Zubeida Mustafa, in her column ‘Death of social sciences’ (July 10), mentions several factors responsible for the dismal state of social sciences in Pakistan.

One may add, however, another important factor: most social scientists in Pakistan prefer to express their creative genius in newspaper columns rather than publishing research monographs in reputable journals.

I was also intrigued by a statement by Dr Zareena Salamat quoted in the column. Dr Salamat argues for ‘de-linking’ education from ideology.

But then in the next line she says: “Social engineering is required to create a society based on tolerance, interfaith harmony and democratic values.”

That is fine, but isn’t she advocating an ideology here?

MUMTAZ AHMAD Vice-President (Academic Affairs) International Islamic University Islamabad

More From This Section

Afghan election: a people’s victory

AFGHAN election, on April 5, was a day of triumph for all Afghans, including women, who played their due role with...

Ending power crisis

Energy resources are the backbone of economic development of any country. Pakistan has been facing the problem of...

Waste-to-energy

THIS is apropos Khunsha Khalid’s letter ‘Waste-to-energy’ (March 28) and mixed comments thereon by some...

CCI and Sindh

THE Chamber of Commerce and Industries’ meeting was recently held at which Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif tried to...


Comments are closed.

Comments (1)

Agha Ata
July 14, 2013 6:20 pm

Ideology should spring from education, not the other way around.

Explore: Indian elections 2014
Explore: Indian elections 2014
How much do you know about Indian Elections?
How much do you know about Indian Elections?
Cartoons
E-PAPER
Front Page