Fundamental Rights urged at all tiers of Education

Islamabad:April 25:Inclusion of topics related to fundamental rights urged at all tiers of education by the speakers at dialogue on the topic of ‘Teaching of Fundamental Rights in Pakistan’, organised by Inter University Consortium for Promotion of Social Sciences Pakistan (IUCPSS)at Pak-China Friendship Centre Islamabad here on Sunday. The event was organised in connection with 7th National Book Day Festival. The event was presided over by Prof. Dr. Ihsan Ali Vice Chancellor Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan, while the main speakers included Centre for Civic Education Pakistan (CCEP) Executive Director Zafarullah Khan, renowned scholar Prof. Dr Najeeb Jamal, Islamia University Bahawalpur, Muhammad Shafique Chaudhry, member National Commission on Human Rights of Pakistan, Dr. Sajid Mehmood Awan, senior research fellow National Institute of Historical and Culture Research, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, and Muhammad Murtaza Noor, National Coordinator Inter University Consortium for Promotion of Social Sciences Pakistan. Zafarullah Khan said teaching of fundamental rights remained great challenge in Pakistan. He said that topics related to fundamental rights and constitutionalism could strengthen the knowledge-base of the students to actively play important role for the betterment of the society. He also suggested promotion of education on fundamental through research, deliberations, debates and discussions at university campuses. Prof. Dr. Ihsan Ali, Vice Chancellor Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan, terming 18th constitutional amendment a landmark step in the constitutional history, he urged the universities’ authorities to encourage debate on constitutional issues through seminars and conferences besides holding short courses, workshops and speech competitions. He announced that a number of activities along with national conference would be organised to promote fundamental rights education among university students. Muhammad Murtaza Noor, National Coordinator Inter University Consortium, informed that 36 articles of the constitution of Pakistan are related to fundamental rights of citizens and principles of policy which need to be reflected in curriculum. Dr. Sajid Mahmood Awan from Qauid-i-Azam University Islamabad, said that higher education institutions should adopt proactive role for teaching of constitutionalism. Dr. Najeeb Jamal remarked that civic education is vital to inculcate the values of active and responsible citizenship among students. Muhammad Shafique Chaudhry member National Commission on Human Rights of Pakistan appreciated the efforts of Senate of Pakistan for publishing a comprehensive book on fundamental rights. He also stressed among close linkages among academia, civil society and government institutions for undertaking collaborative efforts to promote civic education.The news.