Lahore schools, colleges tight security
Lahore Private educational institutions tightened security
Lahore, Nov 15: Private educational institutions have tightened their security once
again after the recovery of a live grenade from a government college in Gulberg,
restricting any outsiders including parents from entering the school's premises
during school hours.
Some private schools and colleges have already
restricted the entry of cars without special entry passes and national identity
cards or carrying more then three students, from entering their premises.
Parents have been advised to display their national identity cards whenever they
come to pick or drop their children. Many schools have also advised parents to
remain vigilant and report any suspicious persons or activities they might see
outside the school premises.
The administration of a prominent private
school situated in the Cantonment has issued a letter to the parents, which
reads: "Whoever comes to pick up your child must show his or her ID Card and the
children must be picked up as soon as school timings are over. Children using
school transport may continue to do so, if some of you are advised and are
therefore inclined to make your own pick and drop arrangement you are most
welcome to do so."
A private school's administration official said
that, "the administration is highly concerned with the security of its
students and is taking all possible measures in this regard."
A father of
a student at a local school was of the view that "although the law and order
situation of the country is so bad, they cannot afford not to send their
children to school. It would mean putting their future at stake." He added that
even though it was hard for many of the parents to pick and drop their children
during working hours, they were nonetheless satisfied with the security
arrangements made by the schools. All educational institutions in the private sector,
including kindergarten, montessori and elite schools, will reopen tomorrow
(Monday) after their closure due to inadequate security arrangements.
institutions like Beaconhouse Schools System, American Lycium, The Educators and
British Council schools are starting the curricular activities again as the
Lahore High Court rejected the petition filed by the owners'
association. According to the sources in Education Department, the government
has started taking stern action for security lapses in the private
It is worth mentioning that most of the schools having membership of
the association are located in streets and residential areas without any proper
security arrangements not withstanding the fact that there are thousands of
private schools in Lahore alone.
On the other hand, government schools are
functioning as usual and not a single institution is closed for security
concerns, as security devices have been provided to their administration while
boundary walls have also been raised or constructed at all the premises.
is also noteworthy that private schools catering the beginners (kindergarten and
montessori) reopened last Thursday but after the vigorous monitoring by the
authorities concerned some of them were closed, as their management was unable
to follow the instructions given by the govt.
Meanwhile talking to this
scribe, principals of different private schools and colleges said they had told
the government that car parking and the filth containers placed by Solid Waste
Management Department outside the educational institutions were posing major
threat to their students. They said metal detectors and close circuit cameras
had been purchased in addition to deploying security persons at their own
expenses but the risk still persisted.
They are of the opinion that
impediments like garbage containers outside the premises and unauthorised
parking of vehicles provide opportunities to the terrorists. In this connection,
they requested the provincial govt to take necessary action. They also demanded
deployment of policemen at the entry points of schools (especially at girls'
institutions) to provide a proper protection to the innocent students. The nation
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Students allowed to take a part in speech contest
Lahore: Students from both public and private universities and medical colleges of the
province have been allowed to join the Chief Ministerís Speech and Essay Writing
According to a DGPR handout issued here Saturday,
the convener of CM Speech and Essay Writing Competition, DPI (Secondary
Education) Mian Abdul Haq, said that all the heads of the universities and
medical colleges (Education), DEOs (Colleges) and Divisional Director (Colleges)
In order to facilitate the students, he said, topic list of
speeches and essays and registration forms had been sent to respective districts
and divisional offices had been asked to register their nominated students with
EDOs of the department. Meanwhile, in the first phase of the competitions, the
middle-level English speech contests have been completed. As many as 10,165
students participated in the competitions from all over the province. As many as
1,364 students from Lahore Division, 1792 from Gujranwala, 1543 from Faisalabad,
1121 from Multan, 1161 from Sargodha and 1204 students from DG Khan attended the
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Independence, autonomy linked to self-reliance
Lahore: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has
said that objectives of Pakistan creation cannot be achieved without eliminating
monopoly of a specific class of people on higher and quality education. He said
that only intelligent and educated youth can save Pakistan in the existing
difficult circumstances, therefore, he appealed to the youth to come forward
with full force to discharge their national responsibilities.
these views during his presidential address to Annual Parents Day ceremony at
Military College Jhelum, on Saturday.
The chief minister said that Pakistan
has best manpower and vast national resources and we can join the comity of
developed nations only by determination which we are lacking. He said that in
order to achieve this goal, we will have to rely on our own resources instead of
foreign aid, as Pakistan's 62-year history is witness to the fact that we cannot
make progress while depending on foreign aid. He said that independence and
autonomy of Pakistan is linked to its self-reliance.
could it be possible to get the right to choose living standard while begging
continuously? The chief minister said that for the first time in the
history, Punjab Government has allocated record funds for the education sector
with the main aim to giving access to the talented and hardworking children of
the deprived and sourceless segments of the society to higher and quality
He said that under Punjab Education Endowment Fund, government has
allocated substantial funds for imparting education to talented and industrious
students at local level and abroad. He said that if children of the rich people
can study in foreign prestigious institutions then depriving the talented
children of ordinary people from this right, is not less than a national crime.
He said that under Danish School System, exemplary education institutions are
being set up in every nook & corner of the province.
expressing his views about the current situation in the country, Shahbaz
said that a limited segment is holding resources of the country while corruption
has ruined majority of the institutions. He said both civil and military
governments have played their role in this regard but many decades would be
required to redress the loss caused by the dictators. He said that now the time
has come to change our priorities and utilise all our energies for the
betterment and prosperity of unemployed, poor and ailing Pakistanis.
lauded the academic and extracurricular activities of Jhelum Military College
and said that this institution has played the unbeatable role in the national
defence. He said that the whole nation is proud of the sacrifices of martyrs and
Ghazis of alumni of this institution. He also announced a grant of Rs 50 million
for new construction and different development schemes. The nation
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200 Assistant Professors recommended for promotion
Lahore: Provincial Selection Board-II (PSB-II) has recommended the promotion of 200
Assistant Professors of Education Department as Associate Professors in BS-19.
In this regard, a meeting of PSB-II was held at Civil Secretariat on
Saturday. The meeting was presided over by Additional Chief Secretary Javed
Aslam while Secretary Finance, Secretary Education, Secretary Regulations and
others attended the meeting.
The meeting reviewed 250 promotion cases
and recommended promotion for 200 Assistant Professors from BS-18 to BS-19. In
this regard, a summary has been sent to the CM Secretariat for approval.
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Punjab university celebrated Book week
Lahore: A special ceremony was arranged on Saturday, at the Punjab University
(PU) Main Library of Iran Information Center in connection with "Book Week"
celebrations in Iran.
PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujhaid Kamran was the
chief guest while Iranian Counsel General Saeed Kharazi, Director General Iran
Cultural Centre Dr Abbass Famori, PU Oriental College Principal Prof Dr Mazhar
Moen, Department of Persian Chairman Moen Nizami, Dr Akram Shah and other
teachers also attended the ceremony.
Addressing the gathering, Dr Kamran
said: "Only knowledge made human beings superior to animals and other creatures
of the world and this knowledge comes from books." Later, the PU vice-chancellor
and the counsul general also visited various stalls at the Iran Information
Centre. Kharazi said the book exhibition was arranged every year at Iran and the
objective of 'book week' was to promote knowledge. Meanwhile Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran inaugurated the
exhibition of calligraphic work of noted artist Saeed Ahmad Bodla. According to
a press statement, Iranian Counsel General Saeed Kharazi, PU Chief Librarian Ch
Muhammad Hanif, teachers and students were also present. They appreciated the
work of Bodla. Meanwhile the univeristy awarded a PhD
degree in Zoology to a student.
According to a press statement issued on
Saturday, Tasnim Farasat, daughter of Syed Asghar Ali Shah, has been awarded a
PhD degree after approval of her research thesis "Mlecular Mechanisms of Thyroid
Status in Glycemic Anomalies of Local Population."
The study revealed
relationship between thyroid hormones and development of type 2 diabetes due to
insulin resistance. The study focused on molecular targets of thyroid gland
activity in newly diagnosed diabetic subjects.
Studies of thyroid
hormone targets particularly at biochemical and molecular level in glycemic
anomalies carry extreme importance in understanding developments of
cardiovascular diseases and other risks. This study can form a basis for
achieving early diagnosis of diabetes in the future.
completed her thesis under the supervision of PU Registrar and Department of
Zoology Professor Dr Muhammad Naeem Khan while her co-supervisor was Prof Dr
Abdul Majeed Cheema, dean of Faculty of Biotechnology and Informatics,
Balochistan University of IT Engineering and Management, Quetta.
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GCU On-Campus Recruitment Day
Lahore: The Government College University (GCU) Career Guidance and Placement Centre on
Saturday held "On Campus Recruitment Day" in collaboration with the noted
national and international companies and provided job opportunities to scores of
the university students.
The students of GCU BS Applied Management, BSc
(Honours) Business, Accounting and Finance, BCS (Honours) Computer Science, MCS
(Computer Science), BA (Honours) English, MPhil, Economics, MS ESME and MS
Banking and Finance besides a large number of old Ravians took part in the full
The companies' representatives gave a detailed presentation
to the students about their organisational structure and available positions.
They collected resumes and CVs of all the students. However, only 113
suitable candidates were interviewed by the companies in detail out of whom they
Talking about the event, the GCU placement officer said
that the Career Guidance and Placement Centre might be a new idea for the
universities of Pakistan but not for the world. He said the activity
aimed at providing assistance to the students in their career development and
transition from the university life to employment.
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124th Founder's Day at Aitchison College
Lahore: Governer Salman Taseer has said the elements targeting academic institutions
have been exposed and they have no link with Islam. Addressing the 124
Founder Day of the Aitcheson College here on Saturday, he said education was the
only way to ensure a bright future of the country. He said tough times were part
of nation but the followers of Holy Prophet (PBUH) could never lose heart and
had trust in Allah. He said terrorism would be defeated and the country would be
purged from the menace.
Taseer said the army enjoyed a complete support
of people and the ongoing operation in Waziristan was heading towards success.
He said the day was not far when the whole region of Waziristan would echo with
the slogans of 'Pakistan Zindabad' just like the valley of Swat. He said the
spirit shown by the nation as a whole to solve the issue of the Internally
Displaced Persons (IDPs) was a clear precedent of selfless contribution made by
The governor hailed the performance of students of the Aitcheson
College, saying the results shown by the students in A, O level exams were a
matter of pride for the institution. Meanwhile, the governor also hosted
a reception in the honour of a delegation of participants of 23rd Orthopedic
International Conference at the Governor's House.
The delegation was led
by Professor Dr Nusrat Ali. The governor congratulated the delegates for holding
a successful conference. Meanwhile, Salman Taseer has said that the
country is at war against terrorism and those attacking schools and mosques are
the enemies of the country and Islam. He was speaking as the chief guest
at a conference, "Organisation and Reengineering of Schools" organised by The
City School Network here on Saturday.
The governor said quality
education should not be compromised in order to compete with the developed
countries. He said Pakistani students had great potential and they needed
direction. He urged the educational institutions to inculcate spirit of
tolerance among the students. He appreciated the school management for promoting
quality education. Other speakers at the conference stressed the need of
education, based on values besides redesigning and reengineering of schools to
uplift their performances. The conference was attended by a number of senior
educationists who gave their opinions regarding education reforms in general and
school education in particular.
Different theme-based presentations,
including Organizational Citizenship Behaviour and School Performance, Managing
Reputation: Risk matter, Value-Based Education: The Need of Today and Authentic
Pedagogy and Standards That Boosts Student Performance were delivered on the
occasion. Senior educationist Dr Arshad Karim said teachers must realise
the need of their students. He urged them to teach students how to do and not
what to do.
In his presentation, Dr Shahid A Zia highlighted the need of
managing reputation risks, saying that such risks should be managed in the same
way as operational or financial risks were assessed and audited. Earlier,
in her opening remarks The City School Director Studies Dr Dania Qazi
highlighted objectives of the conference.
The City School's Chief
Operating Officer Jahangir Feroze and Regional Director Sobia Lodhi also
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CPSP training course
Lahore: A Training course on communication skills was organised at the College of
Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP) regional centre which was attended by
trainee doctors from different parts of the province. Dr Asim Hussain, Advisor
to Prime Minister, was the chief guest at the concluding ceremony. He
appreciated the CPSP efforts, saying the institution was providing best
specialist doctors to the country. The news
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