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Quaid College Network (1995):

 

              In present arena of knowledge explosion, technological advancement and creative research, a nation can only survive and pace with the ever-happening cataclysms if it possesses disciplined, outclass and cultured human capital. The vitality, vigor and scholarship of a country depends on the strengths of a goal driven policy framework, visionary leadership and a diffused use of economic and technological tools.

              Quaid College has been established with the prime objective of “nation building through human & economic development”. The College stands firm on its pedestal “Discipline, Skills, Leadership” and aims at challenging the untapped potential of youth by providing them academic and professional knowledge. Quaid College is registered with City District Government Lahore, Government of the Punjab and Government of Pakistan. It is also affiliated with five examining bodies i.e Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education Lahore, Punjab Board of Technical Education, University of the Punjab, COMSATS Virtual Campus, Skills Development Council and Virtual University of Pakistan.

              The institutional philosophy of college is based on independence of learning and creative research. For this the College offers the youth a harmonious combination of academic and co-curricular activities resulting in a concrete intellectual development and real life professional grooming.

              Currently Quaid College has three city campuses strategically located in the less privileged areas of Northern, Central and Southern Lahore providing quality education to deprived communities at their door step. North Campus (Garhi Shahu) was established in 1995, South Campus (Multan Road) was established in 2007 and Central Campus (Wahdat Road) has been launched in 2010. All campuses work independently with close academic coordination, research facilitation and technical collaboration of Indus Foundation.

              At Quaid College young people undergo intensive support and training activities that ensure a responsible citizenship in different fields of life and broader professional exposure. Apart from its city campuses Quaid College has also established its summer/winter campuses called Learning Spheres at strategic locations of Kallar Kahar at Salt Range, Pares at Naraan Valley and Mojgarh at Cholistan Desert.

               For Human Development activities it is monitored by Indus Foundation. For youth development it hosted the provincial headquarters of the International Award Association for Young People (UK) for ten years and for Environmental Education is associated with OzGREEN Australia. Students get numerous opportunities to volunteer in their field of interest as the College is associated with IFRC, Boy Scouts Association, Girl Guides Association and Institute of Heritage Education Pakistan, WWF-Pakistan, DOVE and UN Youth.

 

Indus School of Nature and Development (2008):


Indus School of Nature and Development (ISND) is a multifaceted academic and research institution that aims to investigate on new frontiers of nature study and sustainable development by using outdoor education, sports and physical recreation, organic farming, resource conservation and promoting sustainable living patterns as action oriented tools.  

Based on the philosophy of “ecological living” and fundamental principles of “responsibility, leadership, sustainability” ISND has taken up different “pursuits for living planet”. This includes “young leadership development program”, “green teacher initiative”, “peace initiative”, green trekking, nature study camps, grand learning expeditions and sustainable development education. The School also organizes capacity building and research activities for academia, corporate sector, civic society organizations and public sector institutions. Following are the operational components of Indus School:

A.        Sustainable Development Education

          In 1st phase the School is offering training courses for youth and age from academia, corporate sector, development sector, civic society organizations, public sector institutions and local community. Learning opportunities are offered in different formats including Outdoor Training Workshops, Learning Expeditions, Nature Camps, Wilderness Skills Training, Ecological Pursuits, Historical & Heritage Explorations and Environmental Cleanup Expeditions. Mine Study Visit, Conservation Workshops, Forestry & Plantation Initiatives, Floating Camps for Water Studies and Bird/animal Watching Trips are also part of the educational and training activities. 

In 2nd phase educational and research programs will be offered to students, professionals and researchers. For this purpose the School has forged partnerships with leading youth organizations, educational and research institutions of public and private sector.  

          B.        Sports and Physical Recreation

          In sports and physical recreation component Indus School offers Fishing, Boating, Camping, Trekking, Rafting, Swimming, Horse/Camel Riding and Mountain Biking activities and competitions.

C.        Ecological Farming and Social Forestry

          Due to ever increasing shortage of food grains and continuously decreasing quality of food stuff, need of organic farming is growing fast. Green cover of Pakistan is also terribly high providing basis for climate change. Apart from its agricultural research and social forestry activities Indus School will grow different barani crops, medicinal plants, indigenous vegetation, farm fruits and vegetables. 

D.        Historical and Heritage Research and Development

          Indus School has initiated “Salt Range Heritage Research and Conservation Project” to explore, interpret, document and conserve the rich history, culture and built heritage of Salt Range areas. It includes reconnaissance missions, exploratory expeditions, study camps and conservation workshops.  

E.         Community Empowerment for Sustainable Lively Hood

          Being a socially responsible institution and furthering the mandate of its parent body “Indus Foundation for Human Development” Indus School has launched “Chakwal District Community Welfare Project”. Following are major components of this project:

1.       Sustainable Lively Hood Practices

2.       Medical Camps 

3.       Environmental Education for Schools

 

Indus Institute of Professional Studies (1997-2002)

 

Indus Institute of Professional Studies was the second educational institution established by Indus Foundation. It was established in 1997 and offered degree, diploma and short duration courses for students and professionals. Indus Computer Literacy Program of the Foundation was also conducted by Indus Institute.

Due to technical problems and Govt. policies Indus Institute of Professional could not acquire status higher educational institution and in 2002 it was decided to formally stop the degree classes. The Institute now conducts mini researches and offers IT training for professionals only.

 

Shan Arts Concern (2002)

 

Shan Arts Concern was established in 2002 by Indus Foundation. It is currently headed by Dr. Saman Zeeshan. The major objectives of this concern are to promote arts and craft focusing on environmental and cultural heritage. SAC provides capacity building opportunities to household and young women who can bring about changes in basic life style of common man. It also promotes best practices on solid waste management by training young people on how to use, reuse and recycle paper and other material.

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