The Senate Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training has lauded the government’s initiatives to launch National Education Policy Framework aimed at achieving SDG goals on education during next four years.
The Senate Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training held here at Parliament House under chairmanship Senator Rahila Magsi. The meeting was attended by Senators Najma Hameed, Nouman Wazir Khatak,Prof. Dr. Mehr Taj Roghani, Syed Muzzafar Hussain Shah, Muhammad Akram, Mushahid Hussain Syed and Federal Minister for Education along with senior Officers from Ministry,HEC,Quaid-i-Azam university.
The committee was informed by Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training that a total of 376 foreign scholarships for MS/M Phil and PHD awarded to the students of Baluchistan since 2012, 172 for PHD and 204 for M.Phil.
Chairperson of the Committee stressed the need to improve quality of research and its applicability and connection with socio economic issues of Pakistan specially Baluchistan. Senator Magsi said that education is highly important for the socio-growth and prosperity of the country and efforts must be made to ensure its quality.
Federal Minister of Education Shafqat Mehmood informed that Ministry is focusing to address the main three areas, which included enrolling 25 million out of school children in the educational institutes, to make uniform education system all over the country and to ensure quality of education. It was informed that new education policy will focus on these areas and provide guidelines for achieving the desired goals. The new education policy is likely to be available within next three months. The committee also discussed the agenda on the Area Study Centre (Amendment Bill 2017”. During the briefing Senator Syed Muzzafar said that Area Study Centre was established with an aim to conduct research especially relating to foreign affairs. He demanded that this centre should be given an separate status from the education ministry and it should be administered by the foreign ministry. The Senators endorsed the suggestions of Syed Muzzafar Hussain and said that it should be an autonomous institution. The centre is need of the hour keeping in view regional as well as global circumstances, he added.
The Minister for Education while responding on the matter said "We agree with the aims and
objectives of the contents regarding centre." Such area centers are also working in different
provinces and linked with universities, he added. Senator Shamim Afridi proposed establishment of a separate campus for women at Kohat University of Science and Technology. The Committee gave directions to VC KUST in this regard and sought a detailed report on it.