KARACHI: The NJV named after Mahraj Jagan Nath Vidya is the Sindh’s first public school. There are a few people who knows about the history of this marvelous structure and the quality of education it provides to the people of the metropolis.
According to the Gazetteer of the Province of Sindh, Karachi District (compiled by J.W. Smith, published by Indus Publications), the Narain Jagan Nath High School was the first public school which was opened in Sindh. The school was inaugurated in October, 1855 and the first batch had 68 students.
The building was located where the Bandar Road and the Mission Road met. The map was made by a Lieutenant Chapman and paid for by the Karachi Municipality and the government.
In 1876, the NJV school building was relocated to its current location. The new building had 17 classrooms. There was a total of 477 students in the school of them 350 were Hindus, 32 Brahmans, 10 Jains, 12 Muslims, 66 belonged to Parsi community and seven were Indian Jews.
Narain Jagan Nath, a resident of Mumbai, was a well-known educationist of his days. In 1910, another high school was established in Sindh that accommodated 250 students. The school used to receive monthly grant of Rs 4,020.
On November 16, 1987, Department of Education, Government of Sindh received a letter with recommendations for improvement of the educational facilities in the NJV Government Higher Secondary School (Sindhi Medium) Karachi.
The NJV school remained centre of learning and curricular activities. A number of renowned and successful politicians and scholars have received their higher secondary education from this school.
Some of the well-known students of the school include Amar Jaleel (a famous Sindhi literato), Pir Mazharul Haq (ex-education minister Sindh), Shafi Muhammad Jamot (ex-provincial legislator) and others.
Untill 1946, all the headmasters of the NJV school were non-Muslims whereas afterwards it has only been Muslims.
STEVTA to impart skills training, behavioral therapy, counselling of prisoners
KARACHI: The Sindh Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (STEVTA) is all set to impart skills training, behavioral therapy, academic training to transform lives of prisoners as good responsible citizens.
In this regard, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Stevta Managing Director Munawar Ali Mithani and Syed Munawar Ali Shah, IG, Sindh Prisons & Corrections Services. The agreement focuses on skill training for inmates and convicts at prisons across Sindh.
While talking to Sindhnews, Munawar Ali Mithani said that the MoU will be executed through a committee, comprising members from both sides. The joint core committee will be responsible to oversee and execute all activities of the partnership meant for rehabilitation of the prisoners including academic and technical vocational training program to transform the lives of prisoners to make them skilled, educated and good responsible citizens once they complete their period of conviction or confinement.
“Whereas in accordance with the vision, aim and objective of this MoU, both the partners have agreed to make collaborative efforts to arrange facilities for academic and vocational training exclusively for prisoners for their rehabilitation and to transform their lives to be skilled, educated and good citizens:, he added.
Elaborating further, Mr Mithani says Sindh Prisons and Corrections Service Act & Rules 2019 delineates about reformation, rehabilitation of the prisoners through different ways and means and to achieve such objectives. The program includes mandatory workshop training, academic coaching and behavioral therapy, which may upgrade education and character levels through intensive counselling and coaching to transform their lives.
- – Way Forward – Road Map
- Identify the most feasible academic and vocational training skills in the context of local economic potential to be imparted to the prisoners.
- Develop Operational Training Manual to manage academic and vocational training facilities including fund disbursement relating to education and training expenses in terms of consumable, tools and equipment and salaries of trainers.
- – Procurement
Wherever, the procurement process in involved, Stevta will proceed in accordance with prescribed procurement procedures under SPPRA Rules 2010.
- – Roles and Responsibilities
- Stevta will provide technical assistance to build the capacity of lead project team to successfully implement the project in Sindh province. The assistance shall include to guide and train the implementers to revamp existing training facilities in the selected prisons on modern lines by following international best practices.
- All the expenses of the cost of technical assistance and equipment will be borne by Stevta and utilities with its allied accessories (electricity, gas, water, internet) shall be the responsibility of SP&CS.
- The assessment and certification of the prisoners shall be made by the Sindh Board of Technical Educatuion/Sindh Trade Testing Board.
- – Mandatory Provision
The above mutually agreed roles and responsibilities of the training program would be obligatory on both the partners, who shall be responsible for successful implementation of the project in the prisons of Sindh. Initially the period of MoU will be for 3 years extendable for further period depending on mutual understanding.
Yar Mohd Baladi – Director Education, an educationist, physics expert, book-lover
KARACHI: While belonging to well-known family of Sijhoro, a town of Sanghar district, Yar Muhammad Baladi son of Muhammad Urs Baladi was born at small village namely Darya Khan Baladi on December 14, 1967.
His father Muhammad Urs Baladi was a well-known landlord of the area who also owned an established business of livestock. Yar Muhammad Baladi has six brothers and one sister.
Yar Muhammad Baladi received his primary education from the Government Primary School in his native town Darya Khan Baladi while secondary education from the Government High School, Khadro, Sanghar. He passed matriculation from the Board of Secondary Education Hyderabad by securing good grades in 1982.
He passed his intermediate from the Government Degree College, Sanghar affiliated with the Board of Intermediate Education Hyderabad with flying colors. Similarly, he passed Bachelor of Science (BSc) from the Government Degree College Sanghar in 1987.
After graduating from the college, Yar Muhammad Baladi moved to Hyderabad and did his Master of Science (MSc) in Physics from the University of Sindh, the prestigious educational institution of the province, in 1989.
Soon after his master’s degree, Yar Muhammad qualified the competitive selection process and joined the School Education Department (formerly Education and Literacy Department) as HST (Science Teacher) BS-16 in 1989.
With a vision to be the pioneer in the education sector, Mr Baladi did Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) from the University of Sindh in 1993 and clinched first division. In the meantime, he also completed his another B.Ed from Allama Iqbla Open University (AIOU) in 1994. Yet again he grabbed first position.
In 1995, Yar Muhammad Baladi was promoted to BS-17 as Subject Specialist after which he started teaching Physics to the students of First Year.
Being crazy and vying for advancement in teaching standards, Yar Muhammad Baladi did M.Ed from the University of Sindh. Mr Baladi had also served as Coordinator of the Decentralized Elementary Education Project (DEEP) from 2007 onwards.
In 2011, Baladi was promoted to BS-18 and posted as District Education Officer (DEO), Academic and Training Sanghar. He was then posted as DEO Sanghar in 2013. He had also served as DEO Nawabshah.
He was promoted to BS-19 in 2013 and posted as DEO Sanghar where he served for a period of more than three years. He was posted as DEO Qamber-Shahdadkot in 2016 where he served for two years.
In 2018, he was posted as DEO Badin, then DEO Secondary at Naushehro Feroz district, DEO Badin, DEO Primary at Mithi and again as DEO Sanghar.
In June 2021, Yar Muhammad Baladi was posted as DEO Primary Karachi East. Similarly, he was posted as DEO Secondary Karachi East the same year. In October 2022, Mr Baladi was prmoted to BS-20 and posted as Director Elementary, Secondary and Higher Secondary Karachi where he is working with utmost commitment, dedication and honesty till date.
Dr Qasim, Rashid Khoso get cleared from ‘blackmailing fake complaints’
KARACHI: The probe committee which was tasked to investigate the allegations against the officers of College Education Department of the Sindh Government has concluded its inquiry and termed the complaints as baseless, fabricated, false and blackmailing tactics to dent the reputation of the department, it is learnt.
While taking stern notice of the unknown complaints against the well-reputed officers, Secretary College Education Department Ahmed Bux Narejo had constituted a three-member inquiry committee to investigate the matter and submit him a report.
The three-member inquiry committee comprised Prof Rashid Ahmed Mahar, Principal DJ Sindh Government Science College as chairman while Prof Syed Sarwar Ali Shah, Principal Government Commerce and Economic College Karachi and Prof Abdul Qadir, Principal Nabi Bagh ZM Government College Karachi as its members.
According to inquiry report exclusively available with the Sindhnews, the meeting of the fact finding committee was held on May 30, 2023 to investigate the allegations leveled by some accusers namely Aslam and others against two officers of the college education department namely Rashid Khoso Deputy Director and Muhammad Qasim Rajper, Deputy Director (Now Director Finance).
“The committee observed that there are two applications termed as anonymous with same content and allegations with different fake names and CNICs mailed to high-ups of the department by a handful of blackmailers and vested interest elements without any concrete evidence.
The applications have been dispatched from various cities, which are considered as tactics of blackmailing and malign the reputed officers of the department. The anonymous application which initiated the investigations lacked substantial evidence to support the allegations made against the officers in question.”
The committee thoroughly reviewed the official records, documents and correspondence related to the officers and found no evidence of misconduct or wrongdoing. Interviews were conducted with relevant officers, including the accused officers however no credible evidence or testimonies were obtained to substantiate the allegations, the report says.
The committee carefully analyzed all available information and determined that the allegations were baseless and fabricated with ulterior motives by vested interest elements. The committee is of the opinion that officers in question have demonstrated exemplary professionalism, honesty and competence in their jobs within the college education department.
There is no evidence to support the allegations made against them and the committee finds such information to be false, fabricated and malicious in nature. It is imperative to safeguard the reputation and integrity of the officers, as well as maintain trust and confidence within the department.
The committee recommends dismissing the baseless allegations against the officers and taking appropriate measures to protect their reputations. Efforts should be made to identify the individuals responsible for spreading false allegations and take necessary disciplinary actions against them. Besides, steps should be taken to raise awareness within the department about the consequences of making baseless accusations and the importance of maintaining a fair and transparent work environment. The committee suggested that regular monitoring and evaluation systems should be established to detect and address any potential false accusation in the future.
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