Dr. Khan’s remarkable life and achievements have been profiled and the impact of his innovative work has been honoured in an article in the Winter 2014 issue of the prestigious American academic journal Education About Asia. The recognition is a great honour for Asia ― and in particular for Pakistan and Bangladesh ― where Dr. Khan’s innovative works were first launched. Education About Asia is a prestigious and peer-reviewed teaching journal published in the United States of America which has included an article entitled Akhter Hameed Khan: A Legendary Social Scientist in its Winter 2014 issue (Volume 19:3).
The journal serves as a resource for professors, teachers, and other instructors to select readings for their students. The inspiring piece on Dr. Khan will help students and academic communities in many countries around the world learn more about him.
About Dr. Akhtar Hameed Khan
Dr. Akhtar Hameed Khan (July 15, 1914 – October 09, 1999) was a Nobel Prize-nominated, innovative social scientist who pioneered ideas around microfinance, participatory/rural development, and women’s empowerment as a founder of the Bangladesh (previously Pakistan) Academy for Rural Development (BARD) and the Orangi Pilot Project (OPP). According to the publication, the work of the legendary figure of Akhter Hameed Khan, and that of his brave students and followers, was a product of grassroots ideology for empowerment:
Khan Sahib’s innovations were not made in a standard scientific laboratory; rather, they were the result of years of experiments in the field, including in-depth observation and extensive organizational/communication efforts working directly with the impoverished.
Dr. Khan’s methods proved so successful, that they were widely replicated. Today, a large number of organizations in different parts of the world (including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, founded by American billionaire Bill Gates along with his wife) support initiatives that have either leveraged or replicated concepts initially pioneered by Dr. Khan at BARD and OPP (which has totally transformed urban settlements in Karachi, Pakistan and beyond).
Books and articles in scholarly journals, newspapers, and magazines have also examined his works. For instance, Professor Richard E. Boyatzis and Professor Masud Khawaja (from American and Canadian universities respectively) jointly wrote a piece entitled How Dr. Akhtar Hameed Khan Led a Change Process That Started a Movement, which was published in 2014 in the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science.
Through his innovations, Dr. Akhter Hameed Khan has earned the respect of both the East and the West. He is a source of inspiration for all Muslims and non-Muslims and proof that the world can be changed through research, innovation, and dedication to improving the lives of the masses.
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