During the last year and a half, the Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif has taken many steps to increase the literacy in Punjab. He has also taken many initiatives for the betterment of schools and teachers. He has always said that teachers are the backbone of the education system. So he promised to increase salaries of teachers so that they should be free of the tension about their home expenditure and make sincere efforts for development of the future generation. Recently, after the result of Matriculation and Intermediate, the CM Punjab himself awarded medals to the position holders and also gave them cash prizes for future studies. On August 14, he invited the top position holders of every district of Punjab to hoist the national flag in the flag ceremony. His efforts in the field of education are very well received in public. Some have gone to the extent of saying that Sir Syed Ahmed Khan has been incarnated in his person. -AMIRA AMIN Lahore, via e-mail, August 16.