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Challenging legacy for ‘leaders of tomorrow’

By Our Correspondent
November 20, 2023
Dr Raziuddin Memorial Library can be seen within the Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad in this picture released on June 8, 2023. — Facebook/Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad
Dr Raziuddin Memorial Library can be seen within the Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad in this picture released on June 8, 2023. — Facebook/Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad

Islamabad: Department of Anthropology, Quaid-i-Azam University, organised here a talk on "The Pandora Consequence’ by Charles Barker.

Mr Barker is a known motivational speaker who has organised several conferences and delivered lectures at Universities in Oman, Hong Kong, Kenya, and Pakistan on various issues like climate change, global warming, leadership, environmental sustainability, oceans and the development of tourism and hospitality. Charles also authored four novels and is a regular blogger on the environment, global politics and current affairs. The lecture examined some of the most relevant problems facing Pakistan today and suggested solutions that can be developed to mitigate the impact of the worst of them – a challenging legacy for the leaders of tomorrow.

The talk considered some of the many challenges facing the world and specifically addressed a number facing Pakistan, namely pollution, global warming, climate change, disasters and corruption. Possible solutions were discussed including the strategic application of AI and robotics, an innovative approach to waste and energy management, and leveraging the people of Pakistan’s’ natural strengths of innovation and entrepreneurialism.

In conclusion, it was suggested that the generation of todays under-graduates and graduates have a choice — a bleak and hostile future of sickness and despair without hope or future in which healthy ethics are embraced, socially, at home and in the workplace. Students should conduct their lives with respect for themselves and others and a zero tolerance should be taken against greed and corruption which have no place in a healthy and progressive future.

Prof Inam Ullah Leghari, Chairperson, Department of Anthropology, expressed gratitude to the attendees and thanked the guest speaker for his inspirational talk and voiced his aspiration for similar academically enriching engagements in forthcoming departmental endeavours.