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Good education is the best panacea for Balochistan

I would urge all the provincial governments especially Government of the Punjab and the Federal government that they should invest in the education sector of Balochistan because it is the most neglected sector.

Please tell us about your educational background and why did you choose this profession?   

Well, I did my masters in Islamic Studies and B.Ed in the mid 60s. As far as joining of this profession is concerned, I can only say it was my Almighty God who placed me in this profession. I have been in this profession for the last 35 years. In fact, I was made principal of Tameer-i-Nau school at the age of 27 and I started teaching at the age of 17. Now this noble profession has become the mission and aim of my life.

Please tell us about the Tameer-i-Nau College and Tameer-i-Nau Educational Complex.  

We started Tameer-i-Nau College in 80s. So from 1984 to 2009 overall our students got 92 per cent marks having the distinction of first, second, and third positions in the only Board of Intermediate and Secondary education, Balochistan and our average result remained 97 per cent. While we always have the 68 per cent first divisions and our college got five times award of ‘Best College’ by the Federal Ministry of Education.

Moreover, in 2001 we started B.Com classes and now our college is affiliated with University of Balochistan. Furthermore, in 1998, we started a mega project i.e. ‘Tameer-i-Nau Educational Complex’ known as ‘City of knowledge’. The president of the time Mr Rafiq Tarar inaugurated the project on Nov 26, 1998, and it is situated on the eastern bypass ‘Takhtani’, 14 miles from Quetta city.

This complex consists of separate primary, high schools and degree colleges for boys and girls along with a university. This project has an estimated cost of rupees 52,87,91,220 in 1999 and was expected to be completed in 2002 but the project could not be accomplished because of lack of resources but today after 11 years its cost has been doubled. There are four educational institutes working under Tameer-i-Nau Trust and we have a total strength of 4,000 students.

What type of difficulties are you facing for the accomplishment of these projects?

There are many difficulties but here I would mention the main complexity which we are facing. First of all, the lack of resources could not accomplish our mega project in time.

In fact, because of lack of resources we are unable to start other disciplines like Arts and Humanities and we also want to establish an academy to train the students of Balochistan for the CSS exam. Secondly, problem which we are facing is the lack of competent and qualified teachers who can produce good results because people are unwilling to work here.

Here, I would urge all the provincial governments especially Government of the Punjab and the Federal government that they should invest in the education sector of Balochistan because it is the most neglected sector in the province.

In my opinion, good education is the best panacea for Balochistan by which we can see a prosperous, self-sufficient and peaceful Balochistan.

Any Message

My message for the younger generation is: Trust in Almighty God and always keep Him in your mind. Do work hard and spread the seeds of love and make the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) their role model.

By: Professor Fazl-e-Haq Meer

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