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GCU, CSJ sign MoU for research collaboration
Government College University (GCU) and Center for Social Justice (CSJ)
Lahore signed an accord for indigenous research on issues of human rights,
gender equality, minorities’ protection, civil liberties and democracy.
“We need to stop following Western parameters and paradigms in almost all
disciplines including philosophy. The idea of universality of philosophy is
no more in vogue,” said eminent philosopher and writer Prof Dr Mirza Athar
Baig while laying a stress on indigenous research on social issues at the
memorandum of understanding (MoU) signing ceremony, organized by the GCU
Directorate of Academic Planning and External Links, at the university’s
Syndicate Committee Room.
GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah and CSJ Lahore Executive
Director Peter Jacob signed the agreement, and also agreed upon organizing
invited lectures, seminars and conferences for raising awareness in the
society about issues related to social justice. As per MoU, GCU would also
introduce a course titled “foundation on human rights” for its graduation
Speaking on the occasion, Prof Baig said that philosophy must be done in its
local and socio-cultural context; without which entire exercise would
ultimately remain non-productive. “The concepts of rights, human dignity,
freedom, equality etc must be done in indigenous background,” he said.
Peter Jacob said that tolerance was the need of hour. However, he said, it
was virtually impossible without justice and strong democratic
institutions. Vice Chancellor Prof Hassan Amir Shah said that GCU had always
upheld the human and tolerant values in South Asia, and had never been
hijacked by the extremism of any sort.
GCU Philosophy Department Chairperson Dr Sobia Tahir said the subject of
philosophy is needed to be promoted among the youth, as the very ideas of
rights, justice, representative government and human freedom have emerged
from it, and it’s the only discipline which produces visible and pronounced
difference in the mindset of students regarding the alternative point of
GCU Dean Faculty of Social Sciences Prof Dr Tahir Kamran highlighted the
increasing religious and sectarian influence in Pakistani society. GCU
Director Academic Planning and External Links Ms Fouzia Shaheen, Registrar
Saboor Ahmed Khan and Dr Alwin Murad also spoke.
GCU, BFSU China sign accord on faculty,
Government College University (GCU) Lahore has signed a memorandum of
understanding with the Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU), the most
pre-eminent and oldest language teaching university of China, primarily for
the faculty and student exchange. The GCU would also extend cooperation to
BFSU China for establishment of a postgraduate Urdu Department and setting
up the Quality Enhancement Cell for teachers’ evaluation and quality
assurance of academic programs.
BFSU China University Council Chairman Prof Dr Han Zhen and GCU Lahore Vice
Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah signed the accord at a prestigious
ceremony held at later university’s New Meeting Rooms. BFSU China
International Exchange and Cooperation Office Director Ke Jing and GCU
Director Academic Planning and External Links Ms Fouzia Shaheen were also
The highlight of the MoU includes establishment of joint research programs,
exchange of academic staff for the purpose of research, teaching and
presentation of special courses, initiating student exchange and study
aboard programs and exchange of scientific and educational literature
produced by the both universities. The two organizations also agreed to
undertake joint seminars, conferences and research projects.
Speaking on the occasion, Prof Dr Han Zhen said that BFSU was founded in
1941, and was the first institution in the country to specialize in foreign
language studies. He said that they had been teaching almost all major
foreign languages including Spanish, Japanese, Germen, French and Arabic.
However, he requested a special cooperation from GCU Urdu Department for
providing expertise and faculty to initiate advance courses in Urdu language
On the request of the visiting delegation, GCU Quality Enhancement Cell
Director Ms Irum Sohail also briefed the BFSU delegation about the teachers’
evaluation procedures adopted by GCU.
Vice Chancellor Prof Hassan Shah said that the China-Pakistan Economic
Corridor (CPEC) would have a significant impact on the society and culture
of both countries; so the academia should play a role in preparing the
people of both regions for these changes. He said GCU was establishing very
strong linkages with Chinese universities, and had five active academic and
research accords with Chinese universities and industries including
University of Geoscience (Wuhan).
Addressing the ceremony, Ms Fouzia Shahin said that a
delegation of Chinese students had recently attended a short course on
Pakistan Affairs at GCU. She said that a group of GCU postgraduate students
had been sent to China for various research projects by GCU Center of
Excellence, China Studies. GCU deans Prof Dr Islam Ullah, Prof Dr Raiz
Ahmad, Prof Dr Iqbal Shahid and Prof Dr Tahir Kamran also attended the
GCU organizes a
seminar on ‘Hungary-Pakistan-European Union Relations’
of Hungary, Islamabad Counsellor Mr. Sandor Mihalko has laid a stress on
enhancing mutual trade and strengthening academic and cultural relationships
between Hungary and Pakistan.
“Both the countries have non-problematic
diplomatic relations for the last 50 years, and Hungry is supporting
Pakistan fight terrorism and meet energy crisis,” Mr Mihalko said while
addressing a seminar on ‘Hungary-Pakistan-European Union Relations’ at the
Government College University Lahore (GCU). The seminar was organised by the
GCU Directorate of Academic Planning and External Links (AP&EL).
The Counsellor said a Hungarian energy
company had invested two million USD in Pakistan in recent years and was
providing 14 percent of all energy need of the country. However, he said,
that there were no significant Pakistani companies or investment in Hungry.
He also revealed that mutual trade between Hungary and Pakistan had also
dropped by five percent in the last one year. Mr Mihalko said that Hungry
was really looking for more investment in Pakistan and special trade
representative was being developed in Karachi.
The Counsellor pledged that Embassy of
Hungary would facilitate GCU and other Pakistani universities in
establishing academic and research linkages with the top Hungarian
universities. He revealed that Hungry offered 240 scholarships to Pakistani
students. He also briefed the students about structure and formation of
European Union and its relationships with Pakistan.
Earlier, the counsellor held a detailed
meeting with Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah and discussed matters
of mutual interests. He proudly told the VC that it was a matter of great
pride for them that Hungarian national Dr Gottlieb Wilhelm Leitner had laid
the foundation of Government College Lahore. GCU Dean Faculty of Arts and
Social Sciences Prof Dr Tahir Kamran, AP&EL Director Ms Fouzia Shahin and
Quality Enhancement Cell Director Ms Iram Sohail also attended the meeting.
the President of International
Islamic University (IIU) visits GCU
Prof. Dr. Ahmed Yousif Ahmed Al Draiweesh, the President of
International Islamic University (IIU), Islamabad visited the Government
College University (GCU) Lahore to explore the areas of collaboration in
different disciplines. The delegates of both universities agreed to sign a
memorandum of understanding to commence formal collaborations among the
universities’ departments especially in the areas research and quality
Prof. Ahmed Yousif held a detailed meeting with Vice
Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah, which was also attended by GCU deans
Prof Dr Islam Ullah Khan and Prof Dr Iqbal Shahid, Academic Planning and
External Links Director Ms Fouzia Shaheen, Additional Registrar Saboor Khan
and Chief Librarian Abdul Waheed.
Prof. Ahmed Yousif appreciated the role of GCU Quality
Enhancement Cell Director Irum Sohail who has recently reviewed the academic
and research standards of IUU for the Higher Education Commission, saying
that “her valuable suggestions helped them improve their quality.” Later,
the IIU President visited the Iqbal Hostel, Library and different other
GCU graduates to get exemptions from ACCA
graduates of Government College University Lahore (GCU) are likely to get
exemptions from some ACCA papers, besides getting opportunities for
financial incentives for the ACCA qualification. The University and
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) Pakistan signed MoU
(memorandum of understanding) whose main features include providing a route
for GCU graduates of B.COM (Honors)
and B.Sc (Honors) in Business, Accounting and Finance programmes to study
the ACCA qualification, including exemptions from ACCA papers F1 to F9 in
line with ACCA’s global accreditation policy.
The accord was signed by GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan
Amir Shah and ACCA Pakistan Head Sajjeed at a ceremony at the University’s
Syndicate Committee Room. GCU Director Research Prof Dr Ikram-ul-Haq,
Director Academic Planning and External Links Fauzia Shaheen, Economics
Department Chairperson Uzair Ahson and Deans Prof Dr Raiz Ahmed, Prof Dr
Islam Ullah Khan and Prof Dr Shahid Iqbal were also present
Speaking on the occasion, Sajjeed Aslam, who is also Old
Ravian, said that they would review the courses being taught at GCU, adding
that in an ideal case, maximum exemption from nine ACCA papers could be
granted in line with ACCA’s global accreditation policy. He said, “ACCA is
very pleased to partner with an esteemed higher education institution. ACCA
Pakistan produces more than 120 research papers every year, I hoped the
partnership with GCU would hone the research potential of both institutions,
Vice Chancellor Prof Shah said that the ACCA and GCU share
common and strong interests in advancement of the finance profession in
Pakistan and affording the opportunity for individuals of ability to pursue
globally relevant qualifications to enhance their future career prospects
and ultimately to maintain and develop the profession and the wider economy.
The highlight of the MoU includes conducting joint research
with GCU students and faculty members, and inviting GCU to contribute
articles or case studies which can be published in ACCA magazines and
international journals. The two organizations will also undertake joint
seminars, conferences and research projects.
GCU sign mou
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China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will have a significant impact on
the society and culture of both countries. The academia should play a role
in preparing the people of both regions for these changes, Government
College University Vice Chancellor Hassan Amir Shah said. He was speaking at
a ceremony to sign a memorandum of understanding on student exchange between
the GCU and the China University of Geosciences, Wuhan (CUG). The VC urged
the GCU students to benefit from the presence of Chinese students on campus.
He said engagement with Chinese students could help GCU students learn about
Chinese culture and language. He said the university would provide all
possible facilities to its Chinese guests.
MoU, 20 CUG students will participate in the annual summer school at the
GCU’s Centre for Excellence in Chinese Studies (CECS). The visiting students
will study courses on Pakistan Studies, English Language, Pakistan-China
Relations among other subjects. Six GCU students will visit the CUG where
they will remain in residence for a month and study courses on Chinese
language, culture and economic system. The MoU states that the CUG would
assist two GCU students in getting admitted to its masters of sciences (MS)
or masters of philosophy (MPhil) degree programmes every year under the
China Scholarship Council.
The MoU was
signed by the Vice Chancellor GCU and CUG Institute of Environment and
Conservation Law (IECL) Director Huang Delin. CECS Director Khalid Maznoor
Butt said that the geosciences department at the CUG was among the best in
China. He said GCU students should benefit from the opportunity to visit the
university and study at the department. He said the CECS was supporting
research of several students on Chinese culture, history, political and
economic system. Butt said the MoU featured cultural and sports exchange
programmes. He said students affiliated with the GCU’s Dramatics Club and
Music Society would visit China to perform at cultural events.
Academic Planning and External Links Director Fauzia Shaheen said the accord
included faculty and staff exchange programmes. CUG IECL Director Huang
Delin said that the CUG would also look forward to collaboration on holding
academic conferences and seminars. CUG School of Public Administration’s
Associate Professor Xiaqqing Xie and CUG Alumni Association Vice Chairman
Lawrence Lu were also present at the ceremony.
Faculty development is top
priority: Vice Chancellor GCU
development is our top priority, said Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan
Amir Shah while talking to a delegation of National School of Public
Policy during their visit to the Government College University, Lahore.
The delegation which comprised of the participants of 103rd National
Management Course discussed with the Vice Chancellor in detail policy
formation, financial resources and future plans of the 151 years old
educational institution that was raised to a level of university in
2002. Talking to the delegation, the Vice Chancellor said that the most
important aspect of GCU was character-building and personality
development of its students through their extensive participation in
literary and co-curricular activities. He
said GCU teachers encouraged questioning, difference of opinion and
argument, besides teaching tolerance to students. Prof Shah said GCU had
more than half of a dozen research chairs and they would soon launch a
lawful process to discover the best intellects for their appointment
against these chairs which would certainly boost the research output of
Earlier, Academic Planning and External Links Director Ms Fauzia Shaheen
gave a detailed briefing to the visiting delegation about the faculty
strength, research output, academic programs, available infrastructure
and financial resources of the university, while Planning and
Development Director Col(r) Akmal Yousaf briefed them about the funding
and development plan of GCU Kala Shah Kaku Campus. GCU Dean Faculty of
Science and Technology Prof Dr Islam Ullah Khan, Registrar Dr Muhammad
Akhyar Farrukh and Quality Enhancement Cell Director Ms Irum Sohail also
attended the meeting.
NSPP Member Faculty Brig (r) Anwar ul Haq said that GCU was the one of
the most reputed institutions of the country and the participants of
Management Course were brought here to learn about the development
projects and future plans for academic development of the university,
and also the problems which the public sector universities were facing.
The participants made highly valuable suggestions for the improvement in
the university’s procedures and systems and assured the Vice Chancellor
of their all-out support in the future.
The NSPP delegation comprised of BS-20 officials included Ms Attiya
Naheed, Mr Abdul Razzaque Cheema, Lt(r) Ejaz Ahmad Khan, Dr Faiz Illahi
Memon, Mr Shiekh Abdul Hafeez, Mr Niaz Muhammad Khan, Dr Raiz Ahmed
Memon, Dr Sohail Shahzad and Mr Zafar Iqbal Hussain.