Two Research Seminars of PhD and M.S were held in the Department of Economics, Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur. Mr. Imtiaz Ahmed Pirzada, Research Scholar and Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of Sindh, Jamshoro delivered the first PhD seminar under the supervision of Dr. Naveed Ahmed Shaikh and Co supervision of Prof. Dr. Parveen Shah, Vice Chancellor, Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur on “Economic Impact of 2010 Flood in North Sindh: A Hicksian Compensating Variation Approach.” The both seminars were presided over by the Prof. Dr. Mohammad Yousuf Khushk, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences & Arts.
Mr. Imtiaz Pirzada said, the purpose of research is to investigate the flood 2010 on the inhabitants of the selected regions and districts of north Sindh and the changes in their welfare due to various measures taken by the donors and government. He said, super flood affected the property and livestock of the people. He said, the death toll reached to 2000 people, 20 million people were affected and situation emerged as internally displaced persons (IDPs). Mr. Pirzada remarked, my objectives of the research are to identify the household consumption patron in pre and post flood areas, to identify the public assistance in post flood area, identify the private intervention (NGOs) and international donors in the post flood areas and to compare public and private sector intervention.
Mr. Amjad Hussain Memon delivered the second MS seminar on “An Analysis of Exchange Rate Policy, Inflation and Trade-Economic Growth Linkages” under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Parveen Shah and co-supervision of Dr. Naveed Ahmed Shaikh. He said, the research objectives are to analyze the theory of purchasing power parity, convert the exchange rate with purchasing power parity, establish statistical relationship between exchange rate, trade & inflation rate and to establish casual link between trade and gross domestic product.
Prof. Dr. Parveen Shah remarked, the presentation delivered by Mr. Pirzada is very well organized, its objectives, hypothesis, literature review, model of the study and data are relevant with the research topic. Dr. Shah said, it is high time that the area of social sciences may be given priority to resolve the issues of masses at grassroots level. Since the assumption of the office of the Vice Chancellor I have concentrated on the uplifting of the social sciences and other allied physical and natural sciences, a separate directorate under the umbrella of Post Graduate Studies is working on modern lines to encourage and promote the research culture at the campus. Dr. Parveen Shah said, the work presented by Mr. Amjad Memon as research scholar is beneficial for exchange rate policy. She said, exchange rate with purchasing power parity factor has a significant impact on the economic variation affecting sectors like trade, micro-economic indicators and economic growth.
Speaking in the seminar Dr. Khushk said, the scholar’s work is up to the mark and according to HEC’s criteria. The scholar presented his research work in the pre and post flood situation and highlighted the role of international donors and philanthropists. He said that the research work of Mr. Memon is in systematic way. He has indicated the relationship between purchasing power parity implied exchange rate with selected variables.
Dr. Naveed Ahmed Shaikh said, the research work of Mr. Pirzada is on the scientific assessment of the problem and he visited the flood-affected area and received the perception of flood-affected people about the problem and his research work is according to modern lines. He said that Mr. Memon also presented the primary and secondary data based on quantitative and analytical methods.
Prof. Dr. Subhan Gaad, Chairperson, Department of Economics cordially welcomed the participants and briefed the audience about the research activities of her department.
Prof. Dr. Abdul Razzaque Mahar, Director QEC, Prof. Dr. Nisar Ahmed Kanhar, Director, Post Graduate Studies, Prof. Dr. Abdul Majeed Chandio, Prof. Dr. Noor Shah Bukhari, Dr. Ikhtiar Ali Ghumro, Dr. Riaz Ahmed Mangi, Dr. Hassan Jawad Soomro, Dr. Samina Isran and others, attended seminars. The seminars were declared as successful.