ISLAMABAD PPP Secretary General Jehangir Badr has said the government is not planning to undo the good work done by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) in the last eight years. He stressed the need for a uniform education system, more universities for a knowledge-based economy and a sustained structure for providing funding for social science research. He was speaking at the closing ceremony of the first international conference on Promotion of Social Science Research in Pakistani Universities: Prospects and Challenges held at HEC Secretariat on Wednesday. Dr Javaid R Laghari, Chairperson HEC was also present on the occasion. I firmly believe that the HEC should be protected in the best national interest, since it has achieved tremendous successes in the past. I would especially like to mention that HEC is one of the few institutions in the country that has worked relatively independently and without much political interference, thus being able to maintain quality and ensure respect for merit. Once again, I assure you on behalf of the PPP that no action would be taken against the institution whose creation is based on the idea given by Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Badr said. As a student of social sciences, I would first like to congratulate the HEC for successfully organising the 1st International Conference on Promotion of Social Science Research in Public Sector Universities. It is especially pleasing to note that all the major public sector universities, as well as geographic regions, of the country are represented in the conference. I am also delighted to see that the participants include vice chancellors on one hand and young faculty members and PhD scholars on the other hand, he added. Later on, replying to a question regarding the degree of OGRA Chief Tauqir Sadiq who is brother-in-law of Jehangir Badar, he said he does not know about it whether it is valid or not. It is important to mention that a case about the authenticity of his degree is being heard at Islamabad High Court and the court had also inquired about the status of the university from where Tauqir Sadiq had acquired his LLM degree. The participants of the three-day conference, organised under the auspices of the HEC Committee for Development of Social Sciences and Humanities, included experts in the field of Social Sciences Pakistan and abroad, in addition to young faculty of Social Sciences and indigenous PhD scholars, who made poster presentations based on their research. There was a consensus among the conference participants that soul of a country comes from Liberal Arts and Social Science. There is a crucial need to promote multidisciplinary research in Social Science and forge a common research agenda to meet the contemporary social, economic, political, cultural and environmental challenges of the country.