ISLAMABAD (APP) - The seventh sitting of the Committee of Higher Education Commission (HEC) on the development of Social Sciences and Humanities was held at the Higher Education Commission Secretariat with Dr Ishrat Husain, Director, Institute of Business Administration, Karachi, in the chair. Dr. Ishrat emphasized that strengthening of Social Sciences was vital for socio-economic development of the country. He lauded the efforts of HEC for initiating a number of projects and programmes for faculty and institutional development, human resource development and promotion of research culture in Social Sciences and Humanities. "These steps will be quite helpful in bringing Social Sciences at par with other disciplines", he stressed. While discussing new ideas and proposals, the Committee recommended that Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Pakistan should be revived to cater to the growing needs of faculty and institutional development in these disciplines. Dr Riaz-ul-Haq Tariq, Member (Academics), HEC, informed the participants about development on previous meeting's decision related to HEC recognised journals, HEC approved supervisor, development of database of external evaluators and launching English course for MPhil/PhD students are being followed. The Chairmen of the Sub-committees on Urdu and Regional Languages, Database of Social Science Departments, Psychology, Education, Law and Statistics presented various recommendations for promotion of research and faculty development in their respective disciplines. The Committee was briefed by the Chairman of Sub-committee on Improvement of NTS Test about progress on standardisation of present format of the test. After discussion over the recommendations of the Sub-committees, it was decided that the departments in Pakistani universities which are fulfilling the HEC PhD criteria in Urdu and Regional Languages would be considered on international standards. In this regard, the Sub-committee on Urdu and Regional Languages would identify such departments which would also be considered for Post-Doc studies. The Committee appreciated the decision of the Sub-committee that National Language Authority would provide indexing and abstracting service for the journals in the discipline of Urdu, Persian and Pakistani languages.