The Senate Standing Committee on Science and Technology called on measures to be taken to reduce deprivation in Sindh, Balochistan and FATA to end grievances and enhance national unity. This was discussed while the Committee was being briefed regarding the working and performance of COMSATS University Islamabad (CUI).
Chairman Committee, Senator Mushtaq Ahmed was of the view preference while establishing new campuses be given to Sindh, Balochistan and FATA.
While deliberating over the brain drain issue in Pakistan, Chairman Committee, Senator Mushtaq Ahmed said that strict legal action must be taken against all faculty members sent abroad on Ph.D Programs, who decline to return. He also recommended that penalties be increased. He directed that COMSATS come up with a concrete plan to resolve this issue effectively.
In addition to academic activities the Committee appreciated the University’s outreach and Humanitarian efforts. The Committee was informed that the University ranks with the top 800 Universities of the world. Chairman Committee instructed COMSATS to work towards achieving no1 status amongst SAARC countries.
While discussing the Dual Degree Program (DDP) and the issue that students’ enrolled in this program face, Chairman Committee, Senator Mushtaq Ahmed directed that HEC be summoned in the next meeting to resolve this issue. He supported the idea of a one-time grant of PKR 500 million to COMSATS and said that progress from the University cannot be expected without investing in it.
While discussing the issue of the Committees directives regarding promotion cases and pending inquiries of officers of PSQCA, the Committee recommended that all those whose enquiries exceeded a year be suspended and that this issue be taken up as a permanent agenda item in all future meetings unless this issue is resolved.
The meeting was attended amongst others by Senator Nuzhat Sadiq, Senator Gul Bashra, Senator Gianchand, Senator Syed Muhammad Sabir Shah and senior officers from the Ministry of Science and Technology, COMSATS University Islamabad and PSQCA.