Rawalpindi - Justice (Retd) Mian Shakirullah Jan has said that research is the essence of higher education and the West is dominating the societies of the world only because of research.

The former judge of the Supreme Court stated this while addressing the concluding session of the two days national seminar on “Promoting the Research Attitude in Pakistan” held at Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) yesterday.

Justice Mian Shakirullah Jan further said research has been vital factor for individual or any nation and is being given prime importance all over the world. He said Pakistan is far behind in research and up till now has not been successful in developing and inspiring research culture. “Pakistan can compete with international community if it has got state of the art technological methods,” he added. He quoted Ibn-e-Khaludoon’s concept of scientific method and proposed that history should be written in scientific method. He stressed universities should be incentivised, young scholars may be encouraged. Furthermore, he wished Pakistan to reach such destiny so that nation may get rid of all social maladies.

Earlier, PMAS-AAUR Vice Chancellor (VC) Prof Dr Rai Niaz Ahmad, in his address stressed upon the importance of research and emphasized the need for carrying out in-depth research for the benefit of human being. The VC shared significant investments of the university towards development of institutional facilities and human resource including faculty, introduction of new disciplines, and improvement in research facilities and also shed light on provision of research facilities for students in university.