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Corps commander right man to lead Gadap cadet college, says Qaim

Corps commander right man to lead  Gadap cadet college, says Qaim

KARACHI: Presiding over a meeting of the board of governors of the proposed Gadap cadet college, Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has said that he has appointed Karachi Corps Commander Lt Gen Naveed Mukhtar chairman of the board because he is a man of commitment and can make the college one of the best institutions in Asia.

“It is my dream to see the college among the best educational institutions not only of Pakistan but also of Asia,” he said, and expressed the confidence that Lt Gen Mukhtar had the capability to make the dream come true.

It was noted that it would be the first cadet college to be run under the administrative control of the army in Sindh. It is being established on 100 acres and projected to start functioning from the next academic year. The meeting, also attended Senior Minister for Education Nisar Ahmed Khuhro, Chief Secretary Siddique Memon, GOC Maj Gen Shahzad Naeem, Education Secretary Fazlullah Pechuho, Finance Secretary Sohail Rajput and others, was held at CM House on Friday.

The chief minister told the meeting that the cadet college was being established in the rural area of Karachi for which Rs1.5 billion was allocated with the objective to groom talented students of backward areas and enable them to join the Pakistan Army. Giving a presentation on the project, Maj Gen Shahzad Naeem said that the project site was located 30 kilometres from the Karachi airport’s Jinnah terminal. “It comprises the campus, a residential complex, the administration block, two academic blocks, hostels, store rooms, cadet messes, science labs, computer labs, a library, an auditorium, gymnasium, badminton and tennis courts, a swimming pool, a staff club, a hospital/dispensary, mosque, parade ground, shooting range, playgrounds etc. “Over 80 per cent of the construction work has been completed,” he added.

The GOC, who is the vice chairman of the board, said that the principal of the college would be a retired brigadier having at least 10 years of relevant experience.

The corps commander said that the process of recruitment would be completed by the end of next month. He said the college had the capacity of 300 cadets but he would suggest that initially 60 cadets be enrolled.

Lt Gen Mukhtar told the meeting that special security arrangements would be ensured at the college for which a comprehensive plan had already been worked out.

He said the chief minister had entrusted him with a gigantic task, and added that he would try his best to come up to the CM’s expectations.

The meeting decided that the Sindhi language would also be taught as a subject at the college.

Book fair opens at Larkana cadet college

Three-day book fair featuring books on language, literature, general knowledge, science, fiction, art and other subjects was inaugurated at the Cadet College, Larkana, on Friday.

The exhibition, which was the first in the history of the college, was earlier held at Petaro Cadet College before coming to this college.

The book sellers said more stocks had been sent for in response to the rush and extraordinary interest shown by the college administration, teachers and cadets.

College principal Col Iftekhar said that they had invited a number of schools in Dokri and Larkana to the fair but unfortunately, none turned up.

A college teacher said that mostly old editions of books on science had been kept at the fair. Despite that, the move was not only positive but also encouraging for both teachers and students, he said.

Cadets pointed out absence of books in Sindhi and history and expressed displeasure over prohibitively high prices of books. The stalls were giving 25 to 30 per cent discount on books while the discount should have been at least 50 per cent, they said.

The books on cartoon and comic stories attracted more crowds. There were very few books on Iqbalyat and Urdu fiction and almost no books in Sindhi and Shah-jo-Risalso at the stalls, said students.

Published in Dawn, March 19th, 2016

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