Inclusion of fundamental rights in education curriculum stressed

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Inter-University Consortium

Zubair Qureshi

Islamabad—Speakers while addressing a seminar on “Teaching of Fundamental Rights in Pakistan” Sunday urged inclusion of topics related to fundamental rights at all tiers of education. The event was organized by Inter-University Consortium for Promotion of Social Sciences Pakistan (IUCPSS)at Pak China Friendship Centre Islamabad.
Inter-university consortium was part of the 7th National Book Day Festival that concluded here at the China-Pak Friendship Centre.
Prof. Dr. Ihsan Ali Vice Chancellor Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan presided over the seminar while the main speakers included Executive Director Centre for Civic Education Pakistan , 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.
Centre for Civic Education Pakistan (CCEP) Executive Director Zafarullah Khan said teaching of fundamental rights remained great challenge in Pakistan. He said hat 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 organized 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 form 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 ad government institutions for undertaking collaborative efforts to promote civic education.

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