Islamabad: “There is an urgent need for the positive centripetal forces in Pakistan to come together and promote impactful indigenous research in the country, as well as the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) and the Islamia University of Bahawalpur (IUB), through their collaboration undertaken, should contribute in this regard.
These were the views shared by Professor Athar Mahboob (TI), vice-chancellor of Islamia University Bahawalpur, during a signing ceremony of a memorandum of understanding between IPS and IUB aimed at to explore and pursue joint research, academics and publishing companies, facilitating cooperation and collaboration between the two institutions by fostering dialogue and discussions among academics, experts and policy makers in areas of national interest, and efforts to build the capacity of teacher-researchers and students to conduct policy-oriented research.
IPS President Khalid Rahman signed the document on behalf of his organization.
The MoU signing ceremony, which took place at IPS in Islamabad, was also attended by IPS Vice President, Ambassador (r) Syed Abrar Hussain, Prof. Dr. Jawad Iqbal, Dean , Faculty of Management and Business Sciences, IUB, Naufil Shahrukh, GM (Operations), IPS, Syed Nadeem Farhat, Senior Research Officer, Shahzad Gill, Assistant Professor, IUB, Shafaq Sarfraz, Outreach Officer, IPS among a a number of others responsible for the two alma maters.
The IUB Vice-Chancellor further said that such strategic collaborations in universities and think tanks are necessary to realize Pakistan’s dream of a knowledge-based economy and society.
He hoped the MOU would help create a strategic community comprising academics, research institutes and policy makers in the country.