Message from the Founding Director

Dr Saeed Shafqat

The Centre for Public Policy and Governance was established in 2007, the year 2020 marking thirteen years since its inception.  Over the years, CPPG has made significant accomplishments in research, teaching, training and advocacy in the areas of governance, civil service reform, demography, urban policy, citizens engagement, youth, electoral democracy, energy, and conflict resolution & peace building, to mention a few. More recently, we have been pursuing research on the rise of China and its impact both on South Asia’s socioeconomic and political dimensions and other global players such as the United States. Three research publications have already resulted from our China Cell.

Building on our initial achievements, the Centre is currently pursuing the following goals:

– Firstly, we continue to encourage and promote a culture of research that feeds into policy processes at the local, provincial and federal levels of government. We will continue to raise awareness on social issues among citizens, and elected public and non-elected public officials. Our effort is to expand the listening capacity of decision makers, in order to achieve tangible results in terms of improved governance, data-driven policy making and effective delivery of services for citizens.

– Secondly, the CPPG will continue to solicit and bid for projects in the broad domain of Social Sciences and Public Policy so that it contributes towards enhancing policy outcomes while promoting citizen ownership of these policies.

– Thirdly, We plan to initiate short courses and certifications in specific policy areas and research techniques. Simultaneously, we seek to expand merit based scholarships and financial aid for our students. To this end, we aim to create an Endowment Fund and will welcome any suggestions to achieve this goal.

– Given the launch of our Executive Masters in 2009, our MPhil program in 2014, the CPPG now has three postgraduate degrees, the PhD in Public Policy introduced in 2019 as our latest endeavor. The objective is that the CPPG can get recognition as a Centre of Excellence in research, teaching and training nationally, across the region and globally.

Dr. Saeed Shafqat Professor & Founding Director
Centre for Public Policy & Governance,
Forman Christian College (A Chartered University)