Concerns over schools security measures

Insufficient security scares away parents, students
Lahore, Nov 13: The recovery of a grenade from the premises of a college in the city has raised doubts about the security measures taken by the government.

Students, parents and school administrations showed their dissatisfaction with the arrangements. They said the government should ensure security of all educational institutions in the wake of the incident.

On Tuesday, a grenade and a detonator were recovered from the Government College for Boys near the National Hockey Stadium. The Bomb Disposal Squad held a search operation for more than half an hour and found the grenade and detonator. On Wednesday, Lytton Road police also found from a car the maps of the Lahore University of Management Sciences, the Lahore College for Women University and the Queen Mary College. Muhammad Salman, a father, said the government and the school administrations were unable to provide security to schoolchildren.

Fehmida, a Kinnaird College student, said by placing grenade in a college, terrorists had sent a message to the government that they "can do anything". All Pakistan Private Schools Management Association (APPSMA) Chairman Adeeb Javedani said, "How can educational institutions can curb terrorism on their own?" He said the Punjab government had told them that they should not rely on the government in providing security to educational institutions.

He said the government should provide razakars (volunteers) for the security of the educations institutions. Javedani also said the government should re-introduce National Cadet Corps (NCC) at college level, adding that this would infuse a new spirit among students against terrorism.

On Tuesday, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan, in a meeting with school administrations and officials of the Punjab government, said A-category schools would be required to complete their security arrangements, while B-category schools would be required to fulfil security arrangements as agreed upon. He said that arms' licences would be issued to schools, instead of security guards. The minister said the government would take action against "elite schools" for not meeting security standards.

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Lahore high court asked to close all schools, colleges
Lahore: The Lahore High Court (LHC), seeking closure of all educational institutions across the country until December 31 due to security threats. Petitioner Ijaz Ahmad Awan said hundreds of innocent people had lost their lives in a recent wave of bomb blasts and suicide attacks.

He said terrorists did not even spare students, as they had attacked the International Islamic University in Islamabad. He said the Pakistan Army had been fighting the Taliban and had many lives had been sacrificed protecting the country. He said the Taliban were particularly targeting girl schools in Swat and Northern Areas, adding that they wanted to destroy the country's economy and education system. He said English-medium educational institutions were also on the hit list of terrorists. He said that all educational institutions in Pakistan should be closed immediately in order to save the lives of innocent students, especially schoolchildren.

He said the move would allow the army and law enforcement agencies to focus more on uprooting terrorism. He said the federal and provincial governments had issued directions to all educational institutions to adopt security measures, but many of them had failed to provide foolproof security to their students, while it is impossible for the state to provide security to every individual or institution. He said attendance at educational institutions had also dropped considerably due to security threats and even the teachers were unable to pay full attention to their jobs. He requested the court that the federal government should be directed to issue an order, declaring early winter vacations and Eid holidays. Daily times

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Shalimar Medical College to become operational soon
Lahore: A new medical college in the private sector has been completed in the provincial metropolis which will cater to growing health education requirements on no profit, no loss basis after it becomes operational hopefully next month.

In response to a rerquest from the Businessmen Hospital Trust, a team of officials of the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) has already visited the newly-established medical education institution, given unofficial indication of the appreoval of the Council on the basis of buikding, laboratories and other necessary equipment and facilities .

The Shalimar Medical and Dental College will announce admission plans for enrolment of first batch of 100 students as soon as approval of the PMDC is officially communicatred to the sponsors, the Businessman Hospital, which is already running the Shalimar Hospital in the locality of Moghulpura of the city for the last many years. Updating the newsmen about the progress regarding the medical and dental college, Principal Architect Imtiaz Ali of Imtial Ali Associates said that the management has acquired on rent two separate buildings in the Lahore Cantonment area to serve as the hostels for the boys and girls till the College's own hostels are constructed on its campus in due course of time.

With its modern and contemporary outlook Shalimar Medical College is going to serve as an emblem for Medical education in Pakistan in the 21st century. While keeping pace with the modern times the building does not lose its integrity. Standing apart from the other built structures around it the building forms an identity of its own. He said that the college building has been completed in a record time of 15 months and it has covered area of 130,000 square feet.

The space has been designed so as to instill a sense of being in its users and to be inspirational in its execution. A keen relationship has been developed with the outside environment by providing open spaces and using natural light to illuminate the internal spaces. With an seemingly rigid framework of the context interactive spaces have been provided for the wellbeing of the students. F.P Report

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Minhaj University results
Lahore: The Minhaj University, Lahore, has declared the results of MA Islamiat (Part-I-II) and MA Arabic (Part-I-II). According to a press statement, the detailed results are available at the university's website

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School staff polls on 15th
Lahore: The elections of Punjab Government Schools Senior Staff Association will be held at Government Central Model School Samanabad Lahore on November 15, 2009.

The contest is being held between two panels. Hafiz Abdul Nasir and Malik Allah Dad are contesting for the slot of President while Zarrar Ahmad and Abdul Waheed are contesting for General Secretary.

Hafiz Abdul Nasir remained president for the consecutive two terms and now he was contesting for 3rd time.

Bilal Ahmad Qamar, Chairman Election Commission of Punjab Government Schools Senior Staff Association, has said that 450 male and female voters would elect 13 representatives by secret ballot, adding the CNIC would be necessary for casting votes. The voting will continue from 8am to 4pm without any break. Results will be declared on the same day.

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Senior doctors visit DHQ hospitals
Lahore: A team of senior consultant physicians, Urologists, Oncologists and Psychiatrists from Allama Iqbal Medical College & Jinnah Hospital Lahore visited the District Headquarter Hospitals of Sahiwal and Okara on Wednesday to finalise the logistic arrangements and procedures for provision of tertiary level healthcare facilities to the inhabitants of the area on regular basis.

The team also examined the patients and offered expert medical advice. Prof. Arif Qayum, Prof. Sardar Fakhar Imam and Prof. Saleem Akhter along with other consultants and senior doctors applied final touches to the impressive programme of collaboration and cooperation between Jinnah Hospital Lahore and DHQ Hospitals of the two districts in the first phase. Other hospitals at district and tehsil level are to be attached in the next phase.

Teams of consultants and senior doctors of AIMC& JHL regularly visit the two districts in line with the directions of the Chief Minister of Punjab in a bid to improve the healthcare being provided to the people residing in the area. The coordinators, accompanying the team, said that in the long-run the emphasis of the programme was on improving the efficacy.

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Anti-US caravan
Lahore: Islamia Jamiat Talaba (IJT) on Thursday organised a massive "Road Caravan" in which hundreds of students participated and expressed their anger over what they believed increasing US interference in Pakistan.

The event was organised by the IJT Lahore in connection with Baidar-e-Talaba Mohim (students' awareness campaign). The caravan started from Mansoora Degree College and, after passing through different routes and stopovers at different colleges and universities including Government College of Science, Wahdat Road, Islamia College, Civil Lines and Punjab University (PU), Old Campus near Anarkali, culminated at the PU New Campus. The IJT office-bearers also addressed the students and demanded the government announce election schedule of student unions and decrease in fees of the universities.

IJT Lahore chapter nazim Abdul Basit said that the US interference in the country had increased to unbearable level, adding the time had come to stop this interference. "We will not allow promotion of un-Islamic culture in the educational institutions", he said while adding "The delay in announcing student unions' elections is a conspiracy against students."PU chapter IJT nazim Qaiser Sharif also addressed the students and criticised the government for not checking ever increasing fee by the universities.

A student of Government College of Science, Wahdat Road, asking not to be named, said Jamiat activists forced the college students to join the caravan, adding most of the students did not want to go with the caravan, fearing any untoward incident in the wake of current wave of terrorism. The news

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