13 June | 2024

Lahore, Pakistan

‘In the name of universities, Pakistan has ‘only buildings’ without qualified faculty’

PIDE Vice Chancellor Dr Nadeem ul Haque asks universities to focus on conducting quality research that can contribute to national progress

Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE) Vice Chancellor Dr Nadeem ul Haque, who is also chairman of the RASTA Research Advisory Committee, has said that Pakistan has ‘only buildings’ without qualified faculty.

“We have only buildings without professors. We cannot call them universities that don’t have professors,” he said while addressing a conference at the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, through its third Research for Social Transformation and Advancement (RASTA) program.

The vice-chancellor’s observation highlights the need for a robust educational infrastructure, including qualified faculty, to develop true centers of higher learning. The conference encompassed a wide array of research on urban development and industry, human capital and opportunities, education and technology, and public finance management and financial inclusion.

These sessions provided an extensive and multifaceted examination of their respective topics, thereby contributing significantly to a deeper comprehension of the pertinent issues. Dr Nadeem ul Haque pointed out that universities need to focus on conducting quality research that can contribute to the national progress.

Dr Nadeem ul Haque suggests local research and finding tailored solutions to issues while admitting value of global research that aligns with local needs

“Universities are not conducting quality research,” he noted, underlining the role of academic institutions in shaping the nation’s future. He stressed the significance of innovative and creative thinking as a cornerstone of the national prosperity. “Innovative and creative thinking is crucial for prosperity,” he said.

He emphasized that creative thinking was essential for addressing the challenges of the modern world and driving economic development. The PIDE-RASTA conference, by fostering dialogue and knowledge exchange, has opened avenues for innovative and proactive thinking. He said that the conference serves as a platform for scholars, experts, and stakeholders to collaborate, share insights, and shape a brighter future for Pakistan through education and innovative thinking.

Dr Nadeem ul Haque emphasized that RASTA represents an evolving process. He stressed importance of conducting local research and finding tailored solutions to local issues while acknowledging the value of global research that aligns with local needs. He emphasized the need to focus on progress and move forward with the ideas presented to policymakers, advocating for a distinctive local flavor in research.

He praised RASTA’s inclusivity, highlighting how it has exposed policymakers to new perspectives and emphasized the critical nature of inclusive research. The third RASTA conference continued its intellectual journey, featuring a compelling lineup of presentations that explored various facets of Pakistan’s economic and legal landscape. Esteemed speakers from academia and research circles engaged in thought-provoking discussions on pressing issues.

With an unwavering commitment to fostering an extensive knowledge network, RASTA has emerged as a pivotal force in producing high-quality, evidence-based policy research. The initiative boasts participation from over 60 universities, collaboration with more than 10 international institutes, and involves a talented cadre of over 2,300 researchers and academicians.