LAHORE - Higher Education Commission (HEC) Chairman Dr M Nizamuddin has stressed the need of formulating policies by social scientists, not the politicians.

Speaking at the inaugural session of International Conference of Psychology 2015 at Alhamra Cultural Complex on Thursday, the HEC chairman said that even terrorism could be tackled in a better way, provided policies are devised on the basis of research in social sciences.

Punjab University Institute of Applied Psychology (IAP) Director Prof Dr Rukhsana Kausar, faculty members, psychologists from different parts of the world and country participated in the conference.

Some 24 scientific sessions would be organised on the second and third day of the conference, arranged by PU’s Institute of Applied Psychology and Centre for Clinical Psychology in collaboration with Pakistan Association of Clinical Psychologists (PACP). Dr Nizamuddin said that religious seminaries had been labeled as nurseries of terrorism without any research. “No study has been conducted so far on the syllabus, faculty and funding of seminaries,” he added. He also urged the psychologists to play their due role to cope with psychological problems being faced by the people at present. He further exhorted the nation to benefit from the services of psychologists to resolve social issues.

Earlier, Pakistan Psychological Association President Riaz Fatyana stressed the need for legislation to set up psychological council on the pattern of other professions.

He said that politics should be free of violence and the political parties should have no militant wing. However, he maintained that the indiscriminate operation against terrorists and militants was a step in the right direction.