Sadiq Public School

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Sadiq Public School
Sadiq public school logo.jpg
Location

Pakistan
CoordinatesCoordinates: 29°22′34″N 71°39′25″E / 29.3761°N 71.6570°E / 29.3761; 71.6570
Information
MottoDo the right, fear no man
EstablishedMarch 04, 1953
FounderNawab of Bahawalpur, Sir Sadiq Muhammad Khan Abbasi V
Sister schoolAitchison College Lahore
PrincipalPeter Stevenson Giddens
Area451 acres (1,830,000 m2)
Student Union/AssociationOld Sadiqian's Association
Websitesadiqpublicschool.com

The Sadiq Public School (SPS) is a college-preparatory boarding school located in Bahawalpur, Punjab, Pakistan. It also takes day pupils. It is one of the largest schools in Pakistan and its area of 451 acres (1.83 km2) makes it both the largest in the country and in continental Asia.

The curriculum includes education from KG[1] to O-level and A-level as well as local board Matriculation/Intermediate. The school has over 1400 boys and 600 girls supported by a staff of about 135.

The foundation stone of the school was laid by Nawab Sadeq Mohammad Khan V on 4 March 1953 and the school started functioning on 18 January 1954.[2]

Organization and curriculum[edit]

Pupils in each school are divided into houses. Houses promote inter-house competitions and mentorship opportunities.

The Senior school offer four types of diplomas/certifications. One branch is School Certificate/O-level (for grades 9–10) and the Higher Secondary School Certificate/A-level (for grades 11–12).

The other two types are Secondary School Certificate or Matriculation (for grades 9–10) and Higher Secondary School Certificate or Intermediate (for grades 11–12).

List of houses[edit]

  • Kamal Pasha House-East Wing - Nursery to Grade 2 - (Junior School)
  • Kamal Pasha House-West Wing - Grades 3 to 5 - (Junior School)
  • Alamgir House-North & South Wings - Grades 6 to 8 - (Preparatory School)
  • Salahuddin House - Senior School Girls all grades 0–12 - (Senior School)
  • Mehmood House - Grades 9,10,11 & 12 - (Senior School)
  • Abbas House - Grades 9,10,11 & 12 - (Senior school)
  • Babar House - Grades KO1 to 5 - (Junior School)
  • Khalid House - Grades K01 to 5 - (Junior School)

Farid house - Grades 6,7,8 - ( preparatory school) Shehbaz House - Gardes 6,7,8 - ( preparatory school) Iqbal house - Grades 9,10,11 and 12 - (Senior School) Jinnah House - Grades 9,10,11 and 12 - (Senior House)

Principals[edit]

At the start the school had 37 children and seven teachers. Khan Anwar Sikandar Khan was Principal for over 18 years. For his services in the field of education he was decorated with Sitara-i-Khidmat.[citation needed] On his retirement, Abu Zafar Haneef who was the vice-principal took over, in March 1972.

The next two principals were Col (Retd) Zahoor ul Haq from 1977 to 1990 and Sqn Ldr. (Retd.) Agha Khalil Ahmad from 1990 to 2001.

Prof. Mohammad Asif Malik took over as Principal in September 2002. He is a recipient of the President's Award of Pride of Performance for services in the field of education.[citation needed]

Maj. (R) Syed Munir Ahmad, an Old Sadiqian, took the charge as 6th Principal of Sadiq Public School Bahawalpur in November 2007, after the departure of Prof. Mohammad Asif Malik. He was the first Principal of Sadiq Public School who was also an old Sadiqian (left school in 1966).

Prof. Dr.Saleem Raza Chaudhry took charge as 7th Principal of Sadiq Public School on the orders of Governor Punjab Sardar Latif Khosa in August 2012.

Prof. Abdullah Shah, who at the time was serving as vice-principal of Sadiq, was appointed interim-principal. The school went through a difficult period during his supervision because of the decision to increase fees (this was reversed in a lawsuit filed by parents) and there were reports of conflicts with faculty and staff members. Allegedly due to political reasons, several office holding staff members were swapped or replaced.[3][4]

Prof. Nauman Ahmed Qureshi took charge as the 8th principal of Sadiq in July 2014.

In June 2017, Mian Muhammad Ahmed, the sitting vice-principal of the School, took charge as the acting principal.

In May 2019, Governor of Pujab, Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar commissioned Peter Giddens, a New Zealander, as the principal of the institute.[citation needed]

Girls Section[edit]

The new campus was completed in 2004 and classes commenced in October, the same year. Separate boarding houses have been built for girls. In 2006 Salahuddin House (SDH) was converted into a hostel for girls.

Information Technology Center[edit]

An IT Centre has been established adjacent to the senior school academic block. Labs are equipped with computer workstations.

Administration[edit]

Al-Maktoum Library

Administratively, the school is governed by a Board of Governors with the Governor of the Punjab as its president. District Co-ordination Officer, Bahawalpur and Principal of the school are members of the board along with the GOC 35th Division, Bahawalpur. Six to eight Old-Sadiqians sit as members of the Board for a period of three years. The day-to-day administration is entrusted to the Principal, managed by the executive committee with the General Officer Commanding 35 Division as its chairman.

Hospital[edit]

The hospital at Sadiq is fully equipped with modern machinery and with an Ambulance with 24 hours services.

Facilities[edit]

Cricket pavilion
  • Education
    • Boarding Houses
    • Science Labs
    • IT (Information Technology) Center
    • Audio visual aids
    • Electronic Lab
    • Libraries
    • Amphitheater
  • Sports
    • Swimming pools
    • Squash courts
    • Tennis courts
    • Badminton courts
    • Basketball courts
    • Volleyball courts
    • Gymnasium
    • Sports fields
  • General
    • Guest houses for parents/wards
    • Mosque
    • Hospital (with ambulance service)
    • Canteen, general store, tailor shops, shoe store, Post Office, ice-cream/drinks parlor, bakery, fruit shop
    • Telephone exchange (EPABX)
    • Auditorium

Notable alumni[edit]

Golden jubilee insigna sadiq.jpg

As of January 18, 2004, some 30 old-students of the School were sitting in the Senate, National and Provincial Assemblies.[citation needed]

SADIQ has provided sitting Chairman of the Senate, Gen. Mateen Ahmed (Tamgh-e-Jurat, Medal of Honour) Chief Minister of Sindh, Federal and Provincial ministers, two serving Lieutenant Generals, four serving ambassadors, bureaucrats, industrialists, scientists and two former national cricket team captains namely Rameez Raja and Waqar Younis.[citation needed]

Notable alumni include: &Imran Khan, Prime Minister of Pakistan

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-07-04. Retrieved 2018-07-04.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Mohsin, Baqaul; M Afzaal, Hameed (2013-05-25). "Nawab Sadiq Muhammad Khan V, A great reformer and Mohsin-e-Pakistan". The Nation. Retrieved 2018-04-24. In his efforts for the dissemination of education he readily spent the resources of the state and launched a number of educational institutions all over the state including the exclusive Sadiq Public School, Bahawalpur and when the first college of Bahawalpur, Sadiq Egerton College was founded, the college education was being provided only in Lahore and Delhi.
  3. ^ "Sadiq Official News Bulletin Issue 01" (PDF). Sadiq Public School Official. p. 6.
  4. ^ "Sadiq News Bulletin Issue 04" (PDF). Sadiq Public School Official Website. p. 6.

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