Lahore:Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that billions of rupees have been spent on such educational institutions as Grammar, Aitcheson and Cadet Colleges, during the last 64 years however the doors of quality education remained shut for the children of the poor. He said, it is for the first time in the history that the government of Pakistan Muslim League (N) has extended opportunity of quality education to the children of downtrodden segment of the society by establishing Daanish Schools in backward areas.
He said Daanish School System would usher in a new era of progress and prosperity in the less-developed areas of the province, as the students, who will emerge out of Daanish Schools, would play their effective role in progress and prosperity of the country. Chief Minister noted that as many as six Daanish Schools are providing academic facilities to the boys and girls students of South Punjab, whereas Daanish School at Mianwali is near completion, while, six Daanish Schools are also being expeditiously constructed in other less-developed areas. He said that, during the current fiscal year, construction work of Daanish Schools in the districts of Mailsi, Bhakkar, Lodhran and Layyah would also be initiated.
The Chief Minister was presiding over a high-level meeting of Daanish School Authority at Tent Office, Minar-e-Pakistan here today during which projects of new Daanish Schools and matters relating to the financial affairs of the Authority were reviewed in detail. Managing Director Daanish School Authority Yousaf Kamal apprised the Chief Minister of the headway made towards implementation of Daanish School Project. Addressing the meeting, the Chief Minister said that education was the only way through which the goal of progress and prosperity can be achieved and keeping in view this fact Punjab government has adopted a revolutionary strategy to spread light of education in all the four corners of the province. The Chief Minister said Punjab Education Endowment Fund has been set up to meet the academic needs of the students and as many as 35000 students are being extended scholarships from the fund.