Population Research Center

Population Research Center (PRC) was established in 2019 to conduct, promote, and strengthen inter-disciplinary population studies research in Pakistan. The PRC is an independent Center that was collaboratively created by the Departments of Economics, Geography, Statistics and Sociology and is part of the Faculty of Social Sciences.

In unison with the motto of FCCU “by love serve one another” the mission of PRC is to serve the people in the true spirit of inclusion and democracy as the premier teaching and research institute of Population Studies in Pakistan. The main purpose of the institute includes providing advanced training to students in Population Studies, generating and disseminating research on population growth and its impact, spreading awareness on population related issues and evaluating existing policies and initiatives to counter the population problem in Pakistan and collaborating with national and international institutions for trainings and research.

PRC has following objectives

  1. 1. To generate interdisciplinary research on core population related domains in Pakistan, like food safety and security, water, health, employment, education, human rights, environment, standard of living, minorities, population redistribution, family dynamics, aging, mortality, labor and markets, and family dynamics.
  2. 2. To train undergraduate and graduate students in demography and population studies.
  3. 3. To develop institutional linkages with leading population research centers in the world, specifically in the South Asia region, and engage in collaborative research, and training.
  4. 4. To provide a platform for prominent scholars and experts to participate in an ongoing solution-focused discourse on population growth and population related challenges in Pakistan.
  5. 5. To spread awareness about the burgeoning population and its implications for Pakistan.
  6. 6. To evaluate the impact of existing policies and programs to meet the challenges posed by population growth in Pakistan and share recommendations to concerned bodies.

The Population Research Center (PRC) was established on 2nd October 2019 with the Rector, Dr James A. Tebbe, signing MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) with the Population Council Pakistan, supported by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Dr Zeba Sathar, Country Director Population Council Pakistan, and Dr G.M.Arif, Consultant Population Council, two internationally renowned specialists on population studies and demography, were particularly involved and helpful.

Population growth and related demographic challenges pose major problems for all, but especially for the developing societies such as Pakistan. These challenges affect standards of living, capabilities, and sustained growth and development of the country. But they may not necessarily limit or obscure opportunities for progress. The nature, character, and direction of the national population can make a difference, positive difference.
 
It is with this hope and resolve that the PRC was conceived as a shared platform for interdisciplinary teaching and research in population studies and demography and the allied subjects. The PRC will concentrate on research and training to address salient issues and concerns in the population and its demographic components. Pakistan is facing a number of issues such as, poverty, unemployment, urban sprawl, housing, water scarcity, environmental degradation, climate change etc, to name a few. Hopefully, the PRC will distinguish itself with its willingness, capacity, and competencies to analyse these issues and, more importantly, will generate innovative and viable evidence-based policy research to suggest a way out of the difficulties for the benefit of the country and its population.
 
Finally, I would like to thank my colleagues in the Advisory Board, Dr Gloria Calib, Dr Sufian Aslam, Dr Mohammad Vaqas Ali, Mr Kashif Shafique, Dr Sharoon Hanook, and Dr Muhammad Ali Bhatti for steering the PRC project from conception to completion. Dr Vaqas, as Director PRC, Mr Jawad Tariq, as its Coordinator, and the whole staff of the center made strenuous efforts to make PRC what it is today, a palpable, promising center for population studies and demography. I am sure it has ‘ miles to go … ‘, but I do pray and hope that, in due course of time, it will emerge as a Center of Excellence not only in the country but in the whole region confronted, as it is, with the challenges of population, its structure, and change like never before.
 Dr. Sikandar Hayat
Chair, Advisory Board
Distinguished Professor of History and Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences

 

Research Repository

  1. Publications
  2. Research Report
  3. Policy Papers
  4. Conference Papers
  5. Theses
  6. Senior Projects
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The Centers support affiliates, students, and the campus community with services and expertise to plan, conduct, and disseminate research in the population sciences, as well as opportunities to network through events.

Resources and Facilities include:

  • 1. Grant writing support, from a search for funding sources, to grant preparation, review and editing, budget development, to submission;
  • 2. Links to the larger population science community on campus and beyond through events and the Bi-monthly News newsletter;
  • 3. Training & assisting on pilot projects and other funded research;
  • 4. Specialized consulting on data sets and survey design.
  • 5. Computer Lab access to the digital repository
  • 6. Library holding academic journals,Population Studies related books, reports and other resources.
  • 7. Meeting/Conference Room
  • 8. Research Rooms providing work space for PRC research teams
  • 9. Scholar Residency providing room and office space for a visiting scholar

1. Certification in Population Studies

Undergraduate students opting for a major or minor in Economics, Sociology, Geography and Statistics, will be offered the option of earning a ‘Specialization in Population Studies Certificate’ by taking Population Studies courses as electives. This certificate will be issued by the Population Research Center at FCCU, and will not alter in any way the major and minor requirements of the baccalaureate program, as laid down per HEC rules.

2. Minor in Population Studies (undergraduate level)

The PRC is also planning to offer a minor in Population Studies (18 – 24 credit hours) at the undergraduate level.