Rawalpindi private schools to remain open
Private school to remain open until closure notification
Rawalpindi, Nov 6: The Rawalpindi Association of Private Schools (RAPS) has
decided to keep all affiliated academic institutions open until issuance of a
fresh notification by the government regarding their closure.
decision to this effect was taken in a meeting of the RAPS here on
RAPS spokesperson Tahmeena Malik said that owners
and principals of affiliated private schools attended the meeting and discussed
It was decided that all schools would charge
around Rs50 to Rs100 from each student to install CCTV cameras in their
educational institutions besides taking other security measures. She made it
clear that this amount will be charged only once because schools cannot bear the
expenses of security arrangements on their own.
Tahmeena said that all
heads of schools would arrange meetings with parents and brief them on security
arrangements in their institutions. "After that the government would not be able
to blame school administrations in case of any untoward incident," she added.
She said that most schools have adopted security measures and an
inspection team from the government has visited many schools and they are
satisfied with the security arrangements, but they haven't issued any clearance
certificate to these schools.
16 schools asked to close campuses
Rawalpindi: As many as 16 schools, falling in jurisdiction of Potohar
Town, have been closed due to poor security measures taken by the schools
administration, security agency sources said on Thursday.
order of the closure of the schools was issued by SP (Potohar Division) Kamran
Adil on the directives of District Coordination Officer (Rawalpindi) Imdadullah
While, City Police Officer (Rawalpindi) Rao Muhammad Iqbal
summoned an emergency meeting of heads of schools and reviewed security gauges
taken to counter threats of violence. The CPO asked the schools administrations
to adopt security measures according to Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) set
to protect educational government and private institutions in the
CPO (Rawalpindi), Rao Iqbal said
that to provide sense of security among the parents and students was
responsibility of the school administration. He said that during the meeting,
administrations of all schools, not meeting SOP of security, have been warned
for taking security measures immediately.
The school administrations have
been asked to adopt visible security environment in and around the educational
institutions. He said that 8-feet high boundary wall, deployment of private
security guards, installation of walkthrough gates and close circuit TV cameras
are basic needs of security. He said that government wanted to create sense
among the students and parents to provide peaceful environment to them.
Rao Iqbal said that joint monitoring teams of district administration
and police have been formed to observe security measures of educational
institutions according to SOP, adding that the severe action would be taken
against the administrations of school found violating the security SOP.
Our correspondent adds: In another meeting with the representatives of
around forty schools, the DCO asked them to adopt proper security measures. He
said that only 30 per cent of the schools have made security arrangements. He
asked them to install CCTV cameras and deploy trained security guards at the
rooftops of their buildings. The news
Poor security at schools, colleges
Islamabad: Opposition lawmakers in the National Assembly decried on Thursday
what they termed improper security arrangements to safeguard federal educational
institutions against the threats of terrorism.
Some lawmakers protested
instructions to women by some institutions to put off gowns and scarves at
university campuses in the federal capital.
Through a calling attention,
PML-N MNAs said there was an overall sense of insecurity at the educational
Responding to the legislators' queries, state education
minister said the government had taken all possible measures to stave off any
threat of terrorism.
He denied the reports of any official order asking
women students and teachers at university level institutions to put off their
gowns and scarves while at the campuses, adding that only identity cards were
checked to ensure security. Dawn
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New media university plan for professionals training
Islamabad: Ministry of Information and Broadcasting would soon set up a Media University to
provide required training to mediapersons enabling them to meet the challenges
of modern time. "The Ministry would set up a Media University where special
courses would be offered for media representatives," said Secretary, Ministry of
Information and Broadcasting, Mansoor Suhail on Wednesday.
was addressing the inaugural ceremony of the 26th batch of Common Training
Programme here at the Information Service Academy (ISA).
"I congratulate our new
officers, who have been inducted in this honourable service purely on the basis
of merit. As Secretary Information, I assure you with confidence that a
consistent observation and regard for merit will remain my sole guiding
principle in discharging my duties," he said.
He said joining the
Information Group was a challenging job as the Ministry directly interacts with
the country policy makers.
"We take great pride in
regarding the Information Service as a group of upwardly mobile professionals
who are poised to play an important role in statecraft," he
Mansoor Suhail also
highlighted the importance and working of the Ministry in the projection of
government policies in the presence of a large number of private print and
The Secretary shared his
experience with the new officers and encouraged them to work with devotion and
dedication for the national cause.
He also quoted the saying
of former US President , John F Kennedy that "do not consider that what
America can do for you, but do consider that what can do for
Mansoor Suhail said the
Ministry would ensure provision of sufficient facilities to its officers, adding
"there are many dimensions of this career to feel involved and meet the
challenges of the present time."
He said the Ministry is
gearing up to play a front-line role in Pakistan's public diplomacy at home and
"Using strategic vision and
innovative practices, we need to play a critical role in promoting understanding
between government and the people through creative massaging on national
interest, progressive attitudes, hope and courage," the Secretary
Mansoor Suhail wished them
best and success in their future endeavors and said "I assure you my full
institutional support and personal mentoring.". APP
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IIUI welcomed government help for blast victim
Islamabad: The International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) has welcomed Interior Minister Rehman Malik's
announcement to pay Rs one million to Parvaiz Masih for sacrificing his life to
save female students in October 20's suicide attack, says a statement issued
It added Dr Anwar Hussain Siddiqui, President IIUI, appreciated
Malik's announcement that Masih's son would be provided a job in police. It said
the university employees and students were also raising funds for supporting the
deceased s' families and those injured in the attack.
drew the attention of Malik towards one security guard Shaukat, who was
seriously injured while intercepting the bomber. "We have recommended to the
government to award compensation to Shaukat as well," the IIUI president said in
his statement. Daily times
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Hard work vital to become a scientist
Islamabad: Curiosity to learn and continuous hard work with determination
are basics to become successful scientist, said Dr Ashfaq Ahmad, advisor to
Prime Minister on Science and Technology and Minister of Sate here on Thursday.
He was addressing at the certificate distribution ceremony organized for
the participants of 14th National Physics Talent Contest at National Centre for
The contest started on November 1 and will end on
November 8. A total of 42 students are participating in the event. During the
training camp students will be given an extensive training and coaching in
physics and an opportunity will be provided to interact with distinguished
scientists and physicists to give them exposure of the current developments and
research trends in the field of Physics.
Five students will be selected
for participation in the 41st International Physics Olympiad scheduled in summer
2010 in Zagreb, Croatia. Describing the details of the basic idea and history of
National Physics Talent Contest, he said that the programme was initiated with
personal involvement of then President Farooq Ahmad Khan Leghari in 1994, when
the need was aroused to send Pakistani talent for representation at
International Physics Olympiad held every year.
Dr Abdullah Sadiq played
a pivotal role in establishment of this talent pool. Since 2001 Pakistan has
been regularly participating in this august event at international level and won
two silver and bronze medals and got best performance award as new entry in this
Earlier, NCP Director General Dr Hamid Salim in his welcome
address urged the young students to focus on their studies and play their
contributory role in development of science culture in Pakistan so that in
coming years it may emerge as developed nation in the field of science and
research. Participants visited different technical facilities and research labs
at NCP and lauded the facilities and equipment present at the outfit.
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Elevation of junior doctor as JPMC chief criticised
Islamabad: Elevation of a junior doctor to the post of in-charge
executive director of Karachi's Jinnah Post-Graduate Medical Centre was
criticised in the National Assembly on Thursday.
on Health Dr Mehrin Bhutto defended the appointment of Dr Salim and said that
although he was number six on the seniority but he had been given the charge
till appointment of a permanent official to the post which fell vacant on
Dunya Aziz of the PML-Q alleged that the junior doctor was
elevated to the senior post because he was a friend of Health Minister Aijaz
Jakhrani.Riaz Pirzada of the same party asked why the most senior doctor had not
been made in-charge.
Dr Mehrin said that a summary comprising names of
three senior doctors would be sent to the prime minister for permanent
appointment after the health minister returned from abroad.
was informed that a resolution was passed by the JPMC academic council against
the elevation of a junior doctor to the position superseding six senior doctors.
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Urdu-Sanskrit dictionary launched
Islamabad: National Language Authority (NLA) has launched the second
edition of the Urdu-Sanskrit Dictionary, considering the deep influence of
Sanskrit on all major languages spoken in the country.
the dictionary, NLA Chairman Iftikhar Arif said Sanskrit holds a significant
status among all languages spoken in the sub-continent and South Asia.
Sanskrit has played a pivotal role in development of Urdu diction and
language as well as enriched its vocabulary. Keeping in view the importance of
Sanskrit for literary circles, National Language Authority has earlier published
the first edition of Sanskrit-Urdu dictionary in 1992, which was compiled by Dr.
Mohammad Ansar Ullah.
All the copies of the first edition were sold in a
short span of time and now the second edition of the dictionary has published
and launched with a hope that all the educational and literary circles will
welcome the dictionary, he said. The news
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