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22 children, teacher suffer burns in school fire
Lahore, Feb 22: A school teacher and 22 children of grade 1 suffered burns when a fire
erupted in their school building at Shahdara Town on Thursday.
fire started in the classroom of the private school at around 8:45am
and soon it engulfed the entire classroom wherein dozens of students
The class teacher, Maryam Murid, a resident
of Majeed Park, Shahdara Town, displayed a great deal of courage as she
put her life at risk to rescue the children from furious flames. The
young teacher also suffered burns on her face and hands.
Town SHO Atif Zulfiqar said that the fire broke out in a classroom on
the first floor of the school building due to gas leakage and flames
engulfed the whole covered area within no time. The children and their
teacher failed to come out of the room as the classroom door was
completely jammed. The teacher raised alarm from the classroom window,
upon which, the staffers rushed to the classroom to save the trapped
children and their teacher.
According to doctors, all the
children were safe as they suffered 12 to 25 percent burns on0 their
faces and hands and their treatment was manageable.
Shahdara Town SHO said that the children and the teacher had felt the
smell of the gas in the class before the explosion. The gas leakage
suddenly turned into an explosion, as a result of which, at least 22
children and their teacher suffered burns. Children's school bags,
books, the pictures hanging on the walls and other goods were reduced to
ashes. Fire was extinguished in time and children rescued, but all
sustained burns, he added.
Witnesses also reported giant
flames and plumes of smoke billowing from the window of a first-floor
classroom. The news of the children trapped inside the school building
spread in the adjoining areas like a jungle fire and caused panic among
parents who rushed to the spot.
Most of the children
studying in the school belong to the nearby areas. Upon being informed,
Shahdara Town police and the rescuers rushed to the scene and pulled out
the trapped children from the class. Firefighters put out the fire
after hectic efforts. Most of the children suffered burns on their faces
and hands. The injured were Maryam, daughter of Munir, Horia, 7, d/o
Tanveer, Sofia, 6, d/o Shahid, Khadija, 6, d/o Nasir, Rabab, 6, d/o
Imran, Eman, 6, d/o Liaquat, Laraib, 8, d/o Tanveer, Momina, 7, d/o
Tahir, Zebi, d/o Asif, Minahil, d/o Rizwan, Feeza, d/o Liaquat, Reen,
d/o Shahid, Hunan Aslam, son of Adnan Aslam, Umar, 8, s/o Shahid, Ali
Sher, 6, s/o Nafees, Fateen, 8, s/o Shabir, Usman, 6, s/o Mubashar,
Furqan, s/o Akbar, Mujtaba, s/o Tauqeer, Haram, s/o Faisal, Hareem, s/o
Saim and Asher, s/o Kamran. Condition of two children Ali and Khadeja
was said to be critical. Police have registered a case against three
people on the complaint of the city district fire officer. The case was
registered against Chaudhry Shaukat, director, Umar Hussain, admin
officer and Ashraf, supervisor, under Sections 324/284/285 PPC.
Meanwhile, the CM has taken notice of the incident and ordered inquiry
into it. Education EDO Pervaiz Ahkhar has sealed the school. He said the
children suffered one to twelve per cent burns.
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Action against private schools
Lahore: Executive District Officer (Education) Pervaiz Akhtar has announced that all
non-registered private schools as well as those not following
government's terms and norms, from across the provincial metropolis,
will be sealed or their registration will be cancelled after a survey to
be started from March 1. According to details, Deputy District
Education Officers (DDEOs) male/female have been declared focal persons
of the drive at town level. The EDO Education said the survey would
cover all the registered and non-registered private schools of the city. The news
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HEC scholar completes post-doctoral fellowship from France
Islamabad: Higher Education Commission (HEC) scholar Dr Wahid Bux Jatoi has
completed a post-doctoral fellowship at France in the synthesis and
development of new pain killers.
According to a statement, the
scholar, who belongs to the rural area of Khairpur, was funded by the
HEC to pursue the fellowship.
Dr Jatoi worked on the research
project which was part of a multidisciplinary research of various
universities of France and the United Kingdom on development of new,
effective and targeted analgesics.
He successfully synthesised
many compounds having possible analgesic activities. These compounds
were characterised by using various spectroscopic techniques, including
NMR, IR, GCMS, HPLC and Colorimeter.
He participated in various conferences and symposiums and also submitted a research paper to be published in a reputed journal.
Jatoi got an opportunity to work in a world-class research environment,
where he proved to be a good researcher and demonstrated his abilities
to visualise and plan researches and projects.
He is a
self-motivated researcher and has demonstrated to work both
independently and as a team member. He also demonstrated impressive
communication skills during his presentations.
Dr Jatoi developed a strong linkage with the academia and researchers of France during his stay.
He wishes to exploit the peer-networking for future research and extension programmes between Pakistan and France.
Dr Jatoi has joined the Shah Abdul Latif University in Khairpur.
HEC's Post-Doctoral Fellowships Programme provides 700 slots to PhD
faculty members and researchers, to work in top-notch universities and
state-of-the-art laboratories in technologically advanced countries.
to reports, 563 scholars are attending the host universities and 507
scholars have successfully completed their post-doctoral studies and
joined their parent organisations. app
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HEC assures support to AIOU
Islamabad: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) will fully support the Allama Iqbal
Open University (AIOU) in its educational pursuits, said HEC Executive
Director Professor Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed.
He gave this
assurance to AIOU Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr. Nazir Ahmed Sangi during
his meeting with him. He said that the AIOU was playing an important
role in providing quality education to its students. He said that the
AIOU would establish its linkages with other universities. The AIOU, he
added, should undertake joint ventures with other national level
universities in academic programmes. The news
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University of Jordan, IIUI to enhance cooperation
Islamabad: University of Jordan (UOJ) President Prof Ekleif Tarawneh visited the
International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI) on Thursday.
According to a press release, IIUI President Dr Ahmad Yousif al
Draiweesh IIUI AF and P Vice President Prof Dr Sahibzada Sajidur Rehman
and IIUI Academics Vice President Prof Dr Mumtaz Ahmad were also present
on the occasion.
A reception was also organised in honour of
Prof Ekleif Tarawneh. Dr Ekleif Tarawneh said, "The purpose of
establishment of both the universities is to serve the Muslim Ummah and
to achieve this goal we should exchange faculty members, students and
should cooperate with each other in the fields of research and
technology." He also said that 38,000 students were studying in the
University of Jordan, in 203 different educational programmes.
Ekleif said that the purpose of his visit was to highlight the need for
cooperation between both the universities and to sign an MoU with the
Pakistani university. Dr Ahmad Yousif al Draiweesh welcomed the
delegation and said, "I am very happy to participate in the discussions
to promote knowledge and research because these discussions are not only
for the betterment of faculty members and students but are also
important for the development of societies." He stressed upon the need
for bilateral cooperation agreements and said that education and
research would be promoted in both the countries through these
Prof Dr Mumtaz Ahmad claimed, "The IIUI is playing an
important role to lead the Muslim Ummah in the field of education.
Students from more than 40 countries are enrolled in the IIUI and
teachers from various countries, including Sudan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia,
Algeria, Iraq, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan, are part of the IIUI's
faculty." Dr Mumtaz also said, "We can and we should mutually work for
the betterment of the Muslim Ummah through exchange of teachers,
students, research and technology." app
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