ISLAMABAD: Speaker of the National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq on Friday said that the future of Pakistan rests in hands of the youth and that the country's youth has the potential and ability to combat the challenges faced by our nation to steer the country to future glory.
He expressed these views while meeting with a group of students of Kinnaird College for Women Lahore headed by Principal Dr Rukhsana David in the Parliament House.
The speaker stressed that education is imperative for the development and progress of any country and only those nations have made progress who accorded top priority to their education sector.
Apprising the group about his initiative of including Parliamentary studies programme in universities, he said that it was a beneficial way to inculcate democratic culture in the minds of youth highlighting the history, struggle and importance of parliamentary democracy in Pakistan.
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Sadiq also shared the progressive initiatives taken up by the Parliament, which further enhanced the working philosophy and procedures at the Parliament.
The introduction of various courses on Parliament’s working supported by Pakistan Institute of Parliamentary Services (PIPS), developing research unit at National Assembly, formation of Legislative Drafting Council (LDC) and importance of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Secretariat were few of the initiatives speaker shared.
He informed the group about working of non-partisan Women Parliamentary Caucus (WPC) that assists in legislative business ensuring equality and protection of women rights.
Principal Kinnaird College for Women appreciated the Speaker's initiatives for strengthening the values and importance of parliament and democracy as well as introducing the subject of Parliamentary Services in different colleges and universities.
Later on, National Assembly of Pakistan and Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services (PIPS) separately signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Kinnaird College for Women. In these MOUs, all the institutions acknowledged the need to cooperate towards achieving their mutual beneficial goal of introducing Parliamentary Studies as a new discipline to develop quality human resource to serve the parliamentary institutions in Pakistan as a flagship initiative by the speaker of the National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq.
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According to the MOUs, National Assembly and PIPS will also offer Internships to the students of Kinnaird College for studying social sciences and disciplines relevant to political science, law and parliamentary studies. These MOUs will be valid for a period of three years and will be extended yearly with mutual consent.
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