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GCU produces PhD in Physics

The Government College University, Lahore has produced a doctor of philosophy (PhD) in the field of Physics. Jamil Ahmad Siddiquee completed his thesis on the topic of “Synthesis of Tantalum and Niobium based Nitride and Oxy Nitride films in Plasma Environment” under the supervision of Dr Tousif Hussain and Co-Supervisor Dean Faculty of Engineering Prof Dr Riaz Ahmad. The GCU Examination Department has issued a notification after approval of thesis. GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah congratulated Jamil Ahmad Siddiquee on completion of PhD.





GCU pays tribute to Nobel laureate Abdus Salam 


Speakers at a seminar at the Government College University Lahore said that the inspiring and fascinating story of Nobel Laureate Prof Dr Abdus Salam must be told to every child in the third world countries.  “It is a story of a Pakistani village boy who starts his life from a remote area of Jhang and becomes the towering personality in the world of Physics,” they said.

The seminar was jointly organized by the university’s Jones Physics Society, Salam Chair and the Pakistan Physical Society to pay tribute to the Pakistan’s only Nobel Laureate in the field of science for his contribution to the landmark electroweak unification.



In his keynote address, Dr G. Murtaza, Professor Salam Chair, GCU, said the story of a village boy from Jhang inspires all the young people with the idea that, wherever they may come from in the world, they too can make careers in science or indeed in any other profession at present dominated by the rich countries. He said that Prof Salam’s achievements were not confined to the Nobel Prize. At the age of 33, he became Fellow of the Royal Society London. He was the first Pakistani and the first from the Muslim world to achieve that distinction. At the age of 38, Salam became the Director of the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) Trieste, Italy in 1964, which he had created himself after a great struggle and against stiff resistance to provide scientists from the third world with opportunities to conduct research and to study new developments in physics and mathematics. He said that the Center remains to this day a monument to Salam's determination. For his contributions towards peace and promotion of International Science Collaboration, Prof Salam got the Atoms for Peace Medal and Award. He became fellow and member of more than 30 academies/societies of the world and was awarded D.Sc. Honoris Causa by more than 40 universities of the world. There is a long list of his achievements, honors and awards.


Dr Ghulam Murtaza, who was also taught by Dr Salam himself at the Imperial College London, also touched on the humble upbringing, strong character and virtues of the great scientist.


Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah said it is remarkable how the Italian have owned Prof Salam and honored him. The International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Italy has preserved all his documents, awards, shields, souvenirs and his personal collection of books including his Chair and Hukka etc. in a separate room called Salam Room in the library of the center. He said it was matter for GCU that Prof Salam had studied and taught here.


Dr Faisal Akram from Centre for High Energy Physics, Punjab University paid tribute to Prof Salam by telling the participants about his electro-weak theory and its modern implications. He said the scientific work of Salam is one of the great achievements of the 20th century and is regarded an important step towards ultimate unity of all forces in nature. Prof Salam believed that “science is as important for the development of a country as the army is for its defense”. The speakers also highlighted the interest of Dr Abdus Salam in poetry and Urdu literature referring to some of the letters that he had written to his teachers and close friends. GCU deans Prof Dr Islam Ullah Khan and Prof Dr Raiz Ahmed also attended the seminar.





The Punjab government appointed renowned historian Prof Dr Tahir Kamran Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and eminent physicist Prof Dr Raiz Ahmad Dean, Faculty of Engineering at the Government College University Lahore for a period of three years on the recommendations of Vice Chancellor Prof Hassan Amir Shah against the posts that were lying vacant since their inception in 2002 and 2009 respectively.


“It’s a great satisfying moment; the university which was dean-less just few months ago, has now deans in all its four faculties,” said Prof Shah while expressing gratitude to Punjab Chief Minister Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif and Punjab Governor Malik Muhammad Rafique Rajwana on the appointments.

Prof Dr Raiz Ahmad is currently serving as Chairman, GCU Physics Department and has around 80 international research papers to his credit. He is a PhD from the Imperial College, UK. He was instrumental in establishment of XRD Laboratory at the Centre for Advanced Studies in Physics. 


Prof. Dr. Tahir Kamran

Prof. Dr. Riaz Ahmad

Prof Dr Tahir Kamran is currently serving as Chairman, GCU Department of History. He also served on the prestigious post of Iqbal Fellow at the University of Cambridge UK. He authored several international publications specifically on the history of the Punjab, sectarianism, democracy, and governance. The post of Dean of Arts and Social Sciences has been lying vacant for the last 14 years. 


The Vice Chancellor said he had empowered his deans in all academic and research matters contrary the previous precedents when it was just considered a ceremonial post. He hoped that the deans would play a key role in the academic uplift of the University.





The Government College University Lahore has produced a doctor of philosophy (PhD) in Physics. Ms. Hafsa Naim completed her PhD under the supervision of eminent physicist Prof Dr G. Murtaza. The degree is awarded on her excellent research in the field of “Alfven and Magneto-acoustic Waves in Space and Laboratory Plasmas”. GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah congratulated Hafsa Naim on completion of her PhD.





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