Seminars and Distinguished Lectures

Distinguished Lectures and Seminars

Seminars and distinguished lectures are important for students. They give useful insight information of government policies and current economic challenges. In this regard SOE occasionally invites the renowned economists and academicians for inspirational talks and informative seminars. A summary of seminars and lectures organized in 2016 and 2017 is given below:

  • A delegation from London School of Economics and Political Sciences headed by Prof. Craig Calhoun (President LSE) visited School of Economics Quaid-i-Azam University. Craig Calhoun delivered a talk on LSE, South Asia Centre and its future engagement with Pakistan. (February 22, 2016)
  • School of Economics in collaboration with US Embassy Islamabad organized a one day seminar on Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs). The main focus was on the role of IPRs in Economic Growth. In this regard experts on IPRs including Mr. Rob Garverick (Economic Counselor, US Embassy, Islamabad), Mr. Ameen Imam (IP Attorney, Enforcement, United States Patent and Trademark Office), Ms. ShilpiJha (Senior Intellectual Property Counsel, United States Patent and Trademark Office) and other experts presented their views on the overview and role of IPRs in Economic Growth (February 23, 2016)
  • Naeem-uz-Zafar, Member Social Sector, Ministry of Planning, Development & Reforms delivered an honorary lecture at School of Economics, QAU. He talked on the knowledge gaps in policy development for social and real sectors. Students of M.Phil (1st and 2nd semesters) attended the lecture. It was an informative talk. Dr. Naeem highlighted many research areas for the students and faculty. (May 3, 2016)
  • School of Economics (SOE), Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) organized a Pre-Budget Seminar. Dr. Muhammad Idrees, Director SOE in his welcome note mentioned that this is the first ever pre-budget seminar organized by SOE. He said that now SOE has intention to hold it every year. Five Speakers presented their views. The first Speaker was Mr. Haider Abbas (Additional Secretary, Pakistan Institute of Parliamentary Services), he explained the budget making process. Second speaker was Dr. Wasim Shahid Malik (Assistant Professor, SOE, QAU), he presented a talk on Macroeconomic indicators in budgetary perspective. The next speaker was Mrs. Robina Ather (Additional Secretary, Ministry of Commerce), she talked on issues related to commerce and trade policy. Dr. Asad Zaman (Vice Chancellor, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics) emphasized on achieving high growth. The last speaker was Dr. Ashfaque Hassan Khan (Dean, National University of Science and Technology), he presented a talk on the State of Economy and Budget 2016-17. Dr. Aliya H. Khan Dean, faculty of Social Sciences, QAU presented the concluding remarks. Final comments and vote of thanks was given by Vice Chancellor QAU Dr. Javed Ashraf. It is also worth mentioning that students and faculty members of five different universities including University of Arid Agriculture, National University of Modern Languages, Federal Urdu University, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics and Federal Government Post Graduate College for Women attended the seminar. (May 17, 2016,)
  • Lubna Javaid, Australian Award Ambassador for Pakistan (2016) presented a talk on Australian scholarships for Pakistani nationals. The session was organized for the graduating class of BS – Economics. (On May 24, 2016)
  • School of Economics, Quaid-i-Azam University organized a second seminar on CPEC. Dr. Sohail A. Safdar, Executive Director presented a talk on “The current and future prospects of CPEC”. (May 30, 2016)
  • Sakib Sherani, a renowned economist and ex-member of Prime minister’s Economic Advisory Council visited School of Economics and delivered a talk on the state of the economy of Pakistan. He concluded that economy of Pakistan is experiencing a partial stabilization but expressed his fears that power sector may lead to another crises and Pakistan is highly vulnerable to external shocks. (November 30, 2016)
  • School of Economics in collaboration with QAU Alumni Association organized a seminar on CPEC. This was the inaugural seminar of the “Distinguished Quaidian Speaker at Campus”. Raja Amer Iqbal, President, Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry presented a talk on CPEC. He explained the view point of business community on CPEC. (December 15, 2016)
  • Tariq Amen Khan, Associate Professor, Ryerson University, Toronto visited School of Economics, QAU and presented a talk on informal economy. Students of M.Phil participated in the talk. In his talk Dr. Khan uncovered many important dimensions of informal economy. (December 13, 2016)
  • Muhammad Zubair Khan, International Consultant on Economics, Governance, Politics and Security Issues presented a talk on “A Broader Look at the Economic Performance in Pakistan”. The seminar was attended by the students of M.Phil. and BS Economics. Dr. Zubair highlighted different issues related to balance of payments, poverty, growth, inflation and unemployment. Finally the discussion was summarized by Dr. Javed Ashraf, Vice Chancellor, QAU. The seminar was arranged in collaboration with QAU Alumni Association. (January 10, 2017)
  • School of Economics in collaboration with Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) organized a lecture of Dr. Shahida Wizarat on challenges faced by the developing countries and our response. Speaker is currently Dean, College of Social and Economic Development, Head of Economics Department and Chief Editor of Pakistan Business Review. (February 17, 2017)
  • Muhammad Ashfaq, CEO, Amanah Institute of Islamic Finance and Economics (Germany) presented a talk on the Fundamentals of Islamic Economics and overview of Islamic Financial and Services Industry. Mr. Muhammad Ashfaq stressed that Islamic Economics is the need of time, as conventional system is facing serious problems. (On March 27, 2017)