The Concept of Knowledge and Education

The Concept of Knowledge and Education

IPS conducted a nine-day lecture series on “The Concept of Knowledge and Education” in collaboration with Allama Iqbal Open University Islaabad.


Activity: Lecture Series
Speakers: Prof Habibur Rehman of International Islamic University Islamabad
Chair: Prof. Fatah Mohammad Malik, President, Muqtadra Qaumi Zuban; Khalid Rahman, Director General, IPS; Dr. M. D. Shami, Former Chairman, Pakistan Science Foundation

     Prof Habibur Rehman of International Islamic University Islamabad was the resource person and delivered nine thought provoking lectures. Sub-Topics and the chairs of each lecture were:

Topic Chair
Concept of Knowledge

Prof. Fatah Mohammad Malik, President, Muqtadra Qaumi Zuban

Growth of Knowledge: Phases and Constituents>

Khalid Rahman
Director General, IPS
Science and Technology: The Means or an End Dr. M. D. Shami,
Former Chairman, Pakistan Science Foundation
Concept of Education and Imperatives of Educational Process Dr. Anis Ahmed, VC, Riphah International University
Psychological Aspect of Education Dr. Khalid Alvi, Deen of Arts and Humanities, Wish University, Islamabad
Women’s Education Dr. Saeeda Asadullah, VC Fatima Jinnah Women University
The Role of Teacher Dr. Mahmood-ul-Hassan Butt, VC AIOU
Education as an Obligation – I (for an Individual and a Society) Prof. Talat Khurshid,
Director, Federal College of Education
Education as an Obligation – II (for the State) Prof. Khurshid Ahmed, Chairman, IPS

Prof. Asim discussed in detail the basic concepts of epistemology, its nature, sources and scope. He argued that science was an important component of education. Expressing his views about ‘Psychological Aspect of Education,’ he advocated that the educators need to promote positive, constructive and creative pedagogical  techniques  based  on dignity, self esteem and motivation for the students to learn.

Expounding the role of a teacher, Professor Asim highlighted the desired role of the teacher and said that the personality of the teachers should encompass love and affection on one hand and competency over the subject on the other. He emphasized that the whole society should contribute to provide education to every individual and each segment of society had its role for individual’s education. Discussing the obligations of the government, he opined that it should allocate significant budget for education and ensure its proper utilization.
    He further suggested that the government should devise a comprehensive syllabus in accordance with the culture and civilization as well as the modern trends in educational arena. Delineating the role of educators in policy making, he opined that seats should be reserved for the educators in Parliament and Senate so that they could contribute substantially for the development of education sector.
    Supplementing the arguments presented by Prof. Asim, Prof. Fateh Muhammad Malik said that the prevalent fee policies in the higher seats of learning were entirely at odds with the spirit of ideology of Pakistan.
   Concluding the second session, Mr. Khalid Rahman said that everyone should contribute for the development of the society and adopt the idea of collective good instead of seeking only personal interests.
     In   his   p residential   remarks, Dr M. D. Shami alluded the statement of Quaid-i-Azam in the first educational conference where he highlighted the role of science and technology and national language in the promotion of education.
    Concluding a session, Dr. Anis said that all elements of education had a great significance for the meaningful development in educational sector.
    Presenting the chairing remarks, Dr. Alvi, termed the discipline of psychology as the permanent branch of knowledge and said that it had a great significance in order to develop a balanced personality.             
    Dr. Saeeda Assadullah while chairing the session on “Women Education” threw light on the significance of women education and their role for development of an ideal nation.
    Dr. Mahmood-ul-Hassan Butt, in his presidential address, stressed on the need to increase the national educational budget and formulate a uniform syllabus and policy across the country.
    Prof. Talat Khurshid appreciated the joint effort by AIOU and IPS for organising the lecture series.

     Addressing the last session of the lecture series, Prof. Khurshid Ahmed concluded the discussion saying that knowledge and piety were the fundamental elements to carry out the responsibilities of educational process. He urged the teachers as well as the students to materialize the dreams for which Pakistan came into being.
    The coordinator of lecture series, Prof. A D Makan, announced at the end that a book would be published based on the lecture series.

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