5000 Professors Postpone Protest Call Against HEC's New Funding Policy

The bill to establish Pir Roshaan Institute of Progressive Sciences & Technologies in Miranshah, KPK, was discussed by the committee and unanimously approved.

5000 Professors Postpone Protest Call Against HEC's New Funding Policy

The Pir Roshaan Institute of Progressive Sciences and Technologies, Miranshah Bill, 2023 was unanimously approved by the Senate Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training on Tuesday.

Senator Rana Maqbool Ahmad presided over the Senate Standing Committee meeting, which took up the agenda item and discussed the bill’s benefits and drawbacks. The bill to establish the Pir Roshaan Institute of Progressive Sciences and Technologies in Miranshah, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, was discussed by the committee and unanimously approved.

The federal education and professional training minister introduced the bill on March 30, 2023, and it was sent to the committee for review and a report.

The committee noticed during the first session of the meeting that the checklist for the institute’s establishment is either incomplete or not presented to the committee, and it instructed the ministry to produce all required documents before the committee decides whether to pass the bill. The committee anticipated the lack of a land agreement or lease.

The committee also sought information regarding the temporary arrangement used to launch the institute until a permanent structure was established.

The ministry informed the committee that all prerequisite provisions would become effective upon the implementation of PC-1. The committee also asked about the building’s name, and was told that it was in honour of a famous poet and scholar who held special meaning for the local population.

A development project by the CDWP at a cost of 2000 ml for a duration of 4 years was approved by the federal government through the Public Sector Development Programme (2022-23) of the Higher Education Commission (HEC), the committee learned while reviewing the check that was presented to the members.

The capital expense covers things like lab equipment, allied facilities, basic infrastructure, and interim buildings that need renovation or rehabilitation. They were made aware that a modified PC-1 would be sent to the Planning Commission for approval.

The HEC assured the committee that classes will start in the fall of 2023. Senator Molvi Faiz Muhammad also asked about adding courses in Islamic studies, such as Seerat-Ul-Nabvi (PBUH), to the curriculum. Studying cutting-edge technology and artificial intelligence, according to senator Rukhsana Zuberi, should also be promoted as a current necessity.

Senators Fawzia Arshad, Engr. Rukhsana Zuberi, Prof. Dr. Mehr Taj Roghani, and Molvi Faiz Muhammad were present at the committee meeting.

The meeting was also attended by the Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training, Rana Tanveer Hussain, the Member of the National Assembly, Mohsin Dawar, the Executive Director (HEC), and other top representatives from the Ministries of Education, Law, and Justice, and the HEC.