People admire the smooth blending of academic
and co-curricular activities in GCU. This is an old
tradition which has been kept alive and will be maintained
in future too by providing every possible incentive to the
students. Dunnicliff Chemical Society is one of the
societies in GCU, named after Sir H.B. Dunnicliff who was a
former principal of GC. It organizes quiz shows, research
and technical presentations and training workshops within
the Department of Chemistry. Last year, the Girls’ Cricket
team of the Department won the second prize at the
News & Events
Poster exhibition at GCU
“Global warming is the global warning” reads one of the posters at
the Inter-Departmental Poster Competition organised by the
Government College University Lahore Biological Society to sensitize
the students about the environmental issues.
many 34 posters were put on display by the students of different
departments on the six different themes including Progress at
Nature’s Expense, Biodiversity/Wildlife Conservation, Global
Warming, Dwindling Water Resources and Renewable energy resources.
The posters were titled with catchy headlines such as “Earth
screams”, “act before the nature reacts”, and “no pollution is the
solution” to attract the attention of the students.
Naveed Mushtaq and Arif Ullah from Zoology Department secured the
first position in the competition and were awarded cash prize. Farah
Iqbal and Khadija Saeed from Psychology Department stood second and
Rabia Zahid from Zoology Department won the third prize. The faculty
deans and chairpersons of different departments visited the poster
exhibition and appreciated the efforts of the students. They said
that it’s wonderful the science students had participated in the
exhibition, and exhibited their skills in the realm of fine arts.
Liver cancer ratio doubled
in Pakistan: Speakers
ratio of liver cancer has doubled in Pakistan in the last two
decades. In 1995, the liver cancer was eighth most common cancer in
Pakistan as compared to the sixth in the world but now the situation
is worse in our country than the whole world, said the speakers
while addressing an international seminar on “Prevention and
Treatment of Liver Cancer” at the Government College University
Lahore. The seminar was jointly organised by the GCU Biological
Society and Cancer Care Hospital and Research Centre Lahore (CCHRC).
College of Physicians and Surgeon Pakistan Dean Prof Dr Shaharyar
said that only healthy lifestyle could only prevent cancer, adding
that the leading causes of liver cancer were hepatitis B and C,
smoking and alcohol. He laid a particular stress on brisk walking at
least 20 minutes daily and balanced diet to reduce the chances for
occurrence of cancer. However, he said, smoking doubled the risk of
cancer as he had found that 90 percent of his cancer patients were
smokers. Prof Shaharyar also highlighted the dearth of cancer care
facilities in Pakistan, saying ever year 300,000 patients needed
treatment against cancer but Pakistan had facilities for only ten
percent of them, while other died in pain.
Dr Ehsan ur Rehman, an oncologist from Churchill Hospital, UK, said
liver cancer would be an epidemic of future as two billion people,
one out of three people, in the world had been infected with
hepatitis virus. He said 40 percent of hepatitis B and 60 percent of
hepatitis C patients were at the risk of ultimately developing liver
cancer. He laid a stress on limiting transmission of hepatitis
viruses by promotion of safe injection practice and screening of
blood donation products.
Jinnah Hospital Lahore clinical oncologist Dr Riaz-ur-Rehman told
the students about the symptoms, treatment and palliative care for
the patients of liver cancer. He said survival rate was very low for
liver cancer patients. He cautioned the people to be very careful
from quack dentists who didn’t use sterilised tools, terming it one
of the major reasons for remission of hepatitis virus.
Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah said prevention was better
than cure, so students should adopt healthy lifestyle in terms of
exercise and balanced diet. He expressed gratitude to the speakers
for highly informative session with students about the fatal disease
and hoped that “now they would start taking much better care of
their health.” The Vice Chancellor said it was the responsibility of
educational institutions to raise awareness among students about
their health issues.
Later, the seminar was followed by an on-campus awareness walk which
was led by Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah and Dr Shaharyar. The heads of
administrative and academic departments also participated in the
walk along with a large number of students.