We are an Authority under the title “Punjab Daanish Schools and Centers of Excellence Authority” established by the Government of Punjab through an Act passed by the legislature. The Act clearly describes the functions of the Authority and particularly the criteria for admission which is solely based on poverty and income levels. The schools are meant only for the marginalized girls and boys of the community who need special attention by the Government. However, 10% quota has also been reserved for self-finance students.
“The Punjab Daanish Schools and Centers of Excellence Authority Act, 2010”, was passed in February, 2010. Given the commitment of the Government, the Authority is headed by the Chief Executive i.e. Chief Minister of the Province himself. It has a body of legislative members, well known educationists, members of international community, as well as related bureaucracy.
In Phase-I, the Daanish Schools have been established in the Southern Region of Punjab, where the need is greatest. Construction for the following schools started in September / December, 2009. These schools are fully functional now:
- Rahim Yar Khan (Rahim Yar Khan) (Boys & Girls)
- Hasilpur (Bahawalpur) (Boys & Girls)
- Chishtian (Bahawalnagar) (Boys & Girls)
The schools are designed for an enrolment of 550 students. These are residential schools. In the first academic year 2010-11, a student body of approximately 110 was enrolled in each school, which ultimately will reach to 550 students. In Phase – II, construction of the following Daanish Schools commenced in 2011.
These following schools are also fully operational now:
- Dera Ghazi Khan (Boys & Girls)
- Harnoli Tehsil Piplan (Mianwali) (Boys & Girls)
- Jand (Attock) (Boys & Girls)
- Fazilpur (Rajanpur) (Boys & Girls)
The Punjab Daanish Schools and Centers of Excellence Authority Act 2010, provides for unambiguous criteria for merit base selection from within the group of the “destitute, most deprived and marginalized students”. This is provided under section 9 of the Act.
Section 9 (3) states that Subject to sub-section (2), the governing body of a Daanish School shall admit the destitute, most deprived and marginalized student, if the total combined gross income of the members of the household of the student does not exceed seven thousand rupees per month, or any other amount as may be notified by the Authority and the student, in order of precedence, falls in either of the following sub-categories:-
- He is orphan having lost both of his parents and having no guardian or being taken care of by an elder sibling or a member of extended family
- He is orphan and living with his mother.
- His both parents are illiterate; the parents do not own an immoveable property and either of them is disabled.
- He has been a school dropout and his both parents are illiterate and the parents do not own any immovable property.
- His both parents are illiterate; the parents do not own any immovable property and do not have any fixed job or source of income.
- He is not resident of a town, tehsil or district headquarters and any of his parents is a semi-skilled or unskilled menial village worker, and the parents do not own any immovable property and are illiterate, and
- He is resident of a town, tehsil or district headquarters and his household resides in a katcha house.
The Schools would cater to the overall development of marginalized students with emphasis on academics, sports, physical education mixed with social/ cultural activities and community responsibility. The Schools will follow their own curriculum, designed especially to impact civic and social values and enhance creative thinking skills. Our overriding strategic intent is to use education as a lever to fight poverty and build a society based on inter-faith harmony.