PIPS celebrates National Constitution Day with 247 faculty and students of Virtual University Islamabad, March 31, 2021

The Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services organized THE NATIONAL CONSTITUTION WEEK (March 31st – April 10th, 2021) with two interactive virtual webinars attended by around 289 faculty members and students from all over Pakistan to commemorate its tradition since 2014 to celebrate the “National Constitution Day” on April 10, every year. The objective of the two seminars was to develop awareness of the Constitution, its importance and functioning of Parliament among academicians, civil society and the university youth. The first session was held on Wednesday, March 31st, 2021 with a Nationwide webinar on “Constitution, Parliament and State Building” attended by 247 students enrolled in Masters of Political Science at Virtual University of Pakistan, from all parts of Pakistan online through Zoom: The event began at 11 am with the recording of the recitation from Holy Quran. Mr. Faisal Zia from VU moderated the session. Prof. Dr. Arshad Saleem Bhatti, Rector Virtual University, presented welcome remarks and expressed his view that “The Constitution is imperative because it protects the rights of the citizens of a concerned nation, irrespective of their religion, caste, creed, sex or physical appearance.” He acknowledged that the PIPS initiative to help youth of Pakistan across all provinces to understand the vision of founding fathers of Pakistan viz a viz parliamentary democracy, surely brings unity, strength and the optimism to progress together. PIPS Director (Research), Ms. Tehseen Khalid gave brief introduction of PIPS, its working and milestones achieved by the premier parliamentary institute. Director General (Research) Mr. Muhammad Rashid Mafzool Zaka, gave a one and a half hour detailed interactive presentation followed by Q & A session, on Constitution, Parliament and State-building. He elaborated the basic functions of the Parliament including representation, legislation and oversight.

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