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Punjab CM announces Rs 100 million for GCU-EFT while addressing 15th Convocation of GCU


Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif announced Rs 100 million for the Government College University Lahore Endowment Fund Trust (GCU-EFT), saying that “funds would be in the university’s accounts by the week’s end.” The chief minister was addressing the University’s 15th convocation, in which very touching moments were witnessed when a widow along with her minor son received the doctorate of philosophy (PhD) degree of her murdered husband, Rao Altaf Husain. Rao Altaf, an associate professor at the Government Science College Wahdat Road, had completed his PhD in Zoology a week before of his murder in November 2016 in Lahore. According the convocation report, as many as 1686 students would receive medals, rolls of honour and degrees in the three session of the convocation. In first session, 216 of 386 MPhil/MS and 32 of 55 PhD degrees were conferred upon the female students.    



In his key note address, the chief minister said that the federal and provincial higher education commissions would jointly work and pool in their resources for the promotion of higher education in Punjab. He said that the Punjab government would also provide financial support to GCU for development of its Kala Shah Campus, and he would personally look into the matter that why PC-I of the project was not yet approved.

He said that the Punjab Educational Endowment Fund Trust would swell to Rs 20 billion this year and would be awarding scholarships to the two hundred thousand bright students of the country. “It’s the biggest endowment fund in the sub-continents,” he said.


The chief minister also appreciated the hard work and vision of the Vice Chancellor, especially his much needed activism in appointment of senior faculty, filling the vacant positions of professors and deans, and activating the research chairs and Abdus Salam School of Mathematical School in a very short period one and half years. Shahbaz Sharif, who is also Old Ravian, felt nostalgic at his alma mater and told students that “l count my student days at this great seat of learning to be most the amazing period of my life.  Allow me to say that whatever l have been able to achieve,  the Government College played a leading role in shaping my personality and instilling in me the value of hard work and constant struggle.


Punjab Chief Minister and Vice Chancellor GCU give away degrees and medals

to the students at the 15th Convocation of GC University Lahore.


In his address, Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah called upon the graduates to retain the core values of tolerance, justice, ingenuity, prudence and diligence that they acquired during their studies at GCU and resist the onslaught of time which compels them to compromise their values and succumb to various social pressures. “You must bridge the gap between your ideals and the cruel realities of life. Your success lies in your endurance and perseverance,” he said. He told the chief minister that the process of recruitment of staff against vacant positions in all the academic departments was expedited during the last one year. As a result, a total of 109 new appointments have been made which includes 11 Professors, 24 Associate Professors, 34 Assistant Professors and 40 Lecturers. For the first time in its history, GCU now has all the four offices of Deans of Faculties occupied by competent professors, he said. The Vice Chancellor said the university deans had been delegated specific powers with well-defined targets and time frames as part of the decentralization of authority and maintenance of transparency, efficiency and accountability in all the academic and administrative affairs.


Later, the chief minister and VC presented Shahbaz Sharif Gold Medal for Best Urdu Declamation Speaker to Muhammad Kafeel Ashraf, Prof GD Sondhi Medal for overall excellent performance to Syed Aminah Sohail Qureshi, Mohammad Idrees Medal for Best Debater to Hassan Qadeer Butt, Daud Ilyas Medal for Outstanding Intermediate Student to Ali Zar Raza, Dr. Saida Karamat Medal for Best Woman Graduate to Amna Niaz, Waleed Iqbal Medal for Best English Parliamentary Speaker to Hamza Abbass, while Thespian Medal for excellent performance in Dramatics was conferred upon Muhammad Muneeb. Punjab Minister Higher Education Syed Raza Ali Gillani and Punjab Higher Education Commission Chairman Prof Dr Muhammad Nizamuddin also graced the first session of convocation as guests.


The University would honour its position holders for the BA/BSc (Honours) programmes at the second session of the convocation. The total 1686 degrees, to be awarded at the three sessions of convocation, also included 895 degrees of BA/BSc (Hons) and 319 of MA/MSc, and 36 co-curricular and six sports rolls of honours.





GCU celebrates 154th Founders’ Day


The Government College University Lahore (GCU), to celebrate its 154th Founders’ Day, unveiled the handmade pencil portraits of some of its eminent luminaries who had studied at the oldest seat of higher learning in Pakistan since its foundation on Jan 01, 1864.


Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah inaugurated the exhibition titled Founders’ Day Exhibition at the University’s Minhas Art Gallery, saying that “we owe a deep debt of gratitude to a long list of illustrious luminaries of GCU who toiled ceaselessly to bring this great institution to its present position of eminence.”


The pencil portraits of as many 29 luminaries of GCU from different fields of life, including literature, art, music and science, were put on display at the exhibition that would remain open till January 31, 2017 for Old Ravians and art-lovers. The portraits were pencil sketched by Fine Arts Department in-charge Erfan Ullah Babr in a period of six months.


Vice Chancellor GCU take keen interest in

pencil sketches of illustrious Old Ravians

GCU VC accompanied by Teaching and Administrative

Heads is cutting the cake.


Speaking on occasion, Prof Shah also said that social progress was inconceivable without progressive and liberal institutions like Government College University Lahore, so they must be protected, strengthened and upgraded to match with the demands of new age. He lauded the skills and hard work of Mr Erfan Ullah Babr in making these pencil sketches. He also remembered that the Mr Erfan had last year put on display the pencil portraits of the 25 Principals of Government College Lahore. “These portraits reflect the love and affection of the artist with GCU,” he said.


Mr Erfan said that GCU was a witness to three centuries and had served as a nourishing stream to hundreds of generations of talented men and women. “So, there is long list of illustrious Ravians even impossible to count. “So I tried to pick at least one from different fields of life for my first exhibition on the topic,”. He said that he had a plan to compile a book of pencil sketches portraits of almost of all eminent Old Ravians from 1864 to 2016.


The 29 pencil sketches include of writer Muhammad Husain Azad, poet Allama Muhammad Iqbal, Urdu dramatist Syed Imtiaz Ali Taj, music composer Khwaja Khurshid Anwar, philanthropist Sir Ganga Ram, Nobel Laureates Dr. Abdus Salam and Dr. Har Gobind Khorana, jurist Muhammad Rustam Kayani, Nishan-e-Haider and Sitara-e-Jurat Major Shabbir Sharif Shaheed, actor Dharam Dev Anand, historian Prof H. L. O. Garret,  fine arts teacher Prof. Aslam Minhas and first foreign minister of Pakistan Sir Chaudhry  Muhammad Zafarullah Khan. Earlier, a cake-cutting ceremony in connection with GCU Founders Day was held, which was attended by all academic and administrative heads.





GCU turns 153


The Government College University Lahore, one of the oldest seats of higher learning in Pakistan, turned 153. Founded on January 1, 1864 in the Haveli of Raja Dhyan Singh in the Walled City Lahore as liberal arts and science college with its motto as “courage to know”, the GCU in these 153 years served as a nourishing stream to hundreds of generations of talented men and women who walked of its portals with heads held high, enriched with the wholesome personalities.   


According to the College’s first history written by former principal Prof. H.L.O. Garrett, the Government College was the first seat of liberal education in North-Western India, later to become Pakistan. One of the major institutional objectives of the Government College Lahore was to acknowledge the local intelligence and to instill a widespread academic and scholarly spirit. Among the initial nine enrollments, Mr Sanjhi Mall walked out of the College as the first graduate in 1868.


The College which began with just nine students and three professors now has more than 11,500 students and offering graduate and postgraduate programs in about 40 disciplines.  The present gothic-style majestic building of the university was completed in 1877 on 3,700 square feet in the north of then called ‘Soldiers Garden’ with a cost of Rs. 320,000/-. The College was initially affiliated with the Calcutta University as there was no university in this part of the sub-continent at that time. It was raised to the status of University in 2002 and was renamed as the Government College University Lahore. From first principle Dr. G.W Lietner to fourth Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Hassan Amir Shah, as many as 28 heads have served this great institution. 


Talking to media, Vice Chancellor Prof Hassan Amir Shah said that on the eve of their 154th Founders’ Day, they expressed gratitude to the long list of illustrious Principals, Professors and students whose hard work and efforts brought this great institution to its present position of eminence. He said GCU had been citadel of higher learning where ideals of tolerance and coexistence had flourished with commitment. He proudly said that GCU in its 153-years academic travel produced hundreds of eminent literary figures, politicians, two Nobel Laureates, five prime ministers, jurists, sportsmen, generals in armed forces and scientists.


Poet of East Allama Muhammad Iqbal, Faiz Ahmad Faiz, N.M Rashid, Patras Bukhari, Ashfaq Ahmad, Qudsia Bano; Nobel Laureates Prof Dr Abdus Salam and Prof Dr Hargobind Khorana, Chief Justice M. R. Kyani, Chief Justice Naseem Hassan Shah and the new Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar are Old Ravains. Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, Punjab Chief Minister Main Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif and former Army Chief General Raheel Sharif were also old students of GC(U). Noted Indian actor Dev Anand, Rafi Peer, Syed Imtiaz Ali Taj, Shafqat Amanat Ali, Ali Zafar, Hadiqa Kyani and Jawad Ahmad also studied from Government College Lahore. Out of 140 experts who had carried nuclear explosions in 1998, as many as 60 were Old Ravians and their team leader, Dr Samar Mubarikmand, who pressed the button for explosions was also the former students of the Government College Lahore.


In their messages on GCU’s birthday, the GCU senior faculty members and alumni paid the rich tributes to the efforts of Dr Leitner, the first principle of Government College, and pledged that they would put in the best of their efforts maintain wonderful traditions of academic excellence, research, promotion of new ideas and above all, respect for others’ belief and views.






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