Research Abstracts (2006-07)

    Following the Footsteps of Mevlana Jalal ud Din Muhammad Rumi in the Pursuit of Knowledge

    MAKSAD’s International Turkish Sufi Culture and Mawlana Symposium,
    Celal Beyar University, Manisa, Turkey
    29th-30th September, 2007

    “My body’s life and strength proceed from Thee!
    My soul within and spirit are of Thee!
    My being is of Thee, and Thou art mine,
    And I am Thine, since I lost in Thee!”.
    Umar Khayyam


    This paper seeks to explain the concept of knowledge believed and practiced by Mevlana in the times rife by rational skepticism,
    political turmoil and moral and cultural upheaval. Perhaps we are again at the same crossroads the history has faced at times of
    Mevlana. Thus we look towards Mevlana for spiritual guidance and moral uplift his timeless writings uphold since centuries without
    loosing their charm and effectiveness. It is again diving deep into ocean of spiritualism and discovering self worth and meaning of
    existence commanding management in one’s worldly material and intellectual affairs and seeking social compliance through love and
    acceptance rather than control and coercion.  


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    Mevlana Jalal ud Din Muhammad Rumi – A Beacon for Wayfarers

    Seljuk University, Konya, Turkey
    12-15 December 2007


    We are celebrating Mevlana’s 800th birth anniversary not as a dear departed soul but very much live and present in us. It is very
    difficult to grasp fully what is so grand and empowering about Mevlana - he charges us with Love. It is hard to get out of his influence,
    although its not mesmerizing putting you into deep slumber; but its all awakening, like having new birth and seeing oneself in totally
    different perspective while redefining or modifying one’s relationship with oneself, God, and this universe. Thus, whoever has tried to
    study the ethics of society building in context of Islamic teachings, whoever has wanted to resurrect the social system of his times has
    looked toward Mevlana for his supreme command over human nature with all its vicious cravings and virtuous desires for growth and
    self-improvement. We are to learn from him how to harness mental energies and put on the right path the misguided souls suffering
    from the pain of rejection and coercion. The great scholars of subcontinent have not been able to escape this powerful influence as
    well. Many scholars have worked in differing capacity on Mevlana, but his most devoted disciple has been Dr. Allama Muhammad
    Iqbal, who gave a new vision and strategy to his people to break shackles of slavery and pave their way toward independence and
    freedom. In this paper we will reflect upon what Iqbal had learnt from Mevlana, and how does he suggest Muslims to follow Mevlana’s
    teachings enlightening both spirit and action and charging with new vigor of life. These guidelines are not just stories from past, but
    still humanity, art and science has lot to benefit from it.

    Keywords: Hermeneutics. Knowledge Age.  Universal Wisdom. Metaphysics.
                  Wahdat-ul-Wajood. Wahdat-ul-Shahood
    Dynamics of Quality Services as Perceived by Students of Higher Education in Pakistan

    The Studies of Sustainable Development and Complex Systems
    --Multi-Conference on the applications of Systems Science, Management Science and System Dynamics
    Tongji University, Shanghai, China
    October 19 - 21, 2007


    Purpose: Research was carried out in order to determine if a relationship existed between the student perception of quality of
    services provided to them and student satisfaction.
    Design: The research is a case study of a recently chartered private university of Pakistan. The researcher has used mixed
    approach, both qualitative and quantitative methodologies in data collection and primary analysis. Furthermore, stock and flow
    models were drawn to represent the maintenance of student services, as well as, the decision-making process regarding provision of
    the services affecting the organizational system of the university as a whole. The research participants were the university students
    who filled the questionnaire designed to measure student satisfaction according to Malcolm Baldridge Quality Criterion 2005.
    Findings: The results suggest there is a major balancing loop between student satisfaction and an effort to meet increased student
    service demand, but because there is a delay in the system, the effort will trigger various loops in the system that brings unwanted
    policy effects.
    Research limitations: It is a case study limited to one university. The sample was small as well.  
    Originality/value: The paper is the original work of the researcher accepted for the International Conference on The Studies of
    Sustainable Development and Complex Systems with the applications of Systems Science, Management Science and System
    Dynamics, October 19 - 21, 2007, Tongji University, Shanghai, China
    Key words: Student satisfaction. Service quality. Higher education. System dynamics. Systems thinking. Leadership.
    Leading For Quality: Opportunities and Constraints for Private Sector Universities

    5th National Conference on Quality Assurance in Education (EQ2007)
    PIQC-Pakistan Institute of Quality Control
    16-17th June 2007


    This study examines the pursuit of quality by University of Management and Technology Lahore (UMT), over past few years. The
    research is a case study with special reference to quality standards as specified by Baldridge Criterion for Education 2005. The
    study examines the vision, goals, Administration and Academics of UMT; and weighs it against past achievements. It further explores
    future strategic planning and envisage the outcome, outlining best practices in form of benchmarking, innovation, use of technology
    and provision of services to students and academia. It also identifies social, financial and budgetary constraints, missed opportunities
    and the institution’s learning strategy. Methodology involves an eclectic approach using both quantitative methods: survey and
    opinion poll, and qualitative methods: interviews, document analysis, focused group discussions, observation and critical review.  
    After intensive quantitative and qualitative analysis the  final research report is prepared which will not only inform about the success
    or failure of UMT in becoming a “learning organization” but it will also serve as an example for others to learn to make “choices” fit for
    the purpose. Frequent examples from National and International sources have been used to compare and contrast the process and
    performance of UMT.
    Developing Universal Model of Educational Leadership


    This study is a qualitative study focusing on various phenomenological aspects of educational leadership. It implies that education is
    the key resource to develop all systems that may comprise a society. Leadership keeps any system dynamic and living, thus we
    need more efficient and dynamic Educational leadership. Although, during past 50 years there has been enough research on the
    topic and many models for leadership have been developed and some have been adapted to work with the education system. Still,
    nowhere around the world society is happy with the output of educational system and every now and then new reforms are
    announced. The study has derived some best practices and evidence from the popular study done on the topic and has theorized a
    universal model for educational leadership, which might be especially effective for developing nations and under privileged societies.

    Keywords: Educational leadership. Knowledge society. Human social capital.
                   Developing Countries. Models of Educational Leadership.

    The Memetic Counseling of Masanavi: An Artless Art of Mevlana Jalal ud Din Muhammad Rumi

    Divinity Faculty  of Onsekiz Mart University
    Canakkale. Turkey
    25-28 May 2006


    Reading Masanavi has always been regarded as great hermeneutic experience of Qur’an. Adopting the disposition of an adept
    social scientist, Mevlana cleverly maneuvers through the problems faced by all social spheres. Modern social sciences are not
    limited to the story of “self” or “society” alone. It has transcended to the third dimension aspiring to speak of soul and percepts of
    metaphysics. None can tell this tale better than Mevlana, who has coded the history of Muslim civilization, its thought, beliefs,
    evolution and devolution of its culture in the Masanavi. All analogies used by him are carefully constructed memes; whose vigilant
    decoding leads us to an exquisite unveiling of greater truth. In this systematic analysis & synthesis Mevlana successfully handles
    modern discourse techniques. The use of dialectics to reach down the core of a problem, part by part unfolding it, until it is obvious
    to the plain naked eye, and then gradually reconstructing it by assigning it new value with meaning and purpose is the artless art of
    Mevlana. The Truth is Life itself where there is no bias or religious and cultural barrier. Hence Mevlana achieves that universal
    language which is communicable to people of all ages across all times.