Former Punjab Higher Education Commission chairman Prof Dr Nizamuddin has said called for interdisciplinary approach in education, saying it was a vital attribute  missing in country’s academic and research culture. Addressing the inaugural ceremony of international conference on recent trends and interventions in clinical psychology organized by Punjab University Centre for Clinical Psychology on Thursday, the professor said we must ensure inter-connectivity of disciplines to resolve psychological issues being faced by the society.

PU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Niaz Ahmad, CCP Director Dr Saima Dawood, scientists from various parts of the world and country, faculty members and a large number of students were present at the inauguration ceremony.

Dr Nizamuddin said no discipline could work in isolation and there was need to adopt collective approach in our academic culture. He said there was a lack of psychological studies in Pakistan and “we should create knowledge through indigenous original research”. “Our social problems will be solved when we set our research agenda.”

The former PHEC chairman added that “we could also reduce number of crimes through psychological counselling”.

Addressing the conference, PU VC Prof Niaz Ahmad said people were not even aware of their psychological issues. He said the society was facing several issues in education psychology, industrial psychology, sports psychology etc. and experts must focus on resolving it. “PU would extend full support to launch such projects that help resolve psychological issues being faced in Pakistani society,” he added .

CCP Director Dr Saima Dawood said there was a huge scope to work in clinical psychology for students and experts. She said 10 pre-conference workshops had been conducted from March 4-19, whereas four workshops would be conducted after conference on various topics of clinical psychology.

The aim of these workshops was to provide professional training to professionals and trainees to deal with mental health issues, Saima added. In her address, she also informed the audience that eminent professionals and students from the field of mental health from all over Pakistan were presenting 135 empirical research papers in 18 scientific sessions of the conference. The purpose of the conference was to create awareness among general public and to enhance the clinical skills and knowledge of the trainees of mental health, she went on to say.

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