PM likely to okay cadet college in capital

Islamabad:December 25:The PC-1 of the first ever cadet college in Islamabad is likely to get approval from Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani in an upcoming meeting with the high-level officials from the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) and Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD). According to information, the PC-1 of cadet college in the rural area of Mera Bhegwal with the cost of Rs100 million has been completed under the supervision of FDE DG Atif Kyani. “The work on PC-1 has been completed in record period and would be presented in a high-level meeting to be held on December 28, 2011,” the source revealed. The cadet college would have a capacity of accommodating as many as 400 students. “The college would be constructed on already available government land worth Rs434 million. The land had literally become a dumping site due to absence of boundary wall. FDE DG identified the land and proposed to establish cadet college on it,” said the source. The source said that the idea behind establishing cadet college in the rural area of capital is to provide state-of-the-art education facility to the segment of society that is not having access to quality education. “The specially trained teachers would be hired to impart education to the students on modern lines,” he added. Previously there was no cadet college in the capital city. It has been learnt that Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani himself showed concern in establishing state-of-the-art education facility in the capital and assigned FDE DG a task to complete the paper work as soon as possible. “ FDE is currently managing 418 schools and colleges for girls and boys having around 8,600 teachers. Out of 418 institutions, 274 are located in rural areas while 144 in urban areas. “Had there been any intention to bestow elite children with this impending state-of-the-art education facility, we would not have chosen a rural site for its establishment,” he said. The source revealed that FDE DG Atif Kyani was effectively lobbying in government to bring in reforms in the present education system. “It is just a start. FDE is planning to establish state-of-the-art education facility for the girls too,” he revealed. FDE DG Atif Kiyani when contacted by this scribe refused to comment on the establishment of cadet college. He, however, said that he was determined to bring drastic changes in the current education system. “I am not in the position to share anything with you at this stage, but one thing I want to assure you that there would be dozens of new projects coming in the days ahead that would bring reform in education system,” he said. He also shared that FDE has also decided in principal to launch O and A level classes in the schools and colleges of the federal capital in phases. Initially, the FDE will launch a pilot project introducing O level education in two schools and A level classes in two colleges to be selected from among the 418 institutions being run under the directorate. He said that FDE would emerge as a model that could be replicated anywhere to set an ideal education system.The news.