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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Habib Public School, Golden Jubilee (2009-3)

Founded by the late Mohammedali Habib and nurtured in the formative years with much care and commitment by his nephews, Hamid D. Habib and Rashid D. Habib and other members of the Habib family, the Habib Public School, Karachi enters the Golden Jubilee year of its founding, this year.On last count some 16250 students have entered the campus of this great institution to acquire good and meaningful education. And what a campus it is! Spread over an area of over 16 acres the School has a number of buildings, the old merging with the new in complete harmony and grace to house spacious and well-furnished class-rooms, libraries, science and computer labs, auditorium, music and art rooms, project rooms, a medical clinic with a full-time doctor on duty, staff rooms and office blocks besides other facilities for the staff and the students.The School prepares the pupils both for the Matric (AKUEB) and the O-levels of the Cambridge Syndicate examination and in most years has turned out 100 percent results with majority of the students being placed in the high A1 and A grades with some achieving positions at the Board level. In O-levels achieving 6,8,10,12 and even 14 As by the pupils is now the norm . To encourage Habibians to acquire good post-school education the Habib Education Trust has embarked on an ambitious and well-structured Financial Assistance Programme so that financially deprived meritorious students are provided grant-cum-loan to enable them enter the country\'s best institutions for higher and professional education.Indeed, financial disability has never been a constraint for any student admitted to Habib Public School. Generous fee-subsidy is offered to the students and those who have unfortunately lost the earning member of the family while still in school, are virtually \'adopted\' by the School since they are required to pay only a very nominal fees thereafter.The facilities for sports of Habib Public School are envious and the hallmark of the School\'s outstanding sports record particularly in hockey, swimming, athletics and basket-ball. Two hockey fields, one cricket ground, two swimming pools (one with underwater lighting until a bomb in the \'65 war destroyed it) with filter plant and state-of-the-art change room and viewers gallery, a cricket field and now an international size Toyota Gymnasium with facilities for basket-ball, gymnastics, volley-ball and other indoor sports and a seating capacity for almost 500 spectators. No wonder the School has turned out 8 Olympians and an equal number of Hockey internationals, two Test cricketers, one of who captained his country; several First class cricketers, a sports medicine specialist who represented Pakistan in Athletics in Olympics and an impressive number of international and national athletes. Equally impressive is the list of Habibian swimmers who won the Sindh Open Swimming Championship for 14 years on the trot. Many of them have represented Sindh and Pakistan in swimming. Fourteen full and part-time sports coaches are engaged by the School to train the boys in different disciplines.In order to provide good all-round education the School has provided, in addition to active sports facilities, arrangements for band, cadet crop, PT and drill, art, music, crafts, literary clubs of English, Urdu and Sindhi, journalism, drama and dance, Islamic society etc. On the occasion of inter-house competitions, parents\' days, all-Pakistan and overseas tours and national events the students are given the opportunity of honing their skills. The School not only arranges Inter-School competitions in the institution but also participates actively in outside competitions and wins handsomely on most occasions. Project Days, Student Days, Environment Days, the Prefectorial system, morning assembly sessions are the areas where the students acquire and sharpen their leadership qualities. Habib education has been largely responsible for the alumni to acquire great success in their given vocations, be they sports or medicine, architecture or the armed forces, fine arts or performing arts, the big screen or the small screen, music or drama, economics or physics, business or banking, security or aviation, bureaucracy or politics and many more. A prominent senator, an Ambassador to the US, the founder Chief of CPLC, former COMKAR, a retired Major General, a renowned Scientist (with Pride of Performance and winner of Nuclear-Physics) Chairman of the largest automobile company, the CEO of a prominent Private-sector Bank, world\'s highest goal scorer in hockey are some of the leading lights among the Habibians at present.The faculty of Habib Public School has always included highly qualified and committed staff that perform their given tasks with rare dedication. Of the School\'s principals three names are worthy of mention-3yed Hasan Akhtar, Bilgrami and Asghar Mahdi Naqvi. Wing Commander 3) Qazi M. Saleem is the present principal of Habib Public School. The Staff Training and development programme of Habib Public School insures that the teaching staff are always in tune with the latest techniques and systems of teaching. The management of the School is in the care of a group of highly competent professionals who, as Trustees, give much of their quality time for the running and constant improvement of the systems and the infrastructure of the School. An ambitious Master Plan set in motion 2002 s still continuing to give to the Institution the best of facilities for the benefit of the scholars and the staff.On the Occasion of Golden Jubilee of Habib Public School, Pakistan Post is issuing a Commemorative Postage Stamp of Rs. 5/-denomination on March 29, 2009.