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Dr. Akhter Hameed Khan Memorial Award for 2007

 Announcement of the Award by the Selection Committee

List of Books nominated for 2007 Award

Announcement for 2007 Award

 Announcement of the Award by the Selection Committee

 For the third Award (2007), the following three books were short listed for final selection. They included Initiating Devolution for Service Delivery in Pakistan: Ignoring the Power Structure by Shahrukh Rafi Khan, Foqia Sadiq Khan and Aasim Sajjad Akhtar; The Labour Movement in Pakistan: Organization and Leadership in Karachi in the 1970s by Zafar Shaheed; and Pakistan Military Inc: Inside Pakistan's Military Economy by Ayesha Siddiqa

 The committee consisting of three experts namely Inayatullah, Tariq Rehman and Pervez Tahir made the final selection and regarded Initiating Devolution for Service Delivery in Pakistan: Ignoring the Power Structure by Shahrukh Rafi Khan, Foqia Sadiq Khan and Aasim Sajjad Akhtar as the best book deserving the Award. Some significant merits are listed below;

1. The book studies and evaluates the performance of local government system conceived by NRB and introduced by Mushraf regime in 2001. Initiating Devolution… is the first book nominated for the Award, which is very close to the mission and work of AHK. It is an empirical study, which meets the high standard of research and verifies its hypotheses with extensive field data and documentary evidence.

2. It identifies the extent to which different aspects of society and its institutions affect the local government and in turn are shaped by them facilitating or impeding their institutionisation. Initiating Devolution… uses the contextual approach and executes it effectively, which raises its scientific status.

3. It is a social scientific study that maintains a high standard of objectivity, uses interdisciplinary approach and is non-parochial as it employs comparative methodology wherever possible.

4. The major conclusion of the book is obvious from its subtitle - For Service Delivery in Pakistan Ignoring the Power Structure.  The book offers considerable evidence that local government system of Pakistan established in 2001 could not achieve its announced objectives and foster expected changes. This happened because it was introduced in land based in-egalitarian power structure and in the presence of local bureaucracy steeped in corruption and lacking a service oriented mindset.

List of Books nominated for 2007 Award

1. South Punjab NGOs Forum, Hawa Ki Betiyaan, Published by South Punjab NGOs Forum, 2007.

2. Mahmood Hasan Khan, Agriculture in Pakistan 'change and Progress 1945 - 2005, Vanguard Lahore, 2006.

3. K.K Aziz, A Journey into the Past, Vanguard Lahore, 2006.

4. Justice Syed Shabbar Rava Rizvi, Constitutional Law of Pakistan: Volume I, II, III, Vanguard Lahore, 2005.

5. Tariq Siddiqui, Citizen's Report of the Citizens' Campaign for Women's Representation in Local Government in Pakistan 2000 - 2007, Aurat Publications.

6. Dr. Muhammad Tufail Hashmi, Hudood Ordinance in the light of Quran and Sunnah, Published by Aurat Publications, 2004.

7. Shahrukh Rafi Khan, Foqia Sadiq Khan and Aasim Sajjad Akhtar, Initiating Devolution for Service Delivery in Pakistan: Ignoring the Power Structure, Oxford University Press, January 2007.

8. Zafar Shaheed, The Labour Movement in Pakistan: Organization and leadership in Karachi in the 1970s, Oxford University Press, January 2007.

9. Shahnaz Khan ,Zina: Transnational Feminism and the Moral Regulations of Pakistani Women, Oxford University Press, 2006.

10.  Iftikhar H Malik, Crescent between Cross and Star, Oxford University Press, 2006.

11. Carollee Bengelsdorf, Margaret Cerullo and Yogesh Chandrani, The Selected Writing of Eqbal Ahmad, Foreword by Noam Chomsky, Oxford University Press, December 2006.

12. Ahmed Saleem , Shaista Saharwardi Ki Muntakhab Tehrerain, Oxford University Press, July 2007.

13. Dr. Ayesha Siddiqa, Pakistan Military Inc: Inside Pakistan's Military Economy, Oxford, 2007.

Announcement for 2007 Award

 September 14, 2007

With financial support from National Rural Support Programme (NRSP) and others, the Council of Social Sciences, Pakistan (COSS) established in 2005 an annual Award of Rs. 50,000/- in memory of the renowned social worker and social scientist late Dr. Akhter Hameed Khan.  The Award is 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. Dr. Akhter Hameed Khan Memorial Award for the year 2006 was given to the book Beyond the Honour: A Historical Materialist Explanation of Honour Related Violence by Dr. Tahira S. Khan. For the Award to be conferred in the year 2007, the books written from July 2006 to June 2007 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 because no book met the prescribed criteria, the money will be carried over to the next year when two awards instead of one will be conferred.
7. 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.
8. A book whose author is not alive can also be considered for the award.
9. 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.

The nominations must be sent to COSS latest by October 10, 2007 on the postal address of COSS (given above). Nominations must be accompanied by 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. The last date for submission of recommendations is September 30, 2007.

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

 
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