ISLAMABAD – Over 190 students of MS and PhD presented their research papers on a variety of topics related to public interest at a three-day 16th National Research Conference concluded here in Islamabad on Saturday.The conference organized by Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST) Islamabad campus invited students from different private and public sector universities to come and present their research papers before a committee of education experts which after due scrutiny and evaluation will make the papers public for common benefit of the masses.Once the committee decides on the authenticity and accuracy of the papers they are expected to bring to light several interesting findings particularly related to socio-culture sphere and significantly contributes towards raising awareness about the prevailing issues.Over the next few weeks, the committee members will be hectically engaged in reviewing the research papers. The conference is a biannual feature of SZABIST, which is aimed at encouraging students to explore the unexplored issues within the area of their interest.They were given a four-month time to carry out an extensive research in fields of Management Sciences, Computer Sciences and Social Sciences. While presenting his research at the conference, a student of MS- Management Sciences Muhammad Imdad Ullah said that unnecessary strict and hard treatment of teachers with students at primary and secondary level is a major factor in driving students out of schools and hampering efforts to enhance literacy rate.He said that students need to be dealt with politely and tenderly in order to maintain their interest in studies and thus produce an educated young generation. Another student named Nadia Elyas of MS-Social Sciences while sharing her paper said that lack of knowledge about psychiatric disorders and delay in seeking their treatments is causing an increase in the rates of suicides.She said that depression, frustration, and anxiety are serious mental health disorders, which the society is not generally sensitive towards. Warning that these problems if left untreated can force a person of any age group to take his or her own life.Similar other issues were also touched upon in the research papers presented by students in order to trigger an overall social behavioral change. These included impacts of text messages on youth, psychological exploration of elderly people, hepatitis B & C transmission, financial development and economic growth and many more.Prominent political and defense analyst Lt. Gen (R) Talat Masood was also present during the conference.This news was published in The Nation newspaper. Read complete newspaper of 27-Jan-2013 here.