PhDs of PIDE: IIU cultural week

10 PhDs of PIDE to get degrees today
Islamabad, March 11, 2008: Ten PhDs of Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE) who have completed their PhD programme from the institute will be awarded degrees here at an impressive convocation today (March 11) at 12.30 p.m.

"This institute has for the first time produced ten PhDs, only in the discipline of Economics in the history of Pakistan who will get their degrees here on March 11", Vice Chancellor of the Institute Dr Rashid Amjad told APP here Monday.

He said that globalisation, higher oil prices and inflation were the biggest challenges for the prosperity of the country and well-being of its people. The VC PIDE said now it is the responsibility of the economists of the country and not by the spin doctors, to work and guide the nation and the country to meet these challenges by adopting an objective economic strategy for the prosperity of the country and welfare of its people.

"People of Pakistan have voted for a change in the economic policies and system," he remarked. The Economists and planners of the country realising the economic situation should work for an economic system which should be efficient, equitable, just and practical, he remarked.

He said that PIDE is also celebrating its golden jubilee to mark its services to the nation and the country in the fields of economic theory and research for the socio economic prosperity of the country.

Dr. Rashid Amjad also said that the 3-day 23rd Annual General Meeting and Conference of Pakistan Society of Development Economists will begin here at a local hotel from March 12. The theme of this years Conference is 'Environment and Natural Resource Management: issues and challenges,' experts, economists and policy makers within the country and abroad are participating in the conference. The News

IIU to hold cultural week from tomorrow
Islamabad: International Islamic University (IIU) will hold 20th annual cultural festivities from March 11 to 13.

The activities would start with a tree plantation ceremony at the Women Campus of the university while Jiang Yili, wife of the Ambassador of China to Pakistan a sapling to inaugurate the event, says a statement issued here Monday.

She will also inaugurate the Islamic World Exhibition on March 11 where as an "international dress competition" would also be held on March 12.

The prize distribution ceremony of various competitions would be held on March 13. Ambassadors of Qatar and Lebanon would be the guests of honour on the occasion. App

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