Punjab makes Quran course compulsory for all universities
Governor Chaudhry Sarwar held a meeting with the vice-chancellors of the universities at the Governor's House..
According to a Punjab Governor Secretariat notification, the Punjab government has made the teaching of the Holy Quran with translation mandatory for all university students.
It should be noted that the Punjab government had earlier formed a seven-member committee of VCs, headed by Punjab University VC Prof Niaz Ahmed, in April to submit recommendations on how to make the teaching of the Holy Quran with translation compulsory in all provincial universities.
The VCs committee included King Edward Medical University (KEMU) Prof Dr. Masood Gondal, University of Education VC Prof Dr. Talat Naseer Pasha, University of Health Sciences (UHS) VC Dr. Javaid Akram, University of Engineering and Technology (UET) VC Prof Mansoor Sarwar, Government College University (GCU) VC Prof Dr. Asghar Zaidi, and Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) VC Dr. Bushra Mirza as its members.
What does the government notification read?
The notification reads:
A student will not be awarded a degree if they do not study the Holy Quran with translation. Lecturers in all the universities of Punjab will teach the Holy Quran with translation to all students. The Holy Book will be taught separately from the subject of Islamiat, which is already being taught in all the universities.
According to the notification of the committee, the Quran course may have equivalent to one credit hour per year (Theory/Practical) as the relevant university feels appropriate. However, the HEC limit of total credit hours in the Undergraduate program must be followed.
In conclusion, the notification states:
The assessment of the Quran course must require each candidate to pass/fail. The student may be further assigned a grade as in any other credit subject if University feels necessary/appropriate. As a substitute, the non-Muslim students may be offered the subject of Ethics.
Implementation of the Quran course
Governor Chaudhry Sarwar held a meeting with the vice-chancellors of the universities at the Governor’s House. Addressing a press conference, the governor said:
Success in the world and the hereafter can only be achieved through proper implementation of the guidelines of the Holy Quran.
Governor Chaudhry Sarwar also tweeted:
The historical decision to teach the Quran with Urdu translation has been implemented. This would be a compulsory subject in universities of Punjab, without which a degree won’t be awarded. Graduates won’t get the degree without completing the Quran course.
He termed the Quran a complete code of life whose better understanding would help the people win God’s favor. Following this, the Governor asked all the universities to make the teaching of the Quran a part of their syllabi. He reminded them of the responsibility to disseminate knowledge of the Quran to the younger generation.
Chaudhry Sarwar further stated:
Amendments would be made to the Constitution to make the teaching of the Holy Quran translation compulsory for all students.
While the decision has been announced, the implementation of the Quran course will take some time. Only time will tell when that happens and how fruitful it turns out to be.
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