Senate body for ending deprivation of Sindh, Balochistan

ISLAMABAD:The Senate Standing Committee on Science and Technology demanded steps for ending deprivation in Sindh, Balochistan and FATA and to enhance national unity.

This was discussed while the Committee was being briefed regarding the working and performance of COMSATS University Islamabad (CUI).

The meeting of the Senate Standing Committee was held here on Thursday under the chairmanship of Senator Mushtaq Ahmed at Parliament House.

While deliberating over the brain drain issue in Pakistan, Chairman Committee said that strict legal action must be taken against all faculty members sent abroad on Ph.D Programs, who decline to return. He also recommended that penalties be increased.

He directed that COMSATS come up with a concrete plan to resolve this issue effectively.

In addition to academic activities the Committee appreciated the University’s outreach and Humanitarian efforts.

The Committee was informed that the University ranks with the top 800 Universities of the world. Chairman Committee instructed COMSATS to work towards achieving number one status amongst SAARC countries.

While discussing the Dual Degree Program (DDP) and the issue that students’ enrolled in this program face, Chairman Committee, Senator Mushtaq Ahmed directed that HEC be summoned in the next meeting to resolve this issue.

He supported the idea of a one-time grant of PKR 500 million to COMSATS and said that progress from the University cannot be expected without investing in it.

While discussing the issue of the Committees directives regarding promotion cases and pending inquiries of officers of PSQCA, the Committee recommended that all those whose inquiries exceeded a year be suspended and that this issue be taken up as a permanent agenda item in all future meetings unless this issue is resolved.

Senators including Nuzhat Sadiq, Gul Bashra, Gianchand, Syed Mohammad Sabir Shah and senior officers from the Ministry of Science and Technology, COMSATS University Islamabad and PSQCA attended the meeting.