Staff ReporterTuesday, December 10, 2013 - Karachi—Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (PILER) in collaboration with the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam (ISS) initiated a 3-module (spread over 3 months) course on ‘Understanding Globalization and Labour Topic and Methods’ for Pakistani civil society and academic institutions.
The inauguration session of the 6-day first module of the course started at PILER Centre, Karachi on Monday morning with Dr Zafar Shaheed, former director of the International Labour Organization (ILO) as the keynote speaker on the occasion, where as the other speakers included Dr Syed Jaffar Ahmed, Director of Pakistan Study Centre, University of Karachi; Karamat Ali, Chief Executive of PILER, Karin Astrid Siegmann from the ISS and Zulfiqar Shah, Joint Director of PILER.
Besides PILER staff, the participants from the civil society organizations across Pakistan and staff and students of University of Karachi and University of Sindh were taking part in the course. The 3-week course, comprising 3 modules would culminate in Mar 2014. This was done in view of the engagement of potential partners with their daily work and their inability to give full 3 weeks at a stretch to a research methodology course.
The course would be led by a team of the ISS faculty members Dr Karin Astrid Siegmann, Dr Amrita Chachhi and Dr. Freek Schiphorst, facilitated by the PILER senior research associates.
In his keynote address, Dr Zafar Shaheed explained the globalization and its impacts on the workers. He said the traditional ways of life have been threatened by the globalization. To compensate the lost traditional social life, a significant seduction and some compensation in the form of technology are offered.