Economist Atif Mian awarded prestigious ‘John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship’
The PTI government in 2018 canceled his appointment to its Economic Advisory Council after facing intense backlash for appointing a member of the minority Ahmadi community.
The renowned Pakistani-American economist, Dr. Atif Mian, has been awarded the prestigious ‘Guggenheim Fellowship in Economics.’
The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation awards the Fellowship to people who have already demonstrated an exceptional productive scholarship or an extraordinary creative ability in the arts.
Since its establishment in 1925, the foundation has granted nearly $400 million in fellowships to over 18,000 individuals. The Fellowship is awarded, among Nobel laureates, members of all the national academies, Fields Medal, winners of the Pulitzer Prize, Turing Award, Bancroft Prize, National Book Award, and other internationally recognized honors.
Dr. Atif is a scholar in the field of finance and macroeconomics. He is regarded as one of the world’s top young economists.
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf led federal government in 2018 canceled his appointment to its Economic Advisory Council (EAC) after facing intense backlash for appointing a member of the minority Ahmadi community.
Following the government’s decision, the economist, in a tweet, said, “For the sake of the stability of the government, I have resigned from Economic Advisory Council. The government was facing a lot of conflicting pressure regarding my appointment from many Muslim clerics and their followers.”
1/ For the sake of the stability of the Government of Pakistan, I have resigned from the Economic Advisory Council, as the Government was facing a lot of adverse pressure regarding my appointment from the Mullahs (Muslim clerics) and their supporters.
— Atif Mian (@AtifRMian) September 7, 2018
Last year, the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) Karachi canceled a seminar of Atif Mian due to the “threats the university administration was receiving from extremists.”
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