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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 3/23/2023 02:22:00 PM,

Lahore School Conference on "Contemporary Perspectives and Practices in Social Sciences, Media Studies, Art & Design

Lahore School of Economics hosted the Fifth Annual Conference on Social Sciences, Media Studies, Art and Design on 7th and 8th March 2023 which featured four sessions, including those on English language and political science.

The opening session was addressed by the Pro-rector of the Lahore School of Economics, Dr Azam Chaudhry, who emphasized the importance of a multidisciplinary research approach for long-term development.

The conference brought together senior academics, researchers, and practitioners, including Dr Tariq Rahman, Dr Mohammad Waseem, and Dr Shabnam Khan, from diverse backgrounds to explore emerging trends and cutting-edge research in their respective fields.

The first day of the conference focused on English as a language, and notable speakers from various universities were in attendance. They stressed on the changing nature of research due to technology and the need for faculty to adopt new theoretical avenues. They also highlighted the importance of encouraging creativity in classrooms with a student-centred approach, while addressing the language divisions.

On the second day, distinguished speakers highlighted the need to indigenize research around nuclear strategies in this new era, while re-contextualizing our wars with India and reviewing our relationship with Afghanistan. It was also mentioned that we as a nation must overcome our cultural inferiority and stop seeking validation from the West.

The Dean of Social Sciences, Media Studies, Art and Design, Dr Shahid Siddiqui, concluded the conference. “We are delighted with the success of the fifth annual conference of social sciences, media studies, art and design,” said Dr Shahid Siddiqui, Dean of Social Sciences, Media Studies, Art and Design. “The conference provided a platform for academics, researchers, and practitioners to exchange ideas, share their research findings, and collaborate on new projects. We hope that this conference will inspire more research and innovation in these fields.”

One of the conference’s highlights was the faculty research display, which showcased the research work of faculty members of the Department of Media Studies, Art and Design. The research display provided an opportunity for the attendees to learn about the research works of faculty at the Lahore School of Economics and interact with the researchers.

The conference provided an opportunity for the attendees to network with other professionals and academics fostering new collaborations and partnerships. The organizers expressed their gratitude to the keynote speakers, session chairs and paper presenters for their contributions to the conference’s success. They also thanked the attendees for their active participation and engagement throughout the conference.

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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 3/10/2023 11:25:00 AM,

Entrepreneurship & SME Management

Haris Habib, CEO at Daily Deli visited The Lahore School of Economics on Wednesday, March 08, 2023 to give a talk to BBA students who are enrolled in the course “Entrepreneurship & SME Management”.
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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 3/09/2023 03:31:00 PM,

Brand & Advertising Management

Naveed Minhas, General Manager at MullenLowe Rauf visited The Lahore School of Economics on Tuesday, March 07, 2023 to give a talk to MBA students who are enrolled in the course “Brand & Advertising Management”.


posted by S A J Shirazi @ 3/07/2023 01:28:00 PM,

Recent Advances in Mathematical Methods, Models and Applications (RAMMMA)

The Lahore School of Economics hosted a two-day RAMMMMA conference on March 4th and 5th, 2023, which brought together prominent mathematicians and scientists from all over Pakistan. The conference aimed to promote research in mathematics and science and to provide a platform for researchers to exchange ideas and share their latest research findings.

The event began on Saturday, 4th March 2023 with an opening and welcome address by Dr. Shahid Amjad Chaudhry, Rector of the Lahore School of Economics. He expressed gratitude to the mathematicians and guests for their support and participation in the event. He also highlighted the development of a bachelor's program in mathematics and plans for a dedicated master's program at the Lahore School of Economics. He emphasized the importance of innovation and adopting new technologies in learning, citing the success of the data analytics degree program. He also spoke about the significance of sharing knowledge and learning collaboratively with field experts. Finally, he discussed the current economic situation and the importance of allowing markets to develop without strict regulation.

The first day of the programme saw a number of fascinating presentations by experts in various fields of mathematics. The first talk of the conference on 4th March 2023, was presented by Ismat Beg, a mathematician at the Lahore School of Economics, spoke on the topic of the “Core of a Convex Mixture Set and Convex Functions”. Zain Ul Abadin Zafar, from the University of Central Punjab, presented his research on the “Fractional-Order Dynamics of Human Papillomavirus”, while F.D. Zaman, from the Abdus Salam School of Mathematical Sciences, discussed “Nonlinear Elastic Waves in Hyperelasticity”. Other presentations on the first day included Mujahid Abbas from the Government College University, who spoke about “Asymptotic Regularity Property and Enrichment of Operators on a Normed Space with Applications”, and Muhammad Arshad Zia from the International Islamic University, Islamabad, who presented his research on “Existence Theorems for the (Ψ, Φ)-Orthogonal Interpolative Contractions”. Muhammad Sharif also gave a talk on "Compact Objects in Modified Gravity". The day concluded with presentations on various other topics including numerical and optical soliton solutions of stochastic Gross-Pitaevskii equation in dispersive media, reliable numerical analysis for stochastic reaction-diffusion systems, and a clustering algorithm based on fuzzy decision making.

The second day of the programme, Sunday 5th March 2023, also featured a range of presentations on topics such as certain energies of graphs for Dutch windmill and double-wheel graphs, the Ekeland variational principle and some of its equivalents on a weighted graph, completeness and OSC property, and dynamical instability of stellar structure. Other presentations on the second day included research on modified picture fuzzy average aggregation operators with priority roles of stakeholders in implementation of Education 4.0, linear diophantine fuzzy optimization methods and models, and computationally efficient optimal control analysis of coronavirus pandemic models.

The event ended with presentations by Dr. Asghar Qadir, an HEC distinguished professor, on the “Complex Connections between Special Functions, Symmetry Analysis and Singularity Analysis”, and Aamina Jamshaid from the Abdus Salam School of Mathematical Sciences, who spoke about “Distributional Representation for Special Functions”, as well as Hina Munir Dutt from the National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad, who presented on “Complex Symmetry Analysis”.

The Conference participants expressed their satisfaction with the quality and diversity of the presentations. It provided a platform for researchers to present their latest findings and to network with other researchers in their fields. The Lahore School of Economics hopes to continue hosting such conferences in the future to promote research and development in mathematics and science in Pakistan.

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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 3/06/2023 12:30:00 PM,

Brand & Advertising Management

Saad Khan, CEO at Active Media visited the Lahore School of Economics on Thursday, March 02, 2023 to give a talk to MBA students who are enrolled in the course "Brand & Advertising Management".
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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 3/03/2023 10:59:00 AM,

Strategic Supply Chain Management

Salman Goheer, Chief Supply Chain Officer at Getz Pharma visited The Lahore School of Economics on Thursday, March 02, 2023 to give a talk to MBA II students who are enrolled in the course "Strategic Supply Chain Management".
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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 3/03/2023 08:54:00 AM,

Brand & Advertising Management

Khushbakht Janjua, Creative Director at Digitara visited The Lahore School of Economics on Wednesday, March 01 2023 to give a talk to MBA  students who are enrolled in the course  "Brand & Advertising Management".
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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 3/01/2023 02:42:00 PM,

Entrepreneurship and SME Management

Umar Iqbal, Technical Director at Nimir Chemicals visited the Lahore School of Economics on Tuesday, February 28 2023 to give a talk to BBA IV students who have enrolled in the course "Entrepreneurship and SME Management".
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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 2/28/2023 03:07:00 PM,

Lahore School of Economics macro model for the Pakistan

The model predicts that GDP growth over the fiscal year July 2022 – June 23, (FY2023), will be 0.82 percent. This projection for the annual growth rate of GDP for FY2023, has been weakened by two quarters of falling GDP growth.

Inflation for FY 2023 is estimated by our model at 26.1%. This is year on year, for FY 2023, compared to FY 2022.

The supply shock of the floods in Q1 of FY2023, has been succeeded by another supply shock in Q2. This is the government policies to reduce imports which has constrained manufacturing. The model estimates that a 20% drop in imports may reduce industrial value added by almost 10%.

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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 2/27/2023 03:51:00 PM,

Strategic Supply Chain Management

Shoaib Baig, Managing Director at 360 Degree Consulting visited the Lahore School of Economics on Monday, February 27, 2023, to give a talk to MBA II students who are enrolled in the course “Strategic Supply Chain Management”.

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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 2/27/2023 03:50:00 PM,

Social Remittances and Social Change: Links between Home and Host Countries

The Centre on Migration, Remittances and Diaspora (CIMRAD), Lahore School of Economics organized first of its kind international conference on “Social Remittances and Social Change: Links between Home and Host Countries” on February 21 and 22, 2023 at the Lahore School’s Burki Campus. Dr. Peggy Levitt, renowned sociologist and pioneer of the term “social remittances” was the keynote speaker at the event. Dr. Ishrat Hussain, former Governor of the State Bank of Pakistan and Adviser to the Prime Minister on Institutional Reforms and Austerity shared his comments as the Chief Guest at the opening of the conference. Dr. Shahid Amjad Chahudhry, Rector, Lahore School of Economics gave the welcome address.

Going beyond financial remittances, the theme of social remittances taps into the ideas, values, beliefs, behaviors and culture of the host country that migrants get exposed to and over time may adopt and transmit back to their home country. Cultural diffusion is a two-way process; migrants bring along with them their cultural norms, social, philosophical, political and religious ideas and beliefs as well to the host country, which can potentially transform the community life there. Limited research has been conducted on the subject at national and global level, but progress is being made. With a total stock of 8.4 million overseas Pakistanis, the topic has far ranging implications for Pakistan’s society in social and spill over economic terms. In this regard, the conference provided a platform to encourage research on the subject in the country and internationally.

The conference proceedings offered an insight into and stimulated thoughts about how the global society is transforming, as nation-state geographical borders continue to blur overtime. It brought into discussion implications for home country politics, improvements in demographic variables and women empowerment. It also raised a key question for future considerations of social remittances in terms of climate induced migration. As a future line of research, it was proposed during brainstorming session to conduct country comparative case studies in different migration contexts to better understand the complex issue of social remittances.

Dr. Peggy Levitt, Chair of Sociology Department, Wellesley College, US, in her keynote address talked about cultural globalization and the role of technological advancements. Where once the exchange of ideas was limited to occasional home visits by migrants, family members are now able to be a part of each other’s lives virtually on daily basis. Having studied migrant communities in Boston from Brazil, Ireland, Pakistan, and India, she reflected that for migrants over time, there is a growing disjuncture between how they perceived their home country and how it may have actually evolved. She termed it the “ossification effect”, where the home country is “frozen in time” in the migrants’ minds, while actually it has changed rapidly. She elaborated that age plays a role in the extent of compatibility and adaptability as migrants move. People who are able to spend more time in their home country and build strong social networks prior to migrating, are better able to implement their new ideas and practices in the home country. In comparison, those who go at an early age, not only found it more challenging to put through their ideas, but in some cases even struggled to understand the social rules necessary to get their ideas across.

Dr. Ishrat Hussain in his comments emphasised that as a developing country, Pakistan based research in any field must link with the implications for poverty alleviation and human development. Weighing in on the recently re-emerged brain drain debate from Pakistan, he asserted it was an opportunity for Pakistani migrants to acquire new skills from host markets. Besides technical skills, social remittances in form of efficiency enhancing practices, principles and values can also contribute to increasing productivity of our local market and can even be exported to other migration destinations. Given the structure of Pakistani society however, he highlighted there seems to be a reverse pattern, where instead of bringing in change, there has been a trend in re-adoption of local ineffective practices, signalling negative social remittances.

The two-day event was organised into two sessions per days, where international participants presented their papers, following by an in-depth discussion and feedback from renowned migration researchers and experts.

Dr. Philippe Fargues, Founding Director of the Migration Policy Centre at the European University Institute, Italy, argued that international migration and reduction in fertility are inseparable parts of social change and human development. Where country-level socio economic indicators fail to establish this relationship, the non-tangible remittances in forms of ideas with family and friends in home country can explain the phenomenon better. Pakistan’s population is growing at a worrisome rate of 2.4% annually and it has a current total fertility rate of 3.6, putting a strain on our limited economic resources. Implications of social remittances to bring down fertility rate are worth exploring from policy point of view.

Dr. Anne White, Professor at University College London School, UK, discussed how social remittances impact the migration process itself. When migrants interact with other migrants in the host country, the exchange ideas have the potential to transform the ways migration takes places, such as an inclination towards personal networking instead of through employment agencies. This could make the process even less formal in developing countries.

Presentations by Dr. Bilesha Weeraratne, Head of Migration and Urbanization Policy Research at the Institute of Policy Studies, Sri Lanka and Mr. Froilan Malit, Jr., Ph.D Politics candidate at the University of Glasgow, UK, brought attention to the role of social media and technology in the transfer of social remittances to home countries. Dr. Malit discussed the case of Filipino diaspora in the Gulf countries on use of digital technology to impact the domestic electoral outcomes, and how their political preferences are impacted by the governance system in host countries. The study had significant relevance for Pakistan given our diaspora’s active participation in Pakistan’s recent political landscape; campaigning for change and a welfare based democratic independent system, similar to the Western countries, where around 3 million mostly high skilled Pakistan’s reside.

Using data from Pakistan Demographic and Health Survey, 2017-18, Dr Nasra Shah, Coordinator CIMRAD and Ms. Samar Quddus, Research Fellow, Lahore School of Economics, in their study found that women in the migrant household were twice more likely to make independent decisions on important household matters compared to non-migrant household. In this regard, family structure is a key variable such that woman autonomy is found six to seven times higher in households headed by female. The finds have development implications for Pakistan if these decisions translated into improved health and educational outcomes, even pulling families out of poverty.

Dr. Philip Martin, Professor Emeritus at the University of California-Davis, US and Mr. Manolo Abella, former Director, ILO discussed types of social remittances that arise from low skilled labour migration to higher wage countries. The analysis suggested that aspiration of improving their economic position at home leads migrants to increasing their investment in housing and land in their home countries, as well as the sense of improved well-being of families makes them investment in health and education. Search for better facilities also results in rural to urban migration. In Pakistan, where 53% of migrants in the last decade (and even before) have been low skilled, these proposed outcomes have consequences for management of our economy, provision of better basic health and education facilities and the need for planning to accommodate influx of internal migrants to urban cities.

Dr. Rashid Amjad, Director Graduate Institute of Development Studies and CIMRAD, in his concluding remarks stated that economic analysis dominates the research field and there emphasis on quantification and measurement, however this framework is limited in its ability to incorporate the nuances of social life, that are more challenging to quantify. The academic community from different areas of research must come together to explore methodological innovations in research on social remittances.

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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 2/22/2023 05:17:00 PM,

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