Seminar on teaching of fundamental rights in Pakistan held at Wali Khan University Mardan

Islamabad:April 30:Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan Vice-Chancellor Dr Ihsan Ali terming 18th Amendment a landmark step in the constitutional history, urged the universities’ authorities to encourage debate on constitutional issues through seminars and conferences besides holding short courses, workshops and speech competitions. Dr Ihsan was delivering his presidential address at a seminar on ‘Teaching of fundamental rights in Pakistan’ organised by Inter University Consortium for Promotion of Social Sciences Pakistan here at Pak-China Friendship Centre. Centre for Civic Education Pakistan Executive Director Zafarullah Khan said that 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 proposed promotion of education on fundamental through research, deliberations, debates and discussions at university campuses. He announced that a number of activities along with a national conference would be organised to promote fundamental rights education in university students. Inter-University Consortium National Coordinator Murtaza Noor observed 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 form National Institute of Historical and Culture Research, Qauid-i-Azam University, said that higher education institutions should adopt proactive role for teaching of constitutionalism. Dr Najeeb Jamal from Islamia University, Bahawalpur, remarked that civic education is vital to inculcate the values of active and responsible citizenship among students. 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 close linkages between academia, civil society ad government institutions for undertaking collaborative efforts to promote civic education.The news.