THREE-DAYS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON DEMOCRATIC FEDERALISM: GOVERNANCE, DECENTRALIZATION AND DIVERSITY IN PAKISTAN CONCLUDED AT SHAH ABDUL LATIF UNIVERSITY, KHAIRPUR
Three-Days International Conference on Democratic Federalism: Governance, Decentralization and Diversity in Pakistan organized by the Department of Political Science in collaboration with Govt. of Sindh, Sukkur IBA University, Bhittai Social Watch & Advocacy (BSWA), Khairpur and Marvi Rural Development Organization (MRDO), Sukkur concluded at Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur. Prof. Dr. Khalil Ahmed Ibupoto, Vice Chancellor presided over the concluding ceremony while Prof. Dr. Taj Muhammad Lashari, Dean Faculty of Social Sciences, Prof. Dr. Ghulam Mustafa Mashori, Dean Faculty of Arts & Languages, Prof. Dr. Mumtaz Ali Junejo, Dean Faculty of Management Sciences, Prof. Dr. Ishtiaque Ahmed Choudhery from Garrison University Lahore, Prof. Dr. Ahmed Nawaz Hakro from Oman, and Prof. Dr. Shabana from Qauid-i-Azam University, Islamabad were the guests of honor.
Talking to the participants of the closing ceremony, Prof. Dr. Khalil Ahmed Ibupoto accorded special thanks to the guests and organizing committee of the conference for organizing this international conference in befitting manner with academic spirit. Dr. Ibupoto remarked that themes of the conference were very important and relevant with the governance, federalism and diversified culture of Pakistan. Dr. Ibupoto said that the recommendations of the conference will be sent to the Government of Pakistan for implementation so the federation and sovereignty of Pakistan could be strengthened in democratic manner, he added.
Prof. Dr. Amir Ali Chandio, Chairman Department of Political Science and Conference Secretary extended his vote of thanks to the participants, scholars and sponsors. He presented the recommendations of the conference. It was recommended that the democratic way of resolving issues related to the governance and politics be adopted, participatory approach towards decisions policy making should be adopted. It was recommended that the politicians in Upper and Lower House should be allowed to play their rule in the governance process. Senate should be made more powerful that delivers proportionate balance of powers among the provinces. It was recommended that the good governance and interaction among the various ethnicities should be increased. All languages should be given due importance and no ethnic group should feel deprived. The economic federalism and political federalism should be separately dealt in the policy and research paradigm. The Decentralization of power should be expedited carefully with the intension of development in the local vicinities. The curriculum at all levels of education should be improved and reformed so that more religious, ethnic and social tolerance can be created among masses. The gender balance and women empowerment should be focused in political and economic spheres of life.
It is recalled that more than 80 research papers were presented while 8 papers from foreign countries Oman, Turkey, China, Nepal, USA, Indonesia and Germany were presented physically and via online mode. The delegation from more than 37 national Universities from the across the country participated in the conference.
The proceeding of the closing session was conducted by Prof. Shahida Amir Chandio. The participants share their views that University provided excellent hospitality. The galaxy of scholars attended the conference, developed social integration and unity of thoughts for the peace and progress of the country. A large number of Faculty Members, Research Scholars and Students attended the concluding ceremony.