As the Government grapples with a range of problems having population dimensions, there is an urgent need to train population scientists who can tackle these issues professionally in a rapidly changing environment. In response to this need PIDE has established a two-year degree programme in Population Sciences (MPS). PIDE’s MPS programme will offer students an in-depth understanding of the complexities of population processes, including fertility, family planning, morbidity, mortality, migration, urbanization, demographic dividend, family formation, and the relationships between such processes and the broader socio-economic context. The MPS, while maintaining its core of basic demographic description, includes new areas such as, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, aging, adolescence, gender and the environment. The MPS provides a balanced academic and professional training in theory and research.
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In addition to rigorous course work, students have to complete a thesis. The thesis will be written individually under the supervision of a faculty member. All students are encouraged to develop a professional orientation toward instruction, research and publication through direct involvement in the activities of the faculty. The relationships between many aspects of population such as health, education, fertility, mortality, economics of household structures, economic development and population growth, poverty, status of women development constitute the major part of the study programme. Similarly, the development of family planning programs and their evaluation, female education and the need for gender mainstreaming would be dealt with in the programme. Demographic research methods included in the curriculum will cover data problems, data sources, data collection methods, their evaluation and statistical analysis. The issues and problems relating to youth, elderly and economically active population with reference to their labour force participation, absorption in the labour market and employment status will also be covered so that students have greater insight to the problems.
The goal of the MPS programme is to produce social scientists, fully trained in their discipline, with broad knowledge in population sciences and specialized skills in statistical and demographic techniques, enabling them to undertake independent research on a wide range of population topics. It will also prepare students to take up careers in teaching, research, or in governmental or non-governmental organizations.