Rawalpindi - Director General (DG) Human Resource Development General Headquarters (GHQ) Maj. Gen Muhammad Iqbal Asi said that all schools, degree and postgraduate colleges running under the Federal Government Educational Institutions (FGEIs) in 43 cantonments of the country are being upgraded to provide quality education to students.  

“The results of these educational institutions have improved from 85 per cent to 97 per cent owing to professional and hardworking faculty members,” he said this while addressing as chief guest at the 26th Convocation of the FG Postgraduate College, Kashmir Road here on Thursday.

On the occasion, FGEI Cantt and Garrisons Director Brig Khush Muhammad Khan, College Principal Nasreen Mirza, GSO-1 Lt. Col Najam ul Hassan, Maj Rizwan Wahla and other faculty members were also present. Maj. Gen Muhammad Iqbal Asi, Hilal-e-Imtiaz Military, said that the youth would play a vital role in development of country. He said that education system in FGEIs institutions was per requirements of modern age that was why people wished to get admitted their children to the educational institutions.

“Keeping in view the increasing numbers of students in FGEIs, new blocks and classes would be built to accommodate the new comers,” DG HRD GHQ said. He said that some 5,000 teachers would complete their professional training course from FGEI Directorate that would be more helpful in improving the results.

Later, the chief guest distributed medals, degrees, rolls of honour and merit certificates to the students of BA, B.Sc, MA English and MA Urdu for academic sessions 2010-2012 and 2011-2013. He congratulated the students and declared the teaching profession to be a sacred mission. He also appreciated the FGEI Directorate for its efforts to impart effective and purposeful education.

As many as 964 graduates were awarded degrees in all for the two sessions. The rolls of honour and merit certificates were awarded to those students who excelled in the university examination. Sana Afzal (B.Sc, 2011-13), Saba Pervaiz (MA Urdu, 2010-12) and Reena Shakeel (MA Urdu, 2011-13) were conferred gold medals and rolls of honour for their brilliant performance in the Punjab University examinations.

The recipients of rolls of honour as well as silver medals for their meritorious performance were Zill-e-Huma (B.Sc, 2010-12), Amna Tariq (B.Sc, 2011-13), Rana Muneer (BA, 2010-12), Shagufta Tariq (BA, 2011-13).

Silver medals were awarded to Almas Fayyaz (MA Urdu, 2010-12), Maliha Arooj (MA Urdu, 2011-13), Ayesha Siddiqa- tul- Kubra (B.Sc, 2011-13), while rolls of honour were bestowed upon Maria Nida (MA English, 2010-12), Nadia Shah (MA English, 2011-13), Tasneem Sadia (B.Sc 2010-12). The coveted Begum Salma Masud Award (Gold) was secured this year by Mehreen Sajjad (B.Sc) for academic excellence in the session 2014-15. In her welcome address, Principal Nasrin Mirza thanked the chief guest for gracing this auspicious occasion with his presence.

The principal also presented a brief synopsis of curricular and co-curricular activities of the college for the last two years. The zealous efforts of the students under the guidance of their teachers yielded a rich harvest of 69 individual prizes and 17 trophies for the year 2013-14; whereas in the session 2014-15, 38 individual prizes and 9 trophies were secured. “We have been the recipient of the FGEI C/G Trophy for best performance in sports and co-curricular activities for the last five consecutive years i.e. 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014,” she further added. Two of our sports teams, she said, the volleyball team and the badminton team won the award of overall best team in the competitions held by FGEI C/G. Furthermore.

“Our sports teams secured third position in table tennis, volleyball and athletics competitions held by FBISE Islamabad. Our students also excelled in Fine Arts competitions where Hajra Mehmood won a cash prize of five thousand rupees in the competition organised by NAB and another two thousand rupees at PNCA,” she said.

Talking to media men, FGEI Cantt and Garrisons Brig Khush Muhammad Khan said that Directorate was taking positive steps for uplift of paid teaching and non-teaching staff. “This case is also being heard in a cabinet committee constituted on the orders of court,” he said. He said that the educational activities have begun in newly constructed college in Nowshera. “The HRD is fully cooperating with FGEI Directorate to bring betterment in education system,” he added.