Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (FSSH), NUMS has conducted faculty talk under Faculty Development and Training Program. Ms. Sara Shafiq, Lecturer Anthropology from Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences has shared her views about the topic. She reflected on how learning about Metaliteracy prepares you to effectively participate in a connected world. Metaliteracy advances reflective and empowered learning in collaborative communities. The audience were enlightened about how to creatively and ethically produce and share information. This talk highlighted the importance of learning about Metaliteracy, how to become an informed content creator and a responsible contributor to information environments.
The presenter explained about Metaliteracy as empowering because it encourages individuals to be reflective and to take charge of their learning. This approach is relevant to anyone who wants to be an informed consumer of information and responsible participant in a connected world. The importance of understanding of copyright and open licensing through the Creative Commons was also highlighted. Another interesting highlight was Digital Storytelling as a creative form of information production. Metaliteracy supports learners in a variety of professional fields and academic disciplines to become effective contributors to collaborative communities. Being a metaliterate learner includes self-reflection and critical thinking while successfully adapting to new forms of technology.
Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (FSSH), NUMS has conducted its seventh session of faculty talks under Faculty Training and Development Program. The aim of the program is to provide a platform to the faculty to bring different areas of research and critical thinking under discussion for having a fruitful insight from other faculties and department. These discussions besides training faculty to deal with broad spectrum of academics also enriches them with cross disciplinary input.
The session titled ‘Social Stratification in Pakistani English Textbooks’ held on May 19, 2022 at NUMS, PWD campus. Ms. Misbah Obaid, Lecturer English from Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences has shared her views about the topic. She reflected on how two different social strata are being formulated as a result of teaching two different sets of English textbooks in Pakistani Schools at Primary and Secondary level. The speaker referred back to her study “Representation of Class system through English Textbooks in Pakistan” which analyzed books from two different publishers, one was local; Punjab Text Book Board (PTB) and other was foreign publisher; Marshall Cavendish Education (MCE) Language Arts books. Both set of books were reflecting entirely different cultures , PTB book reflects the local culture, while MCE book reflects the foreign culture. Bifurcating and teaching these books in different schools not combining the content and hence creating barrier to cultural understanding is leading our society towards class system in Pakistan. PTB books are usually taught at government schools while MCE books are taught in private schools. Therefore, two class of people and social strata are created unknowingly in society, one totally focused on local culture and other more exposed to foreign culture.
The Event was attended by faculty of Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Department of Psychology, NUMS. All the participants carried out a thorough discussion on linguistic and cultural elements reflected in textbooks and ways a specific group of students has been localized rather than globalized. Dr. Abdul Qadir, Assistant Professor Anthropology specifically took keen interest in methodological ways to analyze this cultural division in textbooks. The discussion was summed up on suggestions by all faculty members on how to minimize this cultural barrier with in society at the level of curriculum development and policy making. Dr. Arif Mahmood (Organizer of the event/HOD, DSBS) and Dr. Shazia Khalid (HOD, DPS) appreciated the thought provoking talk and acknowledged the cultural/social challenges it brings to the society. The event was concluded on a thanking note by the speaker and organizer. This talk particularly refers to SDG4 of Quality Education and 4.5 of Elimination all discrimination in education.
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Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (FSSH), NUMS conducted a faculty talk under Faculty Development and Training Program. Dr. Yasir Mehmood, Assistant Professor (Economics) from the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences introduced the statistical component of IBM SPSS Statistics. This training aims to introduce the fundamentals of SPSS and related features, in particular how to enter the raw data, perform different descriptive analyses, interpretations, and report the results. This included a broad range of techniques for exploring and summarizing data, as well as investigating and testing relationships. Faculty members were guided with different case studies/examples in which they would use these techniques and interpret the findings.
Natural calamities and accidents usually take place unexpectedly and sometimes even pose a threat to people’s lives. If people present on the site have first-aid knowledge and skills, they will respond to the emergency appropriately and in time, which is crucial to minimize the frequency of accidental induced fatalities and injuries.
Being part of a Medical University, it poses a civic responsibility on NUMSIANS to be trained in basic first aid techniques. Apropos, Students of the Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences organized First-Aid Training Session by the Rescue 1122 team on 9th June 2022 from 1400-1600 hrs under the guidance of Ms. Salma Ayaz (Lecturer English DSBS). The event was joined by the students and the faculty members of different departments of NUMS. The distinguished guest of the event was Dr. Arif Mehmood, Head of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. The session aimed at providing the students with the basic knowledge and skills to save themselves or any other individual in case of an emergency and targeted SDG 3 “Good Health and Well-being”.
The training was extended by Mr. Emmad Wasim Shah (Master Trainer/ Community Safety Instructor, PR and Training Wing, Rescue 1122 Headquarters, Rawalpindi) and his team who brought with them the dummies through which proper demonstrations were illustrated. The training began with the display of emergency numbers so that the appropriate authority can be reached out in an emergency situation. The concept of Golden Hour was highlighted as the critical duration during which if appropriate medical treatment is provided, an individual can be saved.
The team gave professional training in detail on how a layman can take care of a patient in an emergency situation along with elaborating on the way to tackle choking situations, especially in children. Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) was performed on the dummy to tell the audience regarding giving compressions followed by the recovery position to make sure the patient vomits out preventing the choking condition. The team gave real-life examples to show how people must react to such situations, especially in the critical cases; where nowadays is; the patient is moaning in pain and shaken up facing a near-death experience and spectators are busy filming it. This is a serious issue where uploading a story or status became superior to a human’s life. Being responsible citizens, it is our duty to educate ourselves and our families and friends because “if anyone saved a life it would be as if he saved the life of the whole humanity.” Quran 5:32
After the successful commencement of the training, the event concluded with the note that a follow-up session will be arranged to cover a wider range of responses to emergency situations. The audience felt engaged and found the experience very utilitarian. At the end, Dr. Arif Mahmood presented the worthy guests with the NUMS Souvenir and a commemorative photo was taken.
The third session of Students’ Seminar Series, held on June 8th, 2022 provided the students of Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences to present The Research Paper they authored. The event was organized under the guidance of Ms. Salma Ayaz (Lecturer English- DSBS). The invitation to the event was open to all the students and faculty of NUMS. The event was honored by Dr. Aisha Mohyuddin, Dean Multi-Disciplinary Studies (MDS), and Dr. Shazia Khalid, the Head of the Department of Psychology by their presence alongside other worthy faculty members from different departments.
The title of the research paper was “Efficacy Analysis of Different Treatment Groups, Age, and Sex on the Recovery Rate of COVID-19 Patients in Twin Cities of Pakistan”. This research study was conducted as a collaboration between the faculty and students of Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Department of Biological Sciences. The authors of the paper include Hasnain Khalid, Mahnoor Chaudhry, Madiha Ilyas, Maaz Mughal from Semester VII of DSBS, and Fizza Maryam from DBS. It was supervised by Dr. Muhammad Faheem, Dr. Amna Ishtiaq, and Dr. Babar Jamal from DBS faculty.
The Event proceeded as the host Mr. Hasnain Khalid from Semester VII of DSBS welcomed the worthy audience followed by the recitation of the Holy Quran. Dr. Muhammad Faheem, who supervised the research, was than invited to briefly apprise the audience about the idea of said research and the motive behind it. It was followed by the research presentation by Ms. Madiha Ilyas from Semester VII of DSBS. The research study aimed to examine the association between the state of recovery of patients of different age groups and sex. It also examined the relationship between different treatment groups and the state of recovery. Lastly, it assessed the odds of recovery of patients corresponding to various treatment groups.
The presentation was followed by the Q/A session, in which students as well as the faculty members participated actively. Lastly a group photo was taken to commemorate the day and students were highly appreciated for their hard work and distinction.