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Event Title: Senator Rana Maqbool Ahmad, Presiding over a Meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Federal Education & Professional Training at Parliament House Islamabad

Event Date: 2023-04-04

The Senate Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training met today with Senator Rana Maqbool Ahmad in the chair, since the Chairamn of the Committee Senator Irfan Ul Haq Siddique is travelling abroad. The committee deliberated upon Bill to Provide for the Establishment of Pir Roshaan Institute of Progressive Sciences and Technologies, Miranshah, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and passed it unanimously.

The meeting was divided into 2 sessions under the same chairmanship to vet upon the bill which was introduced on 30th March 2023 by Rana Tanveer Hussain, Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training and referred to the Committee for consideration and report.

The committee was attended by Senator Fawzia Arshad, Senator Engr. Rukhsana Zuberi, Senator Prof. Dr. Mehr Taj Roghani, and Senator Molvi Faiz Muhammad. Rana Tanveer Hussain, Minister for Federal Education and Professional training, Mohsin Dawar Member National Assembly. Executive Director (HEC) and other senior officials from the ministry of Education, ministry of Law and Justice and Higher Education Commission (HEC) also attended the meeting.

During the first session of the meeting, the committee observed that the check list leading to the establishment of the institute is either not complete or is not presented before the committee and directed the ministry to produce all the pre - requite document prior to its decision on passing of the bill. The committee apprehended absence of the lease document or land agreement. The committee also inquired on the temporary arrangement made to initiate the institute till a regular building is established. The ministry informed the Commitee that with the implementation of PC -1, all pre-requisite provisions will fall into place. The committee also inquired on the name of the building to which it was informed that the name is after a historical poet and scholar and hold deep sentiments for the people of that area.

The committee after a short interlude sat again and reviewed the check list which was presented before the committee. It was apprised that the Federal Government through Public Sector Development Program (2022-23) of theHEC approved a development project by the CDWP at the cost of 2000 ml for a period of 4 years. The capital cost includes the renovation/ rehabilitation of interim building, basic infrastructure, allied facilities, lab equipment etc. It was apprised that a modified PC-1 will be submitted to planning commission for issuance of authorisation. The HEC assured the committee that initiation of classes will commence from fall, 2023. Senator Molvi Faiz Muhammad also inquired on incorporating in the syllabus courses of Islamic studies including seerat Ul Nabvi. Senator Rukhsana Zuberi said that studies of advance technology and artificial intelligence should also be introduced as the need of the day.