ISLAMABAD - Senate Standing Committee on Science and Technology on Wednesday passed “The National University of Technology Bill, 2017.”

The state-of-the-art, higher education institute will be established to produce skilled manpower as per international standards.

It shall also regulate and certify technical skill development in affiliated institutes to make it receptive to the current and future needs of the industry and prospective opportunities offered by the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

The officials of Ministry of Science and Technology briefed the committee that the president would be the chancellor of the university, while the army chief would be the chairman board of governors, which would consist of 17 members.

The committee after detailed deliberations and certain amendments approved the bill.

Minister for Science and Technology Rana Tanvir told the meeting that on the basis of science and technology other countries had made tremendous progress.

He said that if Pakistan had to be among developed countries education in science and technology was a pre-requisite.

Tanvir said the institute would impart technology education for masters and PhD students.

He said that there was a dire demand of skilled human resource in the world and the graduates would be able to not only secure lucrative jobs in the country but abroad too.

The minister said like Pakistan, Bangladesh used to have one shipyard, but now it had 26.

He said that India had 150, and now it had more than 1,000.

Tanvir said we would have to promote technology in the country in line with modern realities.

The officials of the ministry said during 1950s almost 80 per cent of jobs were availed by non-skilled workers but now 90 per cent jobs were for skilled workers only.

They said that more than 300,000 students were getting technical education in 3,900 institutes across the country.

Senator Fateh Muhammad Magsi pointed out that a state minister from Balochistan tendered his resignation recently from the Ministry of Science and Technology pressing serious corruption charges in the National Testing Service, the Comsats and the Pakistan Standard Quality Control Authority.

The committee approved his suggestion to investigate charges levelled by the former state minister in the next meeting.