Sadiq Public School
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|Sadiq Public School|
|Bahawalpur, Punjab, Pakistan|
|Motto||"Do The Right, Fear No Man"|
|Founded||March 04, 1953|
|Area||451 acres (1,830,000 m2)|
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.
When Pakistan came into being, there were only two public schools in the country namely the Aitchison College, Lahore and the Lawrence College, Ghora Ghali, Murree. The people of Baluchistan, Sind and Southern Punjab sent their children considerable distances to attend those schools.
Army Chief M.Abdullah and Chief Minister of Bahawalpur State saw the need for an institution which would provide the same quality of educational opportunities to the people of the Southern Punjab.
In order to accomplish this project, the Ameer of Bahawalpur State, Sadeq Mohammad Khan V allocated a sum of rupees one million and nine hundred thousand for the construction of the buildings. In addition, 2,050 acres (8.3 km2) of land was given by the nawab at a token price. The site was transformed into a spacious campus of lawns and playing fields, in the midst of which rose nine buildings ready for use. The school started its operations on January 18, 1954 when Sadeq Mohammad Khan V, inaugurated it.
Makhdoomzada Syed Hassan Mahmood, the then Chief Minister of Bahawalpur State was the main force behind the completion of this project which was completed in less than a year. The first batches of 'O' Level, Matriculation and Intermediate classes appeared in 1957, 1958, 1966 respectively.This school is rated 5 star hostel and school byge University Sadiq Public School is one of the only two schools of Pakistan which are the members of The Headmasters' and Headmistresses Conference (HMC)
Organization and curriculum
Pupils in each school are divided into houses. Houses promote inter-house competitions and mentorship opportunities.
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).
- 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)
At the start the school had 37 children and seven teachers. Mr. 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. On his retirement, Mr. 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 charge 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. Maj. (R) Syed Munir Ahmad, an Old Sadiqian, took the charge as 6th Principal of Sadiq Public School Bahawalpur on Nov, 2007, after the departure of Prof. Mohammad Asif Malik to Chand Bagh School Muridke as a Principal.
Major (R) Syed Munir Ahmad had served in Shell Pakistan Limited as Country Manager before taking the office of Principal Sadiq Public School. He was the first Principal of Sadiq Public School who was also an old Sadiqian (left school in 1966). He was a Member of the Executive Committee OSA (Old Sadiqians Association) Islamabad.
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. He had served in many public schools including Aitchison College Lahore. Before taking charge of Principal Sadiq Public School Bahawalpur he was Principal at Divisional Model College Faisalabad and Divisional Public School Faisalabad. Early in his tenure, the then Governor of Punjab (and president Board of Governors) Makhdoom Ahmad Mehmud wanted to make the school an elite-exclusive institution and so asked the principal to raise tuition fees by 140%. Prof.Dr.Saleem Raza Chaudhry resisted this move and was hence removed from office when he was not in Pakistan.Eventually High Court Bahawalpur put the decision in the favour of Prof.Dr.Saleem Raza Chaudhry, but being under pressure from the Board of Governors and having developed friction with influential Old Sadiqians, he came back to Pakistan and resigned. He was popular within the parents and students because of his personality and specially because he took stand on the fee increase issue in front of the Governor Punjab Makhdoom Ahmed Mehmud.Huge strikes were done against Governor Punjab Makhdoom Ahmad Mehmud by Sadiqians.Most of the parents and Old Sadiqians wanted Prof.Dr.Saleem Raza Chaudhry back in Sadiq as Principal but he left Sadiq immediately after his resignation.
Prof.Abdullah Shah, who at the time was serving as Vice Principal of Sadiq, was appointed Interim-Principal. Unfortunately the school went through a difficult period during his supervision as he gained disapproval with parents because of the decision of fee increase (although this was reversed in a lawsuit filed by the parents) and there were several reports of conflicts with faculty and staff members. Allegedly due to political reasons, several office holding staff members were swapped or replaced. The school faced a crisis of mismanagement and degrading academic performance and unfortunately he was replaced soon as well.
Prof. Nauman Ahmed Qureshi took charge as the 8th principal of Sadiq in July 2014. He too is an old Sadiqian and a former teacher of the school too.
As of January 18, 2004, some 30 old-students of the School were sitting in the Senate, National and Provincial Assemblies.
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.
In 2003 one of its students won the first prize in the English Essay Writing Competition organized by the Royal Commonwealth Society, London. Another student got the best result in A Level examination in Asia. Old students have joined the Armed Forces of Pakistan. Old-Sadiqians made contributions during the Indo-Pakistan wars. Former students embraced shahadat. Lt. Hussain Jamshed and, 2/Lt. Khalid Karak were decorated posthumously with Sitara-i-Jurrat and 2/Lt. Farooq Afzal with Tamgha-i-Jurrat. (Statistics as of January 2004). Moreover, a few older students have also been awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship by the United States Department of State for their Master's and Doctorates from various American universities. Students of Sadiq have recently conducted the first ever International Model United Nations Conference in the region. The Sadiq MUN is the largest MUN Conference in South Punjab and is run entirely by a student organization. With its inception in 2014, Mohkum Awaisi, Haider Javed and then Sakhir Ali turning a small local event into a full scale international one. The motto for Sadiq MUN represents Sadiq's contributions to the country, namely: Statesmen. Politicians. Diplomats. Our students have been winning laurels in debates, recently a team trophy was won by Sadiq at Aitchison College in All Pakistan Bilingual Declamation Contest.
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
An IT Centre has been established adjacent to the senior school academic block. Labs are equipped with computer workstations.
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.
The Hospital at Sadiq is fully equipped with modern machinery and with an Ambulance with 24 hours services.
- Boarding Houses
- Science Labs
- IT (Information Technology) Center
- Audio visual aids
- Electronic Lab
- Dramatics Societies (English/Urdu)
- Debating Societies (English/Urdu)
- Model United Nations Society
- Swimming pools
- Squash courts
- Tennis courts
- Badminton courts
- Basketball courts
- Volleyball courts
- Horse Riding Club
- Cricket Club
- Hockey Club
- Football Club
- Athletics and Gymnastics Club
- Sports fields
- Coaches for all sports
- Guest houses for parents/wards
- Hospital (with ambulance service)
- Canteen, general store, tailor shops, shoe store, barber shop, Post Office, ice-cream/drinks parlor, bakery, fruit shop
- Telephone exchange (EPABX)
- Moazzam Jah Ansari, PSP, QPM, UNPM, NSC, Inspector General of Frontier Constabulary
- Haji Muhammmed Aslam Khan Khichi
- Makhdoom Shahabuddin
- Muhammad Mian Soomro, former President, Prime Minister and Chairman of Senate of Pakistan and former Governor of Sindh
- Jehangir Khan Tareen, former Federal Minister for Industries and Production
- Zaka Ashraf, former Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board
- Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury, Former Minister, Bangladesh
- Siddiq Khan Kanju, former Minister of State for Foreign Affairs (Pakistan)
- Syed Ali Raza, Former Chairman & President National Bank of Pakistan
- Ishaq Khan Khakwani, former State Minister for Railways
- Waqar Younis, former captain Pakistan Cricket Team
- Makhdoom Altaf Ahmed Hashmi Late, Former Senior Minister Provincial Assembly of the Punjab
- Jafar Khalid, Chief Technology & Information Officer at Ufone
- Divisional Public School Faisalabad
- Chand Bagh School Muridke
- Aitchison College
- Divisional Model College
- Lawrence College Ghora Gali
- Cadet College Hasanabdal
- 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.
- History and making
- Headmasters Conference
- Kashif Zafar (12 April 2013). "Parents protest 140% raise in fees". Tribune Pakistan. Retrieved 22 April 2015.
- "Sadiq Public School principal reinstated". Dawn News. 2 June 2013. Retrieved 22 April 2015.
- "Sadiq Official News Bulletin Issue 01" (PDF). Sadiq Public School Official. p. 6.
- "Sadiq News Bulletin Issue 04" (PDF). Sadiq Public School Official Website. p. 6.
- SPS official website
- Official Sadiqians' page at Facebook
- Alumni portal
- Article in Dawn
- Notable alumni
- SPS commemorative postage stamp