Pakistan will have its first full-fledged law university in the federal capital soon as the Higher Education Commission (HEC) has issued a no-objection certificate (NOC) to expedite work on it.
An official said on Wednesday that the HEC has issued the NOC to the proposed Federal University of Law and Judicial Administration (FULJA), for which a bill was passed in parliament in 2012.
Initially, classes would be started on the campus of the Federal Judicial Academy (FJA) at Sector H-8/4, and for which, a block is under construction.
The work on the construction of a separate full-fledged building for the university would be started under the PC-1 after taking formal approval from the Ministry of Law and Justice.
Currently, the FJA functions under the board of governors headed by chief justice of Pakistan. After the approval of the PC-I and allocation of funds, the FULJA campus will be established on Kurri Road on an area spanning 35 acres, and for which, the land has been purchased from Capital Development Authority (CDA).
HEC Chairperson Javaid Laghari said that the HEC supported and given its nod to the idea of establishing the law university, as Pakistan currently has no degree awarding law university.
It is worth mentioning here that in 2009 the HEC rented a building at Sector I-10 for running law classes, before establishment of a full-fledged university, but the plan could not materialise as a former minister of the Pakistan People’s Party wanted to be its chancellor.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 4th, 2013.
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