• Sunday, September 24, 2017

Reforming education: Call to disband political student groups at varsities

Discussion in 'Social & Current Events' started by Kabira, Apr 21, 2017.

  1. Kabira

    Kabira BANNED

    Messages:
    8,732
    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2014
    Ratings:
    +7 / 7,039 / -15
    Country:
    Pakistan
    Location:
    Pakistan
    LAHORE:

    Academicians have recommended university administrations should disband all political, sectarian, racial or ethnic organisations on campus while providing an alternative platform for student to express their opinion.


    After a two-day brainstorming session, educationists concluded on Thursday that universities should hold regular sports events, cultural programmes, study circles, speeches, debates and literary sessions in order to promote peace and tolerance in Punjab.

    The proposals came at the ‘Conference on Promotion of Peace and Tolerance on University Campuses of Punjab’, where vice-chancellors, student affairs directors, intellectuals and representatives of 27 public-sector universities were present.

    The summit was organised jointly by the Working Group for Promotion of Peace and Tolerance on University Campuses and the Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC).

    “We need to preach the norms of plurality, diversity and peaceful coexistence and a university is the best place to begin,” said Punjab Higher Education Minister Syed Raza Ali Gillani at the concluding session. “Marginalised voices are needed to be accepted and included in the mainstream debate on peace and tolerance in society.”

    PHEC Chairman Dr Nizamuddin said tolerance was important for the development of mental faculties of university students. “We should develop and revive academic societies at our universities to tackle the issue of sporadic student groups in order to engage them in positive campus based activities,” he added.

    “While it is important to teach students about peace in classrooms, we also need to focus beyond the classroom. We need to work on improving the curriculum rather than syllabi. We should engage our students in extracurricular activities, debates, speeches and sports,” Dr Nizamuddin believed.

    At the conference, participants were divided into four working groups to formulate recommendations and suggestions. Members deliberated upon the possible role of media, civil society, government, varsity administrations, students and faculty members in promoting peace and tolerance on campuses.

    In their recommendations, different group members said the ban on student unions at varsities was commendable and should be extended to faculty unions and staff unions as well.

    A holistic approach was suggested for primary, secondary and tertiary-level education system. Courses like professional ethics, moral values and citizenship activism should be introduced and content of Islamic studies and Pakistan Studies should be revised, the academicians said.

    They also called for strictly monitoring mosques at universities and activities of religious groups so that they do not preach about a particular sect.

    Published in The Express Tribune, April 21st, 2017.
    https://tribune.com.pk/story/138952...l-disband-political-student-groups-varsities/
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 2
  2. tarrar

    tarrar SENIOR MEMBER

    Messages:
    6,615
    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2008
    Ratings:
    +1 / 3,814 / -2
    Country:
    Pakistan
    Location:
    Bahrain
    When Gen. Musharraf suspended political student wing everyone was against. Today after so many years the demand has come to suspend these student political wing groups, who are only causing loads of problems in universities, colleges & schools. The killing of Mashal Khan is a proof of their criminal activities in educational centres.

    Also the selling of jobs by corrupt Govts. In educational centres to the incompetent bastards is also a massive problem because of which we will continue to see Noreen type of incidents.
     
  3. Sinnerman108

    Sinnerman108 SENIOR MEMBER

    Messages:
    6,125
    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2009
    Ratings:
    +2 / 5,742 / -10
    Country:
    Pakistan
    Location:
    Saudi Arabia
    political AND religious student wings must be stopped / banned.

    additionally all political activity must be banned in the vicinity of schools , colleges or universities.
     
  4. !eon

    !eon SENIOR MEMBER

    Messages:
    2,844
    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2013
    Ratings:
    +2 / 3,215 / -0
    Country:
    Pakistan
    Location:
    Germany
    Student wings are going nowhere in near future. They are firepower for ghunda gardi of political parties.
    All political parties have deep roots in filthy river of Pakistani corruption, without any single exception.