Beaconhouse launches ‘BEACONNECT’

LAHORE (PR): Beaconhouse has launched its school service quality management programme called BEACONNECT. The launch ceremony was held at Beaconhouse Newlands, Lahore.

This was a pilot launch in Beaconhouse Central Region and once the programme is tested out in this region, it will be launched nationwide.

BEACONNECT has 21 key service indicators. It will enable the school management to interact with parents using state-of-the-art technology systems such as shortcode SMS feedback and recorded survey calls. Complaints will be handled through a homegrown robust complaint management system. In addition to this, the programme will include behavioural training of the school staff, which will be conducted as required. The management also announced that they will be recognising and rewarding those employees who go the extra mile in providing exceptional quality services and perform beyond expectations.

Adeel Hashmi was the keynote speaker. Other guests in attendance included chief executive Kasim Kasuri, regional director centre Ali Ahmad Khan, school group heads, school heads, heads of departments and head office management.

There was a presentation made by Grassroot Consultant Zeeshan Hasan, who designed this programme for Beaconhouse.  This was followed with a panel discussion and cake-cutting ceremony.


Easypaisa’s affordable car insurance policy

ISLAMABAD (PR): Consistently bringing innovation in Pakistan’s financial services framework, Easypaisa, in collaboration with United Insurance Company, has introduced the industry’s first ‘Easypaisa Car Insurance’, offering the most affordable and accessible set of auto coverage in Pakistan.

Easypaisa Car Insurance can be availed by paying a premium price of 2.5% of the car’s market value annually, whereas competitive plans typically cost more. Unlike conventional car insurance policies, customers can subscribe to Easypaisa Car Insurance and avail ‘third party insurance’ and ‘terrorism cover’, or going as far as to cover the ‘car mechanical insurance’ that has never been offered in Pakistan before.

It covers everything that competitive insurance plans cover, and adds even more coverage! Easypaisa Car Insurance covers engine breakdown, drive axel, transmission, suspension, steering, cooling system, electric fixes and more.

Furthermore, the customer is not required to submit any lengthy documentation; instead they can simply call the Easypaisa helpline at 3737 and an authorized surveyor will guide them through the process. Such universal availability with an easy process makes this car insurance plan accessible to an unparalleled number of people.

The process for Easypaisa Account subscribers is even easier as they can sign up for Easypaisa Car Insurance through an SMS command. Soon, customers will be able sign up for Easypaisa Car Insurance by visiting Easypaisa shops, Telenor Sales & Service Centre and Telenor Franchises across Pakistan.

Ali Riaz Chaudhry, President and CEO of Tameer Bank said, “With Pakistan’s fiercely growing automobile industry, subscribing to a reliable car insurance policy has become a prerequisite for every car owner. Digitally empowered, Easypaisa Car Insurance is here to address all the needs of our customers.”

Muhammad Yahya Khan, Head of Easypaisa said, “Our valued customers are the source of our motivation to offer convenient and affordable car insurance with featuresthatarecompletely unprecedented in the Pakistani market. From signing up to making claims, all has been made possible from your mobile phone, without the need of conventional laborious paperwork.Now every car holder can rely on an affordable and yet comprehensive insurance plan for their car.”

Mian Shahid, Chairman United International Group said, “We admire how Easypaisa digitized insurance’s overall claims process. With Easypaisa’s visionary leadership, we hope and wish to work on delivering first-rate insurance products throughout the country.”


Bank Alfalah branchless banking service

KARACHI (PR): Taking a major stride toward its financial inclusion goals in the country, Bank Alfalah has joined hands with Special Communications Organization (SCO) for the launch of its branchless banking service in Azad Jammu & Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.

A brand envisioned as ‘S-Paisa,’ Bank Alfalah’s branchless banking offering is aimed to empower more than 6 million people of Azad Jammu & Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan through state-of-the-art, convenient, and secure Branchless Banking service. The partnership with SCO will put Bank Alfalah’sbranchless banking services at the forefront in these regions, and will financially empower the un-banked in these vicinities.

The contract signing ceremony was attended by Maj Gen Amir Azeem Bajwa - DG SCO, Brig Muhammad Zaman – Deputy DG SCO, Brig Iftikhar Ul Wahab – Director Marketing & Regulatory Affairs SCO, Ms Mehreen Ahmed - Group Head, Retail South & New Initiatives Bank Alfalah, Rizwan Ata - Group Head Islamic Banking Group Bank Alfalah, Amaar Naveed Ikhlas – Head of Branchless Banking Bank Alfalah, and Syed AmmarHaider – Head of Sales & Distribution Bank Alfalah.

With the launch of S-Paisa, people across Azad Jammu & Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan would be able to engage in money transfers (sending and receiving), payment of utility bills and performing mobile top-ups. Offering these basic over-the-counter services brings Bank Alfalah one step closer to financially empowering segments of the country where financial access was previously limited or unavailable.

“This partnership is of paramount importance for us as it enables us to serve more people and achieve our financial inclusion goals which are convergent with those of the Government of Pakistan,” said Ms. Mehreen Ahmed, Group Head Retail South & NI Bank Alfalah. “We are confident that S-Paisa will efficiently cater to everyday banking needs of the people of AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan while filling the huge financial services gap in the region that has existed for a long time,” she added. 

Also sharing his thoughts on the development, Maj Gen Amir AzeemBajwa, DG, SCO, said, “We are delighted to have partnered with Bank Alfalah to make banking accessible to the people of AJK and GB. S-Paisa will not only bring ease to the lives of millions of people, but also prove to be a great contributor to the region’s socioeconomic development in the long run.”

Going forward, this strategic alliance is likely to provide Bank Alfalah with useful insights into the region’s unique financial services needs so the Bank can develop innovative products and services that best serve the area’s demands.


Tevta to train 16,000 security guards

LAHORE (PR): Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) will train 16000 security guards free of cost during one year. In the first phase, 2000 security guards have been enrolled in 5-week duration course in 15 cities. This training program has been started on the direction of Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif because availability of trained manpower will ultimately overcome the crime and terrorism in Punjab. 

Chairperson TEVTA Irfan Qaiser Sheikh was addressing a meeting regarding launching of the course here at TEVTA Secretariat, which was attended by Chief Operating Officer Jawad Ahmed Qureshi and other officers of TEVTA.

Irfan Qaiser Sheikh said that the purpose to start this course is to provide professionally trained manpower to security companies, national and multi-national companies.  Gulf countries are also required the services of security guards. Many organizations are demanding the availability of trained security guards from TEVTA.

This course has been launched at 20 TEVTA Institutes at Lahore, Gujranwala, Sialkot, Jhelum, Rawalpindi, Attock, Sheikhpura, Faisalabad, Mianwali, Multan, Sargodha, Bahawalpur, Dera Ghazi Khan, Sahiwal and Rahim Yar Khanwith the collaboration of Home Department, Police, Civil Defence, Rescue 1122 and Elite Police Training School. 

Chairperson TEVTA further said that age limit for the admission in the said course is between 18 to 45 years. Matric pass candidates are eligible however intermediate and above will be given preference for admission.  Free training material and one thousand stipends are provided during training.  Security clearance from special branch and home department is essential to get training.  Both TEVTA and Home Department will issue certificate after successful completion.  Pass outs will easily get jobs at national and international level.