SUMMER SCHOOL ON “ROLE OF ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS IN DEMOCRATIC CONSOLIDATION, SOCIAL JUSTICE AND CONFLICT TRANSFORMATION IN PAKISTAN
Bhittai Social Watch and Advocacy (BSWA), Khairpur in partnership with Shah Abdul Latif University Khairpur, FES Pakistan, Media Training Resource Centre (MTRC) and University of Peshawar organized a Summer School on “Role of Academic Institutions in Democratic Consolidation, Social Justice and Conflict Transformation in Pakistan” at University of Peshawar (Baragali Campus) Abbottabad. Total 20 sessions were conducted in which eminent scholars, social, cultural icons and academicians conducted key sessions. The main objective of this summer school was to bring together diversity of Pakistani culture and promote ideals of peace and harmony. The inaugural session was presided by Prof. Dr. Nasir Jamal Khattak, Vice Chancellor, University of Swabi while Dr Neils, Country Director FES Pakistan, Prof. Dr. Taj Muhammad Lashari, Dean Faculty of Social Sciences, SALU, Mr. Khadim Hussain Mirani, Executive Director BSWA and Prof. Dr. Shahjehan Syed, CEO, MTRC graced the occasion as guests of honour.
The speakers shedding light on their respective topics underlined the significance of durable peace in the region. They expressed without the establishment of peace and tranquility we can never prosper. For last several years, Pakistan has faced continuous waves of extremism and terrorism which has tarnished the image of the country globally. People are full of intolerance and they react quickly even on the petty issues. The Summer School aimed at to inculcate the core values of religious tolerance, mutual respect and peace. We have to change the content of the syllabus if we want to educate the young generation to develop heights of tolerance and harmony. It is need of the time to promote the essence of democracy and bring the people for social cohesion, promotion of social justice and equity in the society.
The concluding ceremony of this event was chaired by Prof. Dr. Khalil Ahmed Ibupoto, Vice Chancellor, Shah Abdul Latif University Khairpur. Dr. Ibupoto said, “The students of Shah Abdul Latif University Khairpur have brought a message of peace to the land of Rahman Baba, a great Sufi poet of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. These types of practical sessions on peaceful coexistence and cultural diversity can bridge the gap of differences. He said the role of academic institutions in democratic consolidation is vital for academic peace. The Vice Chancellor said I am glad to announce that our University will host winter school in Khairpur where cultural colours of different provinces will be showcased”. Certificates were distributed among the participants.
Senior Parliamentary Expert, Dr. Irfan Ashraf, Dr. Nasser Ali Khan, Director Pak-Austria Fachhochschule and former Vice Chancellor of University of Haripur, Adv. Dileep Kumar Doshi, Shahzada Zulfiqar, President Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists, Sabookh Syed, Mr. Zafarullah Khan, Dr Samina Afridi, Ms. Quratulain Zahid, Prof. Hassan Shaikh and Mr. Ali Raza Lashari set out their presentations. The proceedings of the different sessions were conducted by Mr. Abdullah Dayo, Program Coordinator of FES, Pakistan. Sufi singer Ayaz Mallah sang Sufi songs to disseminate the soft message of Sufi Saints of Pakistan.