NA body approves Institute for Art and Culture Bill, 2018



ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training discussed and unanimously approved ‘The Institute for Art and Culture Bill, 2018’.

The meeting of the NA committee was held in Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU), Islamabad under the chairmanship of MNA Col (retd) Dr Amirullah Marwat.

The committee also discussed the issue of illegal encroachments on the QAU land by influential land grabbers in detail. After detailed deliberations, the committee directed the CDA chairman to extend full support to the management of the university in the proper demarcation of the land acquired by CDA in 1967, and complete the process of demarcation within 45 days.

The committee further directed the CDA member planning to submit progress report regarding the demarcation to the chairman of the standing committee on a weekly basis. In this regard, the committee also directed the Islamabad deputy commissioner to provide administrative support and security cover while undertaking the demarcation process to the management of the university, which was assured by the deputy commissioner who was present during the meeting.

The committee also discussed the issue of the students of Indus International Institute, Dera Ghazi Khan regarding awards of degrees and transcripts to them in detail. The committee was informed that the said Institute was earlier affiliated with National College of Business Administration and Economics (NCBA&E) since 2013 as per the MoU of affiliation, and later on de-affiliated from NCBA&E and got affiliation with the Government College University, Faisalabad in 2015.

The HEC chairman, while briefing the committee on the issue, apprised the committee that private university not entitled to give affiliation to any institute and the earlier affiliation was given in violation of the HEC Rules. Upon this, the committee directed the representative of the Government College University, Faisalabad to resolve the issue of the International Indus Institute students regarding awards of their degrees/transcripts within one month and submit a report to the committee accordingly.

The meeting was attended by MNAs Muhammad Nazir Khan, Zulfiqar Ali Bhatti, Shaista Pervaiz, Asyia Naz Tanoli, Amra Khan, Chaudhary Hamid Hameed, Surriya Asghar, Suraiya Jatoi, Shazia Sobia, Shahida Rehmani and officers/officials of the ministry and its attached departments.