CHARACTERISTICS OF THE TRUST
Brief History of the Institution
The schools & college working under the trust are situated on Walton rd and cater for the needs of the local community. People of Walton area belong to lower middle or lower class. The average income of a family in Walton is Rs10000 per month. Qurban girls’ school was established in 1980 to educate the girls of the area. The school started with two teachers and about thirty pupils. Within a year the school attracted 300 pupils and the teachers kept on increasing. The school was registered with the board of intermediate and secondary education in 1982.
In 1990 due to the popular demand of the residents of Walton the school was raised to college level and was called ‘Qurban girls higher secondary school’. A new Principal was appointed for the college section and a new building was constructed for them. The popularity of the school due to its results increased and in 1992 the school had to be separated into a junior and a senior school. The college started teaching degree classes and was given the status of ‘Qurban Degree College’ by the Punjab University. The junior school used to cater for the boys up till class 5th and then they had to look for other alternatives. The parents always insisted on the management to open up a boys’ school. Due to lack of space and insistence of parents a secondary school was set up which became so popular that the trust had to buy some land at the back and ‘Qurban boys school ‘came into existence, which was registered with board of intermediate and secondary education in 2001.
The trust has successfully opened a junior English medium branch in which Modern British Education system in context with Islamic culture has been introduced and is now successfully providing excellent education.
Mr Qurban Ali worked in England for 18 years and set up a Trust in 1993 with his own assets calling it ‘Qurban & Surraya Educational Trust’ and was declared Waqful Allah which means that there are no beneficiaries and all income will be spent on Educational purposes and establishing new schools. The schools and the college have been put under the management of the trust and all income goes into the trust account and is spent according to the trust rules.
The trust has set up a fund and all orphans and needy not only get free education but are given free books and uniform as well. Scholarship is awarded to pupils who top the class.
A governing body was set up to help manage the trust. One member from each section of the schools and college and four external community representatives are members of the governing body. The governors decide the important matters like schedules of curricular and extracurricular activities, dismissal of pupils and staff (in case of misconduct and incompetency), pay scale, and rules and regulations of the schools and college. After the launch of QS learning, QS training has been launched in London in 2016. It has been providing workshops for training purposes free of cost but now plans for income are being formalized.
Qurban and Surraya Educational Trust
A small girls school, which started in 1980, today boasts of a full fledge institution. The Trust has the following programmes:
- Qurban Girls Higher Secondary School – Senior Section
- Qurban Junior School
- Qurban English Medium School
- Qurban Boys High School.
- Qurban Degree College for Women.
This progress was gradual and over the years the school slowly and steadily built its reputation and also expanded to accommodate more students and classes. Mrs. Surraya Qurban volunteered herself to look after the school in the capacity of administrator and both husband and wife made it their mission to turn the school into one of the best in the neighborhood. His uncle Mr. Farzand Ali and his daughter were also among the earliest staff members who offered their services for the cause.
The school started with this section and only four rooms were available for classes. The staff was scarce and everybody shared multiple responsibilities. Mr. Qurban was accountant, teacher and principal simultaneously. After one year the enrolment crossed 300 students and the school got itself registered with the education board. Home economics classes were also started for girls and stitching and embroidery were main subjects. Rules and regulations for the staff were developed and the teachers started getting increments on their salaries. Mr. Qurban used to meet every teacher in person and talk about his/her strengths and weaknesses and the ways to bring improvements in their teaching methods. As the resources were meager in the beginning, Mr. Qurban even brought his home furniture to the school but gradually things started getting better. Infrastructure was also improved by expanding the school from one storey to double storey and then purchasing adjacent houses further expanded it. Mr. Qurban was very determined to bring the girls into school and for that purpose he personally met with parents and convinced them to send their daughters to school. It was difficult in the beginning but gradually parents started sending their daughters and the school became prominent because of female education.
Junior Section & English Medium
In 1994, classes from nursery to fourth grade were separated from senior section and a separate headmistress was appointed to run the affairs of junior section. The reason for separating the section was obvious and all the more necessary. Because of senior students getting more attention like having zero period and summer classes, the junior classes were being ignored and small kids used to get little attention. It was realized that they needed more attention than senior students. After separating from seniors, small children began to show greater improvement. Separate library and science lab was built for them so that they could learn latest and updated techniques. In the year 2000 another step was taken and the school started its English medium section to provide their student an opportunity to learn English from early classes. This section is now providing English education from nursery to 10th grade.
Qurban Boys School
Till 1998, boys could only get education up to 5th grade and the rest was only for girls. In 1998 however it was felt that the stress to teach girls had resulted in ignorance towards boys so the management decided to build a separate boys section because there was no concept of mix education beyond 5th grade. Mr. Qurban was well aware about the social set up and was very particular not to indulge in any controversy that could hamper the well-built reputation of school. The separate boys section was started and gradually progressed towards 10th grade. Because of the shortage of classes, they used to have evening classes as well but later on the Trust purchased another one of the adjacent houses and totally separated the boys high school.
Qurban Degree College for Women
School was progressing towards prosperity and the parents had finally realized that girl’s education is as good as boys and so they started pressurizing the management to open op higher secondary classes for the girls. The ever-eager management responded positively and as early as in 1990 the school started its higher secondary classes. The response was overwhelming and within no time they started a full fledge Degree College with all graduate subjects. They applied for an affiliation with the university and after appointing a separate principal for the college they were awarded an affiliation with the Punjab University in the year 2000. The college has now started classes for the Master’s degree in English, Islamic Studies, Urdu and Economics. They are now planning to have computer specialization classes. The college now has a library, science and computer lab, their own magazine, stationary shop and cafeteria.