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Research at GCU

 

 

 

 

About the GCU Research

 

The Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialization (ORIC) is an initiative of the Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan. The HEC has taken this step to enhance the capacity of the academic institutions to manage all research issues.

 

In pursuit of this Prof. Dr. Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman, Vice Chancellor, GC University, Lahore established the Directorate of Research, Innovation and Commercialization (ORIC) to promote research culture in the University. Prof. Dr. Muhammad Zakria Butt, TI was appointed as its founding Director.

 

The main purpose of the ORIC is to develop, expand, enhance and manage the University's research programmes and to link research activities directly to the educational, social and economic priorities of the University and its broader community. The ORIC is also responsible for ensuring that the quality of research reflects the highest international standards and advances the stature of the University among the world's best research institutions.

 

The ORIC is further responsible to guarantee that all research programmes and policies reflect the core values of academic freedom, professional integrity and ethical conduct and full compliance with all policies, legal requirements and operational standards of the University. The Syndicate GC University, Lahore in its 35th meeting held on November 22, 2011 entrusted the Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialization (ORIC) with the following functions and duties:

 

Office of Research Innovation and Commercialization

  • Formulating GCU policy and implementation strategies for research and innovation.

  • Coordinating and supporting national and regional research and innovation programmes.

  • Improving quality of GCU research journals! publications.

  • Creating uniformity, transparency and internal efficiency in prioritizing, planning, implementing and monitoring research projects at GCU.

  • Developing procedures for approval, control and monitoring of research projects.

  • Encouraging academic staff and researchers to promote research activities within the University.

  • Identifying and locating research funds and providing assistance to academic staff for preparing and sending research proposals to national and international funding agencies.

  • Coordinating MS/MPhil/PhD research programmes.

  • Increasing and diversifying external research funding.

  • Improving and ensuring quality of research produced by faculty, researchers and students of GC University, Lahore, etc.

  • Coordinating advisory services of the University for the benefit of the Government Departments and Industries.

  • Commercialization of research results! products.

  • Arranging evaluation of research publications of faculty members and publishing of research journal’s of the University.

  • Providing recommendations and suggestions to Advanced Studies and Research Board (ASRB) on regular basis and acting as Secretariat of Advanced Studies and Research Board.

Research Work  

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Though, GC University, Lahore has a long and established tradition of research, emphasize is now shifted to the quality of output. Accordingly, we have re-designed our research programmes across disciplines to make this work meaningful and academically rewarding.

 

GC University allocates fairly large sum of money for the research projects of all departments and the allocation has been substantially increased over the years. This year GC University research allocation is Rs. 6.0 Million in addition to the research grants given by HEC, the Science Foundation, PTCL and other agencies. Consequently, we have managed to constantly improve the quality of research work in physical and social sciences besides increasing the scope of research activities. This work is carried out under the supervision of GC University Advanced Studies and Research Board. Please click Here for the list of Synopses of PhD Theses approved by the Advanced Studies and Research Board (ASRB) GC University Lahore

 

Foreign Professors and Researchers

 

At present, twelve foreign professors are working in different departments of GC University, Lahore on long-term basis. Some foreign professors are expected to join very soon. We also had a number of foreign visiting professors last year, who taught short courses in different disciplines during the academic session. Their presence on our campus has reinvigorated academic programmes and strengthened research activities.

 

The World Bank Research Project

 

The World Bank has commissioned the Economics Department of GC University, Lahore to carry out a study on the impact of WTO Regime on Pak-India trade and industry. This study has great academic and economic significance in the current environment. 

 

Major Research Projects in collaboration with Different Industries

 

The following major sponsored research programmes are in progress in Biotechnology Research Centre in collaboration with different Industries:-

  1. Process development for celluloses production for industrial use (sponsored by HEC in collaboration with National Feed Industry, Sheikhupura).

  2. Optimization of cultural conditions on the biosynthesis of xylanases by locally isolated Aspergillus niger (sponsored by Pakistan Science Foundation in collaboration with National Feed Industry, Sheikhupura).

  3. Improvement of Aspergillus niger stain for citric acid production (sponsored by Pakistan Science Foundation in collaboration with Razo Chemicals, Lahore).

  4. Improvement of a yeast strain for the biosynthesis of L-phenylacetylcarbinol (L-PAC) (sponsored by HEC in collaboration with Alpha Chemical, Lahore).

University Society Interactive Group (USIG) has been established to promote interaction between the University and Society to enrich the intellectual and cultural resources of the University and reciprocally to fulfil the multidimensional needs of the clients of the University.

 

University-Industry Linkage Group (UILG) has been formed to explore the possibilities of Linkages between the University and the Industrial world.

 

Technology Transfer Office (TTO) was established in GC University in November 2001 to develop linkages and research collaborations between GC University and Private Sector Industries. Following steps have already been taken in this connection:-

  1. Inducted representative from industries in our Board of Studies as one of the members helping us to tailor our curricula in accordance with needs of the industrial market

  2. Launched M.Sc. Industrial Chemistry Programme and the Internship in a leading industry of at least three months is the basic requirement of this programme.

Research Grant

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GC University postgraduate departments are receiving research grants mostly from the foreign universities, like Strathclyde University, U.K., Cranfield University, UK, etc, World Bank, British Council, national institutes and organizations like PAEC, PSF, KRL, etc, Higher Education Commission, Islamabad, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of Pakistan and University's own resources.

 

Research Facilities

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Science Departments like Botany, Chemistry, Physics and Zoology are well equipped with the necessary equipment/instruments required for the research work. Centre for Advanced Studies in Physics (CASP) has latest labs, including Laser lab, Material lab, Accelerator lab, Nano Technology lab, Plasm Focus lab. Computer Science Department has latest computing facilities including SUN SERVERS (Sun Solaris) for students and faculty. Testing and computer labs and Internet facility are available. Collaboration of the foreign faculty of Abdus Salam School of Mathematical Sciences (ASSMS) is available to carry on advanced research. Computer labs, internet facility, multimedia, overhead projector, air conditioned library, research lab and seminar room are available in various departments of Science and Arts (Humanities) group.

 

Research leading to a higher degree may be undertaken on an individual basis or as part of a team working on a specific project. For individuals, the possibilities are limitless, but since advice and guidance from your research supervisor is invaluable, it obviously makes good sense to choose an area where there is particular expertise among the staff.

Research opportunities are available in all Faculties, Schools/Centers  of the University. Further information on research opportunities can be obtained from the Chairperson of the appropriate departments. 

 

 

Research Projects  

TOP

  • UNDER IMPLEMENTATION

Sr. No.

Name of Project / Proposal

Funding Agency

Approval Date

Dept.

Approved Cost

(million)

Completion Time (months)

Expected Date of Completion

 1

A Research based Comprehensive Persian-Urdu Dictionary Project

GCU

2003

Persian

1.2

10

31-12-2013

 2

Approximation Properties and Same Classes of Operators

PI: Oleg Ivanovich Reinov

HEC

5-10-2004

ASSMS

1.00

-

30-06-2013

 3

Researches on Infinite Factors of Words Over a Finite Alphabet

PI: Ioan Tomescu

HEC

26-4-2005

ASSMS

1.00

-

30-06-2013

 4

The American Put Option in One Dimensional Diffusion Model

PI: Malkhaz Shashiashvili

HEC

31-10-2005

ASSMS

1.00

-

30-06-2013

 5

Invariants for Conjugacy Braid Groups

PI: Barbu Berceanu

HEC

31-10-2005

ASSMS

1.00

-

30-06-2013

 6

Combinatorial Method in Commutative Algebra

PI: Mircea Becheanu

HEC

15-12-2005

ASSMS

1.00

-

30-06-2013

 7

Mapping Properties of Singular Integrals and Potentials in Weighted Function Spaces with Applications in PDE

PI: Alexander Meskhi

HEC

06-03-2006

ASSMS

1.00

-

30-06-2013

 8

Finding Ramsey Numbers and Edge Magic Total Labeling on Particular Graphs

PI: Edy Tri Baskro

HEC

24-03-2006

ASSMS

1.00

-

30-06-2013

 9

Longest Cycles and Hamiltoncity

PI: Tudor Zamfirescu

HEC

24-03-2006

ASSMS

1.00

-

30-06-2013

 10

Lefschetz Property and Complete Intersections

PI: Dorin Popescu

HEC

19-04-2006

ASSMS

1.00

-

30-06-2013

 11

Three Problems on Liner Dynamical System

PI: Vakhtang Lomadze

HEC

30-11-2006

ASSMS

1.00

-

30-06-2013

 12

Duality Bounded-Ness and Exponential Stability for Evolution Families on Branch Spaces

PI: Constantin Buse

HEC

30-11-2006

ASSMS

1.00

-

30-06-2013

 13

Two Problems in Commutative Ring Theory

PI: Tiberiu Dumitrescu

HEC

30-11-2006

ASSMS

1.00

-

30-06-2013

 14

An International Comparative Study on Student's Personality: Values & Weil- Being

Hong Kong / Pakistan

2007

Psychology

Help Researchers from Hong Kong in date collection

-

-

 15

Convex Functions & Applications

PI: Constantin P. Niculescu

HEC

15-01-2007

ASSMS

1.00

-

30-06-2013

 16

Towards Classification of Simple Finite Dimension Modular Lie Superalgebras

PI: Dimitry Leites

HEC

06-02-2007

ASSMS

1.00

-

30-06-2013

 17

Unsteady Flow of an Old Royd-B & Fluid Between Two Side walls Prependicular to the Plate

PI: Constantin Fetecau

HEC

12-02-2007

ASSMS

1.00

-

30-06-2013

 18

Commutative Algebra and Combinatorics

PI: Jurgen Herzog

HEC

20-03-2007

ASSMS

1.00

-

30-06-2013

 19

Production of bioenergy from plant biomass

PI: Dr. Ikram ul Haq Khan

Ministry of Science and Technology

03-11-2007

Biotech

56.164

36

Extension Requested

 20

Production of Bioenergy from Plant Biomass

MoST

2008

Biotechnology

56.164

48

30-06-2013

21

Seismological Studies

PI: Dr. Zaheer ud Din Khan

Gondwana TREE-RING Laboratory, New Zealand and Earth Conservatory Columbia University, New York, USA

2009

Botany

-

24

2011

22

Conservation Status of Flora of Punjab: Environmental Implications and Plant Red Data List for Punjab

PI: Dr. Zaheer ud Din Khan

HEC

01-04-2009

Botany

1.178901

36

2013

23

Agreement for Research and Product Development

DESCON Chemicals

2010

Chemistry

2.3

36

June, 2013

24

Ethnofloristic Study of Sub-Tropical Zone of District Kotli, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan

PI: Dr. Zaheer ud Din Khan (1st Annual report due)

HEC

19-3-2010

Botany

2.893678

36

2013

25

Establishment of magnetron Sputtering Device and Characterization Facility for Thin Film Deposition

PI: Dr. Riaz Ahmad (1st Annual report due)

HEC

18-10-2010

Physics

8.16768

24

-

 26

Total Solution Based Organic-Inorganic Solar Cells for Enhanced Efficiency and Stability

PI: Dr. Salamat Ali

HEC PAK- USAID

24-11-2010

Physics

20.495547

36

23-11-2013

27

Drought Reconstruction ofGilgit and the Hunza Valleys using Tree-rings (Co-PI) in Collaboration with Urdu Science University Karachi

HEC

22-12-2010

Botany

2.279414

36

2013

28

GCU-ZEF Research Collaboration

DAAD, Germany

2011

Pol. Science

0.10

36

Sep, 2014

29

Spatial distribution of freshwater Phytoplankton, with special reference to Harmful Algal Blooms in Southern Punjab, Pakistan

PI: Dr. Ghazala Yasmeen Butt (1st Annual report due)

HEC

25-01-2011

Botany

3.532

36

2014

30

Synthesis of Bioactive Benzofurans, Dihydroisocoumarins and Pyrimidines

HEC

15-03-2011

Chemistry

0.50

12

22-03-2013

31

Enhanced production of L- lysine by bacteria in stirred fermentor for chick feed industry

PI: Dr. Mohsin Javed

Pakistan Science Foundation

06-06-2011

Biotech

1.9189

24

31-08-2013

32

Cloning and characterization of alpha amylase from Thermotoga petrophila for textile industry

PI: Dr. Ikram ul Haq Khan

Pakistan Science Foundation

06-06-2011

Biotech

2.684

24

31-08-2013

33

Bioactive Phytopharmaceuticals from Caryopteris odorata and Rhyncosia pseudo-cajan

PI: Dr. Muhammad Athar Abbasi

HEC

11-07-2011

Chemistry

1.468024

36

10-07-2014

34

Theoretical & Numerical Study of Different Electrostatic & Electromagnetic Modes with Two Temperature Non-Maxwellian Distribution Functions

PI: Dr. Muhammad Nouman Sarwar Qureshi

HEC

29-09-2011

Physics

2.044488

36

28-02-2015

35

Restoring Dry Land Ecosystem & Threatened Native Vegetation in the Indus Plains of Southern Pakistan

PI: Dr. A. U. Khan

BGCI

December, 2011

SDCS

$US 0.0125

18

15-06-2013

36

Private Sector Agricultural R&D Inputs and Innovations in Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Sub-Saharan Region"

PI: Dr. Faheem Qureshi

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

2012

Chemistry

$ 0.500

24

August, 2011

37

Synthesis and Structure-Activity Relationship Studies on Some New N-Alkylated / Arenylated Sulfonamides bearing 1,4- Benzodioxane Moiety

PI: Dr. Muhammad Athar Abbasi

HEC

15-02-2012

Chemistry

2.308158

36

14-2-2015

38

Air cleaning system: Chemical kinetic control of pollutant gases over nanocatalysts

SUPARCO

15-05-2012

Chemistry

1.0

12

15-05-2013

39

Capacity Building of Research Facilities of CASP

PI: Prof. Dr. Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rehman

HEC

08-08-2012

CASP

14.189967

24

08-08-2014

40

Synthesis, characterization and application of lanthanide nano particles doped on ZnO, Ti02, Si02

PI: Dr. Muhammad Akhyar Farrukh

TWAS, Italy

10-10-2012

Chemistry

$ 0.01212

18

10-03-2013

41

Removal of organophosphorus pesticides using Fe Nanoparticles (Fe NPs) imbolized in cyclodextrin-silica matrix (Malaysian Ringgit = 159478.32 )

PI: Dr. Muhammad Akhyar Farrukh

Universiti Sains Malaysia

14-12-2012

Chemistry

5.074628

24

14-12-2014

42

Synthesis, Characterization and Biological Activities of Sulfonamide Derivatives Bearing 1,3,4-Oxadiazole and Piperidine Nucleus

PI: Dr. Aziz-ur-Rehman

HEC

11-01-2013

Chemistry

2.834988

36

10-01-2016

43

Bacteriostatic Applications of iron oxide doped tin oxide loaded with metals (Zn, CU and Ag) nanoparticles synthesized via hydrothermal method

PI: Dr. Muhammad Akhyar Farrukh

PSF

12-03-2013

Chemistry

1.36

24

11-03-2015

44

Decyling Numbers of Graphs

PI: Sheng Bau

HEC

-

ASSMS

1.00

-

30-06-2013

45

On Total Labeling of Graphs

PI: Martin Baca

HEC

-

ASSMS

1.00

-

30-06-2013

46

Reiteration for the K- Interpolation Method and Applications

PI: Georgi Eremiev Karadzhov

HEC

-

ASSMS

1.00

-

30-06-2013

47

Mathematical Models and Algorithms for Dynamic Control of Maximum Allowable Discharge (MAD) in Rivers with Ecological and Econmic Constraints

PI: Kartlos Joseph Kachiashvili

HEC

-

ASSMS

1.00

-

30-06-2013

48

Mathematical Inequalities and Application

PI: Josip Pecaric

HEC

-

ASSMS

1.00

-

30-06-2013

49

Yang-Mills Bar Equation and Applications

PI: Hong Van Le

HEC

-

ASSMS

1.00

-

30-06-2013

50

Oral History

British Academy

-

History

-

-

-

51

ZEF

Bonn University, Germany

-

History

-

-

-

 

TOTAL

 

 

 

Rs. 211.8584

$ US 0.52462

 

 

(01-07-2013)

 

  • SUBMITTED FOR APPROVAL

Sr.

No.

Project

Funding Agency

Department

Cost

(in Million)

Submission Date

Status

1

Development of Biosorption Systems for the Removal of Heavy Metals from Industrial Waste Waters

PI: Dr. Ikram ul Haq

HEC (Pak-US Science and Technology Cooperation Program)

Biotechnology

$ 0.504811

25-11-2010

Submitted to DG Research, Directorate of Research, Extension and Advisory Services, UET Lahore for further submission to HEC

2

Process Development for the Production of Thermostable Lipases for Industrial Use

PI: Dr. Ikram ul Haq

-do-

Biotechnology

$ 0.428802

-do-

-do-

3

Process Development for the Production of Thermostable Phytase for Chick Feed Industry

PI: Dr. Ikram ul Haq

-do-

Biotechnology

$ 1.099643

-do-

-do-

4

Capacity Building and Collaborative Research Development Novel Multi-Functional Nanostructured Carbon Materials

PI: Dr. Riaz Ahmad

-do-

Physics

$ 0.260865

-do-

-do-

5

Inland Impacts of Environmental Pollution (Water and Air) From Local and Regional Sources in Lahore, Pakistan

PI: Dr. Islam Ullah Khan

-do-

Chemistry

$ 0.308152

-do-

-do-

6

Synthesis of Various Therapeutic Agents Bearing 1,3,4-oxadiazole Nucleus using Natural Piperine

PI: Dr. Aziz ur Rehman

-do-

Chemistry

$ 0.396800

-do-

-do-

7

Catalytic Activity of La/SnO2/Ni-SnO2 Nanoparticles Towards the Reduction of Organic Pollutants and Gas Sensors

PI: Dr. Muhammad Akhyar Farrukh

-do-

Chemistry

$ 0.546300

-do-

-do-

8

Entomological surveillance and molecular detection of dengue viruses in vector mosquitoes as an early warning tool for the control of dengue in Pakistan

PI: Dr. Nusrat Jahan

-do-

Zoology

$ 0.197181

-do-

-do-

9

Capacity Building in the Preservation of Environment

PI: Dr. Zaheer ud Din Khan

HEC (Korean Grant Aid)

Botany

184.134

03-04-2012

Approved by HEC and forward to S&T Division, Planning Commission for final approval.

10

Capacity Building and Human Resource Development in Cybernetics and Robotics

PI: Dr. Muhammad Saleem Khan

HEC (Korean Grant Aid)

Computer Science Dept.

125.986

03-04-2012

Approved by HEC and forward to S&T Division, Planning Commission for final approval.

11

Lanthanum Doped Tin Oxide-titanum Oxide Nano-photocatalyst and its Application in Development of Nanofiltration System for Industrial Waste Water Treatment

PI: Dr. Muhammad Akhyar Farrukh

HEC

Chemistry

6.30

September, 2012

Submitted to HEC for approval

12

Environment Friendly and Sustainable Increase in Crop Yield of Chickpea

PI: Dr. Safdar Ali Mirza

HEC

Botany

9.28545

21-11-2012

Submitted to HEC for approval

13

Improving Table Grape Production in Pakistan Utilizing Biotechnology and Innovative Vineyard Management Strategies

PI: Dr. Atif Yaqub

HEC (Pak-US Science and Technology Cooperation Program)

Zoology

$ 0.144035

22-11-2012

Forwarded to competent authority by Department of Zoology

14

Use of Beta Vulgaris as Potential Source for Food Dye

PI: Mr. Tariq Rizwan

Pakistan Science Foundation

Botany

1.468596

11-12-2012

Submitted to Pakistan Science Foundation for approval.

15

Preparation and validation of ethnoveterinary herbal product for the control and treatment of trypanosomiasis (surra) in camels

PI: Dr. M. Fiaz Qamar & Dr. Nusrat Jahan

Research Project Under Pakistan Agriculture Research Board (Parb) Cgs System

Zoology

21.659

 

Under review

16

Status and Assessment of Impact of Pollution on Amphibian Populations of Lahore, Pakistan

PI: Dr. Atif Yaqub

WWF, Pakistan

Zoology

0.449

 

Approved by the Review Committee

17

Development of Wolbachia as an agent to block dengue transmission through mosquitoes in Paksitan

PI: Dr. Nusrat Jahan

Pakistan-US Science and Technology Cooperation Program 2012

Zoology

$ 0.359154

 

Submitted

18

Molecular and Morpho-anatomic Characterization of Aphyllophorales of some diversity rich sites in Swat Valley, their co-relation with below ground mycoflora

PI: Dr. Muhammad Hanif

HEC

Botany

0.50

12-03-2013

(Startup Research Project Summary Sheet)

Submitted to HEC for approval

19

Biodiesel Production from Microalgae

PI: Dr. Ghazala Yasmeen Butt

HEC

Botany

8.03275

11-04-2013

Submitted to HEC for approval

20

Synthesis of Bioactive Oxygen and Nitrogen containing molecules bearing Benzodioxal Heterocycles

PI: Dr. Aziz-ur-Rehman

HEC

Chemistry

5.3176

26-06-2013

Submitted to HEC for approval

 

Total

 

 

Rs.363.1326&

$4.245743

 

 

(01-07-2013)

 

 

 

GCU Faculty Publications

 

Please click here for detail of the GCU Faculty Publications.

 

(Source: System Analyst Office GCUL 12-01-2011)

 

Faculty Wise Research Publications

 

Sr. No Faculty Male Female Total
1 Faculty of Languages, Islamic and Oriental Learning 203 12 215
2 Faculty of Science and Technology 1202 81 1283
3 Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences 112 53 165
Total 1517 146 1663

(Source: System Analyst Office GCUL 27-10-2011)

 

Faculty wise research projects

 

Sr. No Faculty Male
1 Faculty of Languages, Islamic and Oriental Learning 0
2 Faculty of Science and Technology 78
3 Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences 29
Total 107

(Source: System Analyst Office GCUL 27-10-2011)

 

 

News & Events

 

Research shall not stay buried in journals: VC

 

Prof (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GC University Lahore laid a particular stress on commercialization of research, saying that research papers shall not stay buried in journals. He was addressing a meeting of the University’s senior faculty that was aimed at honing the research potential of the university. Director Research, Innovation & Commercialization Prof Dr Muhammad Zakria Butt was also present on the eve.

 

Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor Prof Rahman revealed that this year, GCU nine faculty members including Dean Prof Dr Islam Ullah Khan and Registrar Dr Muhammad Akhyar Farrukh were awarded the prestigious Research Productivity Award (RPA) by the Pakistan Council for Science & Technology (PCST) in recognition of their outstanding research publicationswhich were published in the international impact factor journals. He called upon the RPA recipients, which also included Prof Dr Ghulam Murtaza, Dr Ahmad Adnan, Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah, Prof Dr Ather Abbasi, Prof Dr Tamaz Kaladze, Prof Dr Raiz Ahmed and Dr Durre Shahwar, to work on commercialization of their research work in collaboration with the university’s research office and Higher Education Commission, so that their hard work could play role in socio-economic development of the country. He also revealed that the university’s Advanced Studies and Research Board had adopted very strict rules to enhance the quality of research done by the scholars for their PhD programmes. He said that the university was giving no relaxation to scholars and they must have leave for research from their employers for registration in GCU PhD programmes.

 

He said that the world over, universities adopt carrot-and-stick approach with their researchers and students, and GCU had done the same. “On one hand, we have slashed the PhD fee by 50 percent and giving award Rs 100,000 award to supervisor for each PhD, but we are not giving relaxation in rules and quality of research,” he added. He said that the university was also giving research grants to its scholars from its own budget, so that they should do the quality research for the socio-economic development. Prof Rahman said that GCU was focusing on applied research, and that’s why their faculty of Chemistry and Physics departments now had patents. He also appreciated that PCST had also included points for patents in the criteria of Research Productivity Award which was a good omen. The Vice Chancellor applauded the research work of Registrar Dr Muhammad Akhyar Farrukh, who despite his administrative duties had got a very high impact factor and had got an international patent to his credit.

 

(03-04-2014)

 

 

EUROPEAN SCIENTISTS LAUD GCU RESEARCH FACILITIES

 

A delegation of the European Organization for Nuclear Research known as CERN visited GC University Lahore and inspected its research facilities. The delegate comprising Dr Sergio Bertolucci, Director for Research and Scientific Computing, Dr Rudiger Voss Head of International Relations, Mr Claude Crottaz and Mrs Margret Susan Foffano also met with Prof. (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU Lahore and explored areas of future collaboration. GCU Dean Faculty of Science and Technology, Professor Rafi Chair, Physics Department Chairperson, the Registrar and CASP Director and senior representatives of Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) were also present on the occasion.

 

A delegation of CERN, along with Vice Chancellor visits research facilities at the CASP, GC University, Lahore

Delegation of the European Organization for

Nuclear Research (CERN) along with Vice Chancellor

GCU in front of 150 years Monument 

 

The European scientists appreciated the research facilities at the GCU Chemistry Department and Center for Advanced Studies in Physics (CASP) especially Pelletron Accelerator and Nuclear Data Group. Giving vent to feelings on the eve, Dr. Sergio Bertolucci showed great interest in collaboration with GCU and other universities of Pakistan. He said Pakistan had recently applied for the associate membership of CERN to increase collaboration level between Pakistan and CERN, so they were visiting the Pakistani universities, scientific organizations and industrial complexes to understand the education system and organization of Physical Science in the Country. The delegation also appreciated the academic environment and 150-year-old traditions of the university.

 

Talking to the European scientists, Vice Chancellor Prof Rahman said that Pakistan youth was highly talented and what they all they need were opportunities and support. He said GCU had produced some of the world’s finest brains in all fields of science and literature including Allama Muhammad Iqbal and Noble Laureate Dr Abdus Salam. He said besides academics and research, GCU academic calendar also ensured widespread participation of its students in creative and extra-curricular activities which were essential for their character-building. He also briefed the delegation about the recent achievements of the University’s students. The Vice Chancellor also briefed the delegation in detail about research potential and output of the university.

(13-02-2014)

 

PAEC, GCU to strengthen research collaboration

 

The Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) and GC University Lahore are going to further strengthen research collaboration, so that the university scholars can derive maximum benefit from the equipment and expertise of the atomic energy commission and use it for the development of their country. It was decided on Friday during the visit of PAEC Chairman Dr Ansar Parvez to GCU where he also met with Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman at the Syndicate Committee Room. PAEC Chairman Advisory Committee member Badr Suleman, GCU Rafi Chair Professor Dr Muhammad Zakria Butt, Centre for Advanced Studies in Physics (CASP) Director Prof Dr Raiz Ahmad, Physics Department Chairperson Dr Hassan Amer Shah and Registrar Dr Akhyar Farrukh were also present on the occasion.

 

The PAEC chairman was given a detailed briefing about the relevancy and quality of the academic programmes being taught at science departments of GCU, efficiency of research, its implementation, effectiveness, impact prospects and sustainability. Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor Prof Rahman said that modern research had grown complex and multidisciplinary and it was not possible for a single research institution or university to possess all the knowledge, equipment, and techniques required. Therefore, he added, it was imperative to establish academic and research links and share resources, expertise and equipment with each other.

 
  GCU VC presents a souvenir to PAEC Chairman

 

The Vice Chancellor told the PAEC chairman said that GCU had active linkages with a large number international and national research institutes and universities which provide its students and faculty extensive opportunities for research. He said that GCU didn’t only relay on external grants for research, but also allocated funds for this purpose from its own budget.

 

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Ansar Parvez said that research was a key to the development of a country, adding that PAEC was looking forward to strengthen its collaboration with reputed universities of the country and its linkage with 150-year-old GCU would be beneficial for both the institutions, and above all for Pakistan. He told the Vice Chancellor that he is also an Old Ravain and has wonderful memories of research and academic work at GCU CASP.  Later, the PAEC chairman visited various high laboratories of GCU and inspected the research work.   

(22-01-2014)

 

GCU engineers build GSM-based smart devices

 

The engineering students of GC University Lahore built a GSM-based energy meter that sends text message to consumer about its electricity bill and dozens of other mobile-based smart devices which can improve our lifestyle of Pakistan people. The nineteen smart devices which include robotic surgical arm, smart energy saving system for houses and anti-collision device for trains were put on display at the annual project exhibition organised by the GCU Electrical Engineering Department with the candid support of Pakistan Engineering Council, Google Pakistan, Institution of Engineering and Technology and British Science Association.

 

In his presidential address at the project exhibition, GCU Vice Chancellor Prof (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman said that knowledge is nothing without its practical implementation, and new knowledge is more often created through the process of planning, producing, disseminating, and applying existing knowledge. He said that GCU is providing extensive research grants, equipment facilities and training to its students, so that they that they can translate their knowledge into technology. The Vice Chancellor also laid a stress on further strengthening industry-academia relationship, so that student projects could be funded and later implemented at the community level. He said that Pakistan youth is highly talented what they all need are opportunities, resources and guidance.

 

The engineering students also presented a model of micro-controllers-based traffic signal control & monitoring system, automatic over speed detection and number recognition system, motor speed controller, vending machine, green technology based architecture design of power, automatic protection of power transformer, remote control hovercraft, real time object detection and tracking system and mobile-based message moving display control.

 

GCU Dean Faculty of Science and technology Prof Dr Islam Ulllah Khan and Rafi Chair Professor, Dr Muhammad Zakrai Butt also addressed the prize distribution ceremony of the project exhibition. 

(30-12-2013)

 

Notification

 

It is hereby notified that the syndicate in its 41st meeting held on 05.12.2013 approved the change in name of Directorate of Research, Innovation and Commercialization (DRIC). The name is "Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialization (ORIC)".

No. EA-I/101-13/13

Dated: 16-12-2013

(18-12-2013)

HEC DECLARES GC UNIVERSITY LAHORE AS 2nd BEST GENERAL UNIVERSITY OF PAKISTAN

GC University Lahore has been declared the second best general university of Pakistan in quality and research based ranking 2013 announced by Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. The ranking is divided into four discipline-based and three enrolment-based categories.

In the category of General Universities (Medium) the Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad, the GC University Lahore and the National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences Islamabad were declared three top universities of Pakistan. 

The general universities category was divided into three sub-categories based on their respective enrollment size. Universities with more than 7000 students were considered for the large category, between 3000 and 7000 students for the medium sub-category and less than 3000 for the small sub-category.

Prof. Dr. Muhammad Khaleeq ur Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU Lahore congratulated faculty and staff on their devotion, commitment and hard work on reaching milestone.

(08-07-2013) 

GCU ASRB APPROVES 66 PHD PROPOSALS AND APPOINTS SUPERVISORS

 

The 25th meeting of the GC University Lahore Advanced Studies and Research Board (GCU ASRB) was held at the university's Syndicate Room. The meeting was chaired by Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman. Dean Faculty of Science and Technology Prof Dr Islam Ullah Khan, Director Research, Innovation and Commercialization Prof Dr Muhammad  Zakria Butt, Prof Dr Nusrat Jahan ,Prof Dr Iqbal Shahid, Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah, Dr Farah Malik and the Registrar attended the meeting. Research Proposals and appointment of Supervisors of 66 PhD scholars were discussed and approved in the meeting. Panels of Examiners for the evaluation of theses of 25 PhD scholars were also approved.

 

(01-07-2013)

 

 

VC, 22 teachers of GCU win PCST’s Research Award

 

The record 23 faculty members of GC University Lahore including Vice Chancellor Prof (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Kahleeq-ur-Rahman; Izaz-I-Kamal, were awarded the prestigious Research Productivity Award by the Pakistan Council for Science & Technology (PCST) in recognition of their outstanding research publications which were published in the international impact factor journals.

 

Dean Faculty of Science and Technology Prof Dr Islam Ullah Khan, Director Research Prof Dr Muhammad Zakria Butt, Physics Department Chairperson Prof Dr Hassan A Shah, Professor Salam Chair Prof Dr Ghulam Murtaza, Institute of Biotechnology Director Prof Dr Ikram-ul-Haq, Centre for Advance Studies in Physics Director Prof Dr Riaz Ahmad, Prof Dr Salamat Ali, Dr Ahmad Adnan, Dr Shazia Bashir, Dr Durre Shahwar, Dr Aziz-ur-Rehman, Dr M. Akhyar Farrukh, Naveed Afzal, Dr Sikandar Ali, Dr Asim Malik, Dr Muhammad Nouman Sarwar Qureshi, Dr Dilawar Ali, Dr Fazeel Mahmood Khan, Dr. Muhammad Athar Abbasi, Muhammad Ajaib, Muhammad Ejaz and Shahzad Sharif are among the faculty members who have won the award.

 

Congratulating the University’s faculty members, the Vice Chancellor said GCU was providing maximum research facilities to its faculty members, so that they can increase their research output. He said that there should be a healthy competition among the University’s departments regarding research output and impact factor of their research papers. However, the Vice Chancellor said that quantity was not everything; severe attention should also be made to the quality of research papers.

 

Talking about his Research Productivity Award, the Vice Chancellor said “his passion for science and research is still as strong as it was when joined the university service 38 years back. He said that he would continue his research work despite the pressure of administrative work.

 

(10-04-2013)

 

Notification

 

The Vice Chancellor has been pleased to order that Prof. Dr. Muhammad Zakria Butt, Professor, Rafi Chair, will look after the office of Directorate of Research Innovation and Commercialization in addition to his own duties with immediate effect till further orders.

 

No. EA-1/101-13/13

(10-04-2013)

 

 

BS-20 officers visit GCU

A delegation of BS-20 Officers participating in 97th National Management Course (NMC) at the National School of Public Policy (NSPP) visited the GC University Lahore and met with Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman. GCU Dean of Science and Technology Prof. Dr. Islam Ullah Khan, Director Research Prof. Dr. Muhammad Zakria Butt and Director Academic Planning were also present on the occasion. The delegation led by Ms. Rukhsana Shah was briefed in detail about policy formulation, financial resources and future plans of the University. Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman said they had increased the role of academic heads and young energetic faculty members in development, administration and policy-making to strengthen the University. He said that qualitative change was evident in higher education system of country during the last five years due to the positive role played by HEC.  The Vice Chancellor aspired to place GCU on top in the world ranking of universities through the unflinching support of his experienced and motivated colleagues. He vowed to facilitate the faculty for the promotion of research in the university. Prof. Khaleeq also briefed the delegation about the future projects of the GC University Lahore.

Delegate from NCPP is meeting with GCU Vice Chancellor

Group Photo of the Delegate of NCPP with GCU Vice Chancellor

(28-12-2012)

 

 

GCU doubles research honorarium FOR ITS FACULTY AND ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

 

The GC University Lahore administration, besides reviewing PhD rules and regulations as per international standards, has doubled the research honorarium for its faculty and administrative staff to promote the research culture in the university. The decision in this regard was taken at the 23rd meeting of the GCU Advanced Studies and Research Board (ASRB), chaired by Vice Chancellor Prof. (Meritorious) Dr. Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman while Director Research, Innovation & Commercialization Prof. Dr. Muhammad Zakria Butt presented the agenda.

 

Addressing the meeting, Vice Chancellor Prof. Khaleeq announced that the research honorarium would be given from research funds of the GC University Lahore which had already been separated from the main budget to ensure smooth funding for the research projects. “Now, any GCU employee, from faculty or administration, would get Rs 10,000 for each research paper published in ISI-index International Research Journal with impact factor, while in the past maximum research honorarium was Rs 5,000 only,” the Vice Chancellor said.

 

Prof. Khaleeq also announced giving an honorarium of Rs 5,000 to GCU employees for their each research paper published in HEC-recognized national research journal.

 

Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Zakria Butt clarified that the research honorarium would be released by the GCU Directorate of Research, Innovation and Commercialization (DRIC) after verification that there is no plagiarism in the research article.

 

The Advanced Studies and Research Board also reviewed that PhD rules and regulations and directed all the PhD scholars to submit their quarterly progress report to DRIC on Prescribed Performa and they might be asked to make presentations before the ASRB.

 

The Board approved that if a PhD supervisor leaves the university for aboard for 3 to 12 months, the Chairperson concerned would notify ‘look-after supervisor’ in consultation with the supervisor for his/her PhD students. If a PhD supervisor leaves the university for more than year, a new supervisor would be appointed for his/her students.

 

The Board also dissolved the Research Small Grants and Publication Committee and assigned its functions to the Directorate of Research, Innovation & Commercialization under the directions from HEC.

   

(18-06-2012)

 

GCU HOLDS LAPTOPS DISTRIBUTION CEREMONY FOR 168 FINAL YEAR STUDENTS INCLUDING ONE SPECIAL STUDENT

 

GC University Lahore held a graceful ceremony in its Bukhari Auditorium to distribute laptops among 168 final year students including Hafiz Muhammad Irfan, a “special (disable) student” with the Punjab Chief Minister’s E-Youth Initiative during the first round. GCU Director Research, Innovation and Commercialization Prof. Dr. Muhammad Zakria Butt handed over the laptop to Hafiz Muhammad Irfan and 167 to other GCU students. “This is the first laptop of my life and nobody can understand, what does it mean to me when I am doing the final project of B.Sc Electrical Engineering,” said Hafiz Muhammad Irfan, who belongs to a lower middle class from Duska.

 

Hafiz Irfan said that they are developing a Radar System as their final project which would use radio waves to determine the range, altitude, direction and speed of objects coming towards it. He said that due to illness of father, his elder brother supports the whole family and in these circumstances, he could not even think of buying a personal laptop.

 

GCU Director Research Prof. Dr. Muhammad Zakria Butt is giving away laptop to special student,

Hafiz Muhammad Irfan at Bukhari Auditorium.

 

Hafiz Ifran also paid rich tribute to Vice Chancellor Prof. (Meritorious) Dr. Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman for waiving off his University’s tuition fee, which made it possible for him to study at the GC University Lahore. However, he requested the Punjab Chief Minister to also increase job opportunities for youth on merit. “I don’t want job on quota and I want it on merit,” he added. He said that industries are closing down in Pakistan due to power crisis and engineers are left with very few job opportunities. 

 

Addressing the ceremony, GCU Director Research Prof. Dr. Muhammad Zakria Butt called upon students that morality and ethics are more legality, so that they should refrain from misuse of laptops given to them for their academic and professional development. He advised students to release the burden of responsibility that the Chief Minister has placed on their shoulders by providing them free-of-cost laptops. “It is expected of you to pay him back befittingly by producing excellent results in all fields of scholarship,” Prof. Zakria Butt said.

(08-06-2012)

PCST Confers 13 Research productivity awards to GCU faculty

 

Pakistan Council for Science and Technology (PCST) has uploaded the list of scientists achieving the "Research Product Award-2011-12" on its website (http://www.pcst.org.pk). It is pertinent to be mentioned here that GC University Lahore prolific faculty members have been included in the award list for their outstanding contribution for research. Merit list of approved scientists/engineers for research productivity award 2011-2012 from GC University Lahore includes the followings:

 

SNo.

Name, Desig, Deptt & Org

Discipline

Category

1

Dr. Islam Ullah Khan

Professor & Chairman

Department of Chemistry, G.C. University, Lahore

Chemical Sciences

 

A

2

Dr. Ghulam Murtaza

Salam Professor

Salam Chair in Physics, G.C. University, Lahore

Physics

B

3

Dr. Hassan Amir Shah

Professor

Department of Physics, G.C. University, Lahore

Physics

D

4

Dr. Muhammad Zakria Butt

Director AP & EL, Director (Research)

G.C. University, Lahore

Physics

F

5

Dr. Riaz Ahmad

Director/Professor

Experimental Plasma Physics

G.C. University, Lahore

Physics

F

6

Dr. Farah Aziz

Assistant Professor

Department of Physics, G.C. University, Lahore

Physics

F

7

Prof. Dr. Ikram-ul-Haq (SI)

Dean of Science/Director

Institute of Industrial Biotechnology (IIB)

G.C. University, Lahore

Biological Sciences

G

8

Dr. Durrre Shahwar

Assistant Professor

Deptt. of Chemistry, G.C. University, Lahore

Chemical Sciences

G

9

Dr. Sikander Ali

Assistant Professor

Institute of Industrial Biotechnology (IIB)

G.C. University, Lahore

Biological Sciences

G

10

Mr. Muhammad Jamil

Ph.D Scholar

Department of Physics, G.C. University, Lahore

Physics

G

11

Dr. Tamaz Kaladze

Foreign Professor

Department of Physics, G.C. University, Lahore

Physics

G

12

Dr. Muhammad Nouman Sarwar Qureshi

Assistant Professor

Department of Physics, G.C. University, Lahore

Physics

G

13

Dr. Muhammad Athar Abbasi

Assistant Professor

Department of Chemistry, G.C. University, Lahore

Chemical Sciences

G

 

 (26-03-2012)

VICE CHANCELLOR eyes slot for GCU in world ranking

 

Eminent Physicist Prof. (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman; Izaz-I-Kamal, appointed as third Vice Chancellor of the GC University Lahore in July last year, eyes a slot for GCU in the ranking of world best universities, as he strongly believes that the Government College Lahore was established, by the British rulers in 1864 on the pattern of Cambridge and Oxford, with the aim of making it one of the best world-class centers of higher learning, but was later not given the due financial resources and importance. “We are now engaging our students and faculty members in rigorous intellectual and research activities instead of just relying on traditional teaching methods for which the university and examinations’ rules are also rationalized as per the world’s best standards,” said Prof Khaleeq in an interview with The Nation. He said that they were also striving to work in three additional strategic directions: institutional collaboration, international links and open-learning to increase flexibility and interaction. “We aim to extend the University’s reach and its capacity for research pursuits. This, we believe, is the best means of promoting creativity and generating innovative solutions to problems,” he added. Prof Khaleeq said GCU had also established Directorate of Research, Innovation and Commercialization at that would identify and locate research funds and provide assistance to academic staff for preparing and sending research proposals to national and international funding agencies.

 

The Vice Chancellor said that when he joined GCU there were only eight full Professors in the university, but now, the university had advertised professors’ posts to attract qualified faculty with market-based incentives. He said that they had also decided in principle to affiliate other colleges with GCU to share its academic excellence, particularly in reference with curriculum design, teaching, assessment strategies and research, with a wide spectrum of students and researchers. “An Affiliation Committee has been formed to formulate rules and regulations for the affiliation of other educational institutions with the University. The university’s Academic Council and Syndicate have also approved the constitution of the committee,” he added.

 

Talking about GCU new campus, the Vice Chancellor said they were planning varsity’s new campus at around 400 acres of land at Kala Shah Kaku. The GCU new campus, he said, would introduce cutting-edge technologies and modern disciplines that would meet the needs of the modern world in next 50 years. He said that they were perusing the governments, both federal and provincial, to grant extensive funds for the GCU new campus as it was the state’s responsibility to invest in the development of human resources.  He strongly objected to the activities of political organizations in universities in the name student groups, saying a model system of apolitical student unions was full of life at the GCU which needed to be adopted in other colleges as well. He elaborated that 49 students’ societies such as Dramatics Club, Debating Society, Majlis-e-Iqbal, Welfare Society, Nazir Ahmad Music Society (NAMS), Library Society, Quaid-e-Azam Political Science Society, Punjabi Majlis, Dunnicliff Chemical Society and Media Watch were playing a vital role in personality development of Ravians by engaging them in intellectual, cultural, co-curricular and sports activities. He said that he had doubled the financial budget of all these societies and now there was hardly a day in GCU when there was no lecture, debates, seminar, conference, drama or literary sitting.

 

To a question whether a person from even lower middle class can afford higher education in Pakistan, the VC said that the situation was really alarming, but in his capacity as Vice Chancellor, he was making all-out efforts to keep GCU an affordable university, besides he had slashed the university fee by 35pc, which he hoped, provided a great relief to the students and their parents. He said that he had also given scholarships of Rs 14 million to deserving students from GCU funds. He also said that GCU Endowment Fund Trust was also giving scholarships to deserving students.

 

Expressing pleasure at receiving gold medal from Pakistan Academy of Sciences, Prof Khaleeq said, “His passion for science and research is still as strong as it was when joined the university service 37 years back.” He said that he would continue his research work despite the pressure of administrative work as the Vice Chancellor of GC University.

 

Courtesy: NATION LAHORE by Arshad Bhati

(27-01-2012)

Prof. Dr. Muhammad Zakria Butt JOINED AS Director (RESEARCH) DRIC

The GCU has established the Directorate of Research Innovation and Commercialization (DRIC) to hone research potential of the university. The directorate is established after the approval of the university syndicate. As per notification No. EA-I/74-01/DRIC/11 issued by the Registrar’s office Prof. Dr. Muhammad Zakria Butt has joined as Director (Research), Directorate of Research Innovation and Commercialization (DRIC) GC University Lahore w.e.f. 20-01-2012. He will also look after the affairs of Director Academic Planning and External Links.

Prior to his current assignment, Prof. Zakria served Lahore Board and GCU Physics Department as Chairman. He did his PhD in Physics from Brunel University London UK. He was awarded Tamgha-i-Imtiaz (Medal of Excellence) by the Government of Pakistan for his meritorious service in education sector in 1997. Prof. Zakria has over 118 research articles published in international and national journals to his credit besides several books on the subject of Physics. He was instrumental in establishing the Metal Research Laboratories and Laser Physics Laboratory at GCU Center for Advanced Studies in Physics. Taking charge as the DRIC Director on Friday, Prof. Zakria said that the DRIC would work to train young researchers and seek sustainable international and national collaborations to broaden the impact of research projects and their sustainability. He said that young faculty members are needed to be trained in effective bidding for external sources of funding, inter-cultural communication, advance research techniques and strategic skills like influencing, negotiating, presenting and embedding international partnership impact across institutions for developing and maintaining international networks. GCU Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Khaleeq-ur-Rahman has congratulated Prof. Zakria Butt on his appointment as Director DRIC.

(20-01-2012)

 

 

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