Educational Research Centre
Our aim is to make Pakistan a learning society and we will achieve this by working with our falcon club, higher education institutions, industry professional and nonprofit organizations. Our research focus addresses learning across the all dimensions of Ilm(عِلم) which denotes a combination of education, training, knowledge and wisdom and this includes religious, spiritual and material knowledge. We believe that it is necessary for every educational system to define clearly the type of human beings that it aims to be producing.
According to our philosophy:
Firstly, the good life must be a life of active effort and struggle. The activity must be creative and original because creativity is the most valuable and distinctive gift of man. A person should have close contact with his environment and he should constantly reshape it to suit his purposes.
Secondly, the good man must learn to apply his intelligence through, intellect he can take command of nature. Intellect does give us power but this power can be utilized constructively for the good of humanity only if it is guided and controlled by love.
Allama Iqbal is of the view that there are three qualities, which should be cultivated by education. These are courage, tolerance and faqr.
Iqbal believes that the cultivation of an attitude of courage is essential for the proper education of character. Education should be such which should eradicate all types of fear. Courage can be cultivated as an attribute of character by making Tawhid an active working principle of conduct. This according to Iqbal, implies a rejection of all fears except God, a surrender of our will. When it becomes a guiding principle of conduct, it gives human beings a sense of self-respect and courage.
The second quality which Iqbal considers to be an essential constituent of good character is tolerance. He remarks, “The principle of the ego sustained deed is respect for the ego in myself as well as in others”. It clearly implies that unless education strengthens in us a sense of respect for the other’s individuality their opinions and belief their thoughts and behavior, our own will remain distorted and incomplete.
The third quality according to Iqbal is Faqr or Istighna. It is a kind of intellectual and emotional asceticism, which does not turn away from the world as a source of evil and corruption but uses it for the pursuit of good and worthy ends.
What the nation’s young people think, and feel is the biggest concern of the time. We are in the process to survey over 5,000 young people in 20 cities around the country. This is the first time that there has been a national comparative study of the attitudes of young people on this scale. For more details, visit our Publications.