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Books donation


The family of the late Prof M. Rashid Wednesday donated his personal library and literary collections to the Government College University Lahore at a gracefully ceremony here. Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah, Dean Faculty of Social Sciences Prof Dr Tahir Kamran, Mr Zafar Rashid, the son of Prof M. Rashid, the former Principal of Government College Lahore, were also present.   


Prof M. Rashid also served GC Lahore as Head of Economics Department before his appointment as the principal of the College. Mr Zafar Rashid, who is also Old Ravian, donated all his personal collections including books and literary journals of his father to GCU Library for the benefit of the University students


Speaking on the occasion, Prof Hassan Shah said GCU housed personal libraries of fifty-five reputed literary personalities. He said that more than 150,000 books had been donated to GCU to-date. He expressed gratitude to the family of Prof M. Rashid for gifting the valuable personal collection to the University.


Mr. Zafar Rashid shared with students and faculty members the personal memories of his late father as the principal of the college. He appreciated the role of GCU Library in making serious efforts to meet the needs of their students.


Mr. Muhammad Naeem, the senior Librarian, said that Prof M. Rashid collection included some of very old and unique books which were not easily available now, He said that these books should be utilised for the reference purpose only as per policy.





GCU academia celebrates Independence Day


In provincial capital on Monday, the Government College University Lahore academia also celebrated the 70th Independence Day of Pakistan with the traditional zeal and zest, and prayed for peace and prosperity in the country. Addressing a grand flag-hoisting ceremony at the university’s historical Bukhari Auditorium, Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah laid stress on strengthening national institutions of the country, saying that Pakistan was the sixth largest country in the world by population, but unfortunately it was too far below in the list of countries in socioeconomic indicators . He said that the country 70 years journey had not been smooth and it was still facing multiple challenges on political, geographical, social and especially economic fronts. Prof Shah reiterated the commitment that the faculty members, staff and students of GC University Lahore should  leave no stone unturned for development of our country in the realm of research and education. Speaking on the occasion, Prof Dr Sultan Shah said Pakistan had been created with immense sacrifices by their forefathers. Earlier, the Vice Chancellor along with academic heads hoisted the national flag in GCU Bukhari Auditorium while the entire GCU faculty and staff were in attendance. It was followed by presentation of mili nagmas by the GCU Nazir Ahmed Music Society.






PHEC, GCU launch Int'l Split PhD Scholarship Program


The Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) and Government College University (GCU) Lahore have launched the International Split PhD Scholarship Program for the faculty of public sector colleges and universities of Punjab.


PHEC Chairman Prof Dr Mohammad Nizamuddin and GCU Lahore Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah signed the 33-point Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the Arfa Software Technology Park regarding the funding, eligibility criteria and other initial standard operating procedures for the International Program. 


According to the Split PhD program, the selected teachers would spend a year at the leading foreign universities for their research work at the funding of the government, which includes all their expenses including admissions fee, stipend, book allowance, medical, travelling cost and settlement allowances etc. However, the PhD scholars would complete their two year course work at GCU Lahore, where foreign faculty would be also be invited for conducting workshops under the said program.


According to the accord, the PHEC would initially provide six scholarships worth Rs 28.92 million for the year 2017-18 for the launching of a pilot Split PhD Scholarship Program in the fields Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities. The GCU Lahore would advertise the Spilt PhD Program, and would process all the admissions. However, a Joint Selection Committee comprising representatives of GCU Lahore and PHEC will shortlist the candidates based on the approved criteria


Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Nizamuddin said that the Spilt PhD program aimed to maximize opportunities for higher learning and research for the teachers of public sector higher education institutions. “We are determined to enhance the capacity of the faculty of Higher Education Institutions by offering them an international exposure and funding their studies at top-ranked international partner universities” said the Chairperson. Prof Nizam said PHEC intended to scale up the program with GCU next year and was also planning extending it to other universities of Punjab in next phase to meet the shortage of qualified PhD faculty especially in the fields of social sciences and arts in the colleges and universities of Punjab.


Vice Chancellor Prof. Hassan Amir Shah said that the International Split PhD Scholarship Program would help refine the research culture at local universities. “The faculty members would get an opportunity to study at top-ranked universities and would be engaged in research activities with foreign and local experts” said the Vice Chancellor. He said that GCU Dean Faculty of Social Sciences Prof Dr Tahir Kamran and PHEC DG (Quality Assurance) Muhammad Anees Sadozia are appointed as the focal persons to ensure the smooth and timely implementation of the program.  


GCU Academic Planning and External Links Director Ms Fouzia Shahin said that the eligibility criteria for scholarship had been defined in the MoU, according to which applicant must be less than 45 years of age and regular faculty member of any higher education institution in Punjab having minimum 3.0 CGPA in MS/MPhil Degree Program. Syed Musa Hassan, Director, PHEC was also present on the occasion.





All Pakistan Tech & Art Festival begins at GCU


A three-day All Pakistan Technology and Art Festival 2017 (APTA’ 17) Monday began at the Government College University under the auspices its Computer Sciences Department. The festival was endeavoured to provide a platform to students from across Pakistan to exhibit their innovative ideas, share knowledge and reveal their creativities.


As many as 350 students and more than 15 educational institutions including, FAST, Punjab University, Kinnaird College, Virtual University, FCC University Lahore, Lahore College for omen University and UMT are participating in the 17 competitions including Coding, Project Development, Graphic Designing, Calligraphy Typography, E-Gaming Championship, Scavenger Hunt, Concept Machine and Sky Lanterns etc. A one-minute Talent Hunt is also part of the grand festival.


Virtual University Rector Prof Dr Naveed A Malik Rector graced the inaugural ceremony of Tech & Art Fest 2017 as the chief guest and key note speaker of the event, while GCU Vice chancellor of the GCU Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah, motivational speaker Moaz Athar and GCU Computer Science Department Incharge Dr Asad Raza Kazmi also addressed the audience. Speaking on the occasion, Prof Dr Naveed A Malik said that the digital technologies had revolutionised all industries in the world including education. “It’s high time that all universities in Pakistan should also digitalise their examination systems as done by VU,” he said, adding they would provide their full cooperation to them. 


Vice Chancellor Prof Hassan Shah said that science, literature and arts were equally important for the progress and prosperity of mankind, adding that such co-curricular activities provided a platform to students from different backgrounds to socialise and share their experiences and ideas.





Seminar on “Lahore: past and present”


Speakers at a seminar on “Lahore: Past and Present” have laid a stress on preserving and promoting both the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of the City, saying that without this centuries-old heritage, it would be no more Lahore. “The recent studies on Lahore stress the need for questioning the colonial representation of the city's past and the process of 'modernisation',” said eminent historian and writer Prof Dr Tahir Kamran while addressing the seminar organized by the History Department of Government College University Lahore in collaboration with the Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC). The seminar was aimed at exploring the multiple ways of seeing the city by interrogating stereo-types generated as a result of political, social, cultural and religious biases and misrepresentations regarding history and culture of Lahore.


Punjab Higher Education Commission Prof Dr Mohammad Nizamuddin chaired the inaugural session of seminar which was also marked by the launch and deliberations upon “Lahore in the Time of the Raj”, a book by Prof Ian Talbot and Prof Tahir Kamran. Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah unveiled the book. Prof Kamran, the GCU dean faculty of social sciences and former Iqbal fellow at the University of Cambridge, said that dawn of modernity has given a new turn to pre-colonial and colonial globalized world of the City. The walled city was considered “inward-looking”, medieval, illiterate, uncivilized, while the newly developed areas in colonial Lahore, such as Model Town, Defence and Civil Lines, were considered “outward-looking”, modern, literate and civilized. “We also see such representation of Lahore in official documents, memoirs and tourist guides. Such a representation of Lahore is also reflected in our ways of seeing the city, especially by the youth,” he added.


Ali Usman Qasmi, historian, writer and assistant professor at LUMS, also showed his concerns, saying that “we need to discuss the logic of this new liberal model of development which is going to alter the city again, and we would not be able to retrieve what we are losing in terms of our cultural heritage.” Mr Qasmi said he was not only concerned about the physical elimination of their cultural heritage but also how thing were being intentionally eliminated from their minds. He said youth now considered the modern shopping malls as landmarks of Lahore instead Masjid Wazir Khan, which was highly unfortunate.  He said that the old Mohalla and Bradri systems were vanishing, and a new mode of living was emerging, and this change needed serious deliberations.   


GCU History Department Associate Professor Dr Tahir Mahmood said the due this modernization, Lahore had become fragmented as they saw an increasing class division on the basis of newly emerging wealthy classes, adding that new modes of production had substituted the traditional socio-political settings. Talking about Prof Kamran’s book, Prof Dr Mohammad Nizamuddin said he had wonderfully preserved the social, political and cultural history of Lahore. He said that the Government College Lahore had historically played a key role in promoting peace and tolerance in the society. He said strong student societies system of GCU was needed to be replicated in other educational institutions as well. Prof Nizamuddin said PHEC would fully fund the intellectual debates in the provincial universities on different issues.


Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah said that intellectual debates in academic institutions played key role in social development of the society. He said that the major objective of this seminar was to res-examine the stereotypes and assumptions conjured by meta-narratives of the colonial and post-colonial scholarships. He hoped that the historians would discuss poetry, drama, local histories, madrassa culture and the social life of the city at the seminar, and would give their insights into the relationship between pre-colonial, colonial and modern Lahore.    


Noted historian including Prof. Mohammad Waseem, Dr. Shahid Imtiaz, Mr. Iqbal Qaisar, Dr. Umber Bin Ibad and Mushtaq Soofi also addressed the seminar.




GCU student wins US study tour


Mominyar Khalid, a student of BA (Hons) Political Science at Government College University Lahore, has won the five-week study tour to the United States under the Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) program sponsored by the US State Department. The program will bring together 30 Pakistani undergraduate students with up to 15 U.S. students to address issues of public policy and democracy in the United States and comparing U.S. policy with that of Pakistan to be hosted by University of Massachusetts, Amherst. The Pakistani students will also travel to New York City, Boston, and Washington, D.C. during a one-week study tour component. GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah congratulated Mominyar Khalid, a holder of Daud Ilyas Medal and a Roll of Honour in Dramatics, saying that his selection for this prestigious program was an honor for GCU.





Int’l conference on Health Psychology concludes at GCU


The three-day international conference on “Health Psychology: Issues and Challenges” concluded at the Government College University Lahore with recommendations to the government, academicians and departments concerned to broaden the scope of health psychology, define standards of training of health psychologists in Pakistan and create jobs in hospitals, think-tanks and educational institutions especially schools for the qualified health psychologists.


“All the speakers at the conference have empirically emphasized on the role of religion, mysticism, and spirituality in preserving physical and mental health in the healing process, said Dr Syeda Shahida Batool, the Conference Chairman, while addressing the concluding ceremony chaired by Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) Chairman Prof. Dr. Mohammad Nizamuddin


More than 600 scholars and faculty members from 35 universities of Pakistan and delegates from Germany, the United Kingdom and Canada participated in 15 scientific sessions of the conference jointly organized by the GCU Psychology Department, PHEC, Higher Education Commission (HEC) and Punjab AIDS Control Program.


The speakers also deliberated upon organizing the Pakistan Association of Health Psychology and launching a research journal on health psychology in Pakistan for which world renowned psychologist and author Dr Christopher Lweis promised to provide his expert services. 




Addressing the concluding ceremony, Prof. Dr. Mohammad Nizamuddin laid a stress on indigenous research on health psychology, saying that that every society and culture had its own particular requirements, so it must not be tried to be fitted into the developmental concepts derived from Western experience of tradition-modernity-postmodernity. Prof Nizam said there were peace, tolerance and security on the GCU campus in comparison to other universities because this university had strong traditions, culture and a system of student societies i.e. debating, drama, quiz etc. which kept students engaged throughout the year in healthy activities of art and culture. The PHEC chairman said that this system was needed to be replicated in other universities as well.


Dr Richard Dr Visser from University of Sussex, UK said that his interaction with Pakistani psychology students during the conference was phenomenal, and he himself had learnt a lot from them. He said that there was strong realization in the world to focus on health psychology to modify human behaviors that have been implicated in the chronic illness, relieve pain and reduce stress.


Vice Chancellor Prof Hassan Amir Shah expressed gratitude to PHEC Chairman for the technical support and funding for the conference. He said that PHEC was organized just three years ago and it had already started making healthy contribution for the promotion research activities in the universities of Punjab. However, he said, the federal Higher Education Commission had been established 15 years ago and the contribution, it had made in development of universities, through its funding was remarkable. In 2004, the total number of research papers that were produced by the universities in Pakistan was just 800, and these figures have crossed 12,000 last year. The Vice Chancellor hoped that universities in Punjab would benefit from both the federal provincial higher education commissions.


GCU Dean Faculty of Social Sciences Prof Dr Tahir Kamran also addressed the closing ceremony of the conference. He said that the papers presented at the conference would add to their understanding that how psychological, behavioral and cultural factors contribute to physical health and illness of individuals.




Pakistan has shortage of 36,000 PhDs: HEC Chairman


Higher Education Commission Chairman Dr Mukhtar Ahmed has laid a stress on increasing the budget for higher education in Pakistan, saying that presently there is a shortage of 36,000 PhDs (doctor of philosophy) in the country. He was addressing a group of journalists from the federal capital during their visit to the Government College University Lahore. The visit was arranged by the HEC for enlightening the journalists about the academic and research development at GCU.


Speaking on the occasion along with Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah, the Chairman HEC said that after the 18th amendment, provincial higher education commissions were reality, so there was no as such conflict between federal and provincial higher education commissions. However, he said, the role of provincial higher education commissions was needed to be defined to end confusion and this issue would be amicably resolved in the Council of Common Interests (CCI).


This stance of Chairman HEC was also seconded by GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah, who said that it’s good for the universities to be benefited from both federal and provincial higher education commissions. However, he said, major budget of universities came from federal HEC.


Talking about the brutal incident in Khan Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan, Dr Mukhtar Ahmed said “this is something really serious and now the issue of extremism in educational institution is being given special attention and top priority by HEC as well.” “We are producing good scientists, doctors and engineers but we also have to ask ourselves that whether we are also producing good human beings or not, and this is where the role of universities is very important,” said Dr Mukhtar Ahmed. He said that a special conference of vice chancellors was being arranged by HEC in second week of May to devise a modus operandi for promotion of peace and tolerance in educational institutions. The Chairman termed GCU a role model educational institution in terms peace and promotion of tolerance.


Talking to the chairman HEC and journalists, Vice Chancellor Prof Hassan Shah said the Government College (now University) had always given a special focus to the character building and personality development of their students, and teaching them tolerance towards the beliefs, faith, race, religion and ideas of other people. However, he said, schools in Pakistan also needed special attention, as this was the right age for the personality development and moral training of students. The Vice Chancellor told journalists that GCU could not expand itself over the last few decades due the space constraints. “Now, a new campus of the university was under construction at Kala Shah Campus with a grant from the government,” he said


Earlier, GCU Director Academic Planning and External Links Ms Fauzia Shaheen briefed the visiting journalists about the history, traditions, infrastructure, research output and international linkages of the University. GCU Deans Prof Dr Islam Ullah Khan, Prof Dr Raiz Ahmad and Prof Dr Kamran Tahir also attended the meeting with journalists.





Int’l conference on Health Psychology begins at GCU


Speakers at the opening ceremony of three-day international conference on “Health Psychology: Issues and Challenges” at the Government College University (GCU) Lahore laid a stress on expanding the role of health psychologists in education and health sectors to modify human behaviors.


 “Despite the realization for overall unhealthy lifestyles, increasing ratio of chronic illnesses and escalating health care costs, the government is yet to focus on health psychology which help modify human behavior that has been implicated in the chronic illness, relieve pain, reduce stress, improve compliance with medicine and teach patients and family members to live with chronic diseases, said Dr Syeda Shahida Batool, the Chairperson of GCU Phycology Department in her inaugural address.  



Scholars and faculty members from 35 universities of Pakistan and delegates from Germany, the United Kingdom and Canada are participating in the three-day conference jointly organized by the GCU Psychology Department, Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC), Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC) and Punjab AIDS Control Program. The conference is spread over fifteen scientific sessions and six invited talks by eminent foreign psychologists.


Addressing the conference, Dr Batool, the chief organizer of the conference, highlighted that there was no scope of health psychology in Pakistan while standards of training of health psychologists were undefined. He said the role of health psychologists in the hospitals was not well-defined and sometimes it was confused with that of clinical psychologists.


In his presidential address at the opening ceremony, Punjab Minister for Higher Education Mr Raza Ali Gillani said that health psychology is broad field that covers multiple issues related to social, emotional and physical well-being. He hoped that this prestigious gathering of scholars and professionals would avail this responsibility and make recommendations to the government for meeting the challenges to their education and health care systems. He also said it was psychologists’ duty to reform the society. 


Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah said that the university had received more than 300 quantitative and qualitative research papers for the conference on coping stress, heart diseases, hypertension, cancer, eating disorders, infertility, arthritis, HIV/AIDS, diabetics, burden of care, and assessment issues in healthy psychology. He said that these papers would add to their understanding that how psychological, behavioral and cultural factors contribute to physical health and illness of individuals.   


In his key note address, Prof. Dr. Syed Ashiq Ali Shah from Kwantlen Polytechnic University British Columbia, Canada, highlighted the impact of psychosocial-cultural Influences on physical and mental health. He said arrogance, prejudice, xenophobia, and aggression eradicates happiness from life while gratitude, thankfulness, sincerity, love, and respect toward others are the source of true happiness in life.


Dr Barabara Keller from University of Bielefeld, Germany said health was not just absence of disease but the presence of positive well-being and movement towards positive directions. She said that this psycho-biosocial model of health had made health psychology a diversified but specialized field. She also believed faith and religion had key role in strong mental health of individuals. 


Adnan Zafar Khan, the Additional Secretary of Health Department, Punjab also laid a stress on expanding the role of health psychology, saying that one major challenge to mental health professionals was to manage chronic illnesses like cancer, arthritis, coronary heart disease, hepatitis, and HIV/AIDS. “To my view, this one of the major segments of population with chronic illness has largely been ignored while making health polices,” he said.







A grand alumni reunion night was held here at the Government College University Lahore. The event, oraginsed by the Old Ravians Union, was marked by a rocking music performance by noted singer Jawad Ahmed and the candid reminiscences of their student life by the eminent Old Ravians including the former Prime Minister, Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali.  The historical Gothic Style building of GCU was also illuminated for the reunion celebrations.


“It was the Government College Lahore, my alma mater, who gave me the courage to speak and stand for truth, and also the courage to the face disagreement and opposition, said Mr Jamali, who was the Captain of the GC Hockey team in his student life. The former prime minister said that roll of honor from GC was still one of the biggest prides of his life. He said that his college roll no. was 364 and they often made proxy calls for their friends in classrooms. However, he said that there was great respect for teachers in their student times. He believed teachers in their times nurtured the holistic self of the Ravians more than the typical business of teaching.


Jawad Ahmed said that it was the music society of the Government College Lahore where his passion for music got developed, and later became his profession. He shared memories of his first singing performance at the GC Nazir Ahmed Music Society as an intermediate student.



Old Ravians Union President Kazi Afaq Hossain announced the lifetime achievement award for noted anchor and Old Ravian Hamid Mir. He said the union every year awards lifetime achievement awards to eminent Old Ravians. And, this year union’s executive committee has decided to give away this award to noted anchor Hamid Mir for his contributions for freedom of press, democracy and his alma mater. Last year, this award was given to the late noted writer, Bano Qudsia. He appreciated the services of Prof Dr Khalid Butt for making ORU active and vibrant.


Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah said that a university requires multibillion rupees investment for new buildings, laboratories, classrooms, equipment etc, so therefore it is essential that both the government funding and fundraising by Old Ravians Union must continue for establishment of the state-of-the-art facilities at the University’s new campus at Kala Shah Kaku. The Vice Chancellor also reiterated said that the Old Ravians were their real strength who always helped them in advancing the University’s vision and mission.


ORU Honorary Secretary Prof Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt proudly said that GCU had strongest alumni in the country, which had always played active role in protection and development of their alma mater. He said five of GCU alumni were elected as prime ministers of Pakistan which included Main Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Yousaf Raza Gillani.


ORU General Secretary Rana Asadullah Khan said that old is certainly gold; the older your relations, the deeper would be the mark and linkage with the college. He urged the old Ravians to play active role in development of their alma mater.


Federal Minister for Railways Khwaja Saad Rafique, Punjab Minister Nadeem Kamran, Gymkhana Club Chairman Kamran Lashari, former chief secretary Pervez Masood, former IG Punjab Saadat Ullah Khan, Additional Chief Secretary Khawaja Shumail and a large number judges and police officers also attended the reunion. 




Smart devices put on display at GCU


The engineering students from different universities including Information Technology University Lahore (ITU) put on display their self-made smart devices, robots and innovative technologies at the Annual Projects Exhibition (APEX 2017), organized by the Electrical Engineering Department of Government College University Lahore.


About 21 smart devices were put on display which included a military spying robot, power distribution system for satellite, automatic solar irrigation system, autonomous self-balancing robot, visible light communication system, wireless water quality monitoring system and object positioning robotic arm with auto path-finding vehicle system.     


Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah said these students representing different universities had worked hard on over the past semester or two on these projects ranged from power electronics to surveillance and embedded systems. He said that different companies and funding agencies were also invited to APEX 2017 to witness and fund theses student projects. The Vice Chancellor also guided the students about the further research on their projects.


GCU Electrical Engineering Department Chairperson Dr Junaid Zafar said knowledge was nothing without its practical implementation, and new knowledge was created through the process of disseminating and applying existing knowledge. He said GCU APEX did not only provide opportunities the outgoing students to demonstrate their knowledge and technical skills to the companies but also educate and motivate the other students to come up with more innovative ideas and technologies. He said that around five private universities were also participating in the APEX 2017.


GCU Dean Faculty of Engineering and Technology Prof Dr Raiz Ahmed said that the market has become highly competitive for the engineers, and so have to be highly innovative and technically sound to survive. He said thousands of engineers were jobless in the country, so they were needed to be motivated and guided towards entrepreneurship. 


Later, the object positioning robotic arm developed by the team of GCU students secured the first position and cash award at the APEX 2017. Briefing the audience, the GCU students Rana Zeeshan Ahmed and Azeem Rasheed said that system included a servo-controlled robotic arm that carries and places objects at the positions on the vehicles. They said that it could be used in packaging industry, and also in operation theaters to carry surgical equipment and act as a helper.


The military spying robot having different detection sensors secured the second position. It was developed by the students of a private university. The wireless control unit of induction motor was adjudicated third.




Old Ravians beat VC XI by 16 runs


Former test cricketer Salim Malik was seen in action after many years at the annual festival cricket match at his alma mater, Government College University Lahore. The match was played between the teams of Old Ravians XI and Vice Chancellor XI at the University’s Oval Ground. Earlier, winning the toss Old Ravians XI chose to bat first and posted 148 runs in just 12 overs. The coin was tossed by Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah, while GCU Sports Board Chairman Prof Dr Ikram ul Haq and Director Sports Khadim Ali Khan were also present.


Old Ravians XI lost some early wickets but Salim Malik and Sajjad Akbar scored some quick runs in the middle overs. Salim Malik scored 30 runs which included one six and three fours. Sajjad Malik stayed on the wicket till the end and scored 41 runs. The VC XI could not face the heat and surrendered at only 133 runs. However, Wadood-ur-Rehman showed some resistance and played fine innings of 51 runs. Ali Manzoor’s four wickets resulted in the victory of Old Ravians XI by 16 runs. This is the consecutive fifth victory of Old Ravians XI in the festival cricket match being played for the last many decades.


Speaking on the occasion, Salim Malik said that GCU was one of the finest sports nurseries for producing top sportsmen for the country’s national teams, and had been maintaining its tradition of excellence in sports since 1947. He said playing for Old Ravians as former alumni of GC was a big proud moment for him. GCU Director Sports Khadim Ali Khan said that GCU provided ample sports facilities to students in diverse fields such as athletics, cricket, hockey, tennis, gymnastics, basketball, table tennis, boxing, swimming, rowing and squash.





GCU organizes seminar to debate on Pakistan’s economic policies

Speakers at a seminar at the Government College University Lahore have laid a stress on the government to also focus on rural poverty and public services, saying that inclusive growth policy is must for the country’s economic growth and national security.


Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah chaired the one-day seminar organized by the university’s Economics Department to debate on Pakistan’s economic policies in the light Shahid Ahmad’s latest book “RENTIER CAPITALISM”


In his opening remarks, Shahid Ahmed, a banker and former editor of United Nation’s Asia Pacific Development Journal, said that the success of East and South-East Asia had not been accidental; rather it had been driven by action to reduce rural poverty. He said that Pakistan had never confronted the problem of rural poverty since 1950s, nor invested in public services. This failure is a reflection of the power of the landed gentry and its urban allies. He said that the government must need to focus on the education and health services and develop infrastructure such as roads, ports and railways in rural areas to develop particular industries there. He believed the now country's ruling elite sharing out the spoils amongst themselves rather than taking measures to grow the size of the economy so that all might share in the resulting prosperity.


Addressing the seminar via video link, Dr Ijaz Nabi, a world renowned economist, said Pakistan needs an economic model which ensures inclusive growth which is must for its national security. He said that inclusive growth must be the part of Pakistan’s national security policy. He said in Malaysia, it was ethic confrontation which forced their ruling elite to adopt the policy of inclusive growth for their survival; especially the provision of equal high education opportunities to all. Dr Ijaz Nabi said that what should incentivize or motivate the ruling elite in Pakistan to have inclusive growth is national security.


Speaking on the occasion, Mirza Khalid Baig, the former chairman of Competition Commission of Pakistan, said that Pakistan taxation system had become highly complicated. He says “it’s not going to work and would promote nothing but tax evasion.” He said Shahid Ahmed in his book had very simply explained the reasons behind Pakistan's failure to bring prosperity to its people when compared to other East Asian and South-East Asian countries.


Vice Chancellor Prof Hassan Shah, Artists Association of Pakistan Chairman Prof Mian Ijaz ul Hassan and Economics Department Chairperson Uzair Ahsan also spoke at the seminar.





Old Ravians hold condolence reference for Nigar AhmaD at GCU


A condolence reference was held at the Government College University Lahore for the late Nigar Ahmad, a secular and development economist held the cradle high as a pioneer of women’s movement in Pakistan. Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah chaired the reference organised by the Old Ravians’ Union (ORU) to pay tribute to Nigar Ahmad’s life long struggle for the empowerment of women and leveling the class differences. Informally known in activist circles as Nigar ‘Apa’, she had passed away on February 24, 2017 at the age of 72. Nigar came to the forefront with her activism in 80’s and helped form the Women’s Action Forum (WAF) in Lahore in 1982. She is also known for founding the Aurat Foundation in Lahore in 1985.


Speaking on the on the occasion, Prof Hassan Shah said that Nigar Ahmad not only gave a new vision of empowerment to women but also taken practical initiatives for bringing the invisible (women) in the economy to the level where they are not only seen but are recognised and counted. Nigar studied for four years at the Government College Lahore, which she joined as an undergraduate student and left after completing her Masters in Economics. Actively embroiled in college life, she was a member of the GC Dramatics Club and later editor of The Ravi, the college’s literary magazine.


Remembering her friend, Neelam Hussain, an eminent writer, said that at her core, Nigar was a person of strong passions and great loyalties for places and people. In our last meeting, Neelam said, Nigar had expressed her unhappiness with the loss of old values in the society. As her assistant editor, Samina Rahman remembered the hard work put in by Nigar to each detail at every stage of the editorial process of The Ravi. Salima Hashmi, a painter and daughter of Faiz Ahmed Faiz, shedding light on the Nigar’s personality, saying that she was different from other female students. In a lighter mood, she said she was her husband Shoiab Hashmi’s most “incorrigible”, “irreplaceable” and “impossible” student of MA at GC, a student who refused to observe the norms unusually associated with the label. She said Nigar had always turned up with a large number of questions in the class. She also shared interesting incidents of her acting career with GC Dramatics Club. 


Nighat Said Khan, a social activist and academic, and Mehnaz Rafi, a politician, said Nigar was clear in her own mind about what she was doing, and this not only enabled her to enjoy life on her own terms, it also expanded the boundaries for others to come. Besides her son Ahmad and her daughter-in-law Kate, Nigar’s friends and close associates Samina Khan, Saima Jaisam and Irfan Mufti also addressed the condolence reference. ORU Secretary Rana Asad Ullah, Vice President Asjad Ghani Tahir and Honorary Secretary Prof Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt also spoke.  





Punjabi Mushaira, Faiz Poetry Contest held at GCU


A Punjabi Mushaira and Faiz Ahmad Faiz Poetry Competition were held at the Government College University Lahore this week in connection with the World Poetry Day. Noted Punjabi poets from all over Pakistan presented their poetry at the Mushaira, while students from 22 universities participated in poetry competition.


The Punjabi Mushaira was inaugurated with the traditional lighting of the candle by Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah. About 28 eminent Punjabi poets including Dr Sughra Sadaf, Younas Aqir, Murli Chohan, Asim Pehtayar and Habib Ullah presented the best of their poetry at the Mushaira held under the auspices of the University’s Punjabi Majlis. 



Speaking on the occasion, the Vice Chancellor revealed that GCU was going to establish the Punjabi Department very soon. He was very optimistic that the University would start admissions to the new BA (Hons) Punjabi this year. Prof Shah called upon the students to also study Punjabi literature for their spiritual elevation, saying that the world’s best mystic literature was available in Punjabi, and noted Punjabi classical poets could be juxtaposed with the best poets of the international languages. The Vice Chancellor believed that Punjabi must be taught to the children in schools.  


Later, a Bait Bazi, Ghazal and Nazam contests were the part of the 2nd Faiz Poetry Competition organized by the University’s Debating Society at Bukhari Auditorium. University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Lahore secured the first position in Bait Bazi, while Punjab University (PU) and University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) stood second and third. The Nazam competition was won by the UAF, while the teams from Fatima Memorial Hospital and PU were declared second and third. The Ghazal Contest was won by the team UET Lahore, while King Edward Medical College (KEMU) and Punjab College Lahore stood second and third in this category. The overall team trophy was lifted by the Punjab University.




GCU wins HEC Badminton championship


The Government College University Lahore has won the All Pakistan Inter-University Badminton Championship 2017 held under the auspices of Higher Education Commission (HEC). As many as 14 universities including the Punjab University participated in the final rounds of the championship held at Hamdard University Karachi.  The team GCU was comprised of Raja Hassnain, Ammad Ahsan Shiekh, Khalil-ur-Rehman, Fazal Rehman, Abu Zar Rasheed and Fareed Ahmad Sajad. GCU beat University of Central Punjab (UCP) by 3-0 in finals. Earlier, the GCU team also beat Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad in the Semi-Final in a close contest by 3-2. Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah, Sports Board Chairman Prof Dr Ikram ul Haq and Director Sports Khadim Ali Khan congratulated the winning team on their excellent performance. The Championship was won by the team GCU for the second consecutive year.


The winners of All Pakistan Inter-University Badminton

Championship 2017  pose for a photo with Vice Chancellor GCU





Cultural evening for Baloch students at GCU

A cultural evening was held at the Government College University Lahore in the honor of 193 students from different colleges and universities of Baluchistan visiting the provincial capital under the “Youth Mobilization Campaign” of the Punjab government.


“We must be proud of our cultural diversity, and should adopt a pluralistic approach; accept, respect and appreciate each other’s culture, faith and languages,” said Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah while addressing the cultural evening which was marked by the melodious performances by the university’s Nazir Ahmed Music Society (NAMS). The officials of Higher Education Department, Punjab and senior faculty of GCU also attended the cultural evening.


The delegation of Baloch Students pose for a group photo

 with the Vice Chancellor GCU


Prof Shah said pluralism was not merely tolerance towards each other’s cultural differences; rather it also required knowledge, acceptance and appreciation for them. The VC said that GCU was a mini-Pakistan where students from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds studied together and also learnt from each other. He said that a large number of students from Baluchistan also studied at GCU and were provided extensive support and scholarships as per guidelines by the Punjab government.


Earlier, the GCU students enthralled the Baloch students with traditional music and cultural dance performances. The GCU and Baloch students together presented the Balochi cultural performance at end of the ceremony, which met with a loud applause. They also visited the atomic and laser research facilities, natural history museum, Naqoosh center, sports complex and Allama Iqbal’s room at GCU.  





GCU staff cricket tournament


The GC University Lahore 4th Inter-Departmental Staff Cricket Tournament 2017 began at the university’s Oval Ground. Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah inaugurated the tournament by playing a couple of straight drives, while Registrar Saboor Ahmed Khan and Director Facilities Yousaf Bashir also participated in the inaugural match.


As many as 16 teams including of librarians, engineering cell, security guards, drivers and gardeners are participating in the week-long cricket tournament. “The Cricket Junoon is not over yet; and the final of Pakistan Super League in Lahore was just a new beginning of it,” said GCU Director Sports Khadim Ali Khan while talking to media at the inauguration of the GCU staff tournament.


Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor Prof Shah said that sports must be promoted among the people of all age groups because it kept them physically and mentally fit and active besides enhancing their personal abilities i.e. self-confidence, tolerance and decision power. He said that the most unique aspect of this GCU cricket tournament was that it ended discrimination among officers and lower cadre staff, and improved coordination and interaction among the staff members of different departments. 





Gilgit Baltistan Cultural Evening at GCU


From Shina Mili Nagma to the traditional Shepherd and Talwar dances; the Government College University Lahore has brought the culture and music of Gilgit Baltistan to Lahore. Eminent artists of the region including Ustad Jabir Khan Jabir and Ustad Mir Afzal performed at the ‘Gilgit Baltistan Cultural and Musical Evening” organised by the university’s Center of Excellence China Studies (CECS) and Gilgit Arts and Cultural Council at GCU. The cultural evening, began with the Hunza Hareep, a traditional music performance by Ustad Fida Hussain and his musicians, was also marked by a stunning Sitar and dance performances besides a traditional Burshiski song presented by Talib Hussain Talib.


Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah said that GCU had always strived to integrate academic excellence with social and cultural programs, aiming and promoting diversity, tolerance and co-existence. He said in light of regional developments like China Pakistan Economic Corridor, it had become imperative to highlight and promote a rich and beautiful culture of Gilgit Baltistan hidden behind those lofty mountains of northern areas. Prof Shah said terrorists wanted to spread fear but they would fail to deter Pakistan from its journey enlightenment and development. He directed the academic departments to also hold Sindhi, Punjabi and Baloch cultural evenings to apprise the students about the culture and traditions of all regions of the country.


In his opening speech, GCU CECS Director Prof Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt said that Gilgit Baltistan was also known as ‘bam’e jahan’ which translates to “the rooftop of the world”. However, he said, that the region was strategically located in middle of one of the highly nuclearized South Asian region. He said that the region was the host to so many languages including Shina, Brushiski, Khuwaar and Balti. Prof Butt said Shina was lingua franca of Gilgit–Baltistan, adding that this language without written script and alphabets had survived the onslaughts of globalization and capitalism. He said the folklores, music and oral training of the language had kept it alive from centuries. Appreciating the performances by artists, the CESE director said these artists had played a very vital role in bringing people together especially when the region was in the deep dark dungeons of sectarian violence. A large number of other artists from Giligit Baltistan including Numberdar Hussain Ali, Imtiaz Hussain Shehkay and Imtiaz Ahmad also performed at the music evening.





Conference on future prospects of clean energy in Pakistan


Speakers at a conference at the Government College University Lahore on “future prospects of clean energy in Pakistan” laid a stress on research on producing clean energy from indigenous resources. The one-day conference was organised by the university Electrical Engineering Department where eminent industrialists and energy experts presented different views about the challenges faced by Pakistan and other under-developing countries in going green for their energy requirements.


In his opening remarks, Engr Almas Haider, the former member Engineering Development Board and NTDC, said energy security should be Pakistan’s priority instead of just clean energy. “We should prefer generating energy from our available resources whether its coal, wind or solar instead of relying on imports,” he said. 


Engr Haider, who developed the ‘Engineering Vision 2012 for Pakistan’, said that Pakistan had been importing about $14b oil and gas every year which was the root cause all foreign loan. He said that in case of war Pakistan could face severe energy crisis. He said the previous governments in Pakistan had only added oil power generation projects, and even power generation plants had been installed away from the power consumption centers without any planning. However, he said that, slowly things are improving now and future would be certainly better.  He said that Pakistan had huge potential for coal power production, and now technology for producing power from all kinds of coal was available. He said that world over countries had been producing power from even least efficient coals.


However, Pakistan Engineering Council Chairman Engr. Jawed Salim Qureshi believed that Pakistan was moving in opposite direction from the world in energy sector, where smart grids were getting popular with energy source on the rooftop of very house or building causing no line-losses of billions of rupees and transportation cost. “Use the energy you want, and send the excess to the national grid via smart meters. This is what the world is planning or doing,” he said. Engr. Qureshi also said that the sustainable energy solution for Pakistan was only in solar, wind and hydropower mix. “We don’t need energy from any other source in the long term,” he said, laying a stress on the government to build national consensus on all dams including Kalabagh.


The PEC Chairman said that engineers were the only community in Pakistan which didn’t yet get service structure. He said that there were 50,000 jobless engineers in Pakistan, and demanded the government to announce national internship program for the engineers. He said that PEC had made it mandatory for all CPEC projects to appoint seventy percent of the engineers from Pakistan. “And, I assure we will get this clause implemented,” he said.


Talking about accreditation process for universities’ engineering programs, the PEC chairman said that “it is very unfortunate for Pakistan that education has developed as one of the most profitable businesses here, and there are very few private institutions which are working truly for the promotion of education.


Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah said GCU had been seriously deliberating on going solar, and would soon initiate a pilot project in this regard. He said that GCU electrical engineering program was relatively new, but their first few batches of graduates had done very well in the market.


Dr Nouman Zafar, Associate Professor of LUMS, said the energy production was not the only challenge for Pakistan where there had been a century old manmade evolving power distribution system. He also laid a stress on using advanced technologies for real time load management and controlling power theft. He said that solar smart grids could only become successful in Pakistan if a group of consumers are integrated into a micro smart grid at the community level which would reduce per consumer cost as well.


GCU Electrical Engineering Chairman Dr Juniad Zafar said the electrical power distribution network in Pakistan was a complex system with many geographical regions suffering from blackout, limited and intermittent supply. He said that investment in mega-scale solar energy generation projects could help mitigate these supply related problems and counterbalance the country’s growing dependence on imported oil. GCU Dean Faculty of Engineering Prof Dr Raiz Ahmad, Dr Syed Aun Abbas, Engr. Suleman Najeeb, Engr. Shahid Hussain and Dr Hassa J. Zaidi also addressed the seminar on the topics of rural grid evolution, challenges for hydropower generation and wind as renewable energy source.





GCU students design advertisement campaigns


The outgoing batch of Government College University Lahore Fine Arts Department put on display the advertisement campaigns on social issues and brands as their final projects. Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah inaugurated the exhibition at the University’s Professor Abdus Salam, where the management of different organizations were also invited to witness the digital artwork of these students, and offer them work, internships and jobs. As many as 21 final year students of Bachelor in Fine Arts (Hons.) displayed their projects which comprised of complete advertisement material, including billboards, posters, press and electronic media advertisements, calendars, pamphlets and social media pages for promotion of their brands and raising awareness about social issues.


Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah Vice Chancellor GCU  and visitors take keen interest in the final projects of fine arts students



A project, designed to launch of a social welfare organization named ‘Khoj’ for the people who are imperfect or considered imperfect due to their disabilities and sins i.e. physically and mentally challenged persons, drug addicts, khawaja sira etc. Talking about her work, Iqra Chaudhry said that the biggest truth was that there was nothing perfect in the world, so must treat all humans equally despite their imperfections and sins. The students also put only display advertisement camping related different food, music and clothing brands.


Speaking on the occasion, GCU Fine Arts Department Chaimran Mr Irfan Ullah Babar said that there had been a major shift in the market from manual artwork i.e. painting, calligraphy etc. to digital art work i.e. graphic designing, photography etc. in the last one decade. However, he said that creativity, imagination, technical knowledge and esthetic sense were must for the both kind of artworks. He said students didn’t take any sponsorship from these brands or NGOs for the work, because when they pay, they start dictating them which kills the creativity of their final project. However, they said now these brands were offering to purchase their work.


GCU faculty member Amna Anwaar Khan said that the models, used in different advertisement campaigns, were also the university students. Mostly advertisement shoots of these projects were also done on the university campus, for which students were provided maximum facilitation by the university administration.


Ms Amna Anwaar said this was the second outgoing batch of Bachelor in Fine Arts progarmme, and there was not a single student in the previous batch who didn’t get a job offer from a reputed company before the final examinations. She said that some of their female students were earning handsome amounts while staying at home through online jobs and projects. 


Talking to students, Vice Chancellor Prof Shah said advertisement campaign was a key behind the success of a product. He lauded that all the students had adopted a comprehensive approach for the promotion of their products and separately designed targeted campaigns for social campaign and general campaigns for electronic and print media.





Old Ravian initiates scholarship in parent’s name


An eminent Old Ravian and lawyers, Taffazul Hussain Rizvi, announced a donation of rupees one million to the Government College University Lahore Endowment Fund Trust (GCU-EFT) for initiating a scholarship in the name of his parents. “Mr & Mrs Talib Hussain Rizvi Golden Scholarship” would be given to a deserving student every year on merit and would cover his/her university fee as well as hostel expenses.   Mr Taffazul Hussain Rizvi handed over the donation’s cheaque to Vice chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah at a graceful ceremony at the VC’s office. GCU-EFT Executive Committee Prof Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt was also present.


Speaking on the occasion, Prof Butt said that this was fourth golden scholarship from the Rizvi family. He said that GCU was the only public sector university in Pakistan which had an active endowment fund giving scholarships to deserving students. He said that costs of education were rising every year and collective efforts were required to help the bright students of the society who could not afford their academic expenses.





Old Ravians are backbone of GCU: Justice Farrukh


Lahore High Court judge and Old Ravian Mr. Justice Muhammad Farrukh Irfan Khan have said that Old Ravians are the backbone of Government College University Lahore, and would continue to play their positive role for the progress and development of their alma mater and support the deserving students studying here.


In his key note address at the inaugural ceremony of newly-elected executive committee of Old Ravians Union at the University’s Bukhari Auditorium, Justice Farrukh said that GCU Endowment Fund, developed by its alumni, was role model for other educational institutions. “Wherever I go to attend the syndicate meetings as a representative of the Honorable Chief Justice, they asked me about this fund and that how could they develop it,” he said. He called upon the new executive to compile a record of all students who had studied here and devise a strategy to connect them with each other to make this union more proactive and vibrant.  He said that the time he had spent at GC as student, was the best period of his life.


GCU VC is giving away souvenir to the Justice M. Farrukh Irfan

on the eve of oath taking ceremony of ORU.


Justice Farrukh also said, “We, the Old Ravians, with the passage of the time don’t get older; we get wiser, so the senior most are the wisest.”

Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah said that ORU had traditionally played a very positive role as far as the College, now University, was concerned. “Whenever the college is was facing any trouble, they come to its rescue,” he said. He told the Old Ravians that the construction work at the GCU Kala Shah Campus had begun, and invited them to play active role for development of this campus of their alma mater that had been facing space constraints.


Qazi Afaq Hossain, the former federal secretary and newly elected ORU president, said that this position of President, Old Ravians, was the biggest honor of his life.  He appreciated the services of ORU Honorary Secretary Prof Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt, saying that “he’s the driving force behind all the activities of the union.”


Kamran Lashari, the outgoing ORU president, said that GCU had great traditions and values and these must be held up. He congratulated the new executive committee, saying that “the union is in better hands and would play an active role integrate the Old Ravians.” 






GCU, CSJ sign MoU for research collaboration


The Government College University (GCU) and Center for Social Justice (CSJ) Lahore signed an accord for indigenous research on issues of human rights, gender equality, minorities’ protection, civil liberties and democracy.


“We need to stop following Western parameters and paradigms in almost all disciplines including philosophy. The idea of universality of philosophy is no more in vogue,” said eminent philosopher and writer Prof Dr Mirza Athar Baig while laying a stress on indigenous research on social issues at the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signing ceremony, organized by the GCU Directorate of Academic Planning and External Links, at the university’s Syndicate Committee Room.


GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah and CSJ Lahore Executive Director Peter Jacob signed the agreement, and also agreed upon organizing invited lectures, seminars and conferences for raising awareness in the society about issues related to social justice. As per MoU, GCU would also introduce a course titled “foundation on human rights” for its graduation students.


Speaking on the occasion, Prof Baig said that philosophy must be done in its local and socio-cultural context; without which entire exercise would ultimately remain non-productive. “The concepts of rights, human dignity, freedom, equality etc must be done in indigenous background,” he said.


Peter Jacob said that tolerance was the need of hour. However, he said, it was virtually impossible without justice and strong democratic institutions. Vice Chancellor Prof Hassan Amir Shah said that GCU had always upheld the human and tolerant values in South Asia, and had never been hijacked by the extremism of any sort.


GCU Philosophy Department Chairperson Dr Sobia Tahir said the subject of philosophy is needed to be promoted among the youth, as the very ideas of rights, justice, representative government and human freedom have emerged from it, and it’s the only discipline which produces visible and pronounced difference in the mindset of students regarding the alternative point of view.


GCU Dean Faculty of Social Sciences Prof Dr Tahir Kamran highlighted the increasing religious and sectarian influence in Pakistani society. GCU Director Academic Planning and External Links Ms Fouzia Shaheen, Registrar Saboor Ahmed Khan and Dr Alwin Murad also spoke.







Sidra Amin and Zara Ahmad Khan, the two famous international sportswomen of Pakistan, were awarded their postgraduate degrees and prestigious rolls of honour in sports at the concluding session of 15th Convocation of Government College University Lahore. The provincial ministers for education, Syed Raza Ali Gillani and Rana Mashood Ahmed Khan, chaired the second and third sessions of the convocation, in which 608 of BA/BSc (Hons) and 314 students of MA/MSc received their degrees, academic medals and co-curricular/sports rolls of honour.    


Punjab Minister Rana Mashood Ahmed Khan and Vice Chancellor GCU give away degrees and medals

to Sidra Amin and Zara Ahmad Khan, the two famous international sportswomen of Pakistan


Sidra Amin, the star batsman of Pakistan women’s international cricket team, received her degree of Masters in Physical Education and Sports Rolls of Honour in Cricket, while Zara Ahmad Khan, the centre-forward of Pakistan’s international Basketball team, was conferred upon the degree of BSc (Hons.) in Biotechnology and Sports Rolls of Honour in Basketball and Tennis. Saifur Rehman, Hamza Malik, Hassan Yaqoob and Shoaib Ahmed also were awarded sports rolls of honour in Bodybuilding, Swimming, Hockey and Wrestling respectively.  


In his convocation address, Punjab Minister for Higher Education Syed Raza Ali Gillani said there was an urgent need to revisit the strategy and structure of education in order to address the needs of people; our education system intended to serve. He said that the Punjab government would take all necessary steps to bring at least five educational institutions including GCU in the ranking of world top universities.


The minister presented the cheque of Rs 100 million to GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah on the behalf of Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif. These were the funds; the Chief Minister had pledged just a day before for the GCU Endowment Fund Trust. “The chief minister wanted that a single day shall not be wasted, and these funds should be used for the welfare of bright students of GCU,” the minister said. Syed Raza Ali Gillani said that the Punjab government was considering providing Rs two billion in annual development budget to GCU for development of the KSK Campus.  

Punjab Minister Syed Raza Ali Gillani presents

a cheque of Rs 100 million to Vice Chancellor GCU.


Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor Prof Hassan Amir Shah said that with this donation of Rs 100 million, GCU Endowment Fund Trust had swelled to Rs 340 million, and these funds would help providing scholarships to the hundreds of deserving students who could not afford their academic expenses. The Vice Chancellor felt proud announcing the name of Sidra Amin, saying that “GCU has produced hundreds of sportsmen who felt Pakistan proud at the international level, and I am very happy to see that female students of GCU are also excelling in sports, and this was first time that GCU has awarded the roll to honour in cricket to a sportswoman.”


Speaking on the occasion, Sidra Amin said that this was the proudest moment of his life as he was passed from GCU with its top award, rolls of honour. She said that she had taken a leave from national camp in Karachi to attend this great moment of life. “Besides education, GCU has also given me the confidence and courage,” she said.


Later, Rana Mashood Ahmed gave away academic medals to the position holders of BA/BSc and MA/MSc students. This year, girls have once again outshined boys in academics and secured 24 of 37 academic medals and rolls of honours.





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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