The syndicate of Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU) Islamabad has decided to hold elections to reinstate the Students Union in the university.
The decision was taken at a syndicate meeting on Friday, chaired by Vice-Chancellor Dr Niaz Akhtar. During the meeting, Justice Qazi Faez Isa, a member of the syndicate and Chief Justice of Pakistan, expressed support for the reinstatement of the Student Union.
A two-member committee has been formed to review the proposal and present a detailed proposal within two weeks. The committee includes Raja Qaiser Ahmed, the Registrar of Quaid-e-Azam University, and Professor Aziz-ur-Rehman from the Law Department of the university.
The Student Union was banned in 1984, but the Martial Law Ordinance was amended in 1989 to allow for the presence of an elected body to address student issues and engage in extracurricular activities. In 2017, the Senate approved Resolution Number 335, which led to the syndicate’s unanimous decision to reinstate the Student Union as a representative body for all students of the university.
Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa also expressed dissatisfaction with the presence of armed security personnel in the university for security purposes and questioned the need for such security in an educational institution. Members of the syndicate emphasized the importance of maintaining a safe and drug-free environment on campus, and measures were discussed to address issues related to substance abuse and narcotics.
The reinstatement of the Student Union was advocated during the meeting, and it is hoped that the elections will be held soon.