Senators express ire over COMSATS bill amendments

Ministry of science and technology   unaware of changes made to proposed law, says panel


APP March 25, 2017
Ministry of science and technology   unaware of changes made to proposed law, says panel. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

ISLAMABAD: A Senate panel on Friday expressed its displeasure over the fact that the Ministry of Science and Technology and the COMSATS institute were not consulted on amendments made to a bill for upgrading the educational facility to the status of a university.

During a meeting of the Senate sub-committee on Science and Technology, which met with Senator Azam Khan Swati in the chair at Parliament House, the amended COMSATS University Islamabad Bill 2017 was reviewed.

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While reviewing the bill, Senator Muhammad Atique said that the ministry had drafted the bill in collaboration with four concerned departments and had subsequently secured approval from the cabinet division. However, along with the way, some amendments were made to the bill.

“Various amendments have been made in the bill but the ministry of science and technology and COMSATS are not aware of these changes,” the senator said.

He was speaking at the meeting of the Senate Sub-Committee on Science and Technology held to review the matter of amendments to COMSATS University Islamabad Bill 2017 on Friday.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 25th, 2017.

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