The Government College University (GCU) Lahore on Monday celebrated its 160th Founders’ Day, marking a significant milestone in its educational journey that started on January 01, 1864 in the Haveli of Raja Dhyan Singh in the Walled City Lahore as the liberal arts and Science College.
The historical institution has grown over the years, now accommodating over 15 thousand students, a substantial increase from its humble beginning with only 9 students.
A special event for the 160th Founders' Day was organized at the University’s Abdus Salam Hall, featuring the participation of Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Ahmad Adnan and former Vice Chancellor Prof. Hasan Amir Shah. Former Dean Prof. Dr. Khalid Manzoor Butt also addressed the event, highlighting the institution's rich history and emphasizing the importance of preserving its traditions.
The event was attended by a large number of Old Ravians, showcasing the enduring connection and loyalty of the alumni to their alma mater.
Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Khalid Butt stressed the significance of not experimenting with institutions like Government College, emphasizing that such establishments are rooted in tradition.
Addressing the challenges faced by the institution, Vice-Chancellor Prof. Ahmad Adnan acknowledged the difficulties but assured that all possible steps were being taken for improvement. He announced reductions in hostel charges and fees, with plans to overcharged higher tuition fees in the coming year.
Vice Chancellor Prof. Adnan also revealed that new admission policyresulted in nothing but reducing admissions. He emphasized the need to improve the quality of education while also addressing financial concerns. Despite the challenges, the Vice-Chancellor expressed determination in steering Government College towards excellence.
Dr. Fareed Malik, an Old Ravian, also shared his insights during the Founder's Day event, contributing to the celebration and reflecting on the institution's enduring legacy.