Following the foundation of Pakistan, a surge of innovative bureaucrats developed, each with the goal of implementing transformative reforms in their respective positions. These people gained recognition for their influential contributions and innovative techniques, with some even producing notable works. Over time, the once vibrant and progressive bureaucracy started to deteriorate. The number of revolutionary ideas decreased, being replaced by an increasing desire for money. The desire for financial wealth became more important than the original enthusiasm for serving the public, causing many talented individuals inside the system to be consumed by it.

During a visit to Gilgit-Baltistan last year, an unexpected and promising discovery was made: Chief Secretary Mohiuddin Wani. The residents commended him for his groundbreaking transformation of crucial areas such as healthcare and education. Their profound affection for Wani was both touching and unexpected, serving as evidence that visionary leaders still existed in society.
Government appointments are often short-lived, and Wani’s exceptional period of service in Gilgit-Baltistan was no different. He was relocated to Islamabad to serve as the Federal Secretary of Education, a high-ranking job that gave him control over many esteemed educational institutions in the capital.

Confronted with the huge contrast between prestigious private universities and poorly supported government schools, Wani envisioned closing this gap.

With a strong will to ensure that government school students have the same possibilities as their more affluent peers, Wani spearheaded several innovative initiatives. One of the first steps he took was to introduce a free meal initiative for all public elementary schools in Islamabad, which provided over 87,000 students with benefits. The objective of this effort was to improve academic performance by promoting an optimal diet.

Wani’s vision also included the digital domain. In 200 government educational institutions, initiatives were undertaken to build IT labs and smart classrooms. Not only would this provide children with crucial digital literacy skills, but it would also prepare them for a technology-focused future. Wani took the lead in establishing 100 early childhood education centers, each with 100 instructors and teaching helpers, to emphasize the significance of early education and provide a solid basis for young students.

With the aim of fostering economic independence, a curriculum centered on business and financial literacy is scheduled to be implemented in the next academic session. This progressive approach seeks to provide students with practical knowledge that goes beyond conventional academic topics.

To handle the growing student population, a total of 200 more rooms are being constructed across many campuses. In addition, five prestigious institutions in Islamabad will serve as hosts for software technology parks, providing complimentary access to the internet and power.

To prioritize the welfare of students, 25 colleges will establish compact health centers, while 100 educational institutions will include mental sports rooms to cultivate strategic thinking and mental agility.

Physical fitness is a top concern as well. Twenty-five educational institutions are now establishing gyms, and as part of this initiative, elementary school students will be provided with complimentary sports equipment, such as tracksuits and joggers. The libraries at these institutions will provide a hospitable atmosphere for students to investigate and enhance their understanding.

The Federal Board of Schools plans to use artificial intelligence-assisted test evaluations next year as part of its efforts to modernize the school system. Sixteen-degree institutions in Islamabad have been transformed into high-impact IT institutes, offering sophisticated technology courses during the nighttime hours.

The comprehensive reforms have completely overhauled government educational institutions in Islamabad, putting them on par, if not surpassing, private universities. Students now benefit from a superb educational setting that includes state-of-the-art technology, complimentary meals, and extensive healthcare amenities.

This atmosphere fosters the comprehensive growth of children, propelling them towards a trajectory of achievement.

Mohiuddin Wani is resolute in his goal: to raise the status of government educational institutions to a point where even wealthy families choose them over costly private schools. It seems that Islamabad is now seeing the adoption of a paradigm that is similar of the changes introduced by Kejriwal in Delhi.

Contemplating this renewed rise of revolutionary bureaucracy, one cannot not but recall the profound words of Rashid Mahmood Langriyal, an exceptional bureaucrat, whose lasting influence remains a source of inspiration. Ultimately, individuals such as Wani serve as a reminder of how visionary leadership can profoundly impact and advance society.

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