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Teachers’ self concept is wrong: Dr Nasim Shaukat
Teachers’ self concept is wrong: Dr Nasim Shaukat

LAHORE: (Thursday, February 4, 2016): Punjab University Institute of Education and Research’s first director Prof Dr Nasim Shaukat has said that teachers’ self concept regarding their profession is wrong as they think that a policeman is more dignified than them. She said that Institute of Education and Research was initially set up at Lawrence Road, where now Zeenat Laboratory is situated, and was later shifted to the New Campus in 1962. She was addressing fifth ceremony of compiling oral history of Punjab University at Al-Raazi Hall here on Thursday. PU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran, Dean Faculty of Education Prof Dr Mumtaz Akhtar, Prof Dr Abid Hussain Chaudhry, Secretary ASA Dr Mahboob Hussain, Dr Naumana Amjad, Chief Librarian Haseeb Ahmed Paracha, faculty members and a large number of students were present on the occasion.

Addressing the ceremony, Prof Dr Nasim Shaukat said that female Muslim students were dealt with discrimination in schools before partition. She said that Muslim students used to obtain top positions while the Hindu teachers used to advise female Muslim students not to focus on their studies and on the contrary, Hindu teachers used to ask female Hindu students to study and secure top positions. She said that Two Nation Theory was totally based on reality as she had experienced it at that time. She said that Institute of Education and Research was founded by McDonald Lytton in 1961 when Americans launched some training programs in Pakistan. She said that in the beginning, there were no books at master’s level and students had to rely on lectures only. She said that she had to face departmental politics and she could not become professor for ten years despite she was eligible. However, she said, later she became professor and dean of the faculty. She stated that teachers could gain respect by disseminating knowledge. She said that she used to remember names of the students with some ‘identifications’ which she used to mention in the attendance register. She thanked PU VC Dr Mujahid Kamran for providing him an opportunity to share her memories.