Role of statistics in policymaking highlighted

KARACHI: Speakers stressed the need of development of statistics and producing quality statisticians who will contribute towards nation-building efforts and socio-economic development of Pakistan.

They were speaking at the 12th International Conference of Statistical Sciences organized by Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) in collaboration with Islamic Countries Society of Statistical Sciences (ISOSS), Higher Education Commission (HEC) Pakistan, University of Karachi, Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science & Technology (FUUAST), DHA – Suffa University and Pakistan Science Foundation at Dow International Medical College (Ojha Campus).

The speakers emphasized that application of statistics in very important in policy development and monitoring of health, finance, education and information technology.

Speaking as the chief guest, Ms. Sadia Rashid, president of Hamdard Foundation, stressed the need to have reliable statistics for policymaking of the country. She said that the importance of statistics in medicine is very crucial as a matter of fact, medicine relies on statistics greatly. Realizing the need of wide spectrum of statistics and its application, she said that nowadays statistic are being used in almost every field, particularly in research and education.

She hoped that the conference will contribute significantly in the advancement of statistical sciences amongst the academic in Pakistan and other Muslim countries.

Prof. Masood Hameed Khan, Vice Chancellor, DUHS said that nowadays, sciences is dependent on statistics. Data is very important for research work. He said that this Conference will not only provide our students and researchers an opportunity to share their research projects, ideas and contributions to the public health research but also an excellent chance to develop a sense of community for benefiting from research experiences and expertise of researchers of the Islamic world. It will prepare the participants to meet the challenges in research and statistical application posed by dramatically changing global environment.

Prof. Dr. Nazeer Khan, Director, Research Department in his welcome address informed that DUHS in collaboration with ISSOS is organizing this Conference first time in Pakistan. Previously ISOSS conferences have been held in Malaysia, Indonesia, Qatar, Egypt, Morocco and in number of times in Pakistan at Gujrat, D.I. Khan and the historical city Lahore, which has the privilege of being the Head Quarter of ISOSS.

Prof. Zafar Iqbal, Vice Chancellor FUUAST said that Statisticians are the backbone of the institute. It provides a cost effective solution for analyzing the data and making decision for a largest set of data.

Admiral Prof. Dr. Sarfaraz Hussain, Vice Chancellor, DHA Suffa University said that Statistics is the subject which has impacted our life immensely. It application are so widespread that no country in the world can under weigh its significance if it aspire to grow in the modern era. It plays significant role in all branches of knowledge.

Others who spoke include, Prof. Muneer Ahmed, Founder ISSOS, Dr. Gazala H. Nizami of Karachi University, Prof. Kamran Siddiqui, Dr. Kashif Shafique.

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