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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
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.
University would honour its position holders for the BA/BSc (Honours)
at the second session of the convocation. The total
degrees, to be awarded at the three sessions of convocation, also
of BA/BSc (Hons) and
rolls of honours.
GCU celebrates 154th
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.