IoBM Interactive Session
TIME FOR SOUL-SEARCHING!
AMID UN ANTI-CORRUPTION COMMEMORATION AND
HEC’S VISION FOR UNIVERSITIES TO OBSERVE
NAB’S ANTI-CORRUPTION AWARENESS DRIVE
IoBM students of the class of Public Relations and Corporate Communication, Fall 2016, recently organized an interactive session: “Time for Soul-searching” in relation to the UN Anti-Corruption Awareness Commemoration and HEC’s vision for universities to observe Anti-Corruption Awareness drive.
Attending the occasion were faculty and students, who discussed and pondered upon the causes and effects of corruption and how it disturbs a society’s socio-economic balance. Invited as the Guest of Honor was Dr. Akhlaq Ahmed, Director, Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC) and Advisor to the President, IoBM. Present on this occasion was Mr. Parvez Jamil, were IoBM’s Dr. Asima Faisal, Assistant Professor and Head of Health and Hospital Management; Ms. Leena Askari, Assistant Professor, Psychology; Ms. Lubna Ali, Lecturer, Communication and Ms. Sarwat Nauman, Senior Lecturer, Education.
Dr. Akhlaq Ahmed said that the decay in moral values is increasing the menace of corruption in our society. While presenting facts he said that 31.68% of corruption is because of lack of accountability, 16.4% because of low salaries and 19.97% because of an absence of transparency. Dr. Ahklaq stressed upon that a corrupt judiciary leads to a corrupt society. He explained that a child’s family background and schooling nurtures his mind and a human becomes civilized through proper education and upbringing. This enables him to differentiate between right and wrong while helping him lead a pure and honest life. Dr. Akhlaq assured that even if one corrupt person has a change of heart and turns over a new leaf, it will create a change in society.
Mr. Parvez Jamil emphasized on trendsetters: our leaders and celebrities, to be role models, leading from the front and setting examples in simplicity, austerity, honesty and integrity for the followers to imitate. While sharing excerpts of his published articles on this occasion “Time for Soul-searching”, he asserted of inculcating positive mindsets from adolescence to combat the hard core reality of “countless men and women, young and old, rich and poor, educated and uneducated, elite and commoner quietly guilty of violating some code of ethics but apparently looking so busy in life in what seems to be a conspiracy of silence, for example, cheating to pass an exam, bribing to get a job done, misappropriating to earn an extra income, intriguing to satisfy ego or for worldly ambitions or as a mere habit, plagiarizing to aim for an advanced level degree in higher education and research, and so on.” Commenting on the menace of corruption, Mr. Parvez said, “Where justice is purposely denied to a just cause or case through man-made laws, the law of nature comes into action. Penalties occur so silently for the custodians turn breakers of law that it is not even realized as to when, where, and how the wraths have fallen.