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Posted on: Thursday, December 14, 2017

The Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) in collaboration with Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) held the second phase of the Model Council of Common Interest (CCI) debate-cum-simulation on 24 November 2017. Representatives from seven universities and colleges from all over Pakistan participated in the event. Model CCI is a unique forum designed to actively engage students from all the provinces and administrative units of Pakistan. The project aims to foster knowledge on mechanisms of federalism in Pakistan as promulgated by the 18th Constitutional Amendment, and to create awareness of the importance of strengthening inter-provincial as well as center-provincial dialogue.

Students were trained to compete at a simulated Council of Common Interests and discuss various issues pertaining to the devolved subjects of national interest. Upon completion of the Simulation Exercise, a three pronged approach at local, provincial and federal levels was adopted with the leading to the selection of two outstanding students, who would be given the opportunity to participate in a study tour of Germany.

From each of five identified units, eight public sector universities were selected for the project, making it 40 identified participating universities in total. The exercise is divided in three different phases.

In the first phase 40 students from each university (i.e. 1600 students in total) were selected to compete individually at university level. Team leaders belonging to the faculty of the participating universities were to academically prepare the students and organize the first Simulation Exercise. In COMSATS first simulation was organized on 7 December 2015. During the first Simulation, a Jury comprising of senior faculty members from CIIT, and representative from HSF selected the five best performing students based on standardised criteria.

In the second phase five best students of each of the eight provincial universities were to rally in the provincial capitals at a focal university for the second round of the project, which was conducted on 24 November 2017. In this phase seven universities from Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) and one from Gilgit Baltistan participated which are mentioned below:

  • = Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad
  • = National Defence University
  • = National University of Science and Technology
  • = COMSATS
  • = International Islamic University
  • = National University of Modern Languages
  • = Bahria / Air University
  • = Karakorum International University, Gilgit

Senator Mir Kabeer Ahmed Muhammad Shahi, Chairperson, Committee for Devolution was the Chief guest in activity of 24 November 2017 second phase which was held in the Islamabad Campus of CIIT. Speaking on the occasion he highlighted the need of strengthening federalism in Pakistan.

Mr. Omar Ali, National Program Manager of HSF welcomed the senator and presented main projects related to the Exercise.

The Exercise comprised of four sessions, education, women development, natural resources, health and environment, for each, a jury of three members judged the performance of the participating students. Out of 35 participating students, five students, including one from CIIT have qualified for the third round which is to be held towards the end of the year.

In the third and final phase again a national Jury, comprising eminent authorities on Pakistani Federalism, would select the winners of the Exercise.