ISLAMABAD: Mian Raza Rabbani, Former Chairman Senate Saturday said that the Pakistan People’s Party has kept its pledge with the nation, and youth in particular, as the Sindh Assembly has passed ‘The Sindh Students Unions Bill, 2019’.
In a press statement today, Raza Rabbani said that the Bill revives student unions after 38 years’ eclipse. Student union had been banned in public sector universities and colleges of the country in 1984 during regime of the dictator Gen. Ziaul Haque. This was a deliberate step taken by the state in order to crush the student unions as well as labour unions which were on the forefront of the struggle against Gen. Ayub Khan.
He said the Bill provides for promoting the general interest of students in academic, disciplinary, extracurricular or other matters relating to the affairs of the students in the educational institutions. It further provides that a student or students shall be the member of the Syndicate, Senate or Board of the educational institution.
The PPP leader said that student unions have been a nursery for producing political workers with ideological commitment, believing in transparency. A cursory glance at the present political leadership will unravel that those who have grown from student politics are committed to their ideology, party, believe and are upright and honest not compromising on principles. “Student unions will also help in promoting academic freedom in educational institutions,” the PPP stalwart remarked.