PIPS Holds Round-table Discussion on “Emerging Trends in Social Sciences Research for Parliament” August 02, 2018

  • Publication Date: Thu, August 16, 2018

    Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services hosted a Roundtable Discussion on “Emerging trends in social sciences research for Parliament” at its Main Campus on August 02, 2018. The event was organized in relation to the visit of US scholars’ delegation led by American Institute of Pakistan Studies, which has already entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with PIPS for joint ventures of mutual interest. A delegation of four American scholars and around 30 scholars and researchers from Senate Secretariat, National Assembly Secretariat, and SDGs Secretariat joined hosts PIPS Research and Legislation Team for one-day round table deliberation. 
    Ms. Fakiha Mahmood, Research Officer PIPS, moderated the event which began with National Anthem followed by the recitation of Holy Quran.  In his welcome remarks, Executive Director PIPS, Mr. Zafarullah Khan, congratulated the American Institute for Pakistan Studies for arranging the visit of eminent scholars from US to Pakistan and PIPS. He commended the efforts of AIPS leadership to realize the commitments made in the MoU singed between AIPS and PIPS. He briefly introduced PIPS and spoke about the current state of affairs regarding parliamentary research in Pakistan. 

    Dr. Michael Hirsch, Professor of Sociology Huston-Tillotson University Austin Texas, and Dr. Tricia Jokerst, Education Faculty Huston-Tillotson University Austin Texas, spoke on “Emerging trends in social sciences research for Parliament.” During his talk, Dr. Michael highlighted various issue areas in social sciences which are getting attention in the academic community around the world including public sociology, the rise of pseudo-science, the role of corporate funding, and the emergence of big data. He particularly highlighted the challenges faced by the scientific community due to the importance proponents of pseudo-science are gaining. Dr. Tricia Jokerst elaborated the practices of parliamentary research in the United States especially in the field of education. She briefly touched upon the legislative measures being taken in her area of research. 

    The participants raised diverse questions during the Q & A session. Ms. Iffat Mustafa, Director Research Senate of Pakistan, commended the efforts of the PIPS and thanked worthy Executive Director PIPS and Director General (Research and Legislation) for hosting the invaluable event as she highlighted the value of such events in professional development of the researchers working in the National Parliament. 
    Mr. Nadeem Akbar, Director AIPS congratulated PIPS on the successful conclusion of the event. He expressed his desire to continue cooperation in exchange programs in future as well. Mr. Zafarullah Khan presented mementoes to the panelists. The event ended with vote and thanks and group photo.