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IBSA awards prizes to outstanding scouts.

ISLAMABAD, October 11, 2009 (Balochistan Times): The participants of the prize distribution ceremony of Scouts Week called for reviving the spirit of scouting among students in the federal colleges to make them useful and active citizens of the country. The colourful function was arranged at Islamabad Model College for Boys (IMCB) F-8/4 to award prizes to the outstanding scouts of Islamabad Boys Scouts Association (IBSA). Director General, Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) Shaista Pirzada, who was the chief guest, said the new generation is well informed about physics, chemistry and other subjects but is drifting away from social and moral values. We have neglected the importance of social service and confined the students to just their studies. It is the sole responsibility of the teachers to educate the students about values of sacrifice, caring and sharing, she said. Teachers must play their role in inculcating real human values of love and brotherhood and nurture an urge for serving the humanity. Shaista Pirzada directed all the principals of the federal institutes to conduct scouting activities in their respective institutions. The scouts are well prepared to cope with any natural calamity and disaster but they lack training of swimming, she said and announced that these scouts will be given training of swimming at Sports Complex. Shaista said the students are the future of nation and they must be educated about the historical facts and the sacrifices rendered by our forefathers in achieving an independent country. Provincial Secretary IBSA, Zahoor Hussain said the association is playing dynamic role in training boy scouts and enabling them to cope in with any emergency situation effectively. He thanked different organizations including Anjuman Hilal-e-Ahmar and Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP) for their support in training the scouts. One of the scout, Ishaque, exhibited his skills in a speech Scouting is Service and stressed on scouting role in the character building of the students through inculcating the spirit of patriotism. The collective activities of scouts of different provinces promote sense of togetherness and kinship and it is time to renew the scouting movement, he said. Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah was the first Chief Scout who believed in the positive role of scouting for physical and mental growth and development of students personality. The scouts of IMCB presented Naat, tableau performances and national songs. The scouts who exhibited remarkable performances in the scouts week activities were awarded with prizes by the chief guest. Cash prizes were given to the scouts of summer training camp. Meanwhile, DG FDE Shaista Pirzada inaugurated the central digital library of the college. Principal of the college, Dr Waheed-ud-Din informed that there was no regular library in the college previously. On the persistent demand of the teachers of junior section, a library was constructed for the junior section of the college before two months. Now, the college has initiated the project of digital library with stock of 15,000 books. An amount of Rs. 2.1 million will be utilized under PC-I to purchase the books, computers and other accessories. The books on diverse subjects and encyclopaedias will be placed in the library, he said.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:Oct 11, 2009
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