Scholars advised to adopt modern research methodologies

Sher Alam Shinwari

PESHAWAR: Speakers at an event have called upon writers and research scholars to adopt new research techniques for exploring creative ideas lying hidden and encourage research on scientific lines so that young people could know about different literary, cultural and social issues in the light of emerging treasure trove of scholarship and knowledge around a digital world.

Two new books one each in Pashto and Urdu penned down by Iqbal Husain Afkar and Gohar Naveed respectively, titled ‘Da jwand rangoona dee’ (These colours of life) a collection of literary reportages and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa mein Urdu adab (Urdu literature in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa).

Speakers were of the view that Iqbal Hussain Afkar and Gohar Naveed had produced quality prose works which would serve as crash course for budding researchers and book lovers. They said that the new books would motivate the budding literati and researchers to plan out their studies on scientific lines.

Sharing their views, speakers stressed the need for quality research with positivist approach and encourage to adopt modern ways and means to widen the scope of creative ideas in the wake of needs of the digital world and also to motivate young scholars and writers to dig out new research avenues for enriching not only magna corpus of literature but also add up to societal innovative approach towards purposeful research study objectives.

These views were expressed by speakers at a book launching ceremony held under the auspices of Pakhto Literary cum Cultural Organization (PLCO) Mardan here on the other day. Poets, writers and research scholars from Islamabad and parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, including Malakand, Swat, Dir, Swabi, Nowshera, Charsadda, Bannu, Kohat and Peshawar showed up at the event. Senior Urdu writers Prof Dr Nazeer Tabbasum, Prof Nasir Ali Syed, Prof Dr Abdullah Jan Abid, Chairman Pakistani Languages Islamabad Prof Ziaur Rahman Baloch and Prof Hanif Khalil were also in attendees.

Addressing the event, Abdul Subhan Khan, poet and patron-in-chief of the PLCO Mardan pointed out that district Mardan had been the centre of literary and cultural activities and had produced literary giants and artists of high caliber. Chairing the function, Mr Khan added that writers and research scholars should adopt new methods in line with modern techniques for exploring and introducing innovative ideas and should also encourage upcoming young writers to gather authentic information to widen the scope of both Pashto and Urdu.

Senator Dilawar Khan while speaking as the chief guest on the occasion said that poets, writers and scholars should come up creative ideas to strengthen peace narrative, national integration and social cohesion towards building a pluralistic society. He said both the scholars had taken pains to produce quality contents which would help young readers to know how to author high standard literary works.

Muhammad Jawad Shafaq, a Ph.D scholar at Pashto Academy, University of Peshawar, told this scribe that young scholars could learnt a lot from such works because different writers and experts frankly shared their in-depth views in fewer words and also motivated them to develop a good taste for quality reading of books and authors on wide range of topics.

Prof Nasir Ali Syed in his remarks said that both the books would enrich prose treasure troves of Urdu and Pashto, adding that Gohar Naveed and Iqbal Hussain being serious writers had always worked on valuable topics; therefore their works would lend a wide scope especially to the discipline of research.

“I found both the studies very inspiring and informative and I strongly believe that the tradition of research on scientific basis will create space for interested readers especially young research scholars to further improve their skills to come up with such works. I hope and envision that KP scholars will conduct quality research studies in the future from which readers will benefit a lot,” elaborated Mr Nasir Ali Syed.

Gohar Naveed, noted author of several books, said that the trend of doing research on innovative ideas was need of the hour and educational institutions offering programmes on various disciplines should provide facilities to their research students so that substantive studies could be conducted on different aspects of language and literature and help pave way for exploring unique and creative works.

“Scholars working on Urdu in KP are not short of any one as quality works were being produced in addition to other literary genres, including prose and fiction but still young writers and research scholars are in dire need of facilities of having access to digital libraries and hi-tech provisions and funds for doing even more advanced topics covering subtle aspects for the critical evaluation,” he observed.

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