NWFP Governor inaugurated Girls Section at Islamia College Peshawar
Oct 24, 2007
PESHAWAR: It's a historic and momentous day and a milestone in the history of the Islamia College and the province as 50 percent of the population was today enjoying equal right to education and playing their constructive role in the society. These views were expressed by NWFP Governor Lt Gen (R) Ali Muhammad Jan Aurakzai while inaugurating Girls Section of Islamia College Peshawar here on Monday October 22, 2007. The Islamia College is a great seat of learning and a beacon of knowledge since 1913, he added.
Speaking on the occasion, the Governor said that Islamia College Peshawar (ICP) has a tremendous academic excellence and great history and has the unique distinction as the Quaid-e- Azam paid three visits to it and bequeathed one third of his property to the college. He said that ICP has played an important role in spreading the rays of knowledge in every nook and corner of not only the Province and the country but also in the South and Central Asia.
The Governor said that being a staunch supporter of female education, the idea of female section of this great institute came into his mind sometime back and congratulated the college administration for translating that dream into reality in such a short span of time. He said that Islamia College Swabi would be set-up in near future adding that he would make every possible effort to establish separate female section of the college on the pattern of Peshawar.
Islamia College Swabi would have the same architecture and facilities as the one we have in Peshawar. Ali Muhammad Jan Aurakzai lauded that among the 59 students of the newly set-up female section of ICP, 13 girls are representing tribal areas adding that seats would soon be reserved for FATA girls in this college. He said that we should not forget tribal areas as the literacy ratio of FATA female is not more than three percent adding that elements dynamiting female schools in tribal areas would be dealt with an iron hand and it is temporary phenomenon.
The Governor asked Higher Education Department (HED) to arrange female teaching staff for the college and ensured that the college would be shifted to other building shortly where all out facilities including hostel, laboratories, library and transport would be provided to the students. While announcing rupees one million for the college, the Governor said that he wants to see it grow and advised the first batch of students to seek knowledge and earn good name for the institution and to carry the banner afloat and high.
The Governor also read an announcement of FATA Education Foundation about 15 scholarships of six thousand each per year for the girls section of ICP . Earlier, sharing his viewpoint, the Vice Chancellor, University of Peshawar, Professor Dr. M. Javed Khan called it a history making day and said that the female section of the ICP would have to work hard to live up to the excellent academic performance of this great institution. He said that students should not merely aim at gaining high marks but they should seek excellence in education adding that teachers should not focus their energies on obtaining high marks for their students but also work hard on their character building.
In the welcome speech Principal of Islamia College Peshawar, Dr.NisarMuhammad Nisar said that the daughters of the soil have an equal right to education and the establishment of this college would provide them an opportunity to prove their worth and play their due role in the development of the country. He appreciated University of Peshawar for announcing 150 scholarships for the boys section of ICP and three for the female section and expressed the hope that coordinator of the college and former Principal of Jinnah College for Women, Dr. Jamal Ara would steer it to the heights of excellence. He thanked administration of the Peshawar University for all out support in establishing Girls Section of the Islamia College Peshawar.
Media and Protocol Officer
University of Peshawar