Call for delinking student politics from parties
LAHORE – Speakers at the Youth Peace Conference 2017 Friday said student politics on campuses in Pakistan must be delinked from political parties and violence.
Concluding a technical session on a new foundation of student politics, all speakers and participants unanimously demanded that the mainstream political parties should sign a charter for keeping themselves away from campuses so that a new student politics is revived that is pro-peace, student-centred, women friendly and is only focused to creating an environment to enhance competencies and skills of students and nurture their personalities through debates, drama, music, quiz and other positive co-curricular and social activities .
The two-day conference was organized by Bargad at the Government College University Lahore in collaboration with the Punjab Higher Education Commission, Population Association of Pakistan, Oxfam and Right Here Right Now.
The session on student politics was addressed by PHEC Chairman Prof Dr Muhammad Nizamuddin, Burgad Chairman Dr Kaiser Bengali, GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah, youth development consultant Iqbal Haider Butt, IBA Karachi Public Affairs and Communication Director Dr Huma Baqai and student representatives from different universities including LUMS, GCU and PU.
The GCU vice chancellor said that given extremism and violence around us, the question of student unions/politics should be approached very cautiously, as this may expose students to armed extremist groups.
A separate session on climate change was addressed by, Western Sydney University, Australia Director Academic Programs Prof Dr Awais Piracha, Individual Land Program Manager Farhan Khalid, Agriculture University Peshawar student Kashif Islam and Syed Ali Hussain, a student from Layyah. The speakers said that Pakistan was world’s 12th most vulnerable country in the world. They told that glaciers in the Himalaya are receding faster than in any other part of the world. If the present rate continues, the likelihood of them disappearing by the year 2035 and perhaps sooner is very high if the Earth keeps warming at the current rate.