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Event Title: Meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training held at Parliament House

Event Date: 2022-11-15

The senate body unanimously passed the Bill titled "The Federal University (Amendment) Bill, 2022". Senator Seemee Ezdi, mover of the bill, apprised the committee that the primary aim is to make internship mandatory part of curriculum for all Public and Private Universities located in Federal territory.

Furthermore, the committee deliberated on the matter raised by Senator Bahramand Khan Tangi regarding issue of examination faced by students of Law in Bahauddin Zakariya University. Mansoor Akbar Kundi, VC of BZU, apprised the committee that matter is subjudice and university is unable to provide any date until matter is adjudicated. Officials of Law ministry told that there is no such bar as to examinations of students of 2nd and 3rd year and bar is only limited to 1st year supplementary students. Senator Irfan Siddiqui with the consent of all members gave ruling to conduct examination of Law students, which is not restricted by Supreme Court, by the 15th December of 2022.

In addition, the senate committee was also briefed by Vice Chancellor of Allama Iqbal Open University regarding the responsibilities, administrative control, and faculty and fee structure of the university. Dr. Zia ul Qayyum apprised the committee that university is self-sufficient

 despite the closure two year BA program by HEC in which university enrolls 1.5 lac students annually. Chairman Committee Senator Irfan Siddiqui was of the opinion that Policy should not be implemented in a jiff but instead it should be implemented gradually. He further added that policy which rules out 1.5 lac students out of spectrum is not even a policy and advised the ministry to coordinate with HEC and AIOU in this regard and submit report within 15 days. The Chair also directed the HEC officials to submit report as to why the funds are not being provided to AIOU. He also asked the Vice Chancellor to satisfy the committee about the sudden increase in fee of BA program from Rs 9,000 to Rs.19000 in next meeting. 

Discussing the matter of fake institutions, Senator Irfan Siddiqui remarked that it is duty of HEC to take stern action against fake institutions and ensure quality of education across the country. He also directed the HEC to submit report before the committee in this regard.

The meeting was attended by Senator Ejaz Ahmad Chaudhary, Senator Jam Mahtab Hussain Dahar, Senator Engr. Rukhsana Zuberi, Senator Rana Maqbool Ahmad, Senator Molvi Faiz Muhammad, Senator Seemee Ezdi, Senator Bahramand Khan Tangi, Senator Prof. Dr. Mehr Taj Roghani, Aamir Ashraf Khawaja Secretary of Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training, Vuce Chancellor of BZU Mansoor Akbar Kundi, Vice Chancellor of AIOU Dr. Zia ul Qayyum and other concerned officers were also in attendance.