MGSHSS Faculty Writes on the Socio-Political Impact of the Corona Virus in Pakistan
Rasul Bakhsh Rais (Professor, HSS) publishes an op-ed titled “In Pakistan, cycles of wheat and sugar scandals rob the poor” in Arab News (April 13, 2020).
For details: https://www.arabnews.pk/node/1658176
Umair Javed (Assistant Professor, HSS) publishes an op-ed titled “Welfare considerations” in Dawn (April 6, 2020).
Nearly a month into the pandemic, there is little indication that the worst is behind us. Ominously, a host of projections suggest an exponential rise in cases to continue till at least the middle of April. We find ourselves in uncertain and unprecedented times, and all front-line medical professionals, administrators and volunteers deserve our gratitude for steering us through them.
Faisal Bari (Associate Professor, Economics) publishes an op-ed titled “Online Learning” in Dawn (April 3, 2020).
Universities, which were in the middle of the spring semester when the orders for closure were announced, have been told to remain shut until May 31. It has raised significant questions for universities to consider.
For details: https://www.dawn.com/news/1546047/online-learning
Umair Javed (Assistant Professor, HSS) publishes an op-ed titled “Two glaring deficits” in Dawn (March 23, 2020).
As the experience of a number of states across the world demonstrates, dealing with a new pandemic is just shy of an impossible task. It becomes even more so for governments in resource-poor developing countries that are burdened by the legacy of inefficient bureaucracies and weak administrators. This reality should preface and contextualise all conversations on the response to the crisis shown by Pakistan’s federal and provincial governments. They’ve been dealt a bad hand, and, for the sake of sanity, one would prefer to assume they’re doing all they can, given significant capacity limitations.
Faisal Bari (Associate Professor, Economics) publishes an op-ed titled “Education: Looking forward” in Dawn (March 20, 2020).
All educational institutions, across the country, are currently closed. This is as it should be. The same is true of most schools in most countries across the world. The government has, for now, said that schools will remain closed till April 5. This date is likely to be extended. We cannot open schools as long as we do not have control over the spread of the coronavirus. We cannot take the risk of infecting a large number of people. Even if children do not get very sick if they get the virus, they become carriers. This is a risk we should not take.