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Railways In Shambles: Here’s How To Fix It

The history of Pakistan Railways is a tale of bad governance, poor policies, mismanagement and political interference. This state of affairs has caused a dysfunctional railway system and loss of billions of rupees in the past few decades. In the post-independence 1950s, Pakistan Railways was in extremely bad shape, due to the supply side inefficiencies […]

Can Profits be Turned from State Owned Enterprises?

Pakistan’s State Owned Enterprises’ (SOEs) contributed PKR4 trillion to total revenues in 2018-2019. The total asset value was 19 trillion. SOEs contribute roughly 10 per cent to the nominal GDP. Moreover, SOEs provide employment to more than 450,000 people. This is around 0.8 per cent of the total workforce. Commercial SOEs collectively recorded PKR143 billion […]

Bacha Khan’s Struggle To Transform And Uplift Pashtun Society In The Colonial-Ruled NWFP

Abdul Ghaffar Khan (aka Bacha Khan or Badshah Khan) is a renowned leader of the Pashtuns, and for good reason. To uplift the Pashtun society of his time, Bacha Khan brought on board social workers and intelligentsia to eradicate many social evils from Pashtun society. Jointly, they struggled to stop blood feuds, prevent crimes and […]

Dysfunctionalities Of HEC And The Way Forward

Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE) hosted a webinar on “HEC Travails” on 26th May with a very intellectual and experienced panel to discuss the Higher Education System in Pakistan. There are various issues raised about the bureaucratic structure and the wasted interests inside the HEC and its linkages with the universities. The standards are […]

Global Gender Gap Report 2021: A Policy Brief

The pandemic repercussions have brought a high-frequency decline in the gender gaps in the (Global Gender Gap Report 2021, 2021). LinkedIn, ILO, and Ipsos have provided a timely analysis of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the gender gaps in economic participation. The ILO early projection suggests 5% of all employed women lost their […]

The Future is Female

A simple dictionary definition for feminism is; “Feminism is the belief in full social, economic and political equality for women.” Feminism is a very clear and sound approach. I must say 1400 years ago there was the first feminist who initiated to empower women and provided women with their rights— the rights of education, the […]

Closure of Educational Institutes and the loss of students in the pandemic Covid19: A Policy Perspective

To overview the history of the pandemics (viral in specific). Coronavirus is not going anywhere but is a part of our routine life. Therefore, closure of educational institutions is a short-term policy action but in long run a loss to education and students in specific. Historically, the world has faced such issues before and it’s […]

Reopening Strategy for Educational Institutes in COVID19

All educational institutions of the country are shut-down due to the second wave of Covid19. A third world country like Pakistan where the rural areas are deprived of basic facilities in this modern world. The government cannot provide internet facilities to every corner of the country. The knowledge seekers (students) migrated to hostels in big […]