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Sihala College On The Verge Of Closure

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The Sihala Degree College in the federal capital is at the verge of becoming a ghost educational institution.
In its fifth year/session, the college is still without teaching and non-teaching staff, putting the future of the students at stake. It may be mentioned that the Federal Government Degree College Sihala was established in 2009.
It is the only and the first college in the suburban area of the federal capital to cater to the poor students whose parents cannot afford sending their children to colleges in the capital city.
An officer of the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) requesting not to be identified said the college was without teaching, clerical and menial staff.
“The intermediate and degree classes in the college started in 2009 but without provision of regular teaching staff.
The FDE moved some teachers from other institutions to this college on a temporary basis but the practice failed because the teachers could not teach all the subjects, especially when the students needed subject specialists,” he said.
In the absence of an appropriate budget and clerical staff, it was not possible to run the affairs of the college.
If the college is made fully functional, it would cater to the educational needs of the students from Rawat, Kak Pul, Model Town Humak, Jinnah Garden, Soan Garden, PWD Housing Society, Korang Town, DHA, Pakistan Town, Koral Chowk and the adjoining villages.
A teacher who has served in the college added that in the beginning without proper advertisement 270 students were given admission to the college.
It was estimated that the number would exceed 500 in the following session (2010) but as the government failed to provide the facilities in the institution the number fell to about 190.
Khurram Malik, a resident of the area, said the area people were initially very happy over the establishment of the college but later withdrew their children from the institution due to lack of facilities.
A teacher of the college added that a powerful person, whose farmhouse was located near the college building, had occupied 6.5 acres of the college land.
“A number of efforts were made by the ex-principal Mohammad Rasheed Sodhi to get back the possession of the land but due to negligence of the planning and development wing of the FDE his efforts could not bear fruit.”
Bilal Ahmed, a resident of the area who studies in a college at H-8, said: “If Sihala College is equipped with facilities, I would never think of going to the H-8 college in public transport daily.”
A trader, Mohammad Kashif, said MNA Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhary and Senate Chairman Nayyer Bokhari were from the area but they never showed any interest in resolving the issues of the college.
The president of the Federal Government College Teachers, Prof Tahir Mahmood, added: “Sihala College exists only in papers.” He said the land of the college should be vacated to make it available for the college use.
When contacted, Joint Secretary CADD Rafique Tahir said he had visited the college four times but it seemed that there were some deficiencies at the FDE level.
“The building and other infrastructure were complete and according to the rules the FDE has to move the PC-IV which is required for the appointment of teachers and other staff. Initially, teachers can be appointed on a contractual basis for two years and then appointed through the FPSC,” he said.
“I will look into the issue again because Secretary CADD Faridullah Khan is serious in providing education to the children in their own localities,” he said.Dawn

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