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Dr. Akhter Hameed Khan Memorial Award for 2005 

Announcement of the Award by the Selection Committee

List of books nominated for the Award

Announcement for 2005 Award

Announcement of the Award by the Selection Committee

With donation from National Rural Support Programme (NRSP) and other persons, the Council of Social Sciences, Pakistan (COSS) has established an annual Award of Rs. 50,000/- in memory of the renowned social worker and social scientist late Dr. Akhtar Hameed Khan. The Award will be given every year on October 9, the birthday of Dr. Akhtar Hameed Khan, to the best book by a Pakistani author published during a financial year (July to June) written in any of the following fields (i) rural/urban development (ii) peace (iii) poverty and its alleviation and  (iv) gender discrimination. However, for this year Award, the books written July 2001 to June 2005 were also eligible.

After the announcement of the Award, a press release was issued to the press, which was published in all the major national newspapers. (Dawn on Aug. 23, Nation on Aug. 25, The News on Aug. 25, and Daily Times on Aug. 31. The announcement also appeared in Dawn Books and Author section on Sept. 4.)

A total of 17 books were recommended for the Award. COSS Executive Committee comprising Dr. Inayatullah, Dr. Rais Ahmad Khan and Dr. Zarina Salamat met on September 13 to review the books. Dr. Saeed Shafqat also attended the meeting. The Committee short listed the following four books for the Award.

1. Taboo by Fauzia Saeed (2001)
2. Between Chaddor and the Market: Female Office Workers in Lahore by Jasmin Mirza
3. Women Verses Man Social-Legal Gender Inequality in Pakistan by Rashida Patel
4. Hazardous Home-based Sub-contracted Work: A Study of Multiple Tiered Exploitation by Shahrukh Rafi Khan, Saba Gul Khattak and Sajid Kazmi

A Selection Committee comprising the following was constituted to select the book for the Award.

1. Dr. Inayatullah, President, Council of Social Sciences (COSS), Islamabad
2. Dr. Mohammad Waseem, Chairman, Department of International Relations, QAU
3. Ms. Nigar Ahmad, Chairperson, Aurat Foundation, Lahore

The Selection Committee met in COSS office on September 19, 2005. Four books were considered in the final assessment for the first Akhtar Hameed Khan award. The first book Taboo deals with important social issues concerning the singing and dancing girls in Lahore's Shahi Mohalla.  The approach in the study is based on a large number of cases, stories and perceptive observations of the author. The second book Between Chaddor and the Market deals with the newly emerging subject: of working women in an office setting.  The problem exists in many contemporary socities.  The focus of the study is on a local context, within a  changing environment. It is in the nature of a very good reportage on gender issues.  The third book Woman vs Man is a good catalogue of issues in the gender perspective within a legal framework.  The author refers to the social context and has made a large number of analytical observations. The fourth book Hazardous Home-Based Subcontracted Work adopts a systematic qualitative and quantitative interdisciplinary approach to the study of home workers, specifically, incense stick makers, carpet weavers, sack stitchers and prawn shellers.  The book analyzes the macro-framework in the globalised trading agreements, the role of the intermediaries at various levels, their practices and economic returns, the social and economic situation at the workplace and the household, and the effect of home-based work on health, education and culture of women and children.  The study compares these households with those not engaged in home-based work.  The sub-cultural factors are highlighted such as conflicts between Bengali, Burmese, Gujrati and Urdu speaking communities.  The social dynamics of culture and macro and micro-economic interaction with the household economy are interwoven in the analysis.  A detailed summary of findings and recommendations is given at the end with copious references to other studies in the field.  It is a valuable addition to the existing literature on home-based workers in Pakistan.

In our opinion the book Hazardous Home-Based Subcontracted Work stands out among those considered and is worthy of the award of the first Akhtar Hameed Khan Memorial Award 2005.

The Selection Committee unanimously selected Hazardous Home-based Sub-contracted Work: A Study of Multiple Tiered Exploitation by Shahrukh Rafi Khan, Saba Gul Khattak and Sajid Kazmi for the Award.

 

(Dr. Inayatullah)                (Dr. Mohammad Waseem)          (Ms. Nigar Ahmad)

List of books nominated for the Award

1. Rubina Saigol, Symbolic Violence: Curriculum, Pedagogy and Society,
Published by Society for the Advancement of Education, A SAHE Publication, 2000

2. Dr. Rahat Sajjad & MSc Final Year (Clinical Group), Primary Preventive Programs for Facilitating mental health,  Beena Printers, 2001.

3. Dr. Rahat Sajjad, Waldain aur Bachey: Aik Nafsiyati Tajziyya,  Top Printers, 1999.

4. Rashid Iqbal Khan,  Alina of Azimabad, Universe, inc, 2003.

5. Alay Ahmad & Maher Bano,  Terrorism, television violence & Innocent children
Published by Institute of Muslim Psychology, Spinzer Printers, peshawar, 2004.

6. Tariq Rahman, Language, Ideology and Power: Language-learning among the Muslims of Pakistan and North India, Oxford University Press, Karachi, 2002.

7. Tariq Rahman, Denizens of Alien Worlds: A Study of Education, Inequality and Polarization in Pakistan, Oxford University Press Karachi, 2004.

8. Fauzia Saeed, Taboo: The Hidden Culture of a Red Light Area, Oxford University Press, 2001.

9. Fauzia Saeed, Kalank (Urdu Translation of Taboo, Oxford University Press, 2003.

10. Rabia Saleem,  ABC of Environment

11. Dohra Ahmad, Ifftikhar Ahmad, Zulfiqar Ahmad and Zia Mian (Eds.)
Eqbal Ahmad: Between Past & Future Selected Essays on South Asia, Oxford University Press 2004.

12. Jasmin Mirza, Between Chaddor and the Market: Female Office Workers in Lahore, Oxford University Press 2002.

13. Rashida Patel, Women verses Man: Socio-Legal Gender Inequality in Pakistan, Oxford University Press 2002.

14. Shahrukh Rafi Khan, Saba Gil Khattak, Sajid Kazmi,  Hazardous Home-based  Sub-contracted Work: A Study of Multiple Tiered Exploitation, Published By SDPI Islamabad, Oxford University Press 2005.

15. Anwar Dil (Compiled, Edited, Introduced), Rice to Feed the World
Life and Work of H. M. Beachell, Published by Intercultural Forum, San Diego-Islamabad (Pakistan International Printers, 2001)

16. Anwar Dil (Compiled, Edited, Introduced), Toward Eradicating Hunger and Poverty: Life and Work of Per Pinstrup-Andersen, Published by Intercultural Forum, San Diego-Islamabad (Pakistan International Printers, 2003)

17. Anwar Dil (Compiled, Edited, Introduced), Toward a Hunger- Free World: Life and Work of M.S. Swaminathan, Published by Intercultural Forum, San Diego-Islamabad (Pakistan International Printers, 2004

Announcement for 2005 Award

With financial support from National Rural Support Programme (NRSP) and others, the Council of Social Sciences, Pakistan (COSS) has established an annual Award of Rs. 50,000/- in memory of the renowned social worker and social scientist late Dr. Akhtar Hameed Khan. The Award will be given every year on October 9, the birthday of Dr. Akhtar Hameed Khan, to the best book by a Pakistani author published during a financial year (July to June) written in any of the following fields (i) rural/urban development (ii) peace (iii) poverty and its alleviation and  (iv) gender discrimination. COSS has generated funds for the Award through donations. However, for the Award to be conferred in the year 2005, the books written from July 2001 to June 2005 can be recommended/nominated.

Terms and Conditions
1. The book must meet international academic standards in its substance and format.
2. The book comprising collected articles by the same author can also be considered for the Award. 
3. The book should not be a textbook or a collection of articles by different writers.
4.Only the books written in English, Urdu or in other Pakistani languages will be considered for the Award.
5. A selection committee for selecting the book for the Award will be appointed according to procedure prescribed in the Foundation Document of the Award. The decision of the selection committee will be final and cannot be challenged at any forum.
6. If an award is not conferred for some reason in any year, the money will be carried over to the next year when two awards instead of one will be conferred.
7. Anyone can recommend a book deserving award by sending information about the book's title, year of publication, its author's name and postal address, by an email or letter, which must reach COSS 10 days before the last date for nomination.
8. Those who nominate a book for the award should send a formal letter to COSS accompanied by two hard copies of the book. The letter should give details about the book's title, year of publication, name of its author and his/her present office and residential address and publishing institute and company.

9. A book whose author is not alive can also be considered for the award.

The nominations/recommendations must be sent to COSS on or before June 15 of a year. For the year 2005 the last date for the recommendations is September 1, 2005 and for the submission of nominations is September 10, 2005. Nominations must be sent to COSS on its postal address (given above) with two hard copies of the book. Advance information about the nomination can be sent by email but this will not be considered a substitute for postal nomination.

Please nominate or recommend a book for the Award as well as ask your colleagues and friends to do so.

 
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