AN ANALYSIS OF INSTITUTIONAL ROLE IN DEVELOPING CHARACTER STRENGTH AND RELIGIOSITY AMONG STUDENTS OF UNIVERSITY AND MADRASSA SYSTEM
The main purpose of this study was to examine how institutions contribute to the development of character strength and religiosity among students in universities and madrassas in Punjab, Pakistan. A mixed-method research design was employed in a convergent manner. The study population was university and madrassas teachers and heads of the departments of Punjab, Pakistan. The study sample comprises 256 teachers/heads of institutions, which includes (128 from universities and 128 from madrassas) selected by a multi-stage sampling procedure. A semi-structured interview schedule that included 14 open-ended questions on aspects of character strength and religiosity was composed. The views of teachers and heads of institutions were gathered through a semi-structured interview schedule in order to determine the role of these institutions in promoting character strength and developing religiosity among students The data was analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistical procedures, such as statistical package for the social sciences version 21. The thematic analysis was applied for emphasizing meaning, coding and interpretation. The findings of the research investigation indicate a significant role of teachers/heads of institutions in promoting character strength and developing religiosity among students. The study results show that the curriculum of the Bachelor of Sciences program does not possess sufficient content on character strength and religiosity. It revealed, most university teachers try to interpret these abilities to students’ minds during routine classroom activities. There is a need to revise the course outlines at the Bachelor of Sciences level, and sufficient contents will also include therein. This study was limited to public universities and madrassas of the Sargodha division, PunjabPakistan. Future researchers can conduct large-scale, comprehensive research covering both public and private universities and madrassas in the Punjab province.