Devolution of education ministry case
Supreme Court moved against devolution of education ministry
Islamabad, March 16: A petition
against the devolution of the federal education ministry under 18th Amendment
has been filed in the Supreme Court stating that the devolution of the highly
important ministry would jeopardise the integrity and solidarity of the
A team of senior lawyers, headed by Barrister Malik Mehboob
Ellahi, has filed the petition. The team members included Advocate Mudassar Shah
and Advocate Ijaz Shah.
The respondents of the petition comprised the
Federation of Pakistan, Federal Secretary Education, Secretary Cabinet Division
and the Implementation Commission. The petition has been filed on behalf of
Professor Dr Abdur Razzaq, former faculty member of the Dawood College of
Engineering and Technology, and Chaudhry Sadiq Ali, former associate professor
and director colleges. The petitioners underlined the fact that the
Implementation Commission has no mandate to transfer any administrative power or
subject from Part I and II of the Federal Legislative List (FLL) to the
"The Implementation Commission has no mandate to decide about
subjects or functions given in the FLL because it can only deal with the
concurrent list. The 18th Amendment also does not approve of devolution of the
education ministry against the spirit of the Constitution," the petition said.
They maintained that any such decision would be against the spirit of
Article 2 of the Constitution that provide legal cover to all clauses and
entries given in Part I and Part II of FLL. The petitioners also stated that
transfer of key powers such as preparation of curriculum and policy making would
jeopardize the solidarity and integrity of the federation and negate the spirit
of Allahabad address.
They stressed the need for transfer of Entry 38 and
Entry 39 of the Concurrent List to FLL so that the federation can be able to
prepare curriculum and make national policies for promotion of the education
sector in line with the vision of founder of Pakistan Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali
Jinnah. It was argued in the petition that if the provinces would be empowered
to prepare curriculum and policies then it would be difficult to stop wave of
provincialism in the federating units. "When the provinces would prepare
curriculum they would spread provincialism that would be harmful to the
federation of Pakistan," it said.
Talking to this correspondent
Barrister Malik Mehboob Ellahi said some educationists having lot of experience
in the education sector had approached him and asked to move the court against
devolution of the education ministry.
He was of the view that devolution
of the education ministry would weaken the federation and the Constitution does
not allow any such step at any level of the state.
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3 biotechnology labs inaugurated at UoP
Peshawar: Three new state-of-the-art biotechnology laboratories were on Tuesday inaugurated at the
Centre of Biotechnology and Microbiology, University of Peshawar (UoP). UoP
Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Azmat Hayat Khan formally inaugurated the laboratories
with facilities for research from BS to the PhD students. Addressing the
students on the occasion, the vice-chancellor said the university was ready to
provide all research facilities to the students in keeping with the demands of
their speciality. Prof Dr Azmat said that biotechnology and genetics engineering
was an emerging field in which productivity could be increased and new treatment
for various illnesses could be found.
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Bookfair opens at AAUR
Rawalpindi: A three-day bookfair at Pir Mehr Ali Shah-Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi
(PMAS-AAUR) inaugurated by its Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Khalid Mahmood Khan
here on Tuesday.
Professor Dr. Khalid Mahmood Khan said that such fairs
have great significance as in this age of computers, book-reading habit is fast
diminishing. These fairs should be made a regular feature at every institution.
The purpose of the fair is to provide an opportunity to students and teachers to
buy books of their interest under one roof and to promote book reading habit, he
A large number of students visited the bookfair and bought books
of their interest on agriculture, natural, social and management sciences,
information technology and other topics. Books from Indian, European and
American authors were also available for sale. More than 20 renowned national
booksellers are exhibiting their publications and around 30,000 books are being
displayed in the fair.
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Students display their creative work
Islamabad: Students of the City School, Capital Campus, showcased their projects at a three-day
exhibition titled 'Creative Expressions' starting here on Tuesday. The
exhibition will continue till March 17.
Pakistan Science Foundation
Chairman Dr. Manzoor Hussain Soomro was the chief guest at the opening ceremony
of the exhibition.
Welcoming the chief guest, City School Capital Campus
Principal Shagun Irfan said that the students from Class III to 'O' Level were
showcasing their project work related to the fields of science, computer,
business, art and environment.
A large number science stalls were put up
by the students. Parents and guests visited these stalls and the students
briefed them on their projects. The science projects included Habitat, Solar
System, Shadow Friction, Gases, Magnetism, Electricity, Surface Tension,
Wetlands, Enzymes, Windmill, Gravity and products made from recycled
Looking at the quality of work put on display by the students, Dr.
Soomro extended full collaboration between Pakistan Science Foundation and the
City School. He assured the principal of extending funding to the school for
science clubs and accommodating teachers of the City School in 'Lamap Lapatae'
Teachers Training Programme.
Dr. Soomro said that
the Pakistan Science Foundation is funding research projects in two categories,
including those done by university students and the other one by students of
schools and colleges. "We also support science fairs held in schools and
colleges. We also have a Science Caravan Programme, which is being run in rural
areas. We have now planned two science caravans for each province and the
project for Gilgit-Baltistan is also in the pipeline. We also have a Science
Centre stationed at Faisalabad, which was built by public-private partnership
and we have planned to have 15 more Science Centres all over Pakistan with the
collaboration of Unesco and France. We have already initiated Travelling Science
Expo that commenced on January 14 from the Islamabad Model College, F-7/2. It
went to Abbottabad and Faisalabad and then to Khairpur. It will conclude in
Quetta on March 3," he added. The news
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