Serious concerns overs security of school colleges
IIUI attack highlights security needs of educational institutions
Lahore, Oct 21: The suicide bombings at the International Islamic University
Islamabad (IIUI) have raised serious concerns for the security of
schools and colleges in the city.
The offices of law enforcement
agencies in densely populated areas pose a direct threat to the schools
and colleges located there. Citizens have repeatedly asked the
government to relocate these offices from densely populated residential
areas. One such example is the office of the Punjab Police inspector
general (IG), which is surrounded by educational institutions from all
sides. A police station and the office of a security agency, as well as
other government offices present in the area, are taken as other likely
The major educational institutions in the
city are without adequate security arrangements. They lack even
properly armed security guards. These institutions include some of the
largest campuses in the city, including the Punjab University (PU),
Government College University (GCU), National College of Arts (NCA),
the University of Education, Muhammadan Anglo-Oriental College,
Kinnaird College (KC), and Lahore College for Women University (LCWU).
A number of high and secondary level schools are also located in the
same area, some of them near the IG's office. There are more than
30,000 students studying at the different departments of PU. More than
3,000 of them study at the Old Campus on The Mall, which is near GCU,
NCA and the offices of many law enforcement agencies, PU sources
PU Resident Officer Shahid Gul told said that the university had around 160 guards, but said only a few of them
possessed light ammunition. He said the university officials had met
police and government officials on Tuesday to discuss arrangements to
beef up security.
NCA Principal Nazish Ataullah said there
were some 675 regular and dozens of non-regular students in studying at
the college. She said the college administration had taken adequate
A GCU spokesman said there were over
6,000 students studying at the university, and dozens of guards had
been deployed. However, he said only a few of them were armed.
Officials at the universities and colleges said they expected the
government to help them make security arrangements, as they feared
their institutions could be targeted after the attack on the
International Islamic University Islamabad. Daily times
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Punjab government, private educational institutions closed
Lahore: After reassessing the security situation, the Punjab
government on Tuesday night ordered closure of all educational
institutions in the province till further orders.
decision in this regard was taken at a meeting presided over by Senior
Adviser Sirdar Zulfikar Khan Khosa, ministers, Chief Secretary Javed
Mahmood, Home Secretary Nadeem Hasan Asif, IG Tariq Saleem Dogar and
Commissioner Khusro Pervaiz Khan.
The Punjab government had
on Monday decided to keep the educational institutions open, but after
reassessing the security situation in the wake of a suicide attack on
Islamabad's International Islamic University, it decided to have all
educational institutions closed till further orders.
institutions include all types of public, private and philanthropic
universities, colleges and schools, Mr Khusro said. In
the meanwhile, the officials asked all security agencies to adopt
measures to ensure security of the educational institutions on an
emergency basis. It was told that security arrangements for educational
institutions, particularly of the private sector, were inadequate.
The meeting directed the departments concerned to prepare a
comprehensive and foolproof strategy for the protection of the
educational institutions in league with their management,
administration and parents during their closure. Dawn
DHA schools shut down indefinitely?
Lahore: The Defence Housing Authority (DHA)
administration on Tuesday announced the closure of all educational
institutions located in the housing society for indefinite time to
boost up the security arrangements at the institutions. There are seven
public schools and a number of private institutions situated in the DHA
and a number of them are providing co-education. The administration has
kept the schools closed for the past few days after the intelligence
agencies reported likely terrorist attacks in the wake of the
Waziristan operation. The DHA authorities had previously planned to
open the schools on Wednesday (today) after beefing up the security in
and around the school premises. However, they decided to prolong the
closure for a few more days after the suicide bombings at the
International Islamic University in Islamabad (IIUI).
The incident has spread fear and panic among the students, parents and
the school administrations. Many parents were reported to be uncertain
about whether the students should be sent to schools or not, as the
administrations had not intimated them about further closure. The
officials of the DHA administration held a meeting in their head office
to discuss a future course of action on Tuesday. The officials said that the final decision could not be reached due to the
blast at the IIUI occurring after the meeting. They said it was
probable that a large number of students would not attend school on
Wednesday, while those who come may be given closure notification if
the administration decided to close schools.
The recent security measures by the DHA administration
include an increase in the number of mobile vans patrolling around the
premises, the deployment of uniformed and under-cover policemen and
security guards in and around the schools, a ban on the entry of
strangers in the streets during the pick and drop timings, installation
of closed-circuit TV (CCTV) cameras, disallowing the entry of any
vehicle inside the school premises, and raising the height of boundary
walls and installation of barbed wires. The other security measures
include the installation of walk-through scanners, removal of any
possible points of infiltration into the schools, tight internal
security, presence of security during the night so that no one is able
to hide in the school premises and removal of bushes and fences in the
vacant plots situated around the buildings to prevent any potential
DHA spokesman Tajamul Hussain
Anjum said that the DHA authorities had planned to open the
schools by Wednesday as they had already taken all the security
measures to avoid any untoward incident, but they might prolong the
closure. He said the authorities were extremely concerned about the
security and comfort of their residents and would take a decision that
would be in the students' favour and the parents would be informed
soon. Daily times
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Support to Punjab private schools assured
Lahore: A policy dialogue among a 20-member delegation of All Pakistan Private
Schools Welfare Association (APPSWA), headed by its Central President
Syed Zulqarnain Shah and Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) Managing
Director Mohiuddin Wani, was held at the latter's office here on
According to a press release issued by
APPSWA, The participants of the dialogue agreed that support to the
private schools was an important policy matrix of the Punjab government
as nobody could ignore their role in the spread of education,
therefore, the government was proactively working, as a facilitator, to
enable the private schools to further the cause of knowledge in the
Speaking on the occasion, the PEF managing director
said knowledge set people free and education assured freedom and
democracy. He said schools were the best hope to keep our future
generations informed, adding that teachers should be committed to
education and the government would ensure every possible facility to
the private educational institutions.
On this occasion, Syed
Zulqarnain Shah said APPSWA would cooperate with government for
increasing the literacy rate and provision of quality education,
demanding broadening the Foundation Assisted Schools Programme to the
whole province instead of limiting it to 30 schools per district. He
demanded establishment of a complaint cell in the PEF office and
opening of sub-offices in other districts to solve private schools
problems at the district level.
The delegation demanded that the
NGOs, earlier blacklisted by the Punjab Education Foundation, should
not be included in the Cluster-Based Training Programme and Superior
Leadership Development Programme.
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GCU reviews performance
Lahore: The Government University, Lahore, Urdu Department Tuesday
held its annual meeting to review its performance.
to a press release here, the meeting, chaired by Urdu Department
Chairperson Dr Saadat Saeed, was told the university was likely to
produce more than five PhD scholars in Urdu language and literature
during the ongoing academic year.
The meeting was informed
that 299 students were studying in the department from BA (Hons) to PhD
level. As many as 47 students are affiliated with PhD programme and
about 105 students are registered in MPhil classes.
about the news item of suspension of masters programme, he said that
the GC University had implemented the Higher Education Commission's
modern educational system under which students were directly admitted
in MPhil after four-year BA (Hons).
He said that the system was more
effective and being followed at almost all the major universities of the
world.He said the department had highly educated faculty which includes more than eight PhD professors. The
meting was also told that literary circles in their messages had also
lauded the performance of the GCU Urdu Department, saying the
department would continue producing literary people like Ashfaq Ahmed
and Bano Qudsia.
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New encyclopaedia in Urdu language
Lahore: Writing a book is a lot of work, and often work of a very tedious kind.
It becomes even more difficult if an individual decides to compile and
publish an encyclopaedia on his own. Yasir Jawad is one such
enterprising literary personality and a researcher, who has
single-handedly compiled a new encyclopaedia in Urdu language, titled
The subheading says the encyclopaedia has
17,000 entries on historical, biographical, academic, literary,
geographical, scientific, and technical and cultural subjects. The
encyclopaedia also includes 7,000 photographs from authentic sources.
The huge collection, with a hardcover and newsprint, consists of over
2,500 pages and has been produced in two parts: the first part has
entries in Urdu alphabetical order from "Alif" to "Seen", and the
second part includes entries from "Sheen" to "Yay". The encyclopaedia
with a price tag of Rs5,000 has been published by Al-Faisal
Publishers/Printers & Book Dealers, Lahore.
writer has long been associated with journalism and working as a
translator for the past many years. He has so far translated at least
12 books on various topics.
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Cop injured in Manawan school died
Lahore: constable who had sustained injuries in a terrorist attack
at Manawan Police Training School died on Tuesday.Police
said Shakeel, 25, (belt No 19675), a resident of Farooqabad, had
sustained fatal injuries when four terrorists attacked the training
school on October 15. He succumbed to his injuries in a
Three bodies found: Three bodies, including of a newborn, were found from different areas on Tuesday.
body of a 40-year-old unidentified man was found near Lorri Adda.
Police suspected that the victim might have been served some poisonous
substance by some swindlers, resulting in his death.Ravi Road
police found the body of a 30-year-old man, identified as Sharafat of
Multan, near Timber Market. The police said he was an addict who died
of natural causes.
Meanwhile, Johar Town police found the body
of a newborn. The police said the body was lying in a plot near G-1
Block. All the bodies were shifted to morgue. The news
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