Norwegian expert delivers lecture at Punjab University Institute of Administrative Sciences

Lahore: Prof Tom Christensen from Department of Political Science’s University of Oslo Norway delivered a lecture on “Comparative Governance and Public Management Reform: Perspectives, Experiences and Challenges,” during his lecture series, at the Punjab University Institute of Administrative Sciences (IAS) here on Tuesday.

Dean Faculty of Science and Director Centre of High Energy Physics (CHEP) Prof Dr Haris Rashid presided over the lecture while IAS Director Prof Dr Nasira Jabeen, former Director Prof Dr Zafar Iqbal Jadoon, faculty members and a large number of students attended the lecture.

In his lecture, Prof Tom Christensen emphasized the need for reform initiatives in Pakistan that suits to its historical and institutional context. He said no country could have good governance through incorporated models. He said there was need for clarity of thinking among political and administrative leaders. He shared experiences of other countries and had drawn lessons for Pakistan.

Dr. Haris Rasheed endorsed the observations of Prof. Tom Christenson and expressed his concern on blind limitation of reform policy to international institutions like the World Bank and IMF.

He urged the students and graduates of IAS to play their role in bringing improvements in public sector by playing active part in politics to make the political leaders responsive to the needs and problems of common people. He congratulated Dr Nasira Jabeen on organizing a successful lecture on the topic.

Prof Dr Zafar Iqbal Jadoon said every country should take measures keeping in view its problems to get rid of these issues. He said universities were the places of promoting new ideas. He appreciated Prof Tom’s lecture and said it was really an informative lecture.

Earlier, in her welcome address, IAS Director Dr Nasira Jabeen highlighted the objectives of the lecture. She welcomed Prof Tom Christensen at the Institute and hoped that faculty members and scholars will learn a lot from his lecture.

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