Friday, September 22, 2017

Message from Rector

COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) has, over last few years, been globally recognized as a premier Institution of Higher Education in Pakistan, with its core strengths in science and technology, especially ICT. CIIT has been striving to extend its foot print by offering Social Sciences and Humanities programs as well. Today, COMSATS Departments of Management Sciences, Development Studies and Humanities are very well recognized programs throughout the country.

Alongside the regular academic programs, COMSATS has also encouraged research, innovation and commercialization through its centers like Business Incubation Centre (BIC), Center for Advanced Studies in Telecommunication (CAST), Centre for Quantum Physics (CQP), Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Biomedical Materials (IRCBM) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Establishment of Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) is yet another initiative aimed at meeting the much talked about need to bridge the gap between academia, research and public policy making processes. While decision makers complain of a theoretical bias in research in our academia and question their relevance in solving the country’s problems, the public policy decision making suffers from a lack of empirical research based input. In the absence of home grown solutions based on relevant inter disciplinary research, we often find seniors flaws in our policies at conceptual and implementation levels.

Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) at the COMSATS is meant to act as a think tank, research and consultative institution proactively engaged in multi disciplinary studies undertaking research projects, conducting executive training programs for students and executives in public and private sectors and organizing constructive and healthy public debates on current policy issues.

To achieve its goals and to ensure that research studies retain their relevance and keep in view the constraints of policy makers, the centre’s Faculty is a blend of academicians, scholarly researchers and policy practitioners who have had extensive experience in public policy formulation and implementations process at senior levels.

Through its collaboration and partnership with well known policy centers and think tanks around the world, the centre will also examine Pakistan’s policy alternatives on the basis of best international practices in various fields.

Apart from the small team members at the CPS working on various issues, the centre will also be able to access over 500 PhD scholars working as faculty members across the campuses of COMSATS in the country. It is hoped that the Centre, through its research projects, field surveys, executive training program and academic program will provide the much needed research input to our decision makers in the public and private sectors.

I wish the centre best of luck in attaining their goals.

Dr. S. M. Junaid Zaidi
Sitara-i-Imtiaz
Rector CIIT