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Punjab Government step back on the Hijab Policy

Lahore : Punjab Government has stepped back on the Hijab Issue after the strong retaliation by the liberal forces and political parties.

Provincial higher education minister Syed Raza Ali Gillani has said in a meeting that observance of hijab be made necessary for college girls; adding that five percent grace attendance should be accorded as consolation in case of any shortage in minimum required attendance.

The detailed news regarding the meeting issued by the information officer QudratUllah of DGPR vice handout No.920.

But the strong reaction Asifa Bhutto Zardari and PTI after the breaking news by national news channels , forced the Punjab Government to take his decision back and another email was generated regarding the cancellation of the said Handout.

It was stated in the handout no 920 that “the 721 colleges attached with the higher education department in 36 districts of the province would be given sufficient resources for their necessary development works in the upcoming budget 2017-18. For that purpose, development proposals have already been solicited and new development budget would be designed in such a way to ensure necessary resources for best educational and research facilities. We are committed to provide world-class education to the students as it’s the basis of knowledge economy.

Provincial higher education minister Syed Raza Ali Gillani said this while addressing the divisional directors meeting at the committee room of Lahore board on Tuesday.

Representatives of higher education dept. and DPI (colleges) were also present. The minister said that holistic approach has been adopted for improving quality of college education. He said that college buildings should be regularly repaired; adding that security SOPs of the Punjab government should be implemented in letter and spirit.

The minister directed to initiate auction of rundown vehicles as well as submission of summary for giving honoraria to the hardworking staff. He told that 7000 vacant teachers’ posts in higher education dept. would be rationalized to benefit the students. He said that observance of hijab be made necessary for college girls; adding that five percent grace attendance should be accorded as consolation in case of any shortage in minimum required attendance.

He asked to identify suitable pieces of lands for construction of buildings for colleges established in rented buildings. Similarly, divisional directors should also give priority to different schemes including construction of boundary walls, provision of furniture and setting up of science and computer labs. Meanwhile, establishment of filtration plants and provision of bus and library facilities be also taken care of.

He directed that morning assembly be resumed in the colleges and students be sensitized about different Islamic concepts for their character building. They should also be told about hazards of drugs, he added.

The minister further said to update the record of officers and officials, and added that deputationists be recalled.  He asked to provide lists of officials on ex-Pakistan leave or illegally away from their duties for adoption of proper strategy. Different colleges should launch their websites and keep them regularly updated along-with facility of one-window operation on them so that issues of students could be solved amicably. Our service delivery mechanism should be efficient and fast, he said.

Meanwhile, the higher education minister Raza Gillani inaugurated the 4-day national calligraphic exhibition-2017 at al-hamra art centre, today. The exhibition was jointly organized by National College of the Arts, Lahore Arts Council and Ghazali Education Trust. Quite a large number of art lovers including Amjad Islam Amjad, Anwar Masood, Mujeeb ur Rehman Shami, Khurshid Gohar Qalam and others attended the ceremony and spoke on the occasion about importance of calligraphy in today’s world.

Mr. Raza Gillani termed calligraphy as an intellectual legacy of the muslims and told that college students would also be encouraged to learn it. Later, he inaugurated the exhibition and appreciated the qualitative art work of different calligraphers.

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