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Speakers at a seminar at the Government College University Lahore said that history should not be distorted to develop a national narrative, adding that “we could be ideological about our future, but we must be realistic about the past.” Human Rights Commission of Pakistan General Secretary I. A. Rehman chaired the seminar which was organized by the university’s History Department in connection with the Pakistan Day celebrations.

In his inaugural address, Prof Dr Muhammad Waseem, an eminent social scientist from Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), said that Lahore resolution had no doubt played a role of Magna Carta in the political struggle of Muslims for Pakistan. He said that the British gradually gave the provinces in India autonomy with an aim to slow down the independence movement.

I.A Rehman called upon the students to remain always skeptical about past especially the history of Pakistan. He asked the students to critically analyze the historical events before reaching at any conclusion. He believed it was Pakistan which had made them a nation from a minority.  

GCU Dean of Arts and Social Sciences Prof Dr Tahir Kamran shed light on the national discourse of telling history. How the history has been compromised for developing national narrative which represents the collectivity and suppressed the individuals points of view. He opined not study history with only ideological perspective but critically analyses it.

Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah expressed gratitude to speakers for enlightening his students. He said that Pakistan was a blessing of the Almighty Allah for the Muslims of subcontinent and they must all collectively work for its prosperity and progress. He paid tribute to the armed and law enforcement forces of the country for their sacrifices for peace.   

A large number faculty member and students attended the seminar. 






The Punjab government appointed renowned historian Prof Dr Tahir Kamran Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and eminent physicist Prof Dr Raiz Ahmad Dean, Faculty of Engineering at the Government College University Lahore for a period of three years on the recommendations of Vice Chancellor Prof Hassan Amir Shah against the posts that were lying vacant since their inception in 2002 and 2009 respectively.


“It’s a great satisfying moment; the university which was dean-less just few months ago, has now deans in all its four faculties,” said Prof Shah while expressing gratitude to Punjab Chief Minister Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif and Punjab Governor Malik Muhammad Rafique Rajwana on the appointments.

Prof Dr Raiz Ahmad is currently serving as Chairman, GCU Physics Department and has around 80 international research papers to his credit. He is a PhD from the Imperial College, UK. He was instrumental in establishment of XRD Laboratory at the Centre for Advanced Studies in Physics. 


Prof. Dr. Tahir Kamran

Prof. Dr. Riaz Ahmad

Prof Dr Tahir Kamran is currently serving as Chairman, GCU Department of History. He also served on the prestigious post of Iqbal Fellow at the University of Cambridge UK. He authored several international publications specifically on the history of the Punjab, sectarianism, democracy, and governance. The post of Dean of Arts and Social Sciences has been lying vacant for the last 14 years. 


The Vice Chancellor said he had empowered his deans in all academic and research matters contrary the previous precedents when it was just considered a ceremonial post. He hoped that the deans would play a key role in the academic uplift of the University.




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