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Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities

   

Introduction

 

Quality education in Social Sciences & Humanities plays a major role in the socio-economic development of any country. In Pakistan there h as been sporadic development in this sector over the past years but no substantial effort has been undertaken until recently. The Higher Education Commission since its inception in year 2003 has taken a number of initiatives ranging from human resource development to providing research grants, and developing linkages at both National and International level in order to revive quality education in Social sciences and Humanities. 

 

A Committee for Development of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities in Pakistan comprising of eminent social scientists has been constituted by Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman Chairman, Higher Education Commission.  This committee has been given the task to deliberate upon, identify the problems and to recommend immediate, short term as well as long term measures to make social sciences education, vibrant, dynamic and attuned to the present and future needs of Pakistan. The committee is currently being chaired by Dr. Muhammad Nizamuddin, Vice Chancellor, University of Gujrat, Gujrat.

 

Higher Education Commission has also established the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Pakistan.  It provides funding for Research Grants, helps in establishing National/International linkages between universities and provides funds for organizing Seminars and Conferences. A well equipped library along with database of faculty and their related research is also being established for the researchers through the research council. 

 

At present the total amount allocated for all ongoing projects related to the promotion Social Sciences; Arts & Humanities by HEC is Rs.4.744 billion. This amount is being spent through initiatives taken by HEC focusing over three main dimensions:

 

1.     Faculty/Human Resource Development in Social Sciences

2.      Institutional Development

3.      Promotion of Research Culture

 

Social Sciences Section has been established with responsibilities of identifying realities of diverse social and human issues which Pakistan is facing. Furthermore, it would initiate plans for social transformation besides building knowledge and expertise on key social and cultural issues. It will also encourage and assist Social Scientists and Researchers in carrying out meaningful research for national benefit.

  

  • Committee for Development of Social Sciences and Humanities in Pakistan (CDSSHP)

 

Meetings of Committee comprising of eminent social scientists from the fields of Social Sciences, Arts, Humanities and Business Education are convened. This committee has been given the task to deliberate upon, identify the problems and to recommend immediate, short term as well as long term measures to make social sciences education, vibrant, dynamic and attuned to the present and future needs of Pakistan. 27 Meetings has been organized since 2003. The details are stated blow:

 

 

Year

Number of Meetings

2003

1

2004

3

2005

3

2006

3

2007

4

2008

3

2009

4

2010

2

2011

2

2012

1

2013

1

Total

27

 

  • Fifteen (15) Sub-committees on different subjects

 

There are 15 Subcommittees on different disciplines falling under Social Science, Arts, Humanities and Business Education. Each is chaired by the individual member of CDSSHP. These Committees look after the matters/cases of their respective disciplines.

 

 

Year

Number of Meetings

2003

8

2004

7

2005

10

2006

9

2007

6

2008

8

2009

7

2010

6

2011

6

2012

5

2013

3

Total

75


 

  • Annual Social Sciences Conference

 

Every year, Social Sciences Section organizes an international conference to promote social science research culture in Pakistan.  1st International Social Science Conference was organized 18th – 20th April 2011

 

 

  • HEC Recognized Journals (Social Sciences, Arts, Humanities and Business Education)

 

Social Sciences Section is shouldered with a responsibility of promoting societal research through publications of research journals falling under the disciplines of Social Sciences, Arts, Humanities and Business Education. It also deals with cases relating to evaluation, recognition, categorization, funding and upgradation of research journals. The details along with categories are stated below:

 

Provinces

Y

Z

Y

Z

Y

Z

W

X

Y

Z

 

Punjab

1

8

2

2

0

0

1

3

14

4

 

Sindh

0

6

0

4

3

1

0

 

12

7

 

Balochistan

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

 

KPK

0

3

2

2

0

1

0

0

3

6

 

Gilgit

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

Federal

0

4

1

2

1

0

0

3

7

7

 

AJK

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

Total

2

22

5

10

4

2

1

6

36

25

 

 

24

15

6

68

 

 

24+15+6+68= 113 HEC Recognized Journals

 

 

  • Thesis Writing Workshop

 

In order to enhance the research capabilities and to inculcate modern thesis writing trends in research students, the Social Sciences Section of Higher Education Commission has planned to organize a series of “Thesis Writing Workshops” for all the HEC indigenous Scholars of Social Sciences, Arts, Humanities and Business Education. 6 Workshops has been organized since 2009, details are stated below:


 

Year

Workshops Organized

2009

1

2010

2

2011

2

2012

2


 

  • Workshops for Editors of HEC Recognized Research Journals

 

In order to enhance quality of research journals and to introduce modern research trends and methodologies in editing, workshop for Editors of research journals falling under social Science, Arts, Humanities and Business Education is organized by Social Science Section of Higher Education Commission as an annual activity. 2 Workshops has been organized since 2010.

 

 

  • Identification of International Research Publications of Faculty Members

 

Research Publications of scholars in HEC recognized foreign journals listed with an internationally indexed/abstracted agencies are identified in the light of HEC criteria. 400 plus faculty members from all provinces has requested for identification and they informed accordingly since 2006.

 

 

  • Evaluation of Books

 

Every year Social Sciences Section receives large no of books from several authors from the areas of Social Sciences, Arts, Humanities and Business Education for grant of equivalency of category based research publications. Which are evaluated by subcommittees and decisions are conveyed accordingly. A total of 544 cases has been received and processed, the details are stated below:

 

 

Year

Number of Books Received and Processed

2009

70

2010

100

2011

150

2012

124

2013

100

Total

544

 

 

  • Evaluation of TTS/Meritorious Professors cases in the subjects of Social Sciences, Arts, Humanities and Business Education (From QA&LI division)

 

Individual cases of TTS related to social sciences publications are evaluated by this Social Sciences Section for appointments of professors in Public Sector Universities.  200 plus cases has been evaluated and forwarded to concerned for necessary actions.

 

  • Identification of Research Publications of PhD Degrees (From A&A)

 

Research Publications of PhD scholars in HEC recognized Pakistani journals or foreign journals listed with an internationally indexed/abstracted agencies are evaluated in the light of HEC criteria for attestation of PhD degrees. 400 plus cases has been received and processed for necessary action by A&A Division.

 

 

 

Focal Person

 

 

Dr. Muhammad Tahir Ali Shah,

Dy. Director (Academics),

Higher Education Commission, H-9,

Islamabad.

Ph : 90402116,  Fax : 90402110

Email : tshah@hec.gov.pk

 

 

 

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