Student unions have been revived in the country after Sindh assembly passed a “landmark bill” on Friday. The bill lifted a ban on student bodies that was imposed across the country by former military ruler Gen. Muhammad Ziaul Haq 38 years ago. The new law allows students of different education institutions in Sindh to elect unions comprising seven to eleven representatives annually.
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Universities will also be required to give representation to union members in their syndicates, senates or boards. Apart from that, student unions will also be represented in the anti-harassment committees of their respective education institutions.
The bill to remove the ban was first tabled in the Sindh assembly in December 2019 but was later referred to one of its standing committees which prepared its amended version last month. The new bill was approved by the cabinet on Thursday and passed by the provincial legislature on Friday evening.
More recently, Prime Minister Imran Khan hinted at the possibility of allowing these unions after assuming the country’s political power
Source: Arab News PK