LAHORE – The Punjab Education Foundation has distributed a sum of Rs 7.5 million among 50 partner schools of 12 different districts who topped quality assurance tests as an honorarium.

The ceremony was held at Children’s Library Complex on Thursday with Chairman Punjab Education Foundation Raja Muhammad Anwar in the chair. Honorarium was distributed among school heads, teachers and students as an incentive to encourage the result oriented partner schools in the province.

Addressing the ceremony, PEF Chairman Raja Anwar said Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had made Punjab a role model “education province” as education was the most important pillar of composite development. “Keeping this in view, Punjab has taken many practical steps including promotion of public-private partnership for the education of impecunious children, to educate each and every child in the province”, he added. Giving a detail of PEF plans for the promotion of education in future, he said one thousand new schools would be partnered under Foundation Assisted Schools Programme and 70 thousand vouchers would be distributed by June this year, while new school programme will be expanded to 11 more districts.

He hoped this expansion plan would extend public-private partnership in the school sector. He asked the school owners to launch cleanliness drive in their schools so as to avoid any attack of dengue in future. They should also give attention to the character building of their students, he added.

Drawing, painting studio inaugurated:  The inaugural ceremony of “Gosha-e-Behzad-o-Mani,” an open-air drawing and painting studio, was held at the Punjab University College of Art & Design here at Allama Iqbal (Old) Campus.

Renowned artist Professor Emeritus Khalid Iqbal inaugurated the studio. PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran, College Principal Prof Dr Rahat Naveed Masud, Principal College of Information Technology Prof Dr Syed Mansoor Sarwar, faculty members, renowned artists including Zulqarnain Haider, Zarah David, Nazish Ata Ullah, Jameela Zaidi, Dr Mussarrat Hassan, Sania Dar, Faryal Saigol, Quddus Mirza and a large number of art-lovers were also present on the occasion.

Addressing the ceremony, VC Dr Mujahid Kamran commented the place as a valid contribution to the Architectural splendor the Punjab University. An exhibition in memory of Anwar Afzal, a pioneer teacher of the College, who passed away in December, was also inaugurated at the occasion.