Another milestone towards Online Teaching - Installation of Fibre - Optic Cable
COVID-19 brought a lot of disruption and unrest during this year. The stress and pressure caused by this pandemic prevailed in our personal and professional lives. While this situation created many challenges and difficulties, it provided many opportunities too and gave us a chance to look at the positive side of the situation.
LCGG started online teaching immediately after the closure of the campus which was a completely new experience for teachers and students alike. The parents were also important stake holders in our effort to effectively adopt the recent methodology.
To facilitate our students and teachers we did not leave any stone unturned. We ensured the provision of all the latest technology, devices and fastest internet service in our College. Internet has got a huge use globally so we, like all others, faced connectivity issues more frequently as we tried sustaining all these facilities in a hard area with harsh weather conditions. Our online teaching continued uninterrupted supported by tireless efforts of our IT team.
As a result of the untiring efforts of College administration, another historic milestone was achieved last week with the installation of fibre-optic cable in the campus with a much larger bandwidth of over 60 Tbps. This will bring about significant qualitative improvement in our internet connectivity and capacity resulting in more effective online teaching.
We are thankful to Mr. Arshad Malik, BM PTCL Murree and the technical team of PTCL, Islamabad for their full support and cooperation.
Col Riaz ul Haq Passes Away
Col Riaz ul Haq (SC’68 Wightwick House), son of Brig Muhammad Rafiq, former Principal Lawrence College, passed away on 17th of June, 2020. He was diagnosed COVID-19 and admitted in CMH Lahore where he expired due to cardiac arrest during plasma transfusion.
Col Riaz was a true embodiment of an excellent human being having the qualities of humility, loyalty, sincerity, integrity and patriotism. He was an outstanding professional who worked with great devotion, commitment and honesty. He was very helpful by nature; always ready to help and assist anyone in need. He was also involved in a number of social welfare activities. All these qualities clearly reflected the training of his great father, Brig Muhammad Rafiq. Also, he was the moving spirit in organising Gallian get-togethers on a regular basis. He will be dearly missed by everyone who was fortunate to know him.
Principal Lawrence College, faculty and Gallians express their sincerest condolence to the family and friends of Col Riaz ul Haq. May the departed soul rest in eternal peace.
Ms. Musarrat Hashmi Passes Away
Ms. Musarrat Hashmi, former teacher Junior School, passed away on 11th June, 2020. She joined Lawrence College on 14th March 1968 and retired on 30th November, 1999. She was an outstanding and highly respected teacher who taught the students with love and care.
Principal Lawrence College, faculty, staff and students express their grief on the sad demise of Ms. Musarrat Hashmi.
May Allah bless her soul.
Farewell to Mr. Munir Ahmed
Goodbyes are always hard and especially saying to those who are very close to our hearts.
Mr. Munir Ahmad joined the Lawrence College three decades back as an office clerk. He experienced working on different seats as well like senior clerk, assistant to OS and retired as the Principal’s PA. He has lived 31 years of his life at LCGG with hardwork, commitment and dignity, and is one of those people who have earned an honourable name at their workplace.
A farewell was organized by the College administration staff on 23rd May, 2020 to acknowledge and honour his services. The Principal appreciated his hardwork and contribution throughout his career. Principal along with the rest of the staff wished him best of luck for his future endeavors.
Principal Holds an Online Session with the Faculty
The COVID-19 outbreak has led the whole world face unexpected challenges. The whole world is facing this calamity and the situation has become really uncertain.
The Lawrence College administration, though conscious of the precautionary measures, took this challenge as an opportunity to discover new horizons of learning. Right at the outset of the lockdown, online classes were planned and executed by the faculty and administration.
Now when the College has already successfully faced two months long closure and has taken every possible initiative for making progress in covering syllabus, the Principal Lawrence College deemed it important to talk to the faculty on recapitulation of what has been done and the way forward.
The Principal, through an online meeting, appreciated the way the teachers and students responded to the present challenge. He emphasised on taking all the precautionary measures advised by the health professionals and yet not feel handicapped in the prevalent situation which shall be envisioned as full of opportunities. For the first time, we are using different tools for distance learning, and Alhamdulillah to a greater extent, we have been quite successful in making our boys track down to studies while staying at home. He advised the teachers to ensure, implement and impart effective education for all our students by utilising online teaching methods to the optimum. He rightly said that we are part of an important era of history in which we must not be led by any fear or anxiety as the human history has faced much greater challenges than this one.
In the end, he thanked the faculty and staff for the hard work they had done for continuation of studies. He assured the teachers of his full support in execution of online classes.
Syed Osaja Hassan Zaidi joins as a cadet in the field of Aeronautical Engineering
Atlast the high-water mark has been hit by Gallians and now one after the other, they are proving equal to the recruitment standards of the Armed Forces of Pakistan.
Syed Osaja Hassan Zaidi has been selected as cadet at PAF Academy Risalpur for aeronautical engineering.
This is another feather in his cap, following his laurels of being the Headboy and winning award of the Best Student of the Year in 2018.
During his stay at GG, Osaja actively participated in different societies and was member of editorial board of the college magazine ‘Gallian’. He was an outstanding athlete and he actively participated in declamations also.
Gallians and faculty feel pride in his success and wish him the very best of luck in his career.
Saad Raza Joins PAF as GDP
Joining the Armed Forces of Pakistan is a common passion among the youth of Pakistan. The number of Gallians joining the armed forces increased significantly in the recent years. Most of the Gallians opt for Pakistan Army. Over a decade or so, the only Gallian who joined Pakistan Air Force as a general duty pilot is Saad Raza (Inter 18), Son of Mr. Raza ul Haq (Head of Computer Department). He joined 147 GDP Course on 23rd April, 2019.
During his stay at GG, Saad actively participated in different societies and was member of the editorial board of the College magazine ‘Gallian’. He had a creative mind and he completed many innovative projects including a 3D model of the Senior School building.
Gallians and faculty feel pride in Saad and wish him the very best of luck in his career.
Raja Ashfaq Sarwar passes away
A well known old Gallian and prominent politician of Punjab, Raja Ashfaq Sarwar passed away on 11th of April, 2020.
Raja Ashfaq Sarwar was a member of the Board of Governors Lawrence College and former MPA. Principal Lawrence College, faculty and Gallians express their sincerest condolences at the death of an illustrious old Gallian.
May the departed soul rest in eternal peace.
Captain Dr. Muhammad Sherdil (Int-12)
For all those sitting on the fence to take the next call and plunge into the practical world and further studies, there’s only that one right side they look upto with hope and aspirations and that is the right side of history of GG and its alumni. Lawrence College takes pride in its alumni, as for years they have been passing on the baton of excellence and competence to the core. Lawrence College takes the uncompromised pride in Sherdil son of faculty member LCGG, Asst. Professor Noreen Tufail Rana on completing his medicine from Army Medical College and Alhamdulillah passing out from Pakistan Military Academy (PMA) as a commissioned officer on 4th April, 2020.
Even before joining the Armed Forces to serve the country, the lion-heart of GG performed his duties as Prefect-Day Boys, whilst earning the laurels of Best Speaker of the College and Best Squash Player with compassion. We wish him success and pray for his ultimate health and protection as he takes over his duties to serve the nation.
A Senior Old Gallian Passes Away
One of the illustrious Gallian, Col Muhammad Asghar (1950-1953), passed away on 13th March 2020. He was a Senior Old Gallian and a very talented professional. The Principal, faculty and Gallians express their sincerest grief to the family and friends of Col Muhammad Asghar. May Allah grant him high rank in Jannah.
Former President OGAB Mr. John Walker Passes away
The Gallian family has learnt with great sadness of the passing away in Manchester, England of a distinguished old Gallian – John Walker (Walker House, 1940-1947). He was 87 years at the time of his demise. His funeral will take place at Guildford Crematorium on Friday 3rd April, 2020. John was a very dedicated Gallian and regularly visited his alma mater while his health permitted. For many years he was the organiser and secretary of the UK Chapter of old Gallians. His hospitality and welcoming nature will be dearly missed by old Gallians who visited him in England. His forefathers too had been associated with Lawrence College, in one way or the other.
The Principal, Staff and Gallians express their sincerest condolence to the family and friends of John Walker.
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Former Commandant EME College talks to the Faculty
Brigadier Tariq Javed (Retd), former Commandant College of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, talked to the faculty of the College on 28th of February as a part of the two weeks training program. He is currently Advisor on Innovation to Pakistan Engineering Council.
Discussing different methodologies of teaching, Brigadier Tariq advised the faculty not to blindly follow the Western style of teaching. He stressed upon the need of research based learning where the students are encouraged to think out of the box. He said that the students should be made to have the confidence and inspiration for innovation and creativity as, in his point of view, the future of Pakistan lies in innovation. Discussing the skill of rote memorization, he said that the skill is widely criticized by many educationists but it is quite helpful in instilling the basic knowledge and information about different subjects.
The enlightening talk by Brigadier Tariq Javed was followed by presentations of Col. Dr. Imran and Dr. Yasir as part of their STEAM Programme that introduced modern techniques for teaching of different subjects, including mathematics and fine arts.
I CAN READ – A Workshop on Phonics
On February 20, 2020 Paramount Books (PVT) arranged a seminar on the topic ‘I CAN READ’. The Seminar was about Phonics for pre-primary and primary level. Mr. Yu-Jin from Singapore and Mr. Luke Moos from America were the speakers for the session. Mrs. Bushra Sajjad and Mrs. Kiran Shezadi from the Junior School attended the seminar held at Ramada Hotel, Islamabad.
The purpose of the seminar was to explore new methods of teaching sounds to the pre-primary and primary students in an effective way. ‘I CAN READ (ICR)’ is a global English literacy organization that delivers a unique programme to improve students’ English literacy skills. The seminar was designed to develop skills such as listening, speaking, reading, vocabulary building, phonemic and phonological awareness and much more. Both trainers had a good command on their subject. The strategies presented by them were relevant and fully applicable at junior level. It was a great learning experience for the participants.
Waleed Rafi makes Gallians feel Pride
Muhammad Waleed Rafi (Peake House, Inter 2014), son of Mr. Muhammad Rafi-ud-Din (Former Head of Pakistan Studies Department), made us proud by achieving Sir Syed Gold Medal on successfully completing Electrical Engineering (Specialization in Computer Engineering) from Center for Advanced Studies in Engineering, Islamabad.
Waleed was prefect Day Boys, captain of squash and martial arts teams. During his stay at Lawrence College Murree, he exhibited exquisite conduct and was very good in academics
The Principal, faculty and Gallians congratulate him on his excellent achievement and wish him the best in his career ahead of him.
Regional Languages towards National Integration
Lawrence College is a hub of lingual diversity as it admits students from all four provinces, Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Jammu & Kashmir. Principal LCGG realising the driving force of languages towards national integration, as enshrined in article 28 of constitution of Pakistan, has developed a corner in the library wherein books of regional languages have been shelved.
The books contain the historical, cultural and poetical perspective and variety of regional languages. Dictionaries have also been placed there for those who intend to learn and improve their skills in the regional languages.
The number of books is as below:
- Pushto 105 books.
- Punjabi 104 books.
- Balochi 70 books.
- Sindhi 101 books.
A Guidance Session by Col. Amanat Ali
As part of the career counselling, the College administration tries to avail every opportunity where the students could receive guidance to steer their energies in the right direction in pursuit of their aims in life. In the recent years, a visible increase in the number of our students interested to join the armed forces of Pakistan has been observed. At the moment, 15 of our students are currently under training in the PMA.
Keeping this factor in view, a guidance session was held on 8th of February, 2020. The session was conducted by Lt. Col. Rao Amanat Ali. The guest speaker has the experience of serving in ISSB as psychologist. He briefed the students about the selection phases of ISSB for joining the armed forces of Pakistan.
Kashmir Solidarity Day
Lawrence College celebrated Kashmir Solidarity Day on 5th of February, 2020. On this day, we intend to convey a strong message to the world community that every passing second of the curfew clock is adding to the sufferings of Kashmiris and at the same time it is bringing them close to their destination of independence and right of self-determination.
The day started with recitation from the Holy Quran and its translation by Talha Shoaib and Muhammad Bin Kashif Mirza from Class IX. Haithem Bin Sohail from Class XII threw light upon Kashmir issue and renewed the pledge, on behalf of the students, that they would stand by their Kashmiri brethren. Mr. Ahmadyar from Pakistan Studies Department, Mrs. Zareena Yousaf from Urdu Department and Mr. Basharat Hussain (HoD Pakistan Studies Department) dilated upon the historical background of the Kashmir issue and talked about the sufferings that the Kashmiri nation is going through.
The Principal, talking to the staff and students, said, “We all have gathered here to pay tribute to all the Ghazis who contributed in their brave struggle and all the Shuhada who gave their lives for freedom of Kashmir. At the same time, we must acknowledge and honour all the Kashmiri in the Indian-held Kashmir; the men, the women, the old people and the children who continue to face the brutality and troubles so bravely. It is something that we and entire World must acknowledge and also pay attention and that is what we are here for.
The next thing is that you have heard about the historical background of the Kashmir issue and the principle, legal, moral and ethical stance of Kashmiris and Pakistanis on this issue is absolutely correct and they should always uphold this principle and right. We should never show any weakness in that. We should never waiver from our stance at any national or international forum. But having said this, I would come to something more profound and more important for all of you to think about and reflect. Every year, we observe this day through different seminars, conferences and taking out processions, etc. The point of introspection is whether doing all this is enough to help Kashmiris get freedom or we need something radically different. The fact is that no nation in the world History was presented freedom in a plate. Any nation that got freedom, they got it with their wisdom, intelligence and then their strength, and not just through lectures or conferences. We need to know that the United Nations is not a potent, fair or just organization and they would never take a stand on this issue. The curfew in Jammu and Kasmir has prolonged for six months but the OIC could not call its meeting on the issue. This is the condition of the Unity in the Muslim Ummah. Many Muslim countries have supported the American Peace Plan regarding Palestine. In our own country, the political forces are not united on the national issues including economy, international politics and our interior policies. I am saying this because we need to carry out a hard introspection to know what we actually need to do so that the international community would pay heed to what we claim about Kashmir or other issues. We need to strengthen ourselves and if we succeed in it, the whole World will listen to us. Giving example of China, he said that we need to learn wisdom and intelligence from China. They had many international territorial issues, but they did not take them up until they became world power. They focused on their progress and development until they reached a state where the world community has no choice but to agree with them. Following their strategy, we also need to progress in science, technology and other fields. That is the only way through which we can earn a position of respect for our nation in the comity of nations.”
Mr. Najam Us Saqib Hashmi Passes Away
The Principal, faculty and students of Lawrence College express their sincere condolence to the family of Mr. Najam Us Saqib Hashmi, former faculty member Senior School (1963 to 1983). Mr. Najam Us Saqib passed away on 2nd January, 2020.
During his stay at Lawrence College, he held many offices. He was Controller of Examinations, Head of Biology Department and Housemaster Jinnah House from 1979 to 1983. Mr. Najam was a talented teacher and an excellent human being. He possessed a methodical mind and was a highly disciplined person. His colleagues remember him with fond memories. May Allah grant him high rank in Jannah.