Lahore: The Punjab government has made the teaching of the Holy Quran with translation mandatory in all provincial universities. Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar has constituted a seven-member committee of vice-chancellors to submit its recommendations on making the Holy Quran as a part of the curriculum.
On Sunday, a notification issued by the government of Punjab stated
“Teachings of the Holy Quran with translation would be mandatory for Muslim students.”
Further, if a student does not study the Holy Qur’an with translation, he will not be awarded a degree.
In early April, Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar had constituted a seven-member committee of vice-chancellors to present his recommendations.
While addressing a press conference after a meeting with Vice-Chancellors at the Governor’s, Sarwar said:
“The lectures of ‘Quran with Translation’ would be compulsory for Muslim students of all provincial universities.” He added, “Translation and Teachings of the Holy Quran will be taught in addition to Islamic studies, which is already a part of the syllabus.”
In a statement issued by Governor, he said “It is the responsibility of universities to ensure that the teachings of the Qur’an are disseminated to students properly.”
However, we know how to read the Quran but we don’t know the proper meaning and Urdu translation of our Holy book,” Sarwar stated.
COVID- a way to repent
In the wake of COVID-19 pandemic, Governor said “The world is facing a tough time and it all might be due to our sins.”
In this regard, Punjab Governor said the Holy Quran has been a source of real guidance for us. He further said that only the teaching of the Qur’an will improve this life and the hereafter.
Moreover, The Qur’an has revealed to our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) a complete code of conduct. The Holy Quran is a complete guide to the world. Certainly, it is important to become a good human being through an accurate understanding of the Qur’an
The Governor said the matter of fee reduction under the circumstances of the pandemic is still under consideration.
Vice-Chancellors committee and members
The VC Prof Niaz Ahmed of Punjab University headed the vice-Chancellors committee while Prof Dr. Masood Gondal of King Edward Medical University (KEMU), 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) Lahore VC Prof Dr. Asghar Zaidi and Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) VC Dr. Bushra Mirza are the members.
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