FJWU Organized Second Workshop on "The Philosophy and Techniques for Quantitative Research"

Rawalpindi – Department of Economics Fatima Jinnah Women University organized three days Second workshop on “The Philosophy and Techniques for Quantitative Research” from 3-5 April, 2019 at FJWU.

The workshop coordinator Dr. Bushra Yasmin gave brief introduction of the workshop at inauguration and said that our aim is to provide Participants understanding of the processes and stages of quantitative research as well as to equip them with practical skills that is required to carry out analysis of quantitative datasets. She also said that the workshop was designed to include illuminating lectures and presentations in philosophy of research and for building an understanding of various stages of data analysis. The instruction also included techniques and training in descriptive and inferential analysis in both univariate and multivariate settings using a variety of specialized software.

Keynote speaker of the workshop was distinguished Economist of Pakistan, Prof Dr. Hafeez A. Pasha. While addressing on the ‘Coverage and Quality of Statistics in Pakistan’ he said that the statistical methods and procedures are useful for socio-economic development. Statistical methods are applied to enormous numerical facts with an objective that behind every figure there’s a story.  Evidence based research only happens when you have wide range of approaches, unfortunately in Pakistan some of progressive economist strategies made but not implemented because these strategies need some refinement.

Vice Chancellor FJWU Prof. Dr. Samina Amin Qadir thanks Prof Dr. Hafeez Pasha to join this workshop and appreciated the initiative of the Department of Economics to organize this wonderful workshop and said FJWU aims to promote the highest standards of academic excellence in teaching and research. She further highlighted that FJWU mostly arranges such technical and professional events and workshop for our staff, faculty members and students to train them professionally and we always open our doors for outsiders to join us in this learning platform as well.

Chief Guest of the second day was Prof. Dr. Aliya H. Khan, member Economic Advisory Council, while talking on the “Role of Women in Economic Policy Decision Making”, she said that the female economists need to be mentored and guided in term of how to connect themselves with the process of economic policy making through the process of quantitative research conducted by them or under their supervision. She added that women have right to equal participation and their participation is fundamental to democratic governance. Once in leadership roles, they can make a difference that benefits the society as a whole. These steps will help better prepare women to become the catalyst for the paradigm shift we are aiming for in politics and the rest of society.

Three day workshop included five sessions of lectures and hand-on practices of statistical softwares and was delivered by Prof. Dr. Naheed Zia Khan, Dr. Shazia Kausar and Ms. Saira Tufail. Workshop resource persons covered following topics in workshop; Fundamental of Research, Research Process, AMOS & Structural Equation Modeling, Data Analysis Using STATA in detail through lectures and practical demonstration.

Almost 60 participants including students and faculty of multiple disciplines of FJWU and other universities attended the workshop. Students regarded the workshop as a great opportunity and they learned from all session of the workshop. They congratulated Economics departments to arrange the workshop and showed their hope for future for conducting such types of practical workshops for them.

At the end, vote of thanks was given by the Chairperson Economics Department Dr. Tahir Mukhtar.

And lastly, certificates were distributed by the chief guest of the session, Prof. Dr. Naheed Zia Khan among participants and organizers of the workshop.