Nankana Sahib District

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Nankana Sahib
ضِلع ننكانہ صاحِب
District
Coordinates: 31°26′58″N 73°42′23″E / 31.449561°N 73.70648°E / 31.449561; 73.70648Coordinates: 31°26′58″N 73°42′23″E / 31.449561°N 73.70648°E / 31.449561; 73.70648
Country Pakistan
Province Punjab
Capital Nankana Sahib
Established May 2005
Headquarters Nankana Sahib
Area
 • Total 2,960 km2 (1,140 sq mi)
Population (2017)[1]
 • Total 1,356,374
 • Density 460/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+5 (PST)
Tehsils Nankana Sahib
Sangla Hill
Shah Kot

Nankana Sahib District (Punjabi and Urdu: ضِلع ننكانہ صاحِب‎) is a district in the Punjab province of Pakistan. Nankana Sahib is the seat of the district government, and Shahkot is the largest urban center. The district of Nankana Sahib is located about 75 kilometres (47 mi) west of Lahore and about 55 kilometres (34 mi) east of Faisalabad.

According to the 1998 census results, the most widely spoken first language[2] in the Nankana Sahib Tehsil was Punjabi, accounting for 98.6% of the population, while Urdu was the native language of 0.41%.[3] According 2017 census, total district population is 1,356,774 of which 1,110,321 residing in rural area and 246,053 in urban area.

Administration[edit]

The area around Nankana Sahib was formerly a tehsil of Sheikhupura District. In May 2005, the Punjab government decided to raise the status of Nankana Sahib to that of a district[4] as a way of promoting development in the area, and investment from Indian Sikhs.[citation needed]

Education[edit]

District Nankana Sahib is ranked at the 26th position in the education score index of the Pakistan District Education Rankings 2017 published by Alif Ailaan. The education score is composed of the learning score, retention score and gender parity score.

In the middle school infrastructure score index, which focuses on availability of basic facilities and the building condition of schools, Nankana Sahib ranks 51st.The facilities of electricity and drinking water in schools remain very good in the district with a 100% score. However, the building conditions are below average with a score of 45.07.

On the TaleemDo! App, majority residents of several areas within Nankana Sahib have complained about shortage of teachers available for schools and there is no access of transport available to schools located at larger distances.This issue is reported by a majority of female students.

District development[edit]

The possibility of the development of a university, named after Guru Nanak, has been raised.[5]

The Punjab government decided to link Nankana Sahib District with the provincial capital, Lahore. With these plans the Punjab government is completing "Khanqah Dogran Interchange" (on the M-2) very swiftly, which is a helpful project to develop the newly created District of Nankana Sahib. This will also give access to the Grand Trunk Road, which leads to the Indian Punjab from the Wagah border. Nankana Sahib-Amritsar bus was inaugurated by Ex-Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "DISTRICT WISE CENSUS RESULTS CENSUS 2017" (PDF). www.pbscensus.gov.pk. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-08-29.
  2. ^ "Mother tongue": defined as the language of communication between parents and children.
  3. ^ 1998 District Census report of Sheikhupura. Census publication. 79. Islamabad: Population Census Organization, Statistics Division, Government of Pakistan. 2000. pp. 105–6.
  4. ^ District Profile: Central Punjab- Nankana Sahib - Dawn Pakistan
  5. ^ "Pak govt to start work on Guru Nanak varsity at Nankana Sahib". Indian Express. 2009-11-20. Retrieved 2013-02-18.
  6. ^ "Department of Transport, Punjab, India". Punjabroadways.gov.in. Retrieved 2013-02-18.