First ever social sciences expo of Asia begins

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The first ever two-day, Asian Social Sciences Expo (ASSE) commenced at Pak-China Friendship Centre Islamabad on Wednesday with an aim to educate masses about the growth prospects and impact of social sciences on society.

The event was organized by Inter University Consortium for Promotion in collaboration with mass com.

Federal Minister for Information, Broadcasting and Cultural Heritage, Senator Pervaiz Rasheed inaugurated the expo while Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani graced the parliamentary forum as a chief guest. The book fair, organized by National Book Foundation (NBF) was inaugurated by Irfan Siddiqui, who was also a chief guest on the book launching ceremony written by Atta ul Haq Qasmi.

The main activities of the expo included two days international conference, parliamentary forum, scholars’ forum, diplomats’ forum, book festival, culture pavilions expo, distribution of social sciences awards, workshops for university faculty students, career counseling sessions etc. A great number of organizations and universities displayed their stalls related to their activities and programs. In order to encourage the participation of youth, various activities including workshops and competitions were also arranged.

A great event of producing the largest water colour painting of the world was held, where Pakistani artists along with Atanur Dogan, Canadian based president of the international water colour society prepared the painting. The previous world record was of 45 feet long painting in Turkey while here in Pakistani artists prepared 60 meter long painting depicting Pakistani culture. The Inter-University Consortium for Promotion of Social Sciences (IUCPSS) Spokesman said that this expo was organized with alliance of more than 30 universities of the country aiming to celebrate 2016 as the year of social sciences.

He said through this mega activity, Pakistani universities, academicians, policymakers, research and development organizations, parliamentarians, government departments and civil society have joined hands to strengthen social sciences in Pakistan.