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Punjab SSC examinations position holders

CM honours Matric position holders
Lahore, Aug 10: Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif on Sunday gave away prizes of Rs 400,000, Rs 300,000 and Rs 200,000 to the students who secured first, second and third positions respectively in all the boards of the province.

The prizes were awarded in a special prize distribution ceremony held in honour of position holders of the SSC examinations throughout the province at the Chief Minister's Secretariat on Sunday.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Shahbaz said we would have to establish a system based on justice and equality in the country, providing the same facilities to the deprived segments of the society which were being enjoyed by the elite.

"The time has come that the elite should change their way of life and equal distribution of resources should be ensured," he said, adding that like other sectors, standard in education sector had also been declining during the last 62 years and the elite and the rulers were responsible for it. He said children of the elite were availing all modern educational facilities but the poor were deprived of even basic educational facilities.

Congratulating the position holder students, their parents and teachers, the chief minister said dream of the country's development could not be materialised without achieving targets in the field of education. He said the builders of the nation would have to be equipped with modern education to put the country on the road to progress.

The CM said the country was facing serious challenges like unemployment illiteracy, terrorism and extremism, adding that these challenges could be met with hard work, devotion, education and honesty. He said in the past, the country's resources were being spent on the handful privileged people while the remaining resources were not spent honestly on the provision of basic facilities like education and health. He said the poor performance of our educational institutions was a matter of concern and despite spending billion of rupees on educational sector, this year 51 per cent position holders in matriculation exams throughout the province belonged to private sector schools whereas only 34 per cent students of the public sector schools and 15 per cent students got prominent positions as private candidates through their talent.

Mr Shahbaz said teachers were an asset to the nation and when they talk about their rights, they would also have to fulfil their responsibilities. He assured the teachers that all resources would be made available to them if they provide proper education to students.

The CM said Southern Korea and China had achieved progress due to sincere leaders, adding that the countries which lagged behind us in 1960s had now made more development than us. He said tall claims of development were made during the last eight years of dictatorship but practically did nothing due to which country was facing power crisis.

Punjab Minister for Education Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman, Senator Pervaiz Rashid, parliamentarians, renowned columnists, intellectuals, educational experts, teachers, parents and students were also present. The news

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Punjab University B.ED practical date sheet announced
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) examination branch has issued the date sheet for practical for the bachelor of education (B.ED) second examination 2009 to be held in September. According to date sheet on September 1 Methods of Teaching Physics, September 3 Methods of Teaching Hygiene & Physiology, September 4 Methods of Teaching Chemistry, September 5 Methods of Teaching Biology, September 7 Methods of Teaching General Science practical to be held. These examination would be held at these centers Govt Lady Maclagan Girls High School Lahore, Govt Saleem Model High School Lower Mall Lahore, Government Comprehensive High School Samanabad Faisalabad and FG College of Education H 9 Islamabad. Ppi

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Shah Muhammad Ghaus Library in the shambles
Lahore: Standing near Delhi Gate the shrine of Shah Muhammad Ghaus adjoins Municipal Library named after Sufi Saint Shah Muhammad Ghaus. It is difficult to spot the library in the absence of marks or signs guiding a visitor towards the library. The boundary wall encircling the library also houses the office of Civil Defence and Nazim's office. The wall is entirely surrounded by open drains. Stone slabs are placed at both the entrances to cross the drains. Local residents use this area as a parking lot and building of the library is in very poor condition.

This single-storey building of the library comprising five small rooms are barely sufficient to accommodate the required furniture. The available furniture is not in use completely for shortage of space. It has approximately 15,000 to 200,00 books covering a large variety of subjects including English and Urdu literature, modern and western philosophy, psychology, journalism, international relations, political science, economics, history and a rich collection of magazines and newspapers. It also consists of a fine collection of Hindi Literature and ancient historic books of 20th century. About 5,000 to 6,000 people have membership of this library.

The library was established before independence. Azad Press first used this building as a printing press and later it was converted into a library consisting of two rooms. In 1986 Chaudhry Ghulam Muhe-ud-Din constructed another block consisting of three more rooms.

"This is a season of arrival of new books and everyday more than 200 visitors come to the library ", said Muhammad Sadiq, caretaker of the library.

"It also makes available daily English and Urdu newspapers and most of the visitors come here to read it. The library opens for a limited time from 8:am to 2:pm due to the shortage of staff. The staff is not willing to work for the second shift so we have to reduce the library timings", the caretaker further said.

When asked about the availability of librarian, the caretaker said, "often the librarian has to go to the Town Hall so he is not available all the time. There is no telephonic facility within the library. We applied many times for the connection but to our disappointment we failed to get it".

When contacted, Director General of Public Libraries Punjab Imran Ghani said, "It is my wish to see Shah Muhammad Ghaus Library under the control of DG Public Libraries Punjab". He wants to reorganise it in a way that it caters to all the information needs of the local people of walled city. He further said currently the district government runs the library and appealed to the chief minister to transfer the control of this library to the DG Public Libraries Punjab. The nation

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Rs 102m projects for Sihala Police College modernisation
Rawalpindi: The Punjab government has plans to soon launch three projects worth of Rs 102.2 million to improve facilities at Sihala Police College.

Police source said on Sunday that the government would start three new projects to modernise the existing facilities and security of the biggest police college in Asia.

New barracks, hostels: They said the government would provide Rs 86.7 million to build new barracks and hostels to accommodate 250 police personnel. The ground floor of the building would be expanded to 34,128 square feet covered area and the first floor would be built covering 25,264 square feet area. They said the new barracks and hostels were need of the hour, as the students were facing various problems due to shortage of space in present building of the college.

Balconies: They said 128 balconies would also be built in the new building. The sources said the college administration would get Rs 20 million for this purpose and the government would release 26 million in next year. They said the college administration had set a target to complete 50 percent construction work this year.

Tube wells: They said the college would get Rs 9.8 million for the construction of two tube wells to overcome the water shortage. They said the present water resources were insufficient to fulfill the requirement of the college. They said the administration had earmarked the place for tube wells construction within next six-months.

Security: "Keeping in view the current security threats and importance of the Sihala, the government would provide Rs 5 million to build a security wall around the college, which would be fenced as well," said the sources. Two Santri posts and watchtower having ability to watch 6-kilometre long area would also be constructed, they said, adding, this project would be completed till June 2010.

They said presently, a number of students were getting training in various courses including the courses for assistant sub-inspectors, sub-inspectors, inspectors, deputy superintendents and superintendents of police. Daily Times

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