Rawalpindi schools security flaws

Improve schools security or face closure
Rawalpindi, Jan 17: As many as 282 out of 419 public and private sector educational institutions that fall under category A-1, A and B in the Rawalpindi district have been warned to remove the security flaws within five days or face closure.

District Coordination Officer (DCO) Imdadullah Bosal announced this decision after a high-level meeting held here on Saturday to review the security arrangements of the educational institution in wake of the ongoing terror threats.

The DCO also announced formation of 196 Mohallah committees in Rawalpindi to assist educational institutions in improving security lapses in the respective schools. He also approved a plan to depute Rescue 1122 officials to train the security staff of educational institutions.

All officials including those from the ISI, IB, Special Branch, police as well as representatives of public and private sector educational institutions attended the meeting. The security agencies had shared the complete list of educational institutions in Rawalpindi district with security flaws to the city district government a couple of days ago. Taking action on the report, the city government has called a meeting for taking remedial measures.

District Coordination Officer (DCO) Focal Person Sher Mohammad said that security agencies have finalised the list of educational institutions in Rawalpindi district and forwarded it to us for taking necessary action. The city government has set a 5-day deadline for all private and public educational institutions to fulfil the requirements of security otherwise concerned authority would take strict action against them, he said.

He said that the city government has divided educational institutions in category A-1, A and B in the whole district, but unfortunately several educational institutions could not fulfil the requirements of security. According to the data, there are 19 private and public educational institutions that fall in A-1 category in Rawalpindi out of which only 12 institutions have completed security requirements. In category A only 59 out of 187 educational institutions have fulfilled the requirements of security while in category B 64 out of 213 educational institutions fulfilled the requirements of security.

Some of the institutions are without barriers and 8ft boundary walls, CCTV cameras, armed security guards and walkthrough gates. The city district government had already closed down 19 educational institutions after they failed to fulfil the security requirements.

Rawalpindi Private Schools Management President Captain (r) Ameer-ud-Din Shaikh said that they had applied for arms licenses, but could not get the same from the city district government. "How our security guards could handle the situation without weapons," he added.

He said that city government is approving licenses for limited range 12-bore pistols. They need licenses of Prohibited Bore (PB) pistols.

Some government institutions got from Rs20 to Rs50 and all private educational institutions collected Rs50 to Rs200 from the students to improve security lapses. The government institutions took security charges only a time, but the private schools continuously charging security charges from students. The parents said that security arrangements are very poor in educational institutions, but they are charging security fee every month.

Rawalpindi Private Schools Management spokesman Tehmina Malik admitted the fact that several private schools are taking security charges from Rs50 to Rs200 every month. The news

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Clash at Kohat college, 21 students booked
Kohat: Twenty three activists of two different student organisations were booked for taking part in a clash at Government Postgraduate College, Kohat, while 21 of them were declared proclaimed offenders on Saturday for not surrendering to police.

The college administration lodged criminal cases against them and expelled them from the college with immediate effect.

Two students, Waqas and Abdullah, charged in the FIR surrendered voluntarily to police. They were sent to district prison on judicial remand by a local court.

The college administration and police had set one week deadline to the students to surrender otherwise strict action would be taken against them.

The Saddar police registered cases against the students for taking part in a clash on the college premises, attacking police and army and burning two motorcycles of police Riders Squad on Thursday.

The activists of Imamia Students Federation and Farooqi Students Federation scuffled over pasting of posters at the college. They also opened fire and pelted stones at police wherein a DSP and a constable were injured.

Police booked Iqbal Hussain, Zamir Ali, Kamil Hussain, Imtiaz Ali, Amirullah, Syed Shah Mohammad, Shaukat Ali, Syed Abbas, Imtiaz Ali, Inshad Ali, Syed Raza Hussain, Waqas Khan, Roohul Amin, Amjad Afridi, Abdul Waheed, Javed Iqbal, Shah Zeb, Daud Iqbal, Hilal Ahmed, Shah Fahad, Kaleemullah, Syed Saboor and Abdullah.

Police claimed to have arrested 52 suspects including five proclaimed offenders and seized huge quantity of arms from their possession during a midnight operation in the district.

DPO Dilawar Khan Bangash said that they launched an operation against suspected militants and criminals in various parts of the district on Friday night.

The operation was carried out in City, Cantonment, Ublan, Mian Gharhi, Ahmedi Banda, Ghamkol, Ghulam Banda, Talkan, Muslimabad, Kot and Tor Dhand bordering Darra Adamkhel and Orakzai Agency.

The proclaimed offenders arrested during operation were identified as Fareed Khan, Mohammad Khan, Mohammad Arif, Noor Mohammad and Umer Khan. All the arrested persons were handed over to the investigation branch for interrogation.

The arms recovered from the possession of the accused included six Kalashnikovs, four repeaters, two Sten guns, eight rifles, 19 pistols, three shotguns, 1,200 cartridges and 13 kilograms of hashish.

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PMDC written examination
Islamabad: Over 550 graduates of foreign medical schools would appear in the written examination on Sunday for registration with the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) under the new system.

The registration examination had been recently handed over to the University of Health Sciences, Lahore. Its vice chancellor Prof Mubashar Hussain heads the National Examination Board for testing the overseas medical graduates.

He described the examination to be carried out by the university as "hi-fidelity, high security, very reliable and transparent".

It should be recalled that the PMDC decided to change the examination system for foreign graduates and handed over its conducting to the UHS because of complaints of inferior testing standard and use of unfair means under the previous system.

Under the new examination format, graduates would have two tests a multiple choice and a short answer examination.

The qualifying students would subsequently appear for structured clinical tests to be held on January 31. Dawn

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AIOU TEFL workshop
Islamabad: The Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics is holding a workshop of 'Teaching English as a Foreign Language' for the students of course 5663. The workshop will be held from January 18 to 30, at the main AIOU campus here. Ajmal Gulzar and Ubaidullah Khan will coordinate the workshop, said a news release issued Saturday.

The students enrolled in the course of MA TEFL programme were awarded admission on the basis of four credit Diploma TEFL or equivalent qualification in Spring 2009 Semester. However, those students who were given admission on the basis of five credit Diploma TEFL do not need to attend this workshop.

Eminent academics such as Dr. Samina Qadir, Farzana Ursani, Shagufta Siraj, Dr. Nighat Sultana, Dr. Hina Ashraf and Dr. Sarwat Rasool among others will deliver sessions on different ELT related topics. The news

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Free education opportunities
Peshawar: On the directives of the governor NWFP, Directorate of Education Fata has finalised the arrangements for providing free and quality education opportunities to 100 talented and needy boys and girls hailing from the tribal areas.

The project envisages establishment of Centers of Excellence at some of the leading academic institutions based in NWFP for improving literacy, promoting access, outreach and quality of education for the poor and deserving students of both genders in Fata.

According to a press release issued by the Fata Secretariat's media cell here on Saturday, out of these100 scholarships, 67 have been reserved for boys while the remaining 23 would be granted to girls.

Only those candidates, who have passed their 6th grade, would be considered for admission after successfully qualifying the selection process comprising a competitive entry test which will be conducted by Education Testing and Evaluation Authority (ETEA) in five subjects from the course of grade 6 in English, Maths, Science, Urdu and Islamiat.

Application forms and further details pertaining to admissions and eligibility can be obtained from the offices of director education Fata, Warsak Road Peshawar as well as the concerned agency education officers.

Every successful student would be given the opportunity to study at one of the following eminent academic institutions for boys; Abbottabad Public School Abbottabad, Fazal-i-Haq College Mardan, Islamia Collegiate School Peshawar, Akram Khan Durrani Public School Bannu, Peshawar Public School Peshawar, University Public School Peshawar, Wensam College Dera Ismail Khan and HITEC Taxila. Dawn

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