Orientation Program for National Assembly Interns

Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services quick-started more than a week long course for the interns to be deputed in the National Assembly of Pakistan. The cohort of 25 interns having degrees in various disciplines including International Relations, Management Sciences, and Political Science, and belonging to various parts of the country including FATA as well as Gilgit-Baltistan, will be given sessions by PIPS seasoned faculty as well from external facilitators during the course of the orientation. During the Inaugural session, which began with the recitation of the Holy Quran, Acting Executive Director PIPS, Mr. Muhammad Rashid Mafzool Zaka, welcomed the participants and gave an absorbing session on “Constitution, Parliament, and State-Building.” Beginning with the basics of the subject, including definition of the Constitution, Parliament and the role of Parliament, he went on to link the authority of Parliament with the state-building in a given country. As the orientation program proceeds, the participants will briefed on topics including: Pakistan’s constitutional history, Introduction to Rules of Procedure of National Assembly, Organizational Behavior, Principles of Parliamentary Research, Team Building, Time and Task Management, Parliamentary Office and its Branches and the role of the Secretariat, Parliamentary Oversight, Committees – their role and function, Minute-writing skills, Report writing, Presentation and communication skills, and Office Management. Participants will receive certificates of completion at the end of the orientation course.

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