LAHORE - Police have started the survey of schools and colleges in the City to collect the information about the strength of students and teachers and their identification as a measure for security in the wake of current wave of terrorism. Each police station has been directed to gather information about the number of schools in their respective jurisdiction following the threats of terror attack on educational institutions particularly the English medium schools and the ones having co-education status. The fresh wave of terrorism and warnings by the intelligence agencies has caused panic among the people. The attack on Sri Lankan cricket team and Manawan police training center have terrified even the police and security forces. They have been put on high alert following the reports of nine suicide bombers entry into Punjab. The authorities summoned principals of colleges and heads of all the public and private institutions to the circle office of DSPs in the City to brief them about the importance of security measures under the present circumstances. They have been asked to post security guards at the main gates and to close down the rear gates, besides putting metal detectors, identification and search of visitors and parents while entering the school/college premises. They have also been asked to put jute bags filled with sands and post the security guards at the rooftop of their buildings, to submit lists of students and staff members and to ask students to wear uniforms and display identity cards on their chests. Although the scare has spread equally in government, non-government offices, commercial centers and markets, the authorities are more concerned over schools, colleges and universities in the light of imminent threats from the terrorists. President of All Pakistan Private Schools Management Association, Adeeb Javedani said that the government should post armed policemen, at least one in each school and college. He pointed out to the authorities that the security guards or chowkidars are neither trained nor are adequately armed to counter terror attacks. How can the security be arranged when a number of schools do not have even boundary walls and gates, he asked? He said the authorities had refused to provide policemen on the excuse of shortage of strength. President and general secretary of All Pakistan Muslim Teachers Federation Rana Arshad and Rana Liquat Ali said that the government should enhance security at the Punjab University and Lahore Board Examination Centers at Wahdat Road and Lawrence Road respectively. They said the strength of schools runs into thousands and how can the police maintain record of all the students and teachers? They said if the police itself is not safe, how could the schools be protected with private security arrangements? Rana Liaquat Ali said the security plans made remain limited to the papers only and no practical steps are taken in this regard. Nowhere, extra-ordinary security arrangements can be seen. The students and teachers are at the mercy of God, he maintained.