The first batch of 15 students for placement as interns with the standing committees of the National Assembly has been selected. An Inauguration and Orientation Ceremony was held at Islamabad on June 21, 2004 to mark the occasion. Deputy Speaker Sardar Muhammad Yaqub was the chief guest on the occasion while Malik Allah Yar Khan, Chairman Public Accounts Committee, Mr. Shah Mehmood Qureshi, MNA and Deputy Secretary General Pakistan Peoples Party and Maulana Ghafoor Haidry, MNA MMA (JUI-F) were speakers on the occasion. Mr. Lawrence Hardy, Deputy Head of USAID Mission in Pakistan also spoke on the occasion.
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Following are the various details about the
Parliamentary Internship Programme:
1. Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development
And Transparency – PILDAT, as a part of the Pakistan
Legislative Strengthening Consortium – PLSC, supported
by the USAID has launched a Parliamentary Internship
Programme for the first time in Pakistan.
2. Through this programme, students are being
placed as interns with the standing committees of the
National Assembly and the Punjab Assembly during June –
3. A stipend of Rs. 7000 a month will be paid to
4. Parliamentary Internship Programme is an
internationally accepted and practised programme and
major universities/academic institutions and
Legislatures of developed democracies of North America,
Europe, Australia and part of Asia practise this.
5. PILDAT, as an organisation devoted to
strengthening democracy and democratic institutions in
Pakistan, felt that generally the youth of the country
is very aloof and disinterested in politics, especially
legislative politics. Secondly, as is the condition in
six (6) legislatures of Pakistan, the committees, as
well as individual legislators work unassisted in
carrying out their functions.
6. The objective behind the Parliamentary
Internship Programme is to inculcate an active interest
of legislative politics in the youth of the country
through their exposure to the legislatures, as well as
to provide national and provincial legislatures with an
opportunity to benefit from the fresh perspective and
research support by student interns.
7. PILDAT invited expressions of interest from 100
public and private institutions recognised by Higher
Education Commission – HEC from across Pakistan.
8. Fifty-seven (57) academic institutions, 33
public and 24 private sent expressions of interest.
9. PILDAT received a total of 240 applications from
the disciplines of IT, Management, Social Sciences,
Engineering, Economics and Medicine. 67% of these
applications were from public institutions while 33%
were from private institutions. 41% of these
applications were from Punjab, 20% from Federal Capital,
19% from NWFP, 17% from Sindh and 3% from Baluchistan.
The gender break-up in applications was 69% male and 31%
10. A Selection Committee, comprising veteran
academicians, representative of Higher Education
Commission, representatives of the National Assembly and
the Punjab Assembly and Senator S. M. Zafar, Chairman
PILDAT Board of Advisors selected the candidates through
evaluation of applications and an interview process.
11. Six (6) interns were selected for placement with
the Punjab Assembly. These included one student from
Bahauddin Zakariya University Multan, three students
from Lahore University of Management Sciences, one
student from National College of Business Administration
and Economics and one student from University of
Engineering and Technology, Lahore. The gender break-up
was 3 male and 3 female students.
12. Deputy Speaker of Punjab Assembly, Sardar
Shaukat Hussain Mazari was the chief guest at the
inauguration ceremony for Punjab Assembly Parliamentary
Internship Programme while Mr. Qasim Zia, Leader of the
Opposition Punjab Assembly and Mrs. Ashifa Riaz Fatiana,
Provincial Minister for Women Development also spoke on
13. In the first phase of interview and selection
process for selection of interns with the National
Assembly, the first batch of fifteen (15) interns was
selected, the details for which are: five (5) students
are female, while ten (10) are male; twelve (12)
students are from public institutions while three (3)
are from private institutions; four (4) students belong
to the federal capital, one (1) student from FANA; five
(5) students from Punjab; two (2) from Sindh and three
(3) from NWFP. For further details on names and names of
institutions, see the attached list of first batch of
interns for placement with national assembly.
14. Interviews for the selection of remaining 23
interns for national assembly will be held in the last
week of June.
15. PILDAT has compiled a detailed Manual of the
Parliamentary Internship Programme covering every detail
and aspect of the Programme. Copies of Manual will be
distributed to selected interns, Academic Contact
Persons and the Supervising Secretaries of the
16. All interns will be required to submit a
research report of approx. 5000 words before the
completion of their internship period. This will
contribute towards the requirement of successful
completion of internship.
17. PILDAT, in association with Assembly
Secretariats, will hold certificate distribution
ceremony for successful interns.