Lahore schools without boundary wall

300 schools in Lahore without boundary wall
Lahore, Nov 1: The government has finally decided to re-open all the educational institutions across Punjab from tomorrow (Monday) while they are already open in Sindh and Balochistan. The government will, however, strictly monitor the security arrangements failing which they can again be closed.

A high-level meeting of the district administration held on Saturday on security arrangements of educational institutions maintained that they were at war but at the same time it was not possible to keep the institutions closed. The meeting decided to activate girls guide, boy scouts, youth and mohallah committees to keep an eye on the terrorists.

The educational institutions were closed down following a suicide attack at International Islamic University, Islamabad, killing nine students. The institutions were re-opened after five days closure with the assurance that security arrangements would be made to check any untoward incident. Majority of the government and private sector educational institutions were, however, again closed due to security lapses. The government asked them to construct eight-feet high boundary wall, barricades/hurdles on the gates, to install CCTVs, walk-through gates, metal detectors, closure of rear gates, posting of armed guards in uniform, display of ID cards and compulsory uniform by the students. A joint commission of the government and private educational institutions was also formed to monitor the arrangements. The raiding teams comprising SPs of concerned division and officials of the education department also conducted raids to check the security arrangements and take appropriate action against them for security lapses.

The government also closed the primary schools as a precautionary measures. However, there was dispute over the provision of security between the government and the private institutions. The government, however, maintained that security of their respective institution was their own responsibility and the government would take action if there were any lapses. Moreover, the institutions were also retrained to shift the burden on parents by raising the tuition fee in the name of security.

In Lahore 70 educational institutions which were closed down after re-opening on 26th including the University of Education, FC College University, Kinnaird College, Lahore Grammar School, Beaconhouse, Punjab College and others will also re-open tomorrow. However, there will be rigorous monitoring of their security arrangements.

Meanwhile the plight of government schools is miserable. They have no funds to purchase the costly equipment or to hire the armed security personnel. As many as 300 schools in the City are without boundary wall. The security arrangements of the government colleges is comparatively better. The principals have started spending from the College funds that usually remain unused. Most of the colleges that run second shift have recruited security guards and erected boundary walls. Although they have erected no walk-through gates and CCTVs but they are making these arrangements. As far as the private institutions in the streets are concerned, half of them at primary level have been closed down. The high and higher secondary schools can easily make necessary arrangements without increasing the tuition fee or increasing the burden on parents. The institutions having co-education are more vulnerable to terror threats. The nation

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Teachers protest cases against colleagues
Lahore: Dozens of schoolteachers staged a protest demonstration in front of the Lahore Press Club, demanding the cancellation of cases against 11 teachers and transfer orders of four teachers of the Govt Central Model School, Lower Mall.

The protestors led by Joint Action Committee Asataza, Punjab, were carrying banners with slogans against the Board of Governors of the school for allegedly victimizing teachers. They alleged that negative attitude of school's BoG had created unrest among the teachers and students, damaging the academic environment of the school.

They also criticized the BoG for appointing a retired air force officer as school administrator, saying there was no need of such a post in the presence of headmaster and deputy headmaster.

They demanded the cancellation of transfer orders of four teachers and registration of cases against some teachers. Otherwise, they said, strong protest campaign would be launched across the province. The news

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UHS VC emphasised need for indigenous health system
Lahore: Emphasising the need to establish an indigenous and self-sustaining health system, The University of Health Sciences (UHS) Vice Chancellor (VC) Professor MH Mubbashar said that these measures were essential to identify the pattern of common diseases, diagnostic methodologies and prevention strategies.

He told the participants of the annual meeting of the Medical Research Society of Pakistan on Saturday that improvement in the quality of medical research was essential to enhance the quality of healthcare in the country. He said research should be a high priority for any country. He said diseases faced by the Pakistani population were likely different from those facing other countries and foreign research alone could not provide a solution to all diseases. The meeting on "Recent Advances in Medical Research in Pakistan" was also used by eminent national and international researchers to present their papers. Daily times

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Campaign for student unions restoration
Lahore: Islami Jamiat Talaba, Pakistan, will display banners, signed by 0.5 million students in favour of restoration of student unions and against the US interference in the region, outside the National Assembly on 25 November.

This was stated by IJT Pakistan nazim Attiqur Rehman here on Saturday. He said the IJT would also hold a countrywide referendum of students for cut in fees; end of self-finance scheme and against increasing US interference in the region. He said a convention and rally would be organised in Lahore on 17 Nov and the main convention would be held at Islamabad on 25 Nov in which thousands of students would participate.

The IJT nazim said the country's leaders were responsible for the wave of terrorism in the educational institutions. He said educational institutions were signs of peace and love but the leaders brought terrorism to them by converting the country into a US colony. He said the IJT would make students aware of their responsibilities in the current situation.

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GCU organised training workshop
Lahore: The Government College University (GCU) Lahore on Saturday organised a special daylong training workshop titled "Personality Development and Communication skills" for the varsity's students who had been awarded scholarships under the Punjab Educational Endowment Fund (PEEF).

As many as 81 students, enrolled in the intermediate and undergraduate programmes of the GCU, attended the workshop conducted and designed by the university's English Department on the special request of PEEF. The training was focused on interpersonal presentation and interaction skills, time-management, critical thinking and the art of appropriate attire. The workshop instructors also conducted various activities with the students besides detailed multimedia lectures and question-answer sessions.

The instructors asked the students to make the list of their short-term and long-term objectives, happiness wishes and daily routine. Later, a detailed discussion was held on the efforts of students to achieve these targets. Course Instructor Shahzeb Khan said that the purpose of these activities was to help the scholarship-holders realise their true potential and understand how they could acquire relevant skills to achieve their targets. Course Instructor Siddique Awan quoted examples from the lives of noted people to help students understand the importance of reading, communication skills, time management and the art of appropriate attire.

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International higher education workshop
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran has left for Morocco to attend the Knowledge Sharing Workshop "Achieving Excellence in Higher Education" to be held from November 2 to 4, 2009 in Al-Akhawayn University, Ifrane Morocco. The Vice Chancellor will represent Punjab University in the international higher education workshop. In his absence, PU Pro Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Jamil Anwar will look after the PU affairs as acting vice-chancellor. The news

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