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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.

The fire started in the classroom of the private school at around 8:45am and soon it engulfed the entire classroom wherein dozens of students were present.

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.

Shahdara 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.

The 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.

Dr 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.

The 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.

According 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.

Prof 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 agreements.

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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