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Islamabad: A parliamentary committee approved the Pakistan Institute of Education (PIE) Bill under which the government wants to set up an institution of excellence for wide ranging research, assessment, training and management information system in the education sector.

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According to the statement of object and reasons of the bill, the government has decided to merge the Academy of Educational Planning and Management and the National Assessment System to establish the PIE which will take over the merged function of both the organizations.

The main functions of the institute include comprehensive education data collection, analysis and reporting at the national and international levels to support policy, planning and research as well as for future education reforms.

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Earlier, the committee deferred the ‘Pakistan Global Institute Bill 2021’ (government bill) and the ‘NCS-Institute of Sciences Bill 2021’ (moved by MNA James Iqbal) till its next meeting.

On the request of the parliamentary secretary, the committee also deferred an agenda item regarding the Single National Curriculum (SNC) as the federal minister, Shafqat Mahmood, will brief the members on it in the next meeting.

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