National Conference on Qualitative Psychology (NCQP2020)
5th March 2020
NBS Seminar Hall, NUST, Islamabad
Department of Behavioral Sciences (DBS), School of Social Sciences and
Humanities (S3H), NUST Islamabad
National Conference on
Qualitative Psychology was first of its kind in Pakistan to showcase
qualitative research geared towards integrated solutions considering
Sustainable Development Goals. The event provided opportunity to 150
researchers, scholars and academicians across the country to promote
interdisciplinary qualitative research to find evidence based and
contextualized solutions of the social issues (such as health, hygiene, quality
of education, social harmony etc). Eminent professionals in the field of social
sciences attended the conference, and appreciated the platform provided by DBS
(NUST) findings real time solutions to psycho-social and societal problems and
Addressing at the
occasion, keynote speaker Dr. S. Zulfiqar Gillani emphasized the significance
of the scholarly qualitative research for understanding behaviors in the given context.
This helps to provide “meaning” to behaviors which remains narrow by taking
quantitative approaches to research. He concluded his keynote address by appreciating
NCQP2020 as a brave step towards bringing much needed interdisciplinary
qualitative research in focus and showcasing the researches being conducted in
Pakistani socio-cultural context.
Pro-rector NUST, Dr.
Asif Raza highlighted the importance of in-depth evidence-based research and
urged a serious consideration from the academia towards qualitative research for
taking human-centered solution-oriented approach. He further mentioned high
ranking of the School of Social Sciences & Humanities (NUST) in QS ranking
which is mainly because of the efforts made to produce evidence-based research.
He highlighted the fact that the Department of Behavioral Sciences (S3H) has
made a significant contribution in NUST to promote quality research and this
has raised the recognition of S3H.
Dr. Salma Siddiqui,
Head of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and the chief organizer of the
conference stressed upon the scholarly value of qualitative research. She
narrated the significance of qualitative research to understand human behaviors
and underlying psycho-social in its contextual and structural depth.
Dr. Ashfaque Hasan Khan
(Dean and Principal of S3H) mentioned the need of qualitative
research for effective evidence-based policy making. He expressed his pride and
appreciation for DBS for organizing a conference that pioneered the promotion
of interdisciplinary qualitative research in Pakistan.
After the inauguration
session, the conference formally moved towards scientific sessions for the
scholarly discourse on qualitative research inquiry for indigenous problems.
Forty (40) research papers (selected after blind review of 100 submitted
papers) were presented in three parallel scientific sessions that were mainly
segregated based on research methods used in these papers (that is,
Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, Thematic Analysis, and Focus Group
Discussion and Systematic Reviews). The esteemed researchers shared indigenous,
contextualized, interdisciplinary and research-based perspectives on myriad of
social issues and behavioral problems. Presenters uplifted the importance of
qualitative research methods for solution to socio-cultural issues and
challenges. Six eminent professionals (Dr. Syeda Shahida Batool, Dr. Urusa
Fahim, Ms. Saima Qamar, Dr. Nighat Gilani, Dr. Farah Khalid, and Dr. Najma
Sadiq) chaired the morning and afternoon sessions. Each session was concluded
with question/answers and session chairs’ invaluable feedback. The dual focus
of the conference, both qualitative research methods and research-based
solutions was concluded by the session chairs as improving overall quality of
life and role of qualitative research in that.
After the successful
completion of scientific sessions, a panel discussion on Interdisciplinary
Qualitative Research in Pakistani Social Context was carried out. Panelists
include Dr. Azher Hameed Qamar (Moderator), Dr. Urusa Fahim, Dr. Syeda Shahida
Batool, and Dr. Adnan Khan. Panelist had a fruitful and conclusive discussion
on researchers’ need to bracket their presumptions, true sense of process of
analysis, and human-centered research grounded in social and cultural
The concluding session
was presided by Miss Ghazala Saifi (MNA, Federal Parliament Secretary) who in
her address appreciated the researchers who presented their qualitative studies
and said that we wish to see cultural research done and researchers should come
forward with original works and research to find solutions rather than being
influenced with foreign research that is mainly dominated by quantitative
research and research conducted in western context.
workshops were also the important part of the conference and were conducted on 4th
March 2020. Dr. Azher Hameed Qamar conducted a workshop on Interpretative
Phenomenological Analysis (IPA). Dr. Najimdeen Bakre and Dr. Imdadullah
conducted a workshop on Qualitative Research Design and Write-up. Both the
workshops were a great success and received appreciation from the participants.
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