FAISALABAD - The speakers of a training workshop urged the youth for making statistical analysis of various issues and keep an analytical eye on the surroundings to execute correct decisions on the basis of meaningful and substantial information supported with empirical evidence.

They were addressing the participants of a daylong training workshop on “Introduction to statistical software R” at University of Agriculture, Faisalabad (UAF) here the other day.

The trainers said that the data analysis was a powerful tool that helps a researcher to see the issues from different perspectives by correlating and cross-tabling different variables and the result obtained by such method helped to make correct decisions.

On the occasion, UAF VC Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan said that the university took pride in hosting such windows of training opportunities beyond class room as technology had transformed the knowledge into a virtual classroom, adding that the height of knowledge could not be achieved without combination of both classroom and virtual learning.

He said that UAF management was working on a plan to make at least 50 per cent curriculum available online within next three to four years that would be a fine mixture of real-time classroom and virtual learning to make the education affordable and accessible.

Monash University, Australia Resource Person Dr Muhammad Akram highlighted various aspects and possible outcomes of the training workshop.

The faculty of Social Sciences Dean said that the faculty had so far produced about 70 PhDs, which was a hallmark of best R&D activities in the faculty.

Institute of Agriculture & Resource Economics Director Dr Muhammad Ashfaq said that the UAF had executed 4 consecutive events of capacity building during last 15 days of the New Year.