Asset 1

Global Go To Think Tank Index (GGTTI) 2020 launched                    111,75 Think Tanks across the world ranked in different categories.                SDPI is ranked 90th among “Top Think Tanks Worldwide (non-US)”.           SDPI stands 11th among Top Think Tanks in South & South East Asia & the Pacific (excluding India).            SDPI notches 33rd position in “Best New Idea or Paradigm Developed by A Think Tank” category.                SDPI remains 42nd in “Best Quality Assurance and Integrity Policies and Procedure” category.              SDPI stands 49th in “Think Tank to Watch in 2020”.            SDPI gets 52nd position among “Best Independent Think Tanks”.                           SDPI becomes 63rd in “Best Advocacy Campaign” category.                   SDPI secures 60th position in “Best Institutional Collaboration Involving Two or More Think Tanks” category.                       SDPI obtains 64th position in “Best Use of Media (Print & Electronic)” category.               SDPI gains 66th position in “Top Environment Policy Tink Tanks” category.                SDPI achieves 76th position in “Think Tanks With Best External Relations/Public Engagement Program” category.                    SDPI notches 99th position in “Top Social Policy Think Tanks”.            SDPI wins 140th position among “Top Domestic Economic Policy Think Tanks”.               SDPI is placed among special non-ranked category of Think Tanks – “Best Policy and Institutional Response to COVID-19”.                                            Owing to COVID-19 outbreak, SDPI staff is working from home from 9am to 5pm five days a week. All our staff members are available on phone, email and/or any other digital/electronic modes of communication during our usual official hours. You can also find all our work related to COVID-19 in orange entries in our publications section below.    The Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) is pleased to announce its Twenty-third Sustainable Development Conference (SDC) from 14 – 17 December 2020 in Islamabad, Pakistan. The overarching theme of this year’s Conference is Sustainable Development in the Times of COVID-19. Read more…       FOOD SECIRITY DASHBOARD: On 4th Nov, SDPI has shared the first prototype of Food Security Dashboard with Dr Moeed Yousaf, the Special Assistant to Prime Minister on  National Security and Economic Outreach in the presence of stakeholders, including Ministry of National Food Security and Research. Provincial and district authorities attended the event in person or through zoom. The dashboard will help the government monitor and regulate the supply chain of essential food commodities.

The Dawn

Published Date: Mar 14, 2014

Hate mongering curriculums need to be changed for better Pakistan-India ties

Pakistan and India should learn lesson from the European countries to
resolve their decades-old issues.Islamabad and New Delhi will have to
change the curriculums of their educational institutions which have been
spreading hatred between the two countries. Besides, visas should be
issued at Wagah and Attari borders.

These were the main points on
which the members of an Indian peace delegation and Pakistani
intellectuals developed consensus during a dialogue, ‘People-people
contact: A way forward’ organised by the Sustainable Development Policy
Institute (SDPI) on Thursday.

Satya Paul Arora, the secretary
general of South Asian Fraternity, New Delhi, said in new era issues
between countries cannot be resolved through wars.

“Pakistan and
India should take confidence-building measures and the best way to boost
confidence is to increase people-to-people contacts.”

He said
visas for journalists, traders, lawyers, students and academicians
should specifically be relaxed for a better communication and business
relationships between the two countries.

Chairman of the Patita
(Destitute) Sudhar Sabha, New Delhi, Kharaiti Lal Bhola said he was born
in Pind Dadan Khan near Jhelum in 1929 and actively participated in the
freedom movement.

“At that time, there were no differences among
Muslims, Hindus, Christians and Sikhs. I feel division of the
subcontinent was wrong and it created problems but now we can resolve
issues by making the visa process easy.”

He said both the
countries had been spending large chunks of their budgets on armies.
Funds should be spent on the people, he said.

Chairman Gram Bharati Samiti, Jaipur, Bhawani Shanker Kusum said to him India and Pakistan were similar countries.

have same heroes, same history and even same culture. So the ‘citizens
without border’ policy should be adopted for both the countries.”

added: "We have to forget what happened in the past. People of both the
sides made mistakes but we have to acknowledge that a number of people
also helped the minorities who were migrating in 1947. We have to
rewrite history," he said.

Secretary Lala Lajpat Rai Birthplace
Memorial Committee, Dhudike Ranjit Singh said he had come to Pakistan
for the first time but Punjab was the same on both sides of the border.

Germans can unite themselves by demolishing a wall, why people of
Punjab cannot get united by removing the barbed wire? Some elements in
India do not want people-to-people contacts," he said.

writer Ahmad Saleem said both Pakistan and India had been teaching wrong
history to the new generations because both had different dimensions of
history in their curriculums.

"To bring people of both the
countries close to each other, we have to start writing that how Muslims
helped Hindus go India and how Hindus helped Muslims reach Pakistan,"
he said.

Former deputy high commissioner to India Shafqat Kakakhel
said after the partition hatred increased between the peoples of both
the countries for almost 40 years.

But for the last 25 years, he
added, non-governmental organisations and think-tanks had started
working to bring the peoples of the two countries closer. “We have to
understand that India and Pakistan have bitter relations with all their
neighbouring countries,” he said.