Sui Model School and Girls Collage began as a primary school in 1957 to provide education for children of Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL) employees and local communities living in and around the field who did not have access to quality academic institutions.
SMS was upgraded to the middle- and secondary-level in 1961 and 1970, respectively. The school remained coeducational until 1990, when timings for girls were shifted to the afternoon in deference to conservative social norms. In the same vein, SMS was upgraded to higher secondary level in 2009 to extend intermediate education for girls in view of lack of adequate facilities, which resulted in high dropout rates for girls. So far two batches comprising of 27 students have passed out while currently 38 students are enrolled in Pre-medical & Pre- engineering groups.
Staffed with about 40 qualified teachers and ancillary facilities, SMS is ranked among the best schools in Sui, with former students gaining admission into reputable higher education institutions in the province as well as other parts of the country, including Bolan Medical College, Balochistan University, Engineering College Khuzdar, NED University of Engineering and Technology and Fatima Jinnah Medical and Dental College.
PPL finances all operational costs of the school besides being responsible for infrastructure maintenance and procurement of equipment and books. The company also awards scholarships to deserving SMS students for studies beyond matriculation and intermediate levels.
Federal Government Public School
Federal Government Public School (FGPS) at Sui, run by the Frontier Corps, has been operational since 2008 in premises provided by PPL. Initially, both boys and girls were admitted to FGPS for which PPL donated books, stationary, furniture and equipment.
Later, the company constructed a separate high school building for boys while girl students were shifted to Taaleem Foundation Grammar School in Sui, where the company continues to pay their monthly fees and provides transport service to facilitate attendance.
FGPS caters to over 350 boys from Grade 1 up to Matriculation.
Computer Training Centre & Library
The first-ever Computer Training Centre and Library (CTCL) in Sui was inaugurated in 2010 to provide access to latest information and communication technology for residents of Sui and surrounding areas.
Constructed by the PPL Welfare Trust in 2005 with a covered area of 20,000 square feet, CTCL is ideally located in the heart of Tehsil Bazar in old Sui surrounded by many educational institutions.
CTCL is operated by Kalsoft, an Information Technology (IT) company, which provides technical resource personnel to manage the computer centre and conducts various computer-based and IT skill-enhancement courses in collaboration with Microsoft Pakistan.
Besides, the CTCL also houses books together with daily newspapers and selected magazines, becoming a valuable knowledge resource, facilitating a reading culture in Sui.
PPL has donated land, building, furniture, books and computers for the centre and is committed to financing operational costs.
Initially a three-month basic computer course was organized for students enrolled in three-batches. Starting with the fourth batch of students, future course duration has been extended upto 6 months offering Certificate in Information Technology (CIT) in basic and advance level of programmes.The revised programme has been offered to 246 participants from Jan 2011 onwards, bringing the total number of computer literates trained by CTCL to about 400, currently the 7th batch is in progress and the total number registered as library users is 579.
On completion of the course, examination is conducted under the supervision of Microsoft Pakistan and certificates awarded to successful participants.
On building necessary local capacity, PPL hopes to transfer CTCL operations to the community.
PPL−TCF Schools, Kandhkot
To provide quality education to underserved communities near PPL’s Kandhkot Gas Field, the company signed a Memorandum of Understanding with The Citizen’s Foundation (TCF), a leading non-governmental organization working for education, in June 2009 for constructing and operationalizing three purpose-built primary schools for boys and girls in different areas near the field.
With an encouraging response from communities, classes have commenced at all three schools with enrolment of 400 students, which is 74 percent of the total capacity.
PPL has funded the construction of the schools and created an endowment fund to cover development and operational expenses for these schools over a period of 10 years.
Higher Professional Education Scholarships
The Higher Education Scholarship was initiated in 2005 to enable promising students of District Dera Bugti, the hub of PPL’s operations, to pursue higher studies in engineering, medicine, business administration and information technology at reputable institutions across the country.
To date, the scholarship scheme has benefited about 83 students of District Dera Bugti. Of these, 37 students have already completed their studies. Besides, 46 are studying at prestigious institutions recommended by the Higher Education Commission in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad.
In 2011, education was included as a new discipline to this category and the scholarship opportunities were extended beyond Dera Bugti to cover areas where the company’s other productions assets are located.
These students are expected to add to the local qualified human resource pool and assist in development of their respective communities.
National Outreach Programme
In 2001, the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) launched the National Outreach Programme (NOP) to provide financial assistance towards a bachelor’s degree for high-achieving matriculation and intermediate students across the country.
Students are selected through a strictly merit-based evaluation process and provided support for registration and preparation for the LUMS admission test to compete with other applicants. Successful candidates are extended a full scholarship. For this, LUMS has sought support from various local philanthropic and corporate organizations as well as international agencies.
PPL signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the university to create an endowment fund for the NOP. The fund will be used to finance two deserving students each year for a period of four years, bringing the total number of students to eight. The scholarship will be limited to students from PPL’s operational areas, with preference to those hailing from Balochistan.
The scholarship will only support candidates who meet criteria for admission and satisfactory performance for continued studies as determined by LUMS.
So far, one student from Balochistan has benefitted from the NOP scholarship programme. Selection of other deserving candidates is in process.
The Hub School
The Hub School (THS) is a boarding school for boys, which aspires to provide quality education comparable to the best available at international academic institutions. On completion, THS is expected to be the first and only not-for-profit school of its kind in Pakistan.
A project of the Ahmed E. H. Jaffer Foundation, THS plans to cater to approximately 800 students from Class VI, eventually leading up to an International Baccalaureate degree. Initially, THS hopes to provide merit- and need-based scholarships to 15 percent of its students. This percentage is expected to increase to 50 percent in the future.
Located on 70 acres of land on the outskirts of Karachi in Hub, Balochistan, the school will have highly qualified local and international faculty and purpose-built classrooms, dormitories and recreational and ancillary facilities.
To date, PPL has the distinction of being not only the first but also the largest local donor of THS. The company has funded the complete construction of an eponymous block spread over 24,000 square feet, comprising 18 classrooms and other ancillary facilities.
Balochistan Public School, Sui
PPL has been supporting quality educational initiatives for both boys and girls in District Dera Bugti to equip local communities with knowledge, skills and the mindset to address local issues and upcoming challenges.
Initially conceived as cadet college, Sui, BPS was started in 2007 by the Pakistan Army (PA). The school provides quality education to local and other boys from secondary (grade VII) to higher secondary (grade XII) level through a residential facility, latest teaching and learning resources and qualified teachers.
PPL extended considerable support for renovation and furnishing of classrooms together with purchase of uniforms, books and stationary during 2006 and 2007. Later, the company provided further support to BPS for construction of a hostel and messing facility.
PPL’s Board of Directors approved a merit-based scholarship scheme for BPS students. The scholarship scheme provides admission and monthly fees of 12 students annually who enter the school in grade VII for a period of six years until the time they complete their higher secondary education. The purpose of the scheme is to encourage and assist deserving students who are unable to meet the expenses of acquiring quality education.
Presently 36 students are benefitting from the scheme.
Taaleem Foundation Grammar School, Sui
Managed by Balochistan-based non-profit organization, Taaleem Foundation, the Taaleem Foundation Grammar School (TFGS) in Sui is operational since 1994 to provide quality education to local students, especially girls, in District Dera Bugti and adjoining areas.
Initially, TFGS was located in premises provided by PPL within the vicinity of Sui Gas Field. Due to increasing enrolment and infrastructure limitations, PPL decided to provide a new purpose-built and furnished school building for the school which was completed in early 2006.
PPL is supporting TFGS, Sui, for about two decades to meet its commitment for providing quality education to local communities. Besides infrastructural support, PPL provides transportation for both students and teachers. TFGS teachers also get free medical treatment at SFH.
During the last few years, PPL has extended further support to TFGS and is constructing a hostel within the TFGS premises to help retain quality female staff and additional classrooms to accommodate about 90 girls students transferred from the Federal Public Government School in 2010 when it decided to close down operations of its girls section.
TFGS caters to over 550 students, about one third of which are girls.
Secondary and Higher Secondary Scholarships for Students in Balochistan
In order to sustain efforts for extending quality education to local communities in Balochistan, particularly Sui, District Dera Bugti, PPL has been providing learning opportunities to youth at various levels of study. HPES is already benefitting a number of youth in District Dera Bugti to study at the graduate and postgraduate levels, however, there were a few opportunities available to students, particularly females, to study at reputable secondary and higher secondary institutions. To this end, PPL started Secondary Education Scholarship for Girls in 2008 which was subsumed after the development of a Girls College at SMSGC that attracted a number of female students.
Since early 2012, PPL has been funding those deserving students of Balochistan who wish to study secondary and higher secondary levels at renowned English-medium schools outside Balochistan. The scholarship funds 40 students for a four-year study programme from grade XI to XII. The scholarship covers fee and hostel expenses.
So far, 30 students have already benefitted from the scheme.