals. Establishment of Student service centers is essential in order to provide an opportunity of extra- curricular activities and sports under one roof. Curriculum of Islamic Studies and Pak- Studies need to be revised.
There is a dire need for faculty training, professionalism, de-politicization and an early identification of students at risk.
Special steps need to be taken for creating employment opportunities for the university graduates and to produce graduates in disciplines which have relevance to the needs of the society.
Establishment of Psychological Counseling Centers/Services should be ensured on campuses in order to handle psychological and emotional problems of the students.
Revival of student societies should be done in order to provide them platform for various healthy and constructive, activities. Programs promoting responsible citizenship should be undertaken at the university campuses.
It is important to bridge the gap between policy makers and stake holders such as students, faculty and administration for peaceful and tolerant university
Steps need to be taken for creating an alternate narrative instead of overemphasizing on counter narrative.
Different measures should be taken at school and college levels to develop balanced and tolerant personality.
Involvement of external groups/parties should be stopped by ensuring autonomy of the universities. There should be a strict check on the formation and operations of sectarian, racial or any other divisive groups on campuses.
The university administration should adopt the policy of merit without any prejudice and biasness; maintain accountability to provide justice with compassion for provision of conducive and peaceful teaching and learning environment.
Support of the Government should be sought, if needed, to implement the decisions taken by the university administration for ensuring peace on campuses.
Universities should strive to develop a culture that promotes dialogue, pluralism and mutual respect and creates an environment where everyone can be absorbed.
Book reading culture needs to be promoted at the university campuses through organizing literary activities and book festivals.
Implementation of National Action Plan should be ensured at all levels.
Emphasis on community services should be placed by the university administration/faculty and weightage be given during the admission process.
Intra-University Festivals, Performing Art and Debating Competitions should be organized around the concepts that promote mutual understanding and help establish peace and tolerance across the province.
Neutral and unbiased role of Vice Chancellors and administration is required. VCs should be easily accessible to faculty members, university staff and students.
Orientation and monitoring is required for students, faculty and staff. Harassment on campus should be discouraged on all levels between faculty, staff and students. External and internal pressures and influences should be controlled and students should be made confident and secured.
Rotation of duties and responsibilities (job rotation) must be encouraged when and where possible and equal opportunities should be provided to all the faculty and staff for training and grooming.
Law and order situation should be controlled by the university administration, timely decisions based upon merit and justice should be made on every issue.
Through university magazines, newsletters and possibly through campus radio community should be reached out. Community out-reach programs should be started in universities.
A survey should be conducted on students to assess their perceptions related to peace and tolerance, and their expectations from institutions of higher education. The survey questionnaire should be designed by PHEC, its working group and administered by the respective ORICS/DSAs of universities amongst minimum ten percent student population of each university. This survey will serve as a bench mark for reviewing, planning and implementing curriculum and pedagogy that is relevant to the issues of peace and tolerance.
Social Incubation Centers should be established at the University Campuses where the social scientists can provide innovative solutions to social problems including extremism and intolerance with small funding provided by the university, PHEC and other sources. Small Grants should also be provided to the students for supporting Social Service Projects.
Parents should be trained to be friendly with their kids and be vigilant about their company and friends. The long absence from homes or educational institutions should be noticed also attention should be paid to any abnormal behaviors or interactions with strangers. Excessive activity on social media, especially late night, must be controlled. Parents should encourage their kids to participate in sports and should also provide opportunities for participation in sports and other healthy activities.
Teachers should develop and present themselves as role models for their students. A teacher’s dressing, talking style, and behavior should be impressive for his/her students. They should also emphasize on character building of the students. During class, may be at the end of a regular lecture, teacher should spend 5-10 minutes on some literary discussion and on promotion of social positivity with students. This informal interaction will be very effective for students. Teachers should devote some class time for critical thinking activities as well.
The university playgrounds, gyms and swimming pools should be well maintained. Extracurricular activities at campuses should be organized on regular basis. Tutorial group activity should be started; this will help in increasing interaction between the students from different disciplines also.
The Jumma speeches in university masjids should be monitored by the university authorities. It should be based on the character building of the students. An alternative narrative should be given in these Khutbas and speeches.
Incomplete and exaggerative news presentation by media should be controlled by PEMRA. The material shown in the television news should be within the limits of our ethical values and decency.
Punjab HEC should fund seminars/conferences, workshops and other related activities for promoting culture of dialogue on the topics related to extremism, violence, peace and tolerance at University campuses.
There is dire need to conduct in-depth studies on the incidents of violence on campuses as case studies to investigate and learn causes and triggers. The recent incident at Abdul Wali Khan University, Mardan can be one example.