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Law, media varsities to be set up: HEC chief

ISLAMABAD – Higher Education Commission (HEC) Chairman Prof (Dr.) Attaur Rahman on October 26, said the government would set up a law university to meet legal education requirements in the country.

The HEC chairman said this decision had been taken on the directives of the president to find ways and means to improve legal education.

He said the idea was not only to make the law institutions research oriented, but also create awareness of the rights in the public and ensure continuing legal education.

Dr. Ata was of the view that this was need of the time, which would give direction to the society and supplement the government’s efforts to prepare the nation for the challenges ahead.

The proposed university, he said, would not only address issues related to legal education but also act as harbinger of radical changes in the society. It is in this connection that the HEC has initiated necessary steps in collaboration with academicians and members of judiciary, he added.

The HEC chairman said they had already held a couple of meetings and come up with some recommendations, adding that the commission was very actively working to give a final shape to the idea of proposed federal university in law to be established in any of the major cities of the country.

Media varsity: Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Senator Anisa Zeb Tahirkheli on Tuesday said the academies of PTV, Radio and Information Services would be combined to form the National University of Media Studies, which would be a degree awarding and doctorate research institution.

She was talking to British High Commissioner to Pakistan Mark Lyall Grant who called on her at the ministry of information here.

The minister said the role of media was of critical importance in this age of information, and the government was determined to provide maximum freedom to media to enhance its role in the socio-economic development of the country.

The British high commissioner discussed matters of bilateral interest with the minister. He appreciated the steps taken by the ministry to provide a free working atmosphere to media in the country.

The minister said the government was fully cognizant of the role of media in creating awareness and educating people. She said a Press Council was being established to help media resolve its problems.

She said President Gen Pervez Musharraf had always expressed his resolve to ensure greater media freedom as it would project Pakistan as a modern, moderate and forward looking state. She said the president had already announced that all important issues were open for debate and this would lead to better understanding and resolution of key issues.

Talking about India-Pakistan relations, the minister said the steps taken by the president for resolution of all key issues, including Kashmir, were commendable.

She said President Musharraf had always expressed his desire that both the countries should try to solve all matters amicably through dialogue. She said the two sides would have to exhibit flexibility to resolve these issues, but Kashmiris could not be overlooked in the process.

Meanwhile, the British high commissioner also called on Minister for Interior Senator Dr. Shahzad Waseem at his office here on Tuesday.

During the meeting, a wide range of issues of bilateral concern came under discussion with special emphasis on terrorism and immigration issues.

The minister told the high commissioner that Pakistan was committed to wiping out terrorism from its soil.

He said with the machine readable passports, it would become easy to check illegal immigration.

The two sides showed their satisfaction over bilateral cooperation between the UK and Pakistan, and expressed the hope that these relations would improve after Pakistan’s re-admission to Commonwealth.
Source: Dawn
Date:10/27/2004