The Senate Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training convened on Monday. It unanimously passed “The Islamabad Capital Territory Student Unions Bill, 2023,” a crucial legislative initiative introduced by Senator Bahramand Khan Tangi. The committee, chaired by Senator Irfanul Haq Siddiqui, engaged in comprehensive discussions on various educational matters, providing insights and recommendations on pertinent issues.
Islamabad Student Unions Bill
The committee emphasized the importance of promoting healthy activities within educational institutions through student unions. Senator Siddiqui underscored the need to encourage activities on the student union platform, emphasizing a departure from grouping based on ethnicity, provinces, or other considerations.
Addressing the distinctions between the Tenure Track System (TTS) and Basic Pay Scale (BPS), the committee highlighted the absence of a service structure for technologists and their promotion policy. To resolve this, the committee suggested that merging the two systems could potentially alleviate conflicts and improve efficiency.
During the meeting, the committee delved into the Disposal of Public Petition regarding the placement of PhDs, expressing concerns about the Interim Placement of Fresh PhDs (IPFP) agreement and the disengagement of PhD scholars from the University of Swabi. The committee emphasized the need for a viable solution and requested the chairman of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to collaborate with all stakeholders and report back to the committee.
Additionally, the committee raised concerns over the delay in the Protection of Family Life and Wedlock Bill 2023 and its misplacement despite being passed by both Houses. Following the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012, the committee decided to report the case to the Senate Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs.
The Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training presented its progress on the compliance report by the chairman HEC and Pakistani chairs abroad. The committee directed regular reporting on the progress of Pakistani chairs abroad.
Concerns were also voiced about the non-payment of salaries to reinstated teachers in the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE). The committee directed the ministry to provide a detailed report on the payment of salaries to the reinstated teachers.
The committee was attended by Senators Prof Dr Mehr Taj Roghani, Falak Naz, Ruksana Zuberi, Fawzia Arshad, Maulvi Faiz Muhammad, and Bahramand Khan Tangi, along with officials from the Ministry of Law and Justice and the Ministry for Federal Education and Professional Training. The discussions highlighted the committee’s commitment to addressing critical issues in the education sector and ensuring the smooth implementation of legislative measures.