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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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