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An inspiring act of generosity


Dr Zahir Ahmed Siddiqi, the 83-year-old eminent poet, writer  and distinguished professor of Persian language, has donated rupees one million to the Government College University, Lahore Endowment Fund Trust (GCU-EFT) to initiate a perpetual golden scholarship in the name of his late father, “Molvi Shafique Ahmad Siddiqi”. The scholarship would be given to a financially-challenged student of BA (Hons) Islamic Studies every year on merit.


Prof Siddiqi, the author of more than 52 books which include Pakistan’s first Persian-to-Urdu Dictionary, on Tuesday handed over the Rs 10,00,000/- cheque of his savings to Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah and GCU-EFT Secretary Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt at graceful ceremony at the University’s VC office.


Last year, Prof Siddiqi had donated Rs five million to GCU-EFT for the scholarships of financially-challenged students. The professor had also announced donating his 28 Kila land to GCU. He said that the money would be transferred to the GCU-EFT after the sale of land which values more than Rs 140 million.  Prof Siddiqi is a proud father of three children. His son, Naveed Siddique, holds a senior position at Microsoft, while her daughter is the Professor of English Literature at the FCC University Lahore.


Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor Prof Shah said that the ‘inspiring’ Dr Zahir Ahmed Siddiqi having more than 52-year meritorious services in research, administration, and teaching for GCU, had been also donating all his salary to the GCU Endowment Trust since long for the fee of deserving students who could not afford their academic expenses. He said, Prof Siddiqi, has set a precedent which, he hoped, “other would also follow.” Handing over the cheque donation to the Vice Chancellor, Dr Zahir said that “this wealth belongs to the Almighty Allah and he is returning it to Him.”


GCU Endowment Fund Trust Secretary Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt said that GCU was the only public sector university in Pakistan to have an active endowment fund trust, which gives scholarships worth more than Rs 25 million to deserving students every year. He said that the endowment fund never spent the principle amount but the profit, they earned from the principal amount, was spent on financially-challenged students.






GCU delegation visits Iqbal's mausoleum

A delegation of students and teachers from the alma mater of Allama Muhammad Iqbal, Government College University Lahore, visited the Iqbal’s mausoleum to pay homage to the great Old Ravian philosopher on his birth anniversary. The delegation, led by Dean Faculty of Languages, Islamic and Oriental Learning Prof Dr Iqbal Shahid and Dean Faculty of Engineering and Technology Prof Dr Raiz Ahmed, offered fateha for the soul of the great national poet and laid a floral wreath. Speaking on the occasion, Prof Iqbal Shahid said Iqbal’s philosophy was a beacon of light for youth. He said that it was a matter of great pride and inspiration for all Ravians and Old Ravians that Iqbal had been the student of Government College Lahore.















































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