Knowing its importance, a nonpartisan advocacy organization named ScienceDebate.org, has started functioning to exalt the significance of science and technology in prosperity of US by involving presidential candidates via science debates for the last few general elections. Collaborating with their media partner, a prestigious scientific magazine (Scientific America), this organization developed an online questionnaire to take opinions and strategies from US presidential candidates before election 2016. They established 20 scientific questions about Engineering, Technology, Health and Environmental issues with help of various scientific organizations. The whole idea was to keep the voters aware of fact as to where their presidential candidates stand on addressing these societal challenges. Also, these organizations provoked journalists and voters to keep asking such questions to candidates and their campaigns more vigorously since they have profound impact on lives of voters. A survey revealed that 87% of interviewed Americans consider it essential for candidates for President and Congress to have fundamental understanding of the science informing public policy issues. Now the question is, who would have been a promising candidate to carter these challenging queries; a businessman, conventional politician or an academic? For sure, the answer would be an academic.

An extended history of professors engaged in government as technocrats or leaders is known. In developed countries it is more common to see an academic running for higher political office leaving behind their academic careers. Barack Obama could be one fine example of this transition, who taught at University of Chicago Law School, later serving as efficacious President of US for his second consecutive terms. Ben Carson being one of the world’s leading neurosurgeon served as Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland for three decades jumped into real politics, also depicting interest of academics to contribute as politicians in established countries. Three of Canada’s current cabinet members have previously served as professors in different universities. Their performance in respective departments is regarded as the best possible in terms of understanding and making policies.

Politics is an arena where phony saturation has been forged by conventional politicians in less-developed countries. From what milieu does one belong to is a highly important facet to consider before entering the subcontinent’s political spheres. Pakistan particularly has a genuine snag in this regard. The stumbling block in Pakistani society veers round the notion that the role of academic is confined to educational spheres. National politics is hijacked by conventional politicians for generations. Induction of new aspirants especially from academia has been made inviable in the current system. Waleed Iqbal, Adjunct Professor at one of prestigious institutes of Pakistan, could be taken as case study who tried to step in but failed to gain confidence against a tradition politician. Prof. Pervez Hoodbhoy is always criticized for his political engagements for bizarre reason that he should work with physics only. The number of members of legislative assembly holding background of academics comparative to developed countries is worth knowing. Holding the office of education ministry by a high school graduate is really an absurd idea.

Academics should be treated as professional thinkers and communicators. They have the ability to boast knowledge of lay audiences. They are always better speakers, writers, innovators, and leaders who have a tendency to do it via a widespread range of platforms, such as journals, lectures, seminars and more.

Letting them introduce latest modes of communication to people can make them better listeners as well, which result in being a better office-bearer.

Controversies grow about participation of academics in politics when oppositions claim that their independence collides with acute intelligence superiority. Also, very few of them want to be actively involved in power politics since it requires colossal amount of dedication and energy. A handful of academics only are inspired by the yearning to serve humanity out of their academic career. On the other hand those who advocate their participation, champion the argument that politics should be inoculated by religious orthodoxy, gender discrimination, corruption and the like. All this could be practiced by only academics that are enlightened and capable of fighting for down-trodden. Although academics lack stardom and finances, which always negatively impact their goal once they decide to join prohibited spheres of politics, but their value as promoters of social justice puts them far ahead of conventional politicians in people’s hearts. So, academics, impactful should consider politics as serving tool for humanity to leave an even greater impact.