LAHORE - The Punjab Assembly on Wednesday unanimously approved the establishment of a public sector university in DG Khan with the nomenclature of “Ghazi University” for promotion of higher education in the southern region. 

“The Ghazi University, DG. Khan Bill, 2011” was moved by Law Minister Rana Sana Ullah and after consideration of the bill clause by clause and discussion on amendments moved by the Opposition, the House passed it with unanimous vote.  

After the bill becomes an Act of the Assembly after getting assent of the Governor Punjab, the existing colleges in DG division including Government Post Graduate College for Boys, University Agriculture College (of University of Agriculture Faisalabad), sub-campus of Bahauddin Zakarya University, Multan and Medical College, DG, Khan shall be reconstituted for incorporation into the newly established Ghazi University.   

In the absence of a public sector university in D.G Khan, there was a dire need for the establishment of a university there for the promotion of higher education amongst the students belonging to the southern districts of the province especially in the said division.

The Opposition withdrew eight amendments in respect of the bill while it was under consideration, while other amendments were voted out by the Treasury.

The Assembly also passed seven amendment bills on Wednesday pertaining to different departments. Through amendment in Punjab Public Service Commission Bill, it has been enacted that PPSC members and its chairman shall be appointed only for a non-extendable terms of three years and would cease to hold office on attaining the age of 65 years. The retired professionals shall also be eligible for appointment. The bar on former members to seek appointment elsewhere has also been lifted in view of the new restriction on their appointment as PPSC member for one term of three years.

The Motor Vehicles Bill has been amended to raise existing traffic fines in view of upward of trend of traffic violations for different categories of vehicles.

For Motor Car and Jeep, the amount of fine for different violations would be between Rs 300 and 500 except for use of pressure horn in which case it would be Rs 200. For public service vehicles, both private and public, the fine charged from violators would be between Rs 500 and 1000. In case of motor cycles, the fine would remain between Rs 200 and 300. 

The Agricultural Pesticides Bill, The Punjab Workers’ Children (Education) Bill, The Punjab Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Bill, The Punjab Maternity Amendment Bill and Punjab Industrial & Commercial Employment Bill have been amended in line with 18th amendment after devolution of certain functions to the provinces.