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.
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.
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.