SZABIST 2nd International Research Conference (SIRC)
SZABIST concludes its 2nd International Research Conference; research should seek greater relevance to societal problems
After the success of its First International Research Conference, SZABIST organized its 2nd International Research Conference (SIRC) on Management, Computing, Social Sciences & Economics, which was held on 14th and 15th December, 2012 at SZABIST, Karachi. More than 110 research papers were presented by scholars from all over the country and abroad on the thematic issues.
Dr. Mustaghis -Ur-Rahman, the Conference Chair, in his welcome address said that the importance of research in a society can be gauged by the fact that no region has achieved technological advancements and socio-economic development without the proliferation of research and innovations. He added “There is a need to multiply the resources devoted to research by having a stronger network of the institutions of higher learning all across the region and beyond”. He further stated that universities should join hands in collaborating in research. According to him, “By joining lots of dots, a silver line can be drawn which will lead to a new dawn for growth and prosperity.
Dr Amanat Ali Jalbani, Vice President Academics in his speech stated that SZABIST despite being a relatively young educational institution has made significant contribution to research in addition academics. He added, “We encourage analytical minds in our university, who may ask question and then try to find out solutions for problems as well”. This is the actual task of institutions of higher learning. We would continue with this task in future as well, considering it as our national cause and responsibility.
Chief Guest at the inaugural ceremony of the conference, Dr. Khalida Ghous, Managing Director of Social Policy and Development Center, appreciated the efforts of SZABIST in organizing the international conference. She added, “The importance of research in Pakistan is not understood properly hence, we are lagging behind to identifying solutions to our socio-economic problems. She highlighted the key point for conducting the research, “In any of the civilized societies, good quality research feeds into the policy making process, so it is very important that good quality research output should add value to the policy making process”. She encouraged the faculty, students and professionals that the ultimate purpose of their research should be to bring a positive change in the socio-economic change in the condition of the society.
Dr. Saqib Rizavi, President, SZABIST thanked all the scholars and delegates for being part of this conference. He also emphasized that primary aim of the researchers should be to ensure relevance of their work to the socio-economic development of the country. He stated that collaboration in research among institutions would lead to reduced cost and a higher impact of the research output. In his concluding remarks during the closing ceremony of the conference on day-two, Dr. Rizavi appreciated the organizers of the conference for making this event so successful. He highlighted the future agenda for research at SZABIST underscoring the need for greater emphasis on high quality empirical research in social sciences.
He presented shields, as a token of appreciation, to session chairs and co-chairs. The conference was attended by many scholars, corporate delegates, and civil society representatives.