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GINI-NIBR Video Conference


November 4, 2009

 

Subject:  Second Video Conference of between Chairpersons

              /members GEN Program Sub-committees and focal

              persons NIBR

 

Venue:   VidCon Hall, Higher Education Commission, Islamabad

Date:      4th November, 2009

Time:     1615 - 1730 hrs

 

Agenda:

 

   Updating review of ongoing Governance Education Network activities, baseline research studies and coordination/planning of annual conference program and participation details

 

Following members attended the meeting:

 

National:

  1. Mr. Daniyal Aziz, Advisor GINI
     

  2. Dr. Zafar Iqbal Jadoon, Director Institute of Administrative Sciences & Chair National Committee on Public Administration Curriculum, Punjab University Lahore- Chairperson Governance Curriculums Sub Committee
     

  3. Associate Prof Najaf Yawar Khan, Director & Chairperson, Management Studies Department, G. C. University, Lahore - Member TNA Sub-committee
     

  4. Dr. Sarfraz Hussain Ansari, Asst Prof, Department of Government & Public Policy, NDU, Islamabad - Acting Chairperson Executive Education Sub Committee
     

  5. Maj Gen (R) Syed Usman Shah, HOD Governance Department National University of Modern Languages (NUML), Islamabad - Member Annual Conference Sub Committee
     

  6. Ms. Farzana Shahid, Registrar BNU, Lahore - Member Annual Conference Sub Committee
     

  7. Brig Mohammad Saleem, Consultant GINI
     

  8. Mr. Mohammad Nasim Raja, Secretary GINI
     

  9. Mr. Usama Bakhtiar, Research Manager, GINI

Norwegian:

  1. Dr. Arne Tesli, Senior Researcher NIBR, Oslo - Focal Person for Executive Education & Annual Conference
     

  2. Dr. Jon Naustdalslid, Senior Researcher NIBR, Oslo -Focal Person for research
     

  3. Dr. Trine Myrvold, Research Director NIBR, Oslo

   Brig (R) Mohammad Saleem, Consultant GINI, updated the participants on GEN activities undertaken since the last video conference held on 19th June, 2009 as follows:

  1. Despite time constraint and frequent disruptions caused due to terrorists’ activities, the research teams through their concerted efforts were able to complete their initial reports of the six baseline research studies related to governance education commissioned in July, 2009. The institutional approach adopted for conduct of these studies by members’ organizations of GEN has been very satisfying in terms of ownership and deep commitment for the GINI initiative on governance education. The initial research reports were submitted along with the input by Norwegian focal persons for first round of review by the respective sub-committees in their meetings held in second half of October, 2009. Necessary guidelines have been issued to the research teams for finalization of their studies by 20th November, 2009. The final research reports will be shared with NIBR representatives before these are debated in a wider forum of stakeholders/experts for development of policy framework for governance education programs in the next phase.
     

  2. Baseline research on governance indicators was commissioned in early September, 2009 and NIBR input on its Inception Report was received and shared with the research team for refining the design parameters of the research. The first draft report will be finalized by end of this year, but initial findings will be prepared for dissemination during the Annual Conference in mid December, 2009.
     

  3. GINI web-page is being updated in real time to keep GEN members abreast of developments. A separate blog has been developed to include views/comments on baseline research studies during their development process.
     

  4. The GEN quarterly Newsletter is being published regularly and has so far seen 3 editions. The contribution volunteered from NIBR, specifically inputs from the Pakistani community in Norway on governance issues in Pakistan have not been received so far.

     Ms. Farzana Shahid, Member Annual Conference Sub Committee remarked that the schedule of annual conference has been adjusted to 13-15 December, 2009 suiting convenience of the Norwegian participants and its venue has been shifted from Marriott to Serena Hotel, Islamabad to afford maximum security. She updated the participants on status of preparations of conference agenda, selection of sessions chair, discussants, and presenters, conference papers, brochure, invitations and logistics. She suggested that papers of Norwegian speakers may be forwarded on priority for printing in the conference background document.

 

     Dr. Zafar Iqbal Jadoon, Chairperson Governance Curriculums Sub Committee briefed on the status of baseline research on governance programs and initial findings in this regard. He explained NUML was the only university in Pakistan masters in governance program. Public Administration is the oldest governance related program being taught by 13 universities, followed by Public Policy which has only recently been launched by University of Punjab and National Defense University. He said that help from NIBR would be appreciated in identifying ‘best practices’ of governance education programs from Europe and other regions.

 

     Maj Gen (R) Syed Usman Shah, Member Annual Conference Sub Committee in his remarks explained the governance program at masters level being run at NUML in collaboration with Utrecht University Netherlands . He suggested that NIBR may facilitate NUML affiliation with the Norwegian Universities.

 

   Dr. Sarfraz Hussain Ansari, Acting Chairperson Executive Education Sub Committee briefed on the status of the two baseline research studies related to demand and supply side of executive education in Pakistan. He expressed satisfaction over the review of 2 reports on the supply and demand sides of executive education programs in Pakistan, saying that the questionnaires were comprehensive, and data was intelligently analyzed, but further improvements were necessary. He said that NIBR input had been received on the initial report of study related to user needs profile, while the same is awaited in case of initial report on existing state of executive education courses, which may be expedited in order to facilitate finalization of research report by the research team by 20th November, 09.

 

     Associate Prof Najaf Yawar Khan, Member TNA Sub-committee explained the progress made in three baseline research related to TNA at masters, bachelors and college level. He said that based on the first review of the initial report on these studies, necessary guidelines have been given by the sub-committee for submission of final report by the research teams.

 

     Mr. Daniyal Aziz in his summing up remarks explained that although the initial reports of baseline research present a bleak picture of governance education in general and Bachelors and College level programs in particular, this makes our job not only more difficult but also more important. He said that rather than trying to construct and implement programs from scratch, it may be more feasible to deepen and broaden the existing ‘Civics’ and ‘Pakistan Studies’ courses to cover governance essentials at the college level, offer governance as a minor at Bachelor’s level, while demand at Masters is sufficient to warrant a full-fledged governance degree program . With this in mind, we have started to probe ‘Civics’ and ‘Pakistan Studies’, but it will take additional coordination with HEC and provincial directorates to make this possible.

 

   Dr. Arne Tesli expressed satisfaction and delight at the commitment and enthusiasm of network members, commended them on furthering the documentation and analysis within their bodies of research despite time-constraints, and characterized them as a solid foundation on which further work could be developed.

 

   NIBR representatives found the Annual Conference program detailed and well-presented. NIBR role and contribution within the Conference program was clarified. ‘Governance Indicators’ was agreed to be a relevant area for a Norwegian presenter which would be accommodated either within the final Plenary Session or within one of the Parallel panels (Poverty Reduction) was suggested as suitable. It was also decided that there would be a presenter from NIBR on each of the 6 sub-themes. NIBR has provided the titles of these papers, and will provide either copies of presentations or synopsis/summaries of papers which can be included in pre-conference materials to prepare participants for informed comments during the discussions. These will be delivered as soon as possible but not later than first week of December, 2009. NIBR representatives commended efforts on the newsletter and agreed that inputs from the Norwegian Pakistani community would be valuable. They also recommended that heavy files not be emailed to them and to network members but be uploaded on the website.

 

     On a query by Norwegian participants about obtaining security conditions in Pakistan, it was explained that the recent upsurge in terrorist activities is as a result of the ongoing military operations in South Waziristan. Hopefully the security situation in Pakistan would improve in coming few weeks when these operations are likely to be completed. The conference venue at Serena Hotel is situated in the high security zone of Islamabad and it is the only hotel which is security vise cleared for the foreign missions and their international guests.

 

     Mr. Daniyal Aziz said that the draft reports would now be used to formulate a broader document that would provide insights, implications, and recommendations of the research to form a coherent basis on which the curriculum would be developed. Given that GINI already has material prepared on various governance issues of key relevance (e.g. local governments), it may be advisable to execute a pilot of the Executive Education component this year, if the budgetary requirements are met.

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1st Vid-Con - June 19,
2009
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2nd Vid-Con - Nov 04,
2009
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Workgroup Meeting and 3rd Vid-Con - Mar 4, 2010
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