Event Title: Senator Irfan-Ul-Haque Siddiqui, Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Federal Education & Professional Training Presiding over a Meeting of The Committee at Parliament House Islamabad
Event Date: 2023-09-20
The Senate Education Committee on Wednesday deliberated at length on the revival of Students Union after half a century and maintained that it’s revival should be improvised according to new trends and mindset of the young generation . The Senate Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training met on Wednesday under the Chairmanship of Senator Irfan ul Haq Siddiqui here at the Parliament House.
The committee while taking up the Bill titled The Islamabad Capital Territory Student Union Bill 2023 introduced by Senator Bahramand Khan Tangi deliberated that since long serious issues related to discrimination and injustice to students obstructing their social and academic life remained un attended leading to dire consequences such as abductions and killings. Senator Bharamand Khan Tangi said that these issues can only be resolved through collaboration of the management and the elected bodies and a bridge between the administration and students. The committee was of the view that in order to address these issues prevailing in the student community and ensure democratic and inclusive atmosphere for healthy debate and culture intellect a student Union should be established in the Islamabad Capital Territory which will play its role as nurseries for training future leadership and will provide forums to students for constructive activities, civic life, understanding or Rights, obligations and their enforcement. The committee chair Senator Irfan Siddiqui emphasised that the revival of a student Union should be drafted in a way that it must not become a hub of politics and must be above party lines. He said that the revival must be improvised in a way which is trendy and facilitate the students at its maximum. The Committee discussed various procedures of elections in order to save the concept of Union to be politicised. The committee chair deferred the voting on bill up till next meeting. The committee gave time to the members to thoroughly deliberate on the bill and submit appropriate amendments.The committee chair also sought a comprehensive report from the Ministry on the same. The committee also directed the HEC to give its view point on the matter.
The matter of regularisation of the services of the daily wages teachers were also discussed in the meeting. The chairman committee extended the time for report and implementation by 2 weeks with a hope that the matter will be resolved with special focus on all the teachers to be regularised as per the decision of the higher courts. It was also directed by the committee chair that the minimum daily wages given to the teachers be rps 35000/-. The committee chair said that the matter is pending since 2018 and non implementation of the courts orders may be characterised as negligence, irresponsible behaviour and non seriousness of the Ministry, and hoped that the matter may be solved at its earliest.
On the matter of re- employment of contractual Montessori Teachers (BS-17) the committee was apprised that the ministry will accommodate contractual montessori teachers in upcoming projects under FDE as per feasibility with the posture that Ministry of Education and FDE stands by them in letter and spirit.
The Committee also discussed the procedure, criteria and practice for rechecking of papers of various boards examination under the FBISE. The chairman FBISE briefed the committee that once a paper is evaluated it cannot be re-assessed. The chairman committee stressed whether this practice is in favour of students or not and further inquired on the international practice on this point, he said that the right of re assessment should not be taken away from the students .The committee deliberated on circumstances the paper should be re assessed in larger interest of students. The committee chairs inquired on the number of complaints reported for re checking to which the chairman FBISE replied that around 10 to 14 pc of complaints are made for re totality. The chairman FBISE explained the committee the entire mechanism of marking and checking of the papers and the services they are providing to students in this regard. He said that the FBISE upgraded the entire system and now it is computerised and the ratio of complaint has been declined he further said that after the upgradation of the system the concession of re checking should also be removed.
The committee discussed at length on the impediments of engineering technologist service structure in all engineering department of Pakistan. Senator Prof Dr Mehr Taj Roghani said that engineering technologist are the backbone of engineers and deeply lamented the delay in the matter. It was apprised that the summary was submitted to the cabinet however was later withdrawn. The official said that political forces are alingned in the issue and power ful lobbies are at work. He said that there is a tug of war between the engineers and engineering technologist and a high level board be constituted with technologist and engineers as members on equal weightage
The committee chair acknowledged the concerns of the Prof Dr Mehr Taj Roghani and directed to expedite the summary and resolve the matter amicably. He also directed to hold meetings with the Chairman HEC and PEC to take the mattter to its final stage and report within 2 weeks.
The committee also discussed the matter of acquiring of 225 kanal land by the Capital Development Authority for the construction of Bhara Kahu ByPass. The committee chair commended the CDA for taking up a promt action and resolving the matter.
Earlier in the meeting the committee offered Fateha of the late Senator Rana Maqbool Ahmed and held his services in high esteem
The meeting was attended by Senators Prof Dr Mehr Taj Roghani, Fawzia Arshad, Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar and Senator Engr Rukhsana Zuberi. Representatives of attached departments were also in attendance.