RAWALPINDI: (Educational Reporter) Department of Economics, Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi organized a workshop on “The Philosophy and Techniques for Quantitative Research”. This workshop is the 3rd one in the series of workshop organized every year by the Department of Economics, under the supervision of Vice Chancellor, FJWU to promote research.Dr. Bushra Yasmin, Coordinator of the workshop, introduced participants about the objective and content of the workshop
The Vice Chancellor, FJWU, Dr. Saima Hamid, welcomed the dignitaries and delivered her welcome address. She appreciated the efforts of the Department of Economics in arranging such training workshops for students and faculty members from various disciplines. Keynote speaker was Prof. Dr. Ashfaq Hassan Khan, Principal and Dean, School of Social Sciences and Humanities, NUST Islamabad and Director General of NUST Institute of Policy Studies. Currently, He is also working as a member of Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council. In his keynote address on ‘Challenges faced by Pakistan’s Economy: A Quantitative Perspective’, Dr. Khan highlighted the importance of quantitative research techniques with specific relevance for policy making in developing countries like Pakistan.
Mr. SaqibSherani, Head of Macro Economic Insights (Pvt) Ltd/ Former Economic Advisor of Ministry of Finance and Ex- Member Economic Advisory Council, was the guest speaker. Mr. Sherani talked about ‘Pakistan’s Data Regime: Overview, Gaps and Way Forward.’ In his presentation, he highlighted the existing gaps in data regime in Pakistan that obstruct the way towards effective policy making. He also suggested a number of measures that can help effectively to use the data/evidence for macroeconomic modeling and policy making. The inaugural session was followed by the sessions regarding the fundamentals of research and research process.