Convention 2012 will be held
Cadet College Petaro
2-4 March 2012
All Petarians are
welcome to participate
Excellence in Education – How can Petarians Contribute?
Ever since our first Petarian Convention in 2004 which was a
thumping success, Petarians have come a long way by participating
in welfare, education, healthcare, poverty alleviation and
disaster relief programs. Our focus has been Petaro and Petarians
as envisioned, but our contribution towards working for Pakistan
in general has been truly satisfying. As stressed in the first
convention, we are indeed “Petarians for Pakistan”.
The 2012 convention is also expected to be a landmark mega event.
It will bring Petarians together and allow us to contemplate on a
very important subject – “Excellence in Education” – along
with various facets related to education at different levels.
This occasion will also allow us to go back to our alma mater to
spend a couple of nights and days for the sake of old times. But
more importantly, it will give us another opportunity to reflect
on how we as Petarians can contribute towards education in
Pakistan – which is lagging behind the rest of the world. It is of
utmost importance that we “Petarians for Pakistan” must put our
best foot forward to bring about a revolution in education in our
Over these decades, Pakistan has been left far behind in the field
of education. Our systems of education are archaic – based on rote
memorization. Our higher education is without innovation and has
no linkage to real life situations. There is very little research
and development and Pakistanis have little contribution towards
development of new ideas, concepts, thoughts, and inventions. Our
universities are not even ranked on the world scene, and most of
our degrees have no recognition. Our educationists are based on
tuition classes, and our curricula belong to the dark ages. And
then we have the dual education system of the schools and
madrassahs which has led to social, economic, political and
security problems in this country.
All the advanced countries of the world are exploiting the fruits
of technological development. On the other hand, in Pakistan
either we lack the skills or our infrastructure limitations
inhibit us from exploiting our minds and our efforts for the sake
of innovations in technology, science and humanities.
In recent years, there have been some good initiatives by the
Higher Education Commission as well as NGOs that are involved in
the field of education. Amongst the Petarians, the Petarian
Foundation has done some work by contributing towards the
development of 2 schools at Petaro, one at Sarbuland Village in
Bagh, AJK and floating the idea of a world class technical
Looking back, as a nation we have continued to endure troubled
times. The leadership gap was evident which was compounded by
onslaught of natural disasters like the 2005 earthquake, 2009
Atta-Abad lake disaster, 2010 floods affecting riverside areas all
over Pakistan and 2011 flash floods devastating Sindh province.
The socio-political situation of the country, power crises,
ill-managed disaster relief and recovery efforts have yet again
highlighted the need to rectify and improve the education and
literacy needs our nation. This will lead to empowerment of the
ordinary Pakistani to understand, plan and take action for
individual, community and national needs. The Higher Education
Commission of Pakistan recognises 132 institutions of which 73 are
public universities and 59 are private. 127 universities in total
are fully functional though. Out of these 127 “functional”
universities, only two are ranked almost at the bottom of “world
class institutes”. The others don’t even figure in any list. There
is not a single Pakistani institute in the top 100 list.
Many of our problems emanate from the fact that our literacy rate
is very low and we do not have proper education or skill set to be
able to take our country forward.
We Petarians are proud to be Pakistanis first. It is thus an
obligation on us to feel obligated to contribute towards a
resolution of this shortcoming. We need to take up the challenge
of building a highly educated, enlightened, developed society like
other advanced nations by creating “Excellence in Education”,
which is the theme of this convention.
Petarian Convention HQ
M-02 Mezzanine Floor,
3-C Rahat Commercial Lane #1,
Phase VI, DHA, Karachi 75500
Tel: +(92-21) 3534-8833
delegates arrive on Friday, March 02, 2012 latest by Dinnertime.
Upon arrival, the reception desk will complete their initial
formalities and provide detailed programme for the following 2 days.
We suggest arriving before sunset.
Friday, 2nd March:
Arrive and register at CCP latest before dinner
Dinner followed by a Keynote addresses by a prominent Petarian
Classical Pakistani Movie after dinner
stay at Houses or stadium hall
Practice march past for those who have forgotten how to dig their
heels and keep step after midnight
Saturday, 3rd March:
Riding / PT / shooting
past & Assembly by delegates in uniform
to 11am - 1st session: four presentations of 20 minutes each and
40 minutes for discussion
11-11:15am - Tea break
11:15am to 1:15pm - 2nd session: four presentations of 20 minutes
each and 40 minutes for discussion
1:30-2:30pm - Lunch
3:00-5:00pm Football, cricket, hockey, squash matches / Extra
Drill for smokers
6:00-8:00pm - 3rd session: “Reminiscences of Petaro Days” - Each
participant from the floor will be given 3-5 minutes to speak
8:30pm - Dinner followed by Keynote Speech and distribution of
program - an all-Petarian show - Petarian performers.
Sunday, 4th March:
Riding / PT / shooting
to 11am - 4th session: Parallel workshops on different subjects
like education, healthcare, infrastructure development, etc.
11-11:15am - Tea break
11:15am to 1:15pm - Final session: Presentations by Workshop
coordinators to finalize proposals, resolutions, action plans and
the “Petaro Declaration 2012”
1:30-2:30pm - Lunch followed by Keynote Speech and Gift to CCP by
your bags and leave [only those who were awarded further Extra
Drill or Caning for nefarious activities may stay back until the
Registration Fee : PKR 4,500/- only.
This Fee Includes lodging (2 nights), food (6 meals & 4 teas) at
Petaro, Souvenir magazine, Convention tie, tips for bearers, bus
shuttle service from Karachi and Hyderabad to Petaro and back,
hosting cost of our teachers to attend, musical function, banners,
signage, and all other costs.
Donation for Education:
A practical outcome of this convention would be donation to
complete the A.M. Nizamani School at Petaro. Our target is Rs.
10 million. Please donate generously and earn blessings.
Guests of Honour:
Our teachers over the past 54 years will be our “guests of
honour”. Their cost for transport, etc is included in the
registration fees paid by ex-cadets.
Each delegate will be provided with special CCP Convention Tie
as part of Registration package. Please bring a white shirt
and black trousers, black shoes or boots. For evening dinners, you
may bring a blazer along. This will be the formal uniform
throughout the convention.
You will be provided a bed in one of the dormitories with a towel.
Toothpaste, soap will be available in the bathrooms. Boot polish
will be available.
Food will be served in the Mess. Seating will be according to your
house (for all). Senior teachers will be seated at heads of each
table to ensure discipline.
We will arrange buses and car pools from Karachi/Hyderabad to
Petaro as a part of the registration cost. Please check timings on
all arrangements with Convention Secretariat.
On this occasion, we will publish a Souvenir with details of all
delegates. Please furnish your details to be published along with
your photo. The “Directory of Petarians 2012” and “Encyclopaedia
of Petarians” will also be available for purchase during the
Shields and Souvenirs:
A convention shield with your name on it will be available for
purchase if required. Other CCP souvenir items like car stickers,
coat pins, T-shirts, college uniform, mugs, etc will be available
We welcome major and minor sponsors for this event. Sponsors will
have their names on banners and in publications. They will also be
allowed to set up stalls to display their products and services.
Please contact the Convention Secretariat for details.
Donation for Education:
An important aspect of this Convention will be the “Donation for
Education” on behalf of all the delegates. Our target is to raise
Rs. 10 million to complete the A.M. Nizamani TCF Secondary School
You may bring your own cameras. But we will also arrange for
professional photography (still and video) which will be posted on
our website and Youtube for downloading. So don’t waste your time
shooting photos during sessions if you can avoid it.
Topics - Sessions and Workshops:
Petarians and Empowerment
Petaro and Petarians over 54 years – where do we stand
Education – our heritage
of education in bringing political and social change – the birth
Syed, Allama Iqbal, Quaid-e-Azam and Education
Status of primary and secondary education in Pakistan
Status of higher education in Pakistan
Education and Good Governance
Education and Nation Building
Education and development of values
of education in eliminating ethnic and sectarian rife
Education and Rebuilding national trust and self-respect
Education and development of tolerance in society
Educational systems of the future
Research oriented and innovative Higher Education
based education to build character and humanity
Building world class universities in Pakistan
Proliferation of mass education up to High School
Vocational Training and grooming Teachers
Fields of education – workshops
Telecommunications and IT
Urban development, housing, water and utilities for all
Communications (roads, airports, ports), Water and Power (Dams,
Desalination, Generation, Transmission)
Religion, ethics, social sciences, humanities
Engineering for industry