1st Conference on STEMS at Islamia University of Bahawalpur held on 30-31 March 2021– President ECOSF joined as a Key Note Speaker on STEM Education via IBSE for Socio-Economic Development

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The first ever Conference on Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Social Sciences (STEMS) was organized on 30-31 March 2021 by the Islamia University of Bahawalpur (IUB). It was a multi-thematic conference held under hybrid sessions and featured more than 160 papers by national and foreign delegates on science, technology, engineering, mathematics and social sciences.

Speaking in the conference Vice Chancellor of IUB Prof. Athar Mahboob said that the multi-thematic conference is a unique opportunity in the history of the university where educators and researchers from universities, colleges, schools, industrial and commercial, cultural and information and other public and private institutions would share their experiences in their fields. He further said that more effective solutions to various problems are possible through multi-thematic teams.

In the inaugural session of the conference, Prof. Muhammad Ashraf, Pro Vice Chancellor IUB, Prof. Saiqa Imtiaz Asif, VC of Government Sadiq College, Women’s University, Bahawalpur and Prof. Manzoor Hussain Soomro, President ECO Science Foundation (ECOSF) participated. Prof. Soomro made a key note presentation entitled, “Inquiry Based Science Education for Sustainable Social and Economic Development”. In his talk, Prof. Soomro said that Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education plays a vital role in economic and social development through boosting human productivity and scientific and technological innovation. Today, all nations are competing to build smart and quality human resource and Pakistan can also achieve its goal and vision of a ‘knowledge economy’ and boost industrial development by promoting quality STEM coupled with Arts and Social Sciences education in the country, he added.

Prof. Soomro shared that ECOSF has been promoting the IBSE approach and developing the capacity of science educators in the ECO region, including Pakistan.

Prof. Dr. Saiqa Imtiaz Asif, Vice Chancellor, Government Sadiq College, Women’s University, Bahawalpur and participated. On the second day of the conference, 6 parallel sessions were held in which papers on medicine sciences, engineering, commerce and management and arts and social sciences were presented.

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