Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday said a “comprehensive and enforceable code of conduct” was required before student unions were restored across the country.
In a post on his Twitter account, PM Imran said the government would establish a code of conduct that will be comprehensive and will imbibe learning practices from internationally-recognised universities.
“Universities groom future leaders of the country & student unions form an integral part of this grooming. Unfortunately, in Pakistan universities’ student unions became violent battlegrounds & completely destroyed the intellectual atmosphere on campuses.
“We will establish a comprehensive & enforceable code of conduct, learning from the best practices in internationally renowned universities, so that we can restore & enable student unions to play their part in positively grooming our youth as future leaders of the country,” he tweeted.
Universities groom future leaders of the country & student unions form an integral part of this grooming. Unfortunately, in Pakistan universities' student unions became violent battlegrounds & completely destroyed the intellectual atmosphere on campuses.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) December 1, 2019
2/2 Banning of Unions led to students forming ethnic & sectarian groupings. We need to reinstate student unions with clear code of conduct.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) January 13, 2016
On November 29, people from all walks of life had taken to the streets to demand reinstatement of student unions, demilitarisation of campuses, and a 10 percent increase in the education budget across various cities throughout Pakistan.
They had also demanded the government to stop cuts in the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and increase the education budget to at least 10 percent.