A new government arts education college for girls in Lahore has gone into a “critical” state after its founder died.
The college is run by the National Board of Education (NBEC) and is currently struggling with the high number of female students enrolled in the programme.
The National Board says there are currently around 30,000 women in the program, with around 10,000 enrolled.
The school has been set up in Lahores primary school to provide education to the girls of the state.
But the founder of the college, Haseeb Khan, died in June last year.
His death has led to a major restructuring of the school’s curriculum.
Haseeb died of cardiac arrest while attending a public event at the school, a source at the university told The Express Tribune.
The NBI says the college’s director, a retired police officer, is in a critical condition and the institute is working with the authorities to ensure the wellbeing of the director.
According to the NBI, the school is now the “only female-run public educational institution in the province” with around 35% of its students being women.
It has set up a women-only board to help address gender-specific issues, including issues such as gender-based violence, harassment and abuse.NBI Director, Dr Qazi Ashraf Khan, said the institution’s board was formed after a lot of pressure from the community and the government.
Dr Khan told The Daily Star newspaper that the school will also be open for women only on Fridays from June 1 to October 31.
The board has appointed three female chairs, a female administrator and an assistant professor to work on gender-related issues.
He said the school has also set up special committees for women and their rights and is trying to develop an awareness campaign for girls.
He also said that the NBP is working on a women’s education curriculum for girls that will help them improve their English language skills and improve their confidence.
“We will try to develop a female-centric curriculum for all girls in the college to give them a good learning environment,” Dr Khan said.
The head of the NBEC said the board will have an “urgent meeting” on Monday to discuss the situation.
The NBEC, which has also launched an awareness and empowerment campaign, is also in the process of recruiting an additional 10 women to join the institution.
The national board said it was working on revamping the curriculum to make it gender-neutral and ensure that it does not become a breeding ground for gender-biased practices.
The Board is also working on setting up a mentoring scheme for women students in the institution and on ensuring they have an inclusive environment.