ISLAMABAD, Jan 21 (APP):The Senate on Monday unanimously passed a Bill titled The federal Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2017 aimed at making internship mandatory for ensuring practical experience of university students before getting degrees.
The bill moved by Senator Atteeq Shaikh said it was aimed at making internship mandatory for students with special focus in the fields of science and technology, trade, commerce and IT before issuing them degree as the students badly lacked practical experience.
With the passage of the bill, practical experience would be included in curriculum.
The bill’s Statement of Objects and Reasons says: “Pakistan is probably going to be the fifth most populous country of this world and among the fastest growing economies as well. We are moving towards incredible innovation in a wide array of industries (particularly tech), and rapidly expanding companies that are in search for spots to fill especially after the historic CPEC project has been launched.
“Youth makes up almost 60 per cent of our population that is an asset in terms of man power. With an internship in Asia, students are able to immerse themselves in the working / business culture there, which will not only be a catalyst for personal growth but will be a very valuable experience for future employment.
“Having a professional network in Asia will be useful anywhere student go, especially now that Asian countries are making huge economic impacts globally. These internships are not aimed at assisting students in entering the workforce, but in complimenting their classroom education with practical experience in their field of interest.”
Meanwhile, Senate Chairman Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani referred another bill titled The Transplantation of
Human Organs and Tissues (Amendment) Bill, 2018 to the Standing Committee of Law and Justice with the directives to present the report within a week.
The bill was opposed by Senator Mushtaq Ahmed Khan, saying the opinion of Council of Islamic Ideology
should be sought before passing the bill. Some 16 senators voted in favour of passing the bill while six opposed it.