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Students confused as govt fails to restore student unions
« on: January 31, 2009, 01:22:07 PM »
Students confused about student unions

Students confused as govt fails to restore student unions

Lahore, Jan 31: Students of private universities and educational institutions are confused about the activation of student unions and their due role, as the government, despite its claims of restoring student unions, has failed to announce a code of conduct for these unions.

Students from Beaconhouse National University (BNU), Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Lahore School of Economics (LSE), University College Lahore (UCL), and various other private institutions claim to have played a significant role in showing public support for a democratic government and an independent judiciary.

SAC members: Sundus Hurain, an active member of the Student Action Committee (SAC), said the ban imposed on student bodies in educational institutions by former president General (r) Ziaul Haq was completely unjust, and was an infringement on the rights of youth, who could become leaders of the country in the future.

She said the students were still waiting for practical implementation of the government's announcements. Haleema Mansoor, another leading member of the SAC, said the committee was a consortium of students from 21 private and public sector institutions. She said student unions played a major role in nurturing future leadership. Duties of students in student unions include organising extra-curricular activities, she said. South Asia Partnership Executive Director Muhammad Tahseen said he, along with other civil society organisations, urged the government to develop a code of conduct for the restoration of student unions.

"I think the current government has decided to delay all the positive changes that they promised to bring about before coming into power. They do not realise that they would be considered worse than past dictators if they continue this policy. The historians would remember them as those who led the country to crisis despite having a golden opportunity to correct things," he stated. The government was supposed to take the code of conduct to parliament to seek its approval, and it was then supposed to implement it, but nothing had been done so far, he said.