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14th National Symposium on Frontiers in Physics began at GC University Lahore


The 14th National Symposium on Frontiers in Physics began at the Government College University Lahore with the deliberations on challenges for Pakistan in the field science and technology, especially in the world where every now and then, new specializations emerge, opening new frontiers and leading to new technologies.


“We need to change our investment priorities with a greater focus on education and research and development,” said the eminent nuclear physicist Prof Dr Shaukat Hameed Khan in his presidential address at the inaugural ceremony of the Symposium.


A large number of physicists from top universities and R&D organizations and abroad are participating in the mega three-day event spread over 23 technical sessions where in researchers would highlight the fascinating developments in the world of physics and their impacts on human lives.


The participants pose for a group photo with the Vice Chancellor GCU


In his address, Prof Shaukat Hameed, the COMSTECH Coordinator General, highlighted the research output of Pakistan in the different fields of science and technology and compared it with other countries of the world especially OIC member states. He highlighted that Pakistan had a very low number of research patents, just 978, while Kazakhstan and Saudi Arabia were at 2724 and 4258. He said due to insufficient investment and wrong educational priorities, Pakistan’s labor productivity was also very low in comparison to Iran, Turkey and Indonesia. Prof Hameed also briefed the participants about the major initiatives taken by the COMSTECH i.e. the Ministerial Standing Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation of OIC, for the promotion of science and technology in the OIC states. He also highlighted the valuable role played by the Pakistan in development of parts for CERN Large Hadron Collider experiment. In his opening remarks, noted plasma physicist and mathematician Dr G. Murtaza, the Professor Slam Chair GCU noted that the world of science was witnessing rapid developments and the knowledge was accumulating at very fast rate, unlocking the deep mysteries of nature. He highlighted the major breakthroughs in field of physics in the recent years which had resulted in development of topological insulators, new energy efficient blue light, quantum computer and atomic clocks. “These recent atomic clock are so precise that if you were to set this clock with beginning of the Big Bang, that clock today would be off just by 5 seconds over the whole course of 14 billion years,” he said.


Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah said that “for the knowledge-based economy, we need to invest in it.” He also highlighted shortage of skilled manpower in different fields of science and technology.  The VC said that the symposium would provide an opportunity to their young students to interact and learn from the senior physicists. Eminent theoretical physicist Prof Dr Ahmed Ali presented a key note on “the Standard Model of Physics – one of the greatest achievement century.      


The three-day symposium is organized by the GCU Salam Chair and Pakistan Physical Society in collaboration with the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC), GCU Center for Advanced Studies in Physics (CASP), Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC), Pakistan Academy of Sciences (PAS), COMSTECH, Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF), University of Peshawar and Khan Research Laboratories (KRL).





British academicians visit GCU


The academicians from 20 universities of the United Kingdom have visited the Government College University Lahore to explore the prospects of academic and research collaborations. The delegates also met with Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah and discussed the various academic and research programmes offered by the university. The visit was arranged by the Punjab government in collaboration with the British Council to strengthen ties between educational institutions of the Pakistan and UK. 


Punjab Minister for School Education Rana Mashood Ahmed Khan, British Council Director Mr Kevin McLaven, University of Health Sciences Maj. Gen. (r) Prof. Muhammad Aslam, UET Lahore Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Fazal Ahmad Khalid, University of Education VC Prof Dr Rauf-i-Azam and heads of different other top educational institutions of Punjab were also present.


Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor Prof Hassan Amir Shah said British Council had played a key role in bringing the universities and academicians of both universities closer. He stressed on initiating different student and faculty exchange programmes between the British and Pakistan universities in the areas of natural as well as social sciences. He said that security situation was much better in Pakistan, and they warmly welcomed the foreign students in different academic and research programmes. He also briefed the delegates about the rich history and traditions of GCU which had completed its 152 years academic excellence.


Representatives of Cranfield University, University of Essex, University of Bradford, University of Warwick, University of Glasgow, Sheffield Hallam University, The University of Law-De Broc, University of Exeter, University of Southampton, University of Lincoln, University of York, Middlesex University London, University of Dundee, Scotland, University of Strathclyde University of Manchester and University of Kent are part of the delegation.




Chinese students study Pakistan affairs at GCU   


A students’ delegation of China University of Geosciences (CUG) Wuhan has arrived at the Government College University Lahore (GCU) on a two-week study tour, said a press statement issued here on Tuesday. The delegation comprising of ten postgraduate and undergraduate students was warmly received by Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah and GCU Center of Excellence China Studies Director Prof Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt on the university campus. The Chinese students, led by Prof Dr Xie would attend a two week short course at the university’s Political Science Department on Pakistan studies. “The course is especially designed for these Chinese students to apprise them about the history and culture of Pakistan, and our strong friendship with China,” said Prof Butt. The delegation will also tour the historical places in Lahore besides attending various cultural activities. Prof Butt said that the delegation was part of an exchange programme and memorandum of understanding signed last year between GCU and CUG. He said that five GCU students would visit China for research this year. Vice Chancellor Prof Shah said that the university would provide maximum facilities to the Chinese students. . The VC urged the GCU students to benefit from the presence of Chinese students on campus. He said engagement with Chinese students could help GCU students learn about Chinese culture and language. 




Laptop Distributed to the postgraduate students at GCU


Federal Minister for Planning and Development Prof. Ahsan Iqbal has said that democratic system was fully in place in the country and ballot was the only way to bring change. He was addressing the Laptops Distribution Ceremony under the Prime Minister’s Laptops Distribution Scheme at the Government College University Lahore.


Federal Minister of Pakistan and GCU Vice Chancellor give away laptops to the postgraduate students

under the Prime Minister’s Laptops Scheme Phase II.


The minister said that “It’s is nothing but fiction that Pakistan is “sinking”. However, in reality Pakistan has made a substantial progress and continues to make a solid and irreversible progress under the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s leadership,” said Ahsan Iqbal. He said that just three years ago, Pakistan was labelled as ‘the most dangerous place on earth’ by the international media. “Today, the same media recognises Pakistan as an emerging market and a destination for billions of dollars of CPEC investment,” he added. He also highlighted that Pakistan foreign reserves had also increased to $24 billion from $ 8 million, and had freed itself from the IMF’s loan support programme.


Ahsan Iqbal further said that war against terrorism was in final phases. “Pakistan requires hope and unity among people, internal tension can make Pakistan weak.” Three years ago, he said, the security situation was that terrorists were on the offensive. But today, the state is on the offensive and they (terrorists) are hiding and running to find refuge but they can't find any refuge, he said. “Isn’t it a change,” he asked the audience while counting the achievements of his PML-N government.       


Talking about the Prime Minister’s Laptop Scheme, the minister said that information technology was driving the knowledge revolution today. “We cannot become part of this revolution without equipping our students with the latest IT gadgets and connecting them to the cyber world,” he said. “In this cyber world, geography has become meaningless. It is connectivity that matters the most. A student in Gilgit is as much connected as a student of Harvard and other top universities of the world,” the minister for planning and development said. He said that they had provided over million laptops to the youth purely on merit irrespective of their political affiliations or voting preferences. He also said that Pakistan had missed many opportunities of development due to political instability and military interventions. However, he said that CPEC was a game changer.

The minister said in 70 years of history, PML-N government had brought the biggest portfolio of investment in the energy sector. He said that they were going to install 11,000MW power projects in the next three years. Three years ago, there was 18-20 hours industrial load-shedding in the country and it seemed that civil war would break out in Pakistan on power outages. But, the present government has been providing uninterrupted power to industries for the last three years.


Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah called upon the students to make positive use of the laptops being provided to them by the government. “I know it is difficult to keep yourselves away from social media but your prime objective should be research and learning. He said that the federal government was providing laptops to total 1,100 students of GCU this year. He also expressed gratitude to two Old Ravians, Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Federal Minister Ahsan Iqbal, for providing development funds for the Kala Shah Kaku Campus of their alma mater, GCU.


Later, the minister and Vice Chancellor gave away laptops to the MPhil and PhD scholars of GCU, while the university’s BA/BSc (Hons.) students would be provided laptops next week.






GCUDS clinches 270 oratory awards


The Government College University Lahore Debating Society has once again shown its extracurricular excellence as it bagged 270 national oratory awards during the academic year 2015-16. The 270 laurels include 50 coveted team trophies, 9 runners-up trophies, 2 third-position trophies, 93 best speaker awards, 65 second-position awards, 48 third-position and 3 consolation prizes, which were won at various declamation, parliamentary, recitation and poetry competitions at the national level.


“The speakers of GCUDS have always shown their mettle time and again in English, Urdu and Punjabi languages. This year, however, the society took special initiatives to promote languages like Saraiki and Pashto by introducing internal competition as well as winning national level awards in the respective regional languages,” read the GCUDS academic year 2015-16 report submitted to Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah.


The members of GCU Debating Society poses for a group photo

with Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah.


Prof Shah invited the advisor and the orators of GCUDS to his office where he congratulated and commended the young speakers for their active participation and dedication. He applauded their efforts to promote the importance of co-curricular activities in addition to the conventional curriculum and promised to be highly supportive so the society can continue to play a crucial role in shaping intellectual landscape of students.


“The GCUDS outshined every other institute in Pakistan in both declamation and parliamentary style of debate,” GCUDS Advisor Mr Siddique Awan told the Vice Chancellor. 


The high achievers in parliamentary debates include M. Afzan Munir, Awais Ahmad Malik, Shahkar Ali Bukhari, Hasan Haider Raza. The team comprising Raza Gillani, Hassan Qadeer Butt and Hamza Abbas won almost every major Urdu tournament of the year.


The speakers who excelled in declamations include Mohiba Ahmed, Zain-ul-Hassan, Ali Zar, Saad Khan, Usama Khan, Abdullah Zafar, Qasim Raza, Haris Ali Virk, Abdul Rahim Virk and Jovairiah Batool. Kafeel Rana, a student of Psychology department, proved to be the highest achiever in declamations this year. The young Ravian poets Usama Zoraiz, Muhammad Ali Zaahir, Fahad Mehmood and Zohaib Alam excelled in various national level poetry competitions.


Mr Awan further said that the Ravian orators this year stamped their seal of competence at the prestigious educational institutions all over Pakistan including PAF Academy Risalpur, FCC University Lahore, Scouts Cadet College Batrasi, Lahore School of Economics, University College Lahore, University of Gujrat, University of Sargodha, Sadiq Public School Bhawalpur, UET Lahore, King Edward Medical University, Allama Iqbal Medical College. The society also managed to win an overwhelming amount of 52 positions in the CM Speech, Debate and Essay writing competitions.


The President GCUDS, Muhammad Afzan Munir, attributed the successful year to the unflinching support and patronage of the Vice Chancellor and their advisors Mr Awan and Prof Dr Haroon Qadir who not only helped arrange state-of-the-art trainings, but also provided funds for the debating trips to represent GCU at the national events.




GCU EFT awards scholarships to 348 deserving students


The Government College University, Lahore Endowment Fund Trust (GCU EFT) has awarded scholarships worth Rs 12.29 million to the university’s 348 financially-challenged students at the Annual Scholarship Distribution and Fundraising Dinner 2016 at the university’s Bukhari Auditorium. Prof Dr Zahir Ahmed Siddiqi, a distinguished professor and poet, who has recently donated all his life-time savings including worth Rs 140 million land to the trust, was the Chief Guest at the ceremony which was also attended by the GCU EFT’s donors.


“These scholarships included 31 golden scholarships which covered the university fee and hostel expenses of students, said GCU EFT Executive Committee Secretary Prof Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt while giving a presentation to the donors. Tracing back the speedy developmental journey of the trust, Dr Butt said that in 2009, they had awarded only Rs 200,000 scholarships to just five students. Prof Butt told the trust donors that the scholarships to 348 students were given purely on merit after the interview of candidates by the GCU Financial Aid Committee which comprised of five heads of departments. He said that all documents of applicants from income certificates to utility bills were examined in detail, so that only truly deserving students shall get the scholarships. However, he said that more than 2000 students apply for scholarships every year. 


Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah appreciated the untiring efforts of the GCU EFT executive committee members, Mr Iqbal Z. Ahmed, Mian Misbah ur Rehman, Mian Muhammad Ashraf, Mr Javaid Oberia, Mr Zia Rizvi and especially Dr Khalid Maznoor Butt for the development of the university’s fund which had now cash reserves of more than Rs 215 million. He explained the endowment funds didn’t spend the principal amount but the profit, they earned from it, was spent on scholarships and the university’s development projects. He asked the scholarships’ recipients that these GCU EFT executive committee members should be their role models who are successful in their lives and are now paying back the debt of their alma mater by supporting its students who could not afford their academic expenses.


Speaking on the occasion, GCU EFT Executive Committee President Mr Iqbal Z. Ahmed made a big announcement of establishing a 400-bed Girls’ Hostel for the university’s students by the trust from the donations of Old Ravians. However, he said that seed money of Rs 30 million had been allocated from the GCU EFT’s profits for the project worth total Rs 200 million. He also announced the first donation of Rs five million for the hostel from his pocket. “The land for the hostel is allocated by the university,” he explained.


Addressing the audience, Prof Zahir Siddiqi said “to him, the biggest virtue in the cotemporary world is to support education of financially-challenged students.” He said if the philanthropists and Old Ravians supported the GCU EFT, in few years the trust would be providing scholarships all the needy students of the university. Even, the best use of Zakat is to spend it on the education of needy students, he said 

Eminent industrialist Mian Misbah-ur-Rahman said the culture and trends of supporting education and deserving students was developing in Pakistan. He said that he would continue his efforts for mobilizing Old Ravians for the development of his alma mater.


Later, inspired by the transparency and credentials of the scholarships’ recipients, the Old Ravians including Hamza Tariq Sufi, Mian Asad Bashir, Ahsan Saeed Mian, Prof Dr Safdar Ali Malik, Mian Dawood Afzal, Aqtidar Ahmad, Brig Muhammad Jamal, Rehmat Ullah Oberoi, M Akhtar Nonari, Khawar Masud Butt, Brig (r) Dabeer Razvi, Iqbal Z Ahmad and Tayyab Hussain Rizv further gave away donations of Rs 20 million to the trust at the dinner. Later, Prof Siddiqi gave away the shields to the donors.





the President of International Islamic University (IIU) visits GCU 


Prof. Dr. Ahmed Yousif Ahmed Al Draiweesh, the President of International Islamic University (IIU), Islamabad visited the Government College University (GCU) Lahore to explore the areas of collaboration in different disciplines. The delegates of both universities agreed to sign a memorandum of understanding to commence formal collaborations among the universities’ departments especially in the areas research and quality enhancement.


Prof. Ahmed Yousif held a detailed meeting with Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah, which was also attended by GCU deans Prof Dr Islam Ullah Khan and Prof Dr Iqbal Shahid, Academic Planning and External Links Director Ms Fouzia Shaheen, Additional Registrar Saboor Khan and Chief Librarian Abdul Waheed.


Prof. Ahmed Yousif appreciated the role of GCU Quality Enhancement Cell Director Irum Sohail who has recently reviewed the academic and research standards of IUU for the Higher Education Commission, saying that “her valuable suggestions helped them improve their quality.” Later, the IIU President visited the Iqbal Hostel, Library and different other departments.  







Speakers at the concluding ceremony of five-day faculty training at the Government College University Lahore (GCU) said In - service teacher training should be mandatory for all those who take up teaching as a profession. “Teaching is not an ordinary job as it is generally considered. It is the most sensitive and specialized field today, said Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) Chairman Prof. Dr. Mohammad Nizamuddin, lamenting that there is serious deficiency in our educational system that the there is no compulsory training for teachers at any level.

The five-day training was organized by the university’s Quality Enhancement Cell (GCU QEC) by funding from PHEC to build the capacity of young teachers in andragogy and communication skills.


Talking to the participants, Prof. Nizam revealed that PHEC was going to establish three teachers’ academies in Punjab on the pattern of civil services academy where extensive training would be provided to the university and college teachers. He said that these academies would also have residential facilities, so that teachers from different areas and cities could also interact during trainings and learn from sharing good practices.


Prof Dr. Nizam Chairman PHEC gives away certificate to the participant.

The participants pose for a group photo with Chairman PHEC

and the Vice Chancellor GCU


Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah said Andragogy (Adult Learning) had become highly advanced, so teachers were needed to be trained to move from conventional to contemporary instructional strategies. He hoped that the participants would endeavour to apply what they had gained from the training. “For a better society, we need to have good teachers, so the training and capacity building of teachers is supposed to be the top priority,” Prof Shah said. The Vice Chancellor lauded the initiatives of PHEC especially its plans for capacity building of the university teachers and funding for research in Social Sciences. He advised the teachers that, before applying for funding to attend any conference, they must check the credibility and ranking of institution or university organizing it.


Giving details of training, GCU QEC Director Ms. Iram Sohail said that the topics they touched, included teaching perspectives in higher education, andragogy as an alternative vision to traditional concept of pedagogy, curriculum development and assessment techniques, communication skills, strategies for effective oral and presentation skills, academic writing, micro teaching etc. She said that the success of an institution is highly dependent on process and product and students’ achievement is one of the most rewarding aspects of teaching profession.





UN Wall unveiled at GCU


The Government College University Lahore Tuesday set up “United Nations Wall” on the campus to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of United Nations Pakistan. Vittorio Cammarota, the Director of United Nations Information Center, and Ms. Stefanie Burri, the Head of Cooperation, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, unveiled the wall painted by a group of university’s Fine Arts students. Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah, Deans Prof Dr Raiz Ahmed, Prof Dr Tahir Kamran and Prof Dr Iqbal Shahid, Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC) Director Iram Sohail, GCU Fine Arts Department Incharge Erfan Ullah Babar and a large number of faculty and staff members attended the inauguration of the UN Wall which aims at spreading peace, education and awareness.


Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor Prof Hassan Amir Shah highly appreciated the messages on the wall, saying that no nation could progress without education and peace. The students decorated the wall with flying Doves, a universal symbol of peace, white and blue colour, the home colours of UN, and a pencil which stands for education,” he said.


Vittorio Cammarota stressed that the universities in Pakistan should hold workshops to raise awareness among students about the objectives of the United Nations. He said that UN would provide internship opportunities to students of GCU in its 21 different organisations. Stefanie Burri lying emphasis on the importance of social sciences called upon the Vice Chancellor to establish the Department of Anthropology at GCU, for which, she said that UN would provide every possible support.


Later, Vittorio Cammarota and Prof Shah gave away the certificates to focal person Amna Anwaar Khan, and students including Memona Akram, Fatima Tuz Zohra, Ansa Khan, Frahan Ali, Muhammad Baseer, Muhammad Talha, Muhammad Umer Khan, Wijdan Akram, Narmeen Jacob and Hafiza Irfah Farooq for designing and painting the UN Wall .





65th Anniversary of Pak-China Diplomatic Relations


The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) needs to be protected against the international conspiracies. And once it becomes fully operational by connecting all the economies of the region, even the most hostile country, India would ultimately have to join in for the greater economic dividends. It was stated by eminent diplomats and academicians while addressing a seminar organized by the Government College University Lahore Center for Excellence, China Studies (GCU-CECS) to commemorate the "65th Anniversary of Pak-China Diplomatic Relations" 


If India, a country of more than 1.25 billion people, doesn’t change its hostile policy against Pakistan, it would surely become an ‘outsider’ in the region,” said the former ambassador of Pakistan to United States and European Union, Shuakat Umer. However, he believed that after the successes of CPEC, India would certainly come on a negotiations table with Pakistan with a fairer and peaceful resolve of all the disputes.


Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah addresses a seminar to commemorate the "65th Anniversary of Pak-China Diplomatic Relations" Former foreign secretary Mr Shamshad Ahmad addresses a seminar to commemorate the "65th Anniversary of Pak-China Diplomatic Relations". Key Speakers of Seminar pose for a photo with

GCU Vice Chancellor at seminar to commemorate the

"65th Anniversary of Pak-China Diplomatic Relations".


Speaking on the occasion, Yu Boren, the Consul General of China in Lahore, said that CPEC was a long-term and systematic process instead of a project or series of projects only. He said China would work with Pakistan to complete projects under construction and also make long-term plans to ensure that the building of the corridor continues to deliver new achievements in the contents of connectivity, industrial cooperation and people-to-people exchange. He said that China would transit its industrial capacity to Pakistan in order promote industrialization there which is still at very early stage. He said that the construction of CPEC will combine China’s advanced technology, management experience and financial support with Pakistan’s natural and human resource, so as to achieve common development and prosperity through complementary advantages.


Punjab Higher Education Commission Chairman Prof Dr Nizam-ud-Din and Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah stressed the need for strong academic and research collaboration among the universities of China and Pakistan for technology transfer, which, they said, should be an integral part of CPEC for the real economic benefits. They appreciated the Punjab government’s initiative of sending 500 students to China for higher studies.


Prof Shah expressed gratitude to Punjab Chief Minister’s for choosing GCU, his alma mater, for hosting the concluding ceremony of celebrations in connection with the "65th Anniversary of Pak-China Diplomatic Relations". Deeper than the sea, higher than Himalayas and sweeter than honey is not just a rhetorical statement or a declamatory flourish rather, eminent military analyst Prof Dr Hassan Askari Rizvi said, Pakistan-China friendship is one of the biggest realities of international relations because it is based on the principle of mutual interests. Our interests are the same, he asserted.


 Consul General of China in Lahore, Vice Chancellor GCU and other speakers address to a seminar organised by GC University Lahore

Center for Excellence, China Studies (GCU CECS) to commemorate the "65th Anniversary of Pak-China Diplomatic Relations"

Former foreign secretary Mr Shamshad Ahmed said that most unique feature of this inter-state friendship, between two ideologically different rather opposite countries, is that it has survived several political and economic changes in both the countries. Islamic Republic of Pakistan is founded in the name of religion, while Peoples Republic of China is intensely secular, while their economic and political systems are also different, he said. The former diplomats believed that the word corridor misrepresents the remarkable China Pakistan Economic and Strategic cooperation, so must be changed. “Corridor denotes juts a geographical passage while CPEC is far more consequential and will open new vistas peace and prosperity in the region, he said. They also highlighted that CPEC had great strategic dividends for China as it would ensure its energy security by providing an alternative, rather short and more secure, route for its mega oil imports.  

CECS Director Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt revealed that the Chinese Consulate Lahore was deputing two teachers at GCU for teaching Pakistan students Chinese language and culture. He said that the Consulate had already provided the university’s China Studies Center books and computers.  He appreciated the steps taken by the chief minister for bridging the language and cultural barriers between the people of China and Pakistan.


Commissioner Lahore Abdullah Sumbal said that the Punjab government’s five day grand celebrations in connection with 65th Anniversary of Pak-China Diplomatic Relations had concluded with this prestigious seminar at GCU. Later, Yu Boren and Prof Dr Nizam unveiled the proceedings of recently-held CPEC conference at GCU CECS.




Launching ceremony of Books on the role of minorities AT GCU


Speakers at the launch of books and a video documentary at the Government College University Lahore (GCU) on the role of minorities have stressed that the contributions of non-Muslims Pakistanis should also be the part of the textbooks, saying “it would promote tolerance and religious harmony in the society which are the prerequisites for peace and prosperity. “If we want peace in Pakistan, we must develop tolerance towards the beliefs, faith, race, religion and ideas of other people,” the speakers said.


When, I was sixth in class, I remember proudly studying about my father, Group Captain Cecil Chaudhry, the celebrated Christian fighter pilot, in my textbook, but later, religion took the driving seat in politics, and chapters on Pakistani non-Muslims were removed from the textbooks,” said Cecil Shane Chaudhry, , the executive director of the National Commission for Justice and Peace.


“There are hundreds of great and eminent Pakistani non-Muslims, the unsung heroes, about whom our youth knows nothing,” Shane said while addressing the launching ceremony of books titled “Leading Lights: the north stars of Pakistan’s marginalized religious communities” by Ms Bushra Sultana, and “Beyond the Other: roots of religious syncretism in Pakistan” by Haroon Khalid.


Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah chaired the launch ceremony of the books published by the Faiz Foundation along with their Urdu translations with an aim to promote religious harmony and peace in the country. A video documentary, “Profiles of Outstanding Pakistanis from marginalized communities” was also launched at the ceremony which was attended by a large students and faculty members.

Cecil Shane Chaudhry remembered the Founder of Pakistan, Quaid-e-Azam, had unequivocally declared a policy of equality, freedom and security for all communities living in Pakistan, irrespective of their religion, caste, colour and creed. This policy needs to be re-implemented for the prosperity and peace in Pakistan, he said. Talking about the role of minority community in different fields of life in Pakistan, Vice Chancellor Prof Hassan A. Shah said that “we should not only learn to accept the minorities, but also celebrate them.” He said minorities are as Pakistanis as they are. He lauded the Punjab government’s initiative to establish a counter narrative against the extremist ideas prevailing in our society. He also remembered the life and contributions of eminent poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz, saying that it is matter great pride for them that he was an alumnus of Government College Lahore.


The speakers also appreciated the effort of Faiz Foundation and the authors for apprising the youth of great contributions of non-Muslim Pakistanis. Saira Qureshi from Faiz Foundation also addressed the book launch and highlighted the foundation’s efforts for promotion of peace in the country. GCU Dean Faculty of Languages, Islamic and Oriental Learning Prof Dr Iqbal Shahid and Advisor Student Affairs Siddique Awan were also present.





South Korean students complete Urdu course from GCU


A group of students from South Korea, who Friday completed Urdu language and literature course from the Government College University Lahore (GCU), says that “they have become fond of Pakistani culture and people who are totally different from their perception abroad.” “Dupatta” is the most beautiful part of the female’s cultural dress, while “Biryani” is the most awesome food here, said that the Korean students while addressing their farewell organised by the University’s Urdu Department and Controller of Examinations.   


Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah conferred the certificates upon the group of five foreign students comprising Kim You Jin, Hangeul, Ryu, Song Eun Hee, Lee Haeun and Jung Yo Han. GCU Dean Prof Dr Raiz Ahmed and Urdu Department Chairman Prof Dr Haroon Qadir were also present.


Vice Chancellor Prof Shah said that ‘it’s really encouraging that the foreign students are now coming to Pakistani universities for studies.” He said that they provided every possible support and facility these to Koreans students. He said earlier a group of Japanese students had also completed Urdu course from GCU. He said that the interest of foreigners in Urdu language is increasing. He said Urdu is one of the biggest languages that are spoken all across the world.   


Talking to the Vice Chancellor, the Korean students said that their six-month stay at GCU was the most memorable and cherished period of their life. “We are happy that we are Ravians now as are the Prime Minister and Army Chief of the country,” they said. They termed Pakistan a lucky country, saying that they had most beautiful natural landscapes in the world especially in the hilly areas. The female students said that besides Urdu, they had also learned to cook Biryani; which was also an amazing part of their visit. They said that they are taking back home a lot of “Biryani Masalas” and traditional clothes for their families and friends.


Kim You Jin said that Urdu is a difficult language to learn, and their teachers especially Dr Khalid Sanjrani had to work real hard on them, so that they could pass the certificate course. However, she said, the Pakistani music and on campus communication with friends also helped them in learning Urdu. In reply to a question, they said “Mirza Ghalib” and “Allama Muhammad Iqbal’ are their favourite poets. In a lighter mood, they also said, they have a little resentment that often Pakistanis perceive them as Chinese. However, we are quite different from them, they said.  






US-Pakistan relations to remain extremely significant: Zachary Harkenrider


United States Consul General Lahore Zachary Harkenrider has said that whoever is the next President – (Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton) – the US-Pakistan relations would remain extremely significant.


“If you read the history of US-Pak relations since 1947, there are moments of discord that punctuate much longer and much more significant periods of convergence, agreement and mutual interests,” the Consul General said while addressing an ‘invited talk’ on the U.S. Electoral System at the Government College University Lahore.


Vice Chancellor Prof Hassan Amir Shah and Political Science Department Chairperson Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt also attended the talk which was organised by the University’s Quaid-e-Azam Political Science Society. 



The Counsel General said “any government in Pakistan, whether of left or right, democratic or undemocratic, understand and value its relationship with the United States. The situation is similar in the United States.” Responding to a question about US relations with the Islamic world, Zachary Harkenrider said the American society is highly receptive and tolerant of religious diversity, adding that “there are millions and millions of Americans who are Muslims, and they are as important citizens of USA as I am.” The Consul General briefed the students about the complete electoral process for the President of United States from his party nominations through primaries and caucuses, general voting and election through the Electoral College. He also told them about the different voting trends and nomination processes in the different States. The students were also apprised of the history of US elections and voting trends since 1789. The Consul General discussed with students the reasons why no significant third political party has emerged in United States. He also believed that democracy and political institutions are strengthening in Pakistan.     


Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah said that there was a great interest among the university students about the American Presidential elections and they follow it on media. However, he said that this lecture by Consul General would give them a deeper understanding about the complete electoral process and latest trends.


Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt said that every new US president had ‘icing hours’ with the administration which helped them understanding the value and importance of relationship with the different countries of the world.


Later, the Counsel General visited the university library and Iqbal Hostel where Poet of the East Allama Muhammad Iqbal had spent student days of his life. He appreciated the peaceful environment of the university. He also pledged to provide support to the University in its different academic and research ventures.




Thalassemia patients spend day at GCU


Children suffering from Thalassemia Friday spent a memorable day at the Government College University Lahore visiting library, classes and academic departments, and then also led an on-campus awareness walk along with the Vice Chancellor, faculty members and students to highlight the importance of blood donation and parental diagnosis of the disease.


A group of physically-challenged students also participated in the walk which was organized by the University’s Blood Donors Society (BDS) and Fatimid Foundation in connection with the upcoming World Thalassemia Day.


Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah paid glowing tributes to the courage and strong faith of these Thalassemia patients in the Almighty Allah, and struggle of their parents for the life of their children. He said GCU had very active blood donation society which arranged blood for hundreds of Thalassemia patients every year. The Vice Chancellor highlighted need for mass awareness campaigns against the blood disorder across the country, saying that it is highly unfortunate that thalassemia is the most prevalent genetically-transmitted blood disorder in Pakistan despite the fact it could be prevented by a simple thalassemia test before marriage.


GCU BDS Advisor Dr Babr Assi also said that screening to identify thalassemia carriers, genetic counselling and prenatal diagnosis could greatly reduce the growth rate of thalassemia. Talking to media, a seven year old thalassemia patient, Madhia Sajid, said that her biggest fear was unviability of blood which she required twice a month for transfusion. She called upon the students to regular donate blood, so that she and her hospital friends (Thalassemia patients) could become doctors. The ten-year-old, Amna Arif, requested the government to launch awareness campaigns to promote voluntary blood donation by the young and healthy people.


Thalassemia patients Sajid Iqbal, Zoya Tariq, Mubashar Arshad, Salman Maqsood, Rimsha Munawar and Zaka Mujahid also participated in the walk. Earlier, they visited different departments of the university and met with the teachers and students. They were also briefed about the 150-years history and traditions of GCU.  





Girls clean sweep Flower, Painting Competitions


The female students Wednesday once again proved that they have better aesthetics than boys by clean sweeping all distinctions at the Inter-Universities Flower and Painting Competitions 2016 organized the Government College University Lahore Horticulture Society (GCU-HS) on the theme of “Three R's: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle’.


Students from different universities including Lahore College for Women Universities and University of Education took part in the dry flower and painting competitions to raise awareness among students about the physiological impact of overall physical environment on human beings.

Surprising, all the positions in Fresh Flower (center), dry flower, T-shirt painting, poster painting and fresh flower (corner) contests were secured by the female participants from different universities.


GCU Botany Alumni Association President Ajmal Raheem, the chief guest at the prize distribution, said it seems that females have better aesthetics sense. However, GCU-HS Advisor Prof Dr Zaheer-ud-Din credited meager participation of boys to this ‘great achievement’ of female students.


Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah said that educational institutions including universities should equally focus on the character-building and personality development of the youth besides imparting them quality education and promoting creativity and research. He said GCU put in a lot of its financial and human resources on character-building and personality development of its students which later helped them in their professional fields.


Later, the Vice Chancellor gave away certificates and shields to Iram Iqbal, Ayesha Ghulam Nabi, Wajeeha, Iqra Iqbal, Maryam Abid, Fizza Shahzad and Darakshan for securing distinctions in the various categories of flower and painting competitions.





GCU HOLDS Disability AWARENESS Seminar and walk


Disability is just a perception; and Waqas Ahmed, who according his doctors has a neuro-disability level of more than 79 percent is a living example, and an inspiration for all the physically-challenged people across the globe. Waqas, whose life moves on with a push of a button of his special wheel-chair, donated wheel-chairs and white cane to the Centre for Special Students (CSS) of his alma mater, the Government College University Lahore.


Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah Tuesday hosted a special ceremony in the honor of his lion-hearted alumni who has been facing multiple neurological disorders since his childhood. But, the brave soul never fell in the valley of despair. Rather, after studying six years at GCU, he in 2008 decided to establish an NGO, ‘pace2life’ for helping the other financially and physically-challenged and now more than 400 Old Ravians and Ravians were voluntarily working with him at his NGO, carrying out different welfare activities from Balakot to Jhang. Waqas Ahmed, who hate the hate the word ”disability”, uses computer from his nose.



Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor Prof Shah said that about 150 physically-challenged, mostly visually impaired, are currently studying at GCU, adding that GCU had a strong tradition it did not refuse admission to any physically-challenged student. Rather, the university has modified its facilities for their free movement. He said Waqas Ahmed was not only a role model for physically-challenged people, rather he was an inspiration for every-one of us.


Addressing the ceremony, Waqas said that he had established ‘pace2life’ because he didn’t want others to face the quandaries, he had confronted in his life. He said he took pride in the fact that he had never ceased struggle despite lacking physical normalcy. I never depended on anyone. I find myself better than many sad-faced youths who never exploited their potentials. He said the disabled was not the one who can’t work, disabled was the one who doesn’t work. I hate when somebody call me disable. Please stop using this word.


Dr. Khalid Jamil Akhtar, a scholar and medical professional, said Waqas was a miracle as many people having neuro-disability level of more than 50 percent could not even mover out of their rooms. But, Waqas is surprisingly neither only moves and travels, rather works independently. He advised Waqas to work start working on motivating the physically-challenged people that how to become independent in their lives while facing different physical challenges.   


GCU CSS Incharge Salman Khalid said that they had enough resources by the university, but the wheel-chairs and white cans, donated by Waqas, had a special message that everybody must pay back the debt of his lama mater as per his/her capacity and resources. The ceremony was followed by walk which was aimed awareness about the rights and special abilities of physically-challenged people. The walk was led by the Vice Chancellor while a large number faculty members and students were also present.





GCU graduates to get exemptions from ACCA papers


The graduates of Government College University Lahore (GCU) are likely to get exemptions from some ACCA papers, besides getting opportunities for financial incentives for the ACCA qualification.  The University and Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) Pakistan signed MoU (memorandum of understanding) whose main features include providing a route for GCU graduates of B.COM (Honors) and B.Sc (Honors) in Business, Accounting and Finance programmes to study the ACCA qualification, including exemptions from ACCA papers F1 to F9 in line with ACCA’s global accreditation policy.


The accord was signed by GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah and ACCA Pakistan Head Sajjeed at a ceremony at the University’s Syndicate Committee Room. GCU Director Research Prof Dr Ikram-ul-Haq, Director Academic Planning and External Links Fauzia Shaheen, Economics Department Chairperson Uzair Ahson and Deans Prof Dr Raiz Ahmed, Prof Dr Islam Ullah Khan and Prof Dr Shahid Iqbal were also present


Speaking on the occasion, Sajjeed Aslam, who is also Old Ravian, said that they would review the courses being taught at GCU, adding that in an ideal case, maximum exemption from nine ACCA papers could be granted in line with ACCA’s global accreditation policy. He said, “ACCA is very pleased to partner with an esteemed higher education institution. ACCA Pakistan produces more than 120 research papers every year, I hoped the partnership with GCU would hone the research potential of both institutions, he said.


Vice Chancellor Prof Shah said that the ACCA and GCU share common and strong interests in advancement of the finance profession in Pakistan and affording the opportunity for individuals of ability to pursue globally relevant qualifications to enhance their future career prospects and ultimately to maintain and develop the profession and the wider economy.


The highlight of the MoU includes conducting joint research with GCU students and faculty members, and inviting GCU to contribute articles or case studies which can be published in ACCA magazines and international journals. The two organizations will also undertake joint seminars, conferences and research projects.





Why there is no Pakistani Literary theory?


Speakers at a seminar on the “interdisciplinary role of philosophy in the academic space of university” have strongly objected to the euro-centric configuration of knowledge in the developing countries and supported the idea of situating philosophy in the context of its indigenous operation. The one-day national seminar, spread over four technical sessions, was organized by the Government College University Lahore (GCU) Philosophy Department with the funding and technical support the Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) at the University’s Bukhari Auditorium.


In her opening speech, GCU Philosophy Department Dr Sobia Tahir said that academic seminar was designed to explore the basic question: What type of conceptual and paradigmatic unity interdisciplinary or trans-disciplinarily can bring about when operating in the multidisciplinary world of human knowledge. And what role can Philosophy, the most elusive of all disciplines: historically once having all the disciplines in its ambit, and then becoming bankrupt of all the disciplines—can play in this enterprise.


In his key note address, eminent philosopher and novelist Prof Mirza Ather Baig said that every culture had its own particular requirements, so it could not be fitted easily into a developmental sequence derived from Western experience of tradition-modernity-postmodernity. He said that the queries naturally and enthusiastically hence rather crudely erupting from the young minds is that why there is no Pakistani Literary theory? Why are they calling their theorizing German, Russian, American or French? What has happened to our minds that we generally fail not only to theorize about matters physical, chemical, biological, social and psychological but even to conceptualize the first step in the ladder leading to the schematization of human experience as valid knowledge? Prof Baig said that actually we never feel the urge or drive to indulge in such a cerebro-cognitive exercise. For us it is more than enough to gobble the appropriate disciplinary texts and then re-text them at appropriate moments on demand. He said these intellectually mellowed down version of these inquisitorial exhortations rising though from a particular miniscule onto-epistemic location yet pointed towards the emergence of the rudimentary contours of the Nonstandard or Revised Academic Model. He also said nobody would be imaging absurdities like Pakistani Physics, Indonesian Biology, Saudi Arabian Mathematics, or Indian chemistry but these disciplines actually work in “the minds and hearts” of these varied cognitive spaces, their lived reality against the backdrop of their cultural a-priori is probably the most crucial question, answer to which can go a long way to the formation of the Revised Academic Model. What is needed is a phenomenological analysis of the life-world of disciplines both in the dominant and dominated sites of knowledge and learning. Such an acute self-awareness of the complexities of our relationship with disciplinary knowledge would be the first step to unfold the real dynamics of the much touted, but very vaguely understood paradigm of “Indigenization”.


Vice Chancellor Prof Hassan Amir Shah expressed gratitude to PHEC Chairman Prof Nizam-ud-Din for his technical support and funding for the highly crucial academic activity. He also said that modern research had grown complex and interdisciplinary, rather multi and trans-disciplinary; subjects of social sciences such as geography were playing key role in inventions and innovations in the fields of natural sciences such as physics and biology.


GCU Dean of Social Sciences Prof Dr Tahir Kamran and noted philosophers Prof Dr Abdul Hafeez Fazil, Dr Ali Raza Tahir, Hassan Farooqi and Muhammad Afzal Khan also addressed the seminar. Noted academician from Punjab University Shahzeb Khan said explicated upon the imperil connection of the disciplines of philosophy and English literature and advocated decolonizing the academic space of making these disciplines engage with the context of our society.




Dr Amelia on a “spiritual journey” to Pakistan


The stunning Sitar performance of eminent American Ethnomusicologist and teaching artist Dr Amie (Amelia) Maciszewski has put the audience into trance at a concert organized by the United States Consulate and Quaid-e-Azam Political Science Society at the Government College University Lahore. Dr Amelia, who believes that music has no boundaries, began her Sitar performance sitar of “Puriya Dhanashree Raga” (Melody), which she says, is “Raga” of evening.


Dr Amelia, Ph.D. ethnomusicology from University of Texas, USA, has come to Pakistan after 40 years, and due to her deep in interest Sufism, she calls this visit a ‘spiritual journey’. For her, spiritualism is something different from religion. She has a strong desire to visit the shrines of Hazart Fariduddin GanjShakar, Hazrat Shah Hussain and other Sufi saints in Punjab.  The ethnomusicologist, who had published many research papers on South Asian music culture, says that Sufism forms crux of her beliefs. “I believe Sufism has an eclectic nature and acceptability towards everybody irrespective of their religion, caste, gender or creed.” she said while talking to media after the concert. In support of her arguments, she sang the Bulleh Shah’s poetry “Je Rub Milda Nahateyaan Dhoteyan.” She said in Sufism, a clean heart is the prerequisite for enlightenment.  It’s the love for Sufism that makes her great fan of legendary Sufi singer “Abida Parveen.” Besides, she is also a great admirer of the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and lately, she has been listening to Ustad Farid ud din Ayaz Al-Hussaini Qawwal.   


Vice Chancellor GCU presents souvenir to eminent American

Ethnomusicologist & teaching artist Dr Amie (Amelia) Maciszewski


At the GCU concert, she also played “peace”, which is her own light composition and has a folk-like ambiance. She also sang the word peace in different languages of the world. “It sounds really idealistic but music has vital role for peace in the world. We fear people who are different from us. It’s just because we don’t understand them. With music you don’t need a common language to communicate. It could help us understand each other’s cultures, customs and beliefs,” she said.


Dr Amelia, who has served as teaching artist on the faculties of top universities of the world, said that it’s very disheartening to know that there is admiration and following for music performers in Pakistan but there is not much respect and appreciation for music teachers in the society. She said that music must be taught in schools because it develops critical thinking in children and makes them smarter. She hoped that in a short three-week visit to Pakistan, she could get time to hold music workshops in schools, colleges and universities.


 Vice Chancellor Prof Hassan Amir Shah, Nazir Ahmed Music Society Incharge Mr Tariq Farhani, Political Science Chairperson Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt, faculty members and students attended the concert and described Amie’s classical sitar performances as “stunning” and “amazing.”  Talking to the American artist, the Vice Chancellor said that there is a strong tradition of music and other performing arts at GCU, adding that they also grant admissions to students in different disciplines by virtue of their acting and music skills. The artist was also briefed about the 152 year history of GCU and eminent Pakistan signers who had studied here.





launching ceremony of PRAN NEVILE's BOOKs AT GCU


Pran Nevile, an eminent Indian writer and author of “Lahore – a sentimental journey” said Lahore is still Lahore; the beauty, magic and charm of this great historical city would never die. “Need-based developmental changes are not unnecessarily needed to be resisted or criticized, because they can’t change Lahore. This City is not merely its roads, buildings and bazars. It is its atmosphere, ambience, moods of joy and sorrow, madness and sadness, fun and excitement and above all its people who constitute its soul,” said the 94-year old writer while addressing a launch of the latest editions of his books “Carefree days” and “Lahore – a sentimental journey” at the Government College University Lahore.


Lahore Arts Council Chairman Kamran Lashari chaired the books’ unveiling ceremony which was also addressed by noted playwright Madeeha Gauhar, actress Feryal Ali Gauhar, artist Dr Ajaz Anwar, theatre and television director Shahid Mahmood Nadeem, political scientist Prof Dr Istiaq Ahmed and Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah.   


When a student asked Pran Nevile to compare the existing and pre-partition Lahore, the writer says “you can’t compare the two beauties. I admire the present Lahore as much as you are admiring the 1930s Lahore. We must welcome and cherish the changes in lives.” However, he said that he missed the voices of Bo-Kata (There it is a cut) in Lahore because kite-flying had been a passion with Lahorias who were eloquent of their kites and boasted of their accomplishments in the field. It was said that there was no other place in the world where kite-flying as a sport had reached such commanding heights as in Lahore. However, the Indian writer also believed that safety must be priority in every sport. In a question on hostility between the two countries, Mr Nevile said politics is not his area of interest. However, he believed in spreading positivity and love between the two nations whose art and culture are somehow integrated. He explained that the revised edition of his book “Lahore – a sentimental journey” includes a chapter about Government College, an ‘Epilogue’ and an ‘Afterward’ with his latest perceptions of the city of Lahore, the heartbeat of Punjab.


Feryal Gauhar read some extracts from the books of Pran Nevile, saying that Nevile’s reminiscences no-doubt took the reader into the heart of 1930s Lahore which was a hub of arts and literary activities. Prof Dr Istiaq Ahmed said Pran Nevile was an ambassador of Lahore in Delhi. His work was influenced by his three life experiences; his earlier education at a school of Arya Samaj movement, attraction towards fairer sex, and third is his stay at the Government College Lahore where he experienced cosmopolitan society where students coexisted harmoniously, unfettered by considerations of religion, region and caste. Kamran Lashari said Nevile’s work is helpful in restoration of Old Lahore, saying that “while we move on, we must have some connection with our history.”  


Vice Chancellor Prof Shah said Parn Nevile was born in Lahore in 1922 and studied for six years at the Government College Lahore, adding that to the best of their knowledge, Pran Nevile was the oldest of living Old Ravians. “We hope six years later, his alma mater would be launching his new publications at the occasion of his centenary birthday,” he added.    


The speakers also highlighted the distinguished career of the author in Indian Foreign Service and United Nations after which he became a freelance writer and had written extensively on Indian Art and Culture. Dr Ajaz Anwar presented a Takhti, a traditional wooden writing-board, to Pran Nevile which he had repeatedly mentioned in his book.





“Pakistan is not as it is perceived in different countries of the world" says peter upton


Peter Upton, the country director of British Council Pakistan, has said that Pakistan is not as it is perceived in different countries of the world. “And those of us (foreigners) who have worked and lived here know that there is a very different story – a good new story about Pakistan,” he said. The outgoing Country Director was addressing a farewell ceremony hosted by the Ministry of Education, Punjab at the Government College University Lahore to pay tribute to his services for promotion of education in Pakistan. A good number of vice chancellors, academicians, secretaries of various provincial departments, officials of British Council and members of Punjab Assembly were present. Speaking on the occasion, Peter Upton said that his family had been very scared when he was deputed in Pakistan, but the last four years were one the best periods of his life in which he had travelled all across the country and met with the highly inspiring Pakistanis. He said, “I am leaving Pakistan but this wonderful country and its people would never go away from my heart”. Peter Upton said that reason behind British Council’s success in Pakistan was that they believed in Pakistanis and their creative and innovation skills. He expressed special gratitude to Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif for his support to the British Council.


Addressing the ceremony, Punjab Minister for Schools Education Rana Mashood Ahmed Khan said the government would ensure 95 percent enrollment in schools this year. He said he had preferred ministry of schools over higher education and sports because the Chief Minister was very much concerned about enrollment of children and quality of education in the government schools. He paid tribute to Peter Upton and his team for their sincere efforts and hard work for uplift of education in Punjab.


GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah said that their ties universities in the United Kingdom through the British Council were historic and long lasting, adding that lately they had organized the first international conference on Modern and Contemporary Language, Literature and Culture in collaboration with the British Council. He also highlighted that GCU and British Council had a strong cultural ties.


Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) Chairman Prof Dr Nizamud Din and Secretary Higher Education Irfan Ali also highlighted the services of Peter Upton and Rana Mashood in higher education sector in Pakistan. They also appreciated that the strong linkages of universities with the British Council, and hoped these relationships would prosper further.  


The ceremony was followed by musical program in which students from GCU Nazir Ahmed Music Society also performed. The music especially poetry of Allama Muhammad Iqbal and Faiz Ahmed Faiz were highly enjoyed and appreciated by the foreign guests.  





Workshop on algal collection and biofuel production


Speakers at the inaugural ceremony of a workshop on “Algal Collection and Biofuel Production” at the Government College University Lahore have laid stress on research on algae plants for developing biofuel, food, shelter and medicines to meet the expanding demands of human society. “Algae are the future as oil and all other natural resources are drying up. It is therefore required to train researchers to develop new ideas that can contribute to our sustainable future,” they believed. About 120 researchers from different universities across the country are participating in the two-day workshop which was organised by the university’s Botany Department in collaboration with the Higher Education Commission and Pakistan Science Foundation.


GCU Vice chancellor presents shield to

Prof. Dr. Riaz Ahmed, Dean GCU.

The participants of workshop pose for a photo with

GCU Vice Chancellor


Vice Chancellor Dr Hassan Amir Shah hoped that the workshop would provide platform to experts to think and develop new ideas for ecological distribution, commercial use and biofuel production from algae. He appreciated the presence of two former heads of Department of Botany Prof. Masud ul Hassan and Dr. Zaheer-ud-din Khan at the workshop for training the young generation on these classical subjects.

In her inaugural address, Botany Department Chairperson Dr Ghazala Yasmin Butt said that the workshop was spread over six technical sessions including on prospects of biofuel production in Pakistan.


Eminent botanist Dr. Abdul Hayee Memon introduced the Algae as the important part of the aquatic environment as photosynthetic organisms. He specially emphasized on the dissemination of modern techniques of algal culturing to the young researchers. Dr. Ehsan Elaih said astronauts could carry algae with them as a food to the space because of its high protein contents. A single capsule of Spirulina can fulfil all the nutrition requirements in the body.


Faculty of Engineering and Technology Dr. Riaz Ahmad, Faculty of Science and Technology Dean Dr Islam Ullah Khan and Director Research Prof Dr Ikram Ul Haq also attended the workshop. 





The Government College University Lahore Old Ravians Union (GCU-ORU) at its annual reunion has conferred “Lifetime Achievement Award” upon the legendary Urdu and Punjabi writer Bano Qudsia, besides veteran playwrightactor and professor Shoaib Hashmi and eminent historian and teacher Prof Dr Farhat Mahmod.

Bana Qudisa and Prof Dr Farhat Mehmood received their award from Honourable Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, senior judge of Supreme Court of Pakistan and Old Ravian, who was chief guest at the grand reunion dinner attended by eminent Old Ravian politicians, bureaucrats, journalists, lawyers and businessmen from all over Pakistan. Shoaib Hashmi could not attend the ceremony due to his aliment, while noted Pakistani playwright Asghar Nadeem Syed received his award.

Speaking on the occasion, Justice Saqib Nisar said he believes that the confidence is a key to what he has achieved in his life, and this sheer confidence was inculcated in him by the Government College Lahore, where he had not only studied but also spent most cherished moments of his life. He especially mentioned the wonderful experience of participating in debates competitions throughout the country on behalf of his college. He also said the basic differences between developed and underworld countries were education and justice; the counties which have quality education and rule of law are developed countries. “Indeed, it has become mandatory that we immediately lay a foundation for a strong justice system and if we fail to lay this foundation, our sustainability would be in question,” the SC judge said. Justice Saqib Nisar believed that laws were there but their effective implementations were lacking. “We need to train our judges which could strengthen the judicial system of the country,” he said. The SC judge also shared that his father, Mian Nisar, was also a very famous Old Ravian and leading member of the college cricket team.  

In his opening remarks, Old Ravians Union President Kamran Lashari said that old is certainly gold; older is your relations, the deeper would be the mark and linkage with the college. He called upon Old Ravians to play active role in development of their alma mater.   

Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah said GCU’s alumni were its real strength, stating they had donated Rs 220 million to the university Endowment Fund Trust for supporting the financially-challenged students of their alma mater. He lauded the services and active role of Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt as Secretary ORU, saying that “he is the spine of Old Ravians Union.”   

Expressing gratitude to ORU on receiving the award, Bano Qudsia said GC has nurtured the holistic self of the Ravians more than the typical business of teaching. May the Almighty Allah be the protector of its milieu.

Later, eminent singer and Old Ravian Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan performed at the reunion, and its highly energetic performance at his alma mater with a loud applause. Even, Justice Saqib Nisar also met him and appreciated his work. Kamran Lashari said that Shafqat is the Pride of Pakistan, and noting could supersede his talent, charm and hard work in campaign. The Oval Ground resounded with shouts “Shafqat, Shafqat” during his performance.




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.




Speakers at a seminar at the Government College University Lahore said that history should not be distorted to develop a national narrative, adding that “we could be ideological about our future, but we must be realistic about the past.” Human Rights Commission of Pakistan General Secretary I. A. Rehman chaired the seminar which was organized by the university’s History Department in connection with the Pakistan Day celebrations.

In his inaugural address, Prof Dr Muhammad Waseem, an eminent social scientist from Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), said that Lahore resolution had no doubt played a role of Magna Carta in the political struggle of Muslims for Pakistan. He said that the British gradually gave the provinces in India autonomy with an aim to slow down the independence movement.

I.A Rehman called upon the students to remain always skeptical about past especially the history of Pakistan. He asked the students to critically analyze the historical events before reaching at any conclusion. He believed it was Pakistan which had made them a nation from a minority.  

GCU Dean of Arts and Social Sciences Prof Dr Tahir Kamran shed light on the national discourse of telling history. How the history has been compromised for developing national narrative which represents the collectivity and suppressed the individuals points of view. He opined not study history with only ideological perspective but critically analyses it.

Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah expressed gratitude to speakers for enlightening his students. He said that Pakistan was a blessing of the Almighty Allah for the Muslims of subcontinent and they must all collectively work for its prosperity and progress. He paid tribute to the armed and law enforcement forces of the country for their sacrifices for peace.   

A large number faculty member and students attended the seminar. 






The students from University of Sargodha (UoS) and Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU) Multan won the Chief Minister’s Qiraat and Naat Contest among the public sector universities of Punjab. The contest was organized by the Government College University Lahore under the auspices of the Punjab government.


Addressing the opening ceremony, GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah said that the Holy Quran and the Prophet's (PBUH) Seerah embody the strongest message for the world peace which can be aesthetically packaged through the art of the recitation of the Holy Quran and Naat. He appreciated the efforts of the Punjab government to showcase the talent of the students of colleges and universities for the promotion of Qiraat and Naat. “Their patronage at the government level will provide them the necessary impetus to align themselves with these classical Muslim art forms,” he added.


Speaking on the occasion, the member GCU Syndicate, MPA Khurram Ijaz Chahtta said that Qiraat and Naat are the best medium for the projection of love of Prophet Muhammad (PUBH) and spiritual elevation of Muslims. He recalled his student life at GCU, saying this great institution had honed the intellectual skills of millions of students over the last 152 years.


According to the final results, UoS student Hafiz Umair Abid secured first position in Qiraat, while Hafiz Asaad Sharif from Punjab University and Hafiz Ata-ul-Mustafa from GC University Faisalabad stood second and third respectively. In Naat contest, Hasnain Haider from BZU, Muhammad Hassan GCU Faisalabad and Ehtisham Ul Haq from Khawaja Fareed University Rahim Yar Khan secured the first, second and third positions respectively. Talking to media, the winners said that the central theme of the Holy Quran is the holistic welfare of mankind. The devotees of Islam who have staunch love for the last Prophet Muhammad (PUBH) ought to reflect this message in their conduct for the world.


Additional Secretary Higher Education Dr Shoiab Anwar announced that Punjab Chief Minister Main Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif would honour the winners of the competition with cash awards amounting Rs 100,000, Rs 75,000 and Rs 50,000 for first, second and third positions respectively in Qiraat and Naat separately.




A melodious tribute to Pakistan


The melodious voices from different universities and colleges expressed their love for their country at the All Punjab National Songs Competition organised by the Government College University Lahore in connection with the Pakistan Day under the auspices of Punjab Higher Education Department at the Alhamra Hall No. 3. The Punjab Education Minister Rana Mashood Ahmed Khan was the chief guest at the prize distribution ceremony while the Vice Chancellor GC University Lahore Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah played host. Among female students, Nimra Roy of Kinnaird College was adjudicated the Best Signer of national songs, while Sabiha Afazal of Lahore College for Women University and Komal Mirza of GCU secured the second and third positions respectively. In Boys category, Usama Babar of GCU clinched the first position, while Ghufran Chisiti of Punjab University and Qaim Ali of University of Lahore were declared second and third respectively.   




GCU celebrates Mental Health Week


The Dr Ajmal Psychological Society is celebrating the Mental Health Week at the Government College University Lahore with an aim to promote positive thinking in the society through art and culture. Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah inaugurated the celebrations which began on Monday with an Inter-Universities Poster Competition themed “Positive Psychology” and an on-campus awareness walk titled “Mental Health Walk.”


Around 100 psychology students from different educational institutions of the metropolitan including Punjab University, Kinnaird College and Lahore College for Women University took part in the competition and put on display their posters which highlighted the key values that helped people in staying positive in negative environments. The posters were inscribed with interesting and through-provoking headlines.


Speaking on the occasion, GCU Psychology Department Chairperson Dr. Syeda Salma Hasan highlighted the need for promoting positivity in the society through art and culture, saying that it’s not wealth but the core values of love, hope, tolerance and generosity which made the life of a person contended and happy. She said that celebrating Mental Heal Week was one of the oldest traditions of GCU Psychology Department and this year it was themed positive psychology which emphasized on positive thinking.


Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah called upon the students to value unconditional bonding of relationships, forgive other and serve the humanity, saying that these positive attributes give better direction to the developmental journey of their life. He appreciated the artwork of the students, saying that artistic expression was best way to create awareness as it usually had a very strong and direct impact on the thinking of people.


Later, the Vice Chancellor gave away prizes and certificates to the winners of the competition. A performing arts festival and workshop on “Diagnosis Psychopathology and treatment planning” are also part of the week long celebrations.







The departments of Economics and Physical Education lifted the prestigious team trophies in boys and girls categories respectively at the closing day of the 116th Annual Sports of the Government College University Lahore. Punjab Education Minister Rana Mashood Ahmed Khan was the Chief Guest at the prize distribution ceremony at the university’s Oval Ground while Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah was also present. Benish Nawaz of Physical Education Department won the title of Best Female Athlete of GCU for her extraordinary performance in different sports competitions. Subhan Masood of Economics Department was declared the Best Male Athlete.


The closing was marked by colorful Gymkhana events including Girls Chatti Race, Cricket Ball Throw, Pillow Fighting, Staff Children Race, Wheel Barrow Race, Musical Chair and Old Ravians Handicap Race. The Education Minister and Vice Chancellor also took part in the tug-of-war against the Old Ravians as a message to promote the culture of sports among students and faculty members.



In his address, Rana Mashood on the behalf of the Punjab government announced establishing a state-of-the-art Gymnasium and swimming pool at GCU Cricket Ground. He also said GCU had produced not only scientists, bureaucrats, politicians but also a lot of world class athletes and all national teams of Pakistan always had representation of GCU.


Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah and GCU Director Sports Khadim Ali Khan, in their addresses, congratulated the winning teams, saying that promotion of sports ultimately curbed the inclination of youth towards negative activities and deterred them from getting swept off their feet by retrogressive forces. “Rather than involving themselves in unfruitful and negative activities, students should actively engage themselves in sports,” the Vice Chancellor said. He believed that it’s sports and co-curricular where the real character-building of students took place. 


Earlier, in the competitions, Farzana Ashraf won Chatti Race and Cricket Ball Throw, while Nadia Rohi was triumphant in the Musical Chair. Muhammad Ghor won the Obstacle Race, the most difficult competition of the day. Rashid Hafeez crossed the finish line fist in Sack Race.





2nd day of 116th Annual Sports of GCU


Muhammad Ramzan, a student of Physical Education Department, has won the 1500 Meters Race, at the second day of the 116th Annual Sports of Government College University, Lahore which was marked by the athletic competitions among students and faculty and staff members. Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah, GCU Sports Board Chairman Prof Dr Ikram ul Haq, Director Sports Khadim Ali Khan and other senior faculty members gave away medals to the winning students and departmental teams.


Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor Prof Shah said that the real beauty of their annual sports lied in the collective participation of students and teachers from all the academic departments of the university. Above all, this year physically-challenged students are also participating in the sports.




Later, Mohsin Naveed, another student of Physical Education Department, won the 400-metre Hurdle Race by putting his endurance to test; finishing the race in the 00:57:63 breaking his last year best of 01:08:28 seconds. However, in 100 Metres final, Subhan Masood of Economics Department reached the finishing line in 10:75 seconds which earned him a Gold Medal. Mohisn Naveed, Benish Saleem and Qaiser Abbass won the Triple Jump (Boys), 100-Meter Race (Girls) and Discus-Throw (Boys). Economics Department’s boys’ team won 4x100 Meters Relay. GCU Sports Department won the 4x100 Metres Staff Relay Race. 






Physically-challenged students shine in GCU 116th Annual Sports


The physically-challenged students of the Government College University Lahore once again proved that disability is not inability through their active participation in athletics at the inaugural ceremony of the university’s 116th Annual Sports. About 6,000 students from 32 departments of the university took part in the opening ceremony which was marked by a grand march past, sports day oath and athletics meet.


The Department of Electrical Engineering bagged the prestigious trophy of the Best March Past Contingent, while the contingents of Department of Physical Education and Department of Political Science stood second and third. “Others have won the trophies, but the contingent of physically-challenged students have won our hearts.” said that Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah while having a special group photograph with physically-challenged students as it was for first time in the university’s history that these students have formally participated in the university’s annual sports. The GCU Directorate of Sports specially designed competitions for them which included Wheel Chair Race, Clutches Race and White Cane Race.


Earlier, the GCU athletes, led by Mohsin Naveed, took oath that they would take part in three-day annual games abiding by the rules and in the true spirit of sportsmanship for the glory of sports and the honour of their teams. The musicians hailing from GCU Nazir Ahmed Music Society (NAMS) presented a special anthem for 116th GCU Athletics Meet.


In his message on the annual sports, GCU Chairman Sports Board Prof Dr Ikram-ul-Haq sports, besides enthralling, taught students tolerance and developed a spirit of competition among them. He said that GCU had always encouraged the students to take part in sports and healthy co-curricular activities.


Students take part in march-past at the inaugural ceremony of the 116th Annual Sports of GC University Lahore at the Punjab Stadium. 



Addressing the opening ceremony, GCU Director Sports Khadim Ali Khan said that the importance given to sports by the developed countries was no less than education. He said sports education disciplined students. He advised the university students to never compromise on the standards of sportsmanship. “Sportsmanship is more important than winning an event,” he added.


Later, the first day of the annual sports event was marked by 800-metre race which was won by Muhammad Ramzan, a student of Physical Education Department. Muhammad Raees Younas, Abdul Kareem, Subhan Masood and Alam Saddam won the gold medals in Shot Put, Long Jump, 200-Meter Race and Javelin Throw Boys.


The athletics events of 5,000-Metre Race, 1,500-Metre Race, Triple Jump, and Pole Vault will be held at the Punjab Stadium. However, the most enthralling Gymkhana events which include Ministerial Staff Race, Naib Qasid Race, Four Legged Race, Cricket Throw Ball for Girls, Pillow Fighting, Staff Children Race, Stilt Race, 60-Metre Race, Sack Race, Chatti Race for Girls and Obstacle Race will be held at the closing ceremony at GCU Oval Ground.




‘Protection of women is not an anti-men act’


Speakers at a seminar on women’s rights at the Government College University Lahore have said that ‘’protection of women is not an anti-men act”, rather it would ensure the prosperity of Pakistan through equal participation of both the genders in the economic and social development of the country.


Addressing the seminar organised by the university’s Quaid-e-Azam Political Science Society in connection with the International Women’s Day celebrations, Salman Sufi, the Senior Member of Chief Minister’s Special Monitoring Unit (SMU) on Law and Order, clarified that the Punjab government is considering no amendment to the Punjab Protection of Women against Violence Act (PPWVA) 2016. However, he mentioned, that if there are any conclusive recommendations by the Ulema or law experts, the Bill could be further strengthened for the protection of women. Salman Sufi said that the PPWVA is not anti-men but anti-violence. “The word man has never been used in the Bill contrary to the propaganda against it,” he added. He said that the Women Protection Bill was laid before the Punjab Assembly after eight-month deliberations with male and female MPAs of all the political parties of Punjab including Jamaat-i-Isalmai, PTI and Pakistan Peoples’ Party. The SMU senior member said that the government should not sit silent when violence against women is increasing, and the conviction rate for such cases is very low. Contrary to the propaganda that the Act would negatively impact marriages, he said, it would assist in mediation and resolution of disputes. Salman Sufi said the PPWVA stands out from previously passed bills as it also provided expeditious civil remedies to the victims of violence which included residence and monetary orders. He briefed students about the Act and answered their queries in detail.


Punjab Advisor on Population and Welfare Mrs Zakia Shahnawaz said men and women are equal; and men criticizing the PPWVA are needed to understand it. She said the Punjab government is committed to provide all rights and protection to women. However, she asked the female students to acquire maximum education, saying that it would be their real power and strength.


Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah, appreciating the government for aggressively working for women rights, said that women should not only be protected – they must also be empowered and encouraged to work shoulder to shoulder with men for the progress and prosperity of their country. He said a person, who resorts to violence on a woman, is not a man.  


GCU Political Science Department Chairman Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt said all the propaganda against the Act is seemed to be politically motivated. “It is for the first time that a law comprehensively provides protection through an in-built implementation mechanism to ensure speedy justice to women victims of violence,” he said. He also said further steps are needed be taken by the government to provide equal opportunities to women.

Speaking on the occasion, Hafsa Sohail Rathore, a student of English literature, said according a UN report, 70 percent of world’s men women experience physical violence which means women across the globe – from the streets of New York to the slums of Pakistan are vulnerable to this appalling violence. She said women are like flame of a candle not the darkness under it!


The seminar was followed by an on-campus awareness walk about women’s rights which was led by Prof Shah and Salman Sufi. A quiz competition about the achievements of the women was also part of the seminar.





Alumni celebrate GCU Botany Department’s 104th birthday


Alumni of the Government College University Lahore Botany Department night celebrated the 104th anniversary of their department by organising a cultural evening which was marked by two highly enthralling Urdu plays “Chipko Movement” and “Botanist”, and cultural dance and music performances by the students.


Speaking on the occasion, BAA President Ajmal Rahim said the GCU’s botanists had proved to be highly versatile and besides teaching and research, they had also performed exceptionally well in bureaucracy, sports, business and other professional fields. He also reflected upon the significance of Botany mentioning a famous saying "all flesh is grass".


Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah lauded the strong attachment of BBA office-bearers and members with their alma mater and mentioned the extraordinary support of the association’s President for a successful plantation drive at the Main Campus and Kala Shah Kaku Campus of GCU.



GCU Botany Department Chairperson Dr Ghazala Yasmeen Butt said it was the 5th alumni reunion of the department and they would further strengthen linkages with old students. She said their Department, established in 1912, was recognized as a leading provider of quality education supported by relevant experience of staff and the dissemination of leading edge research. Prof Dr Zaheer-ud-Din Khan, Dr Tahira Mughal, Prof Dr Muhammad Afzal Rana, Prof Masud-ul-Hasan, Prof Dr Asharf Bukhari and other alumni also addressed the celebration ceremony and shared interesting incidents from their student life.



Waste segregation by colours at GCU


The Government College University Lahore in collaboration with the Lahore Waste Management Company (LWMC) Tuesday introduced an on-campus waste segregation system which was aimed at promoting cleanliness and recycling of waste materials for a greener planet for the future generations. The university’s Environment Protection Society (GCU-EPS) installed seven sets of color-coded dustbins on different spots on the campus; blue for plastic, green for paper and red for the glass, with an aim to collect a segregated waste which would be handed over to LWMC to ensure its recycling in the best possible manner.


Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah inaugurated these coloured dustbins by collecting waste materials and putting them in the relevant dustbins, hoping that it would also encourage his students the staff members to use these dustbins.  GCU Sustainable Development Study Centre Director Dr Amtul Bari Tabinda, LWMC Director Human Resource Asad Farooq, Director Communication Jamil Khawar, and members of EPS were also present. The Vice Chancellor appreciated the support of the LWMC, a Turkish company, to GCU EPS, in its awareness drive regarding cleanliness and recycling of waste materials.


Earlier addressing seminar on waste segregation, LWMC Director Asad Farooq said this system of waste segregation through these colored dustbins would also be introduced in other educational institutions besides different areas of the City. Dr Tabinda highlighted the importance of 3R (reduce, reuse and recycle) for inheriting a safe planet to the future generations. She also said segregation reduces the amount of waste that needs to be sent to landfills. This is becoming increasingly important as land is beginning to become less available while the amount of waste only continues to increase.


The seminar was also followed by an on-campus walk to raise awareness among students about cleanliness and use of coloured dustbins. 



WPC delegation visits GCU


A delegation of World Punjabi Conference (WPC) Canada, led by its Chairman Ajiab Singh Chatta, visited the Government College University Lahore and met with Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah and Dean Faculty Languages, Islamic and Oriental Learning Prof Muhammad Iqbal Shahid.


Speaking on the occasion, Mr Chatta said that the thousands of years old cultural heritage of Punjab is enshrined in the Punjabi language and literature churned out from the both sides of the Indo-Pak border, and is reflected in the works of the great Punjabi poets, dramatists and storytellers. He highlighted the need for reconnecting Punjabis with their culture i.e. the culture of love, dignity and tolerance. The WPC Chairman said there was a need for publishing a book comprising of small moral stories for their children in Punjabi. He also presented to the Vice Chancellor an international journal published by the WPC Canada for the promotion of Punjabi language and literature.


Talking to the delegation, Vice Chancellor Prof Shah said that everyone must 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. Prof Shah and Ajiab Chatta agreed to collaborate at different levels for organising seminars and conference for the promotion of Punjabi language.





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.




GCU creates posts of Professor of Practice, Writer in Residence and Artiste in residence


The Government College University Lahore Saturday announced introducing a western concept of Professor of Practice, Writer in Residence and Artiste in Residence on the pattern of world top universities so as to benefit from the services of international and national scholars, writers and artistes of great eminence for a fixed time period who do not meet the customary requirements of university service but their outstanding acumen in their respective fields can enrich the University culture. Addressing the second session of the university’s 14th Convocation, Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah revealed the university’s Syndicate had approved the creation of above posts and appointments would be made against the posts soon after fulfilling the statutory requirements. He said that GCU was the first public sector university in Pakistan to introduce these positions.


As many as 996 students of BA/BSc (Hons) were awarded degrees at the second session on Saturday in which the Vice Chancellor also conferred medals and rolls of honor on the 34 position holders which included 14 females. It is astonishing, the trend this year has reversed and only 14 female students secure top positions against 20 positions of boys, said GCU Controller of Examinations Dr Haroon Qadir, adding that for the last many years’ girls had outnumbered the body in the positions’ holders list.


The Vice Chancellor also revealed that the GCU Library and the US Consulate General Lahore have joined hands to set up Lincoln Corner at the GC University Lahore. “It will focus on two undisputed values that both US and Pakistan share i.e. education and democracy. The center will offer books, videos, US Govt. publications, magazines, internet and uninterrupted access to electronic-library databases of USA. It will also arrange lectures, workshops and cultural performances. Congratulating the graduates, Prof Shah said “dear graduates, you have crossed an important milestone in your lives. It is time for you to look for a niche for yourselves in public life. It is now a challenge for you to retain the core values of ingenuity, prudence and diligence that you acquired while you were here at GCU and resist the onslaught of time which compels you to compromise your values and succumb to various social pressures. The Vice Chancellor urged the students to bridge the gap between your ideals and the cruel realities of life. “Your success lies in your endurance and perseverance,” he concluded.


Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah confers medals and rolls of honors upon position holders of

BA/BSc (Hons) programmes at the second day of 14th Convocation.


The 34 positions holders were Zulqarnain Khan, Zaira Saleem, Muniza Almas, Aqid Hussain, Muhammad Ashfaq, Khadeeja Ikram, Syed Mehran Hussain, Mannan Hassan Khan, Sameen Mashkoor, Ayesha Hanif, Yamin Razaq, Arslan Amjad, Rab Nawaz, Muhammad Saad Alam, Sarmad Siddiqi, Mehwish Malik, Aniqa Amer, Hira Zikrea, Anam Khan, Hassan Virk, Tahir Sohail, Sabaenah Salim, Ali Zeeshan Shah, Anam Elahi Bhutta, Ayesha Haroon, Hamza Ali Butt, Kamil Khan, Waris Ali, Toqueer Ahmed, Asad Hussain, Kiran Javaid, Attif Raza, Muhammad Bilal Rasool and Lubna Khalid.





664 M.Phil and 48 Ph.D degrees awarded to students at first session of GCU convocation 2016


The first session of the 14th Convocation of Government College University (GCU) was held here on Friday in which 664 MPhil/MS and 48 PhD degrees were awarded to the students beside seven co-curricular medals, 24 out of total 48 PhD degrees were awarded to female students. The convocation was organized in three sessions. One was held on Friday which was presided over by Punjab Governor Malik Muhammad Rafique Rajwana.


Women must use their education for the development of the country and welfare of its common people. This was stated by Punjab Governor Malik Muhammad Rafique Rajwana while addressing the 14th convocation of the Government College University, Lahore.


Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah addressing the students on the eve of 14th GCU Convocation

 Punjab Governor Rafique Rajwana and Vice Chancellor

Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah award degrees to students at the 14th convocation of the GCU Lahore


Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah said the country didn`t need an education system anymore that was just capable of producing well-trained professionals who could fit into the huge machine of our national economy. Rather, he said, the education system must be geared towards grooming leaders (not followers) who had the spirit of inquiry, integrity, equity and humaneness. Prof Shah detailed the challenges being faced by the GCU which included shortage of senior faculty, saying when he joined as VC few months ago, he found no dean, seven of eight research chairs were vacant, Abdus Salam School of Mathematical Science had been virtually closed and there were ad hoc appointments against all statutory posts. In 2014, the year GCU completed 150 years, its ranking plummeted and could not find a place among the top 10 universities of the country, he said, adding in the last few years, the students` strength had almost been doubled from 6,000 (in 2011) to 12,000 (by 2015).


Later, the governor and VC presented Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif Gold Medal for Best Urdu Declamation Speaker to Khagan Arshad, Prof G.D. Sondhi Medal for overall excellent performance to Syed Zohaib Zaffar Ali Shah, Mohammad Idrees Medal for Best Debater to Adnan Farooq, Daud Ilyas Medal for Outstanding Intermediate Student to Muhammad Kafeel Ashraf, Dr Saida Karamat Medal for Best Woman Graduate to Aneega Tahir, Waleed Iqbal Medal for Best English Parliamentary Speaker to Awais Ahmad Malik while Thespian Medal for Excellent Performance in Dramatics was conferred upon Yousra Anwar.




The Scientific Ravi unveiled


The 24th annual edition of The Scientific Ravi, a prestigious science research magazine of the Government College University Lahore, was unveiled at a prestigious launch ceremony at the Government College University Lahore. Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah unveiled the magazine in presence of its editorial team, faculty members and students.


Addressing the ceremony, Editor Maham Naz said the new edition comprises of 98 articles by the university science students, few foreign authors, faculty members and Old Ravians. She said the university’s each department has dedicatedly given articles. This current edition also features new sections such as “How Stuff Works”, “Science Jokes” and “Science versus Myth” which are both entertaining and informative for the readers.


The members Editorial Board pose for a photo with GCU Vice Chancellor at

the launch ceremony of a new edition the science magazine


Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor Prof Shah lauded the efforts of magazine’s editor and associate editors, saying the research magazine had been named after the River Ravi as the flowing river was referred as the symbolic continuity of thoughts and innovative ideas of GCU students, alumni and faculty members which were expressed through the magazine. He said that the publication was also very close to his heart as he had also remained the Advisor, The Scientific Ravi during his tenure as Professor of Physics at GCU.




Networking the Pak-China Universities


Universities are the China-Pakistan Social, Cultural and Technology Corridor, i.e. the mother corridor, and only their efficacious networking would guarantee the real success and super economic benefits from the economic corridor, said Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah, the Vice Chancellor of Government College University Lahore, and Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt, the Director of GCU Centre of Excellence, China Studies (CESC), while addressing a meeting with a delegation from China University of Geosciences (CUG).


The delegation comprised of CUG Vice President Prof Fang Hao, Silk Road Institute Executive Dean Dr Changqian Ma, International Students Office Director Dr Jiang Yuan and Dr Xiaoqing Xie, a Chinese expert on Pakistan Affairs, Monday arrived in Pakistan on the invitation of the GCU-CECS to explore possibilities for social, cultural and academic linkages with the local universities.


Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor Prof Shah hoped that CUG and GCU would jointly establish a strong foundation for the academic networking of Pakistan-China universities which, besides the technology transfer and innovation, was also mandatory for social and cultural integration of the people of Pakistan and China. He said GCU-CECS was facilitating CUG in networking with universities of Punjab and Baluchistan, while the CUG would also help linking their Centre of Excellence, China Studies with top ranked Chinese universities.


“This CUG-GCU relationship will no doubt act as server to the highly desired network of Pak-China universities,” said CECS Director Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt, adding that CUG was ranked among the top seven universities of China and like GCU it also held very strong traditions of producing eminent alumni in the fields of science, literature and politics. Dr Butt revealed that GCU-CUG had also agreed to jointly hold conferences and seminars, both in China and Pakistan in various disciplines, for the social and academic networking of the top researchers and academicians of both countries.


Prof Shah and Dr Butt highlighted that Punjab Chief Minister had established Centre of Excellence, China Studies for not only teaching the Pakistani students’ Chinese culture and language, but also with an intention to bring closer the reputed academic institutions of both brotherly countries. However, they said that a lot of further investment was also needed to put in by the government on this mother corridor.

CUG Vice President Prof Fang Hao said that Pakistan and China were iron brothers and the people of both counties had always filled the cultural and language gaps with strong feelings of love and respect which they had for each other. However, he said that a strong social and cultural integration of people of both countries with each other didn’t now look to be a distant dream, but for it, they, the academicians, had to play a very effective role.


Later, the meeting also explored the possibilities of joint research projects in the subjects of Geography, Environmental Science, Chemistry, Physics, and Computer Sciences. The delegation would stay in Pakistan for the next four day and sign accords with the reputed universities of Pakistan under the auspices of GCU CECS. 




GCU to train 400 female entrepreneurs


The Government College University Lahore Management Studies Department (GCU MSD) in collaboration with the World Bank and a noted organisation, ENCLUDE has launched a special Women Entrepreneurship Programme titled the “WomenX” to train 400 women entrepreneurs running small sized enterprises in Lahore and its surroundings.


Ms Seema Aziz, an inspiring eminent entrepreneur and social worker, chaired the opening ceremony of the training programme which was designed to provide business education and support services to women entrepreneurs. As many as 36 entrepreneurs comprised the first batch. However, under the Project, GCU MSD would provide business education to 400 female entrepreneurs over the period of next two years.


“We are pleased that the World Bank and ENCLUDE has trusted GCU to provide business education to female entrepreneurs and help them improve efficiency, effectiveness and profitability of their businesses” said MSD Director Mr Najaf Yawar Khan in his inaugural address. The participants would be provided extensive knowledge and practical training in accounting, entrepreneurial finance, marketing, operations management, leadership and team building, information technology, laws and regulations and project planning during the four month certification course which also included a practical assignment of designing a business project. “Most of the women participating in this WB’s WomenX programme even don’t have their bank accounts, so they would begin from the basic level and would be provide a solid understanding of modern business methods that can help them grow their business,” said Mr Khan.


GCU Vice chancellor presents souvenir to Ms Seema Aziz

The participants pose for a group photo with Vice Chancellor GCU.





Ms Seema Aziz also shared her life success story with the participants of the training programme, urging the women enterprisers to never compromise on the standards of their produces. She believed that satisfied customers were the biggest and most sustainable marketing tool ever invented. She told the participants that being women was not an obstacle to become a successful entrepreneur, adding they just need a passion and commitment to their cause.


Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor Prof Hassan Amir Shah said GCU had always produced men and women of distinction, and most of them who joined this university believed in the magical quality of this institution to help deliver something of greater value to the Society. He hoped that the training would help these women develop their small industries or businesses into successful entrepreneurships play a vital role in the prosperity of the country.




The GC University Lahore has launched the “10,000 Trees Plantation Drive” to restore the traditional green look of the university’s main campus and beautify the landscapes of new 370 acres land allocated for the new campus at Kalal Shah Kaku. Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah and senior faculty members inaugurated the plantation drive for which the university’s six societies have teamed up with the Punjab Forest Department.

Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor Prof Shah said that GCU was located right in the heart of the City, so it needed to a good green environment on the campus to protect its students from noise and other environmental pollutions, and to provide them a healthy environment fit for the innovate and intellectual thinking. He pledged that they would also take every possible step for the preservation of these saplings being planted during the campaign.

Vice Chancellor, Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah, the faculty and

staff members participate in the“10,000 Trees Plantation Drive” 

initiated at the GCU in collaboration with the Punjab Forest Department.

Addressing the ceremony, Dr Zaheer-ud-Din Khan, Professor of Biodiversity, said that more than 1,500 members and officer-bearers of the University’s Horticulture Society, Environment Protection Society, Rovers Club, Biological Society, Library Society and Hiking and Mountaineering Club were participating in the mass on-campus plantation drive. He said on the request of Vice Chancellor, the Punjab Forest Department had provided 10,000 saplings free-of-cost to GCU. He said these 15,00 volunteers and 400 faculty members would not only plant these saplings, but would also act as Prefects and help and supervise the university’s gardeners for the protection of these trees. Dr Khan revealed that 3,000 saplings were being planted on the university’s Main Clock Tower Campus while 7,000 saplings would be planted at the Kala Shah Kaku Campus where a team of gardeners would be deputed for their protection and supervision.

Ajmal Raheem Punjab Forest Department (PFD) Conservation Officer said that GCU had given the forest department several great environmentalists and botanists and it was just trying to pay back the debt.

Earlier, GCU Director Research Prof Dr Ikram-ul-Haq, Director Sports Khadim Ali Khan, Botany Department Chairperson Dr Ghazala Yasmeen Butt and other heads of departments also planted saplings to inaugurate the plantation drive.    



GCU holds lecture on “Islam, Peace and Pakistan”


A need for a strong global narrative of peace and love for humanity was stressed by an eminent Islamic scholar Dr Khalid Zaheer, a PhD in Islamic Banking from the University of Wales, UK. He was tracing the causes of extremism and terrorism all across the world while addressing an interactive lecture on “Islam, Peace and Pakistan” at the Government College University Lahore.


Dr Khalid Zaheer also said that Muslims should celebrate the diversity of opinion and interpretation and spend their energies in looking for common grounds rather than inclining towards heads-on collision. “We must acknowledge the possibility of error in the human judgments and be prepared to readjust our perspective in the light of logical application of the true essence of the Holy Quran and Sunnah in our day-to-day problems,” said the guest speaker, adding “healthy debate on the issues confronting our lives shall take us away from a violent approach towards them.” Dr. Khalid Zaheer believed that in the contemporary world, the message of Islam could only be spread on the basis of love, tolerance and sagacity.


Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah endorsed the urgency of evolving a new narrative of peace and harmony and expressed satisfaction on the arrangements of intellectual discourse among religious scholars, academics and students. He appreciated that Dr Khalid Zaheer’s lecture led us to raise new questions on age old problems and desired for fresh perspectives about them. A large number students and professors attended the lecture.




Students urged to study Punjabi literature for spiritual elevation


Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah Vice Chancellor GC University Lahore called upon the students to study Punjabi literature for their spiritual elevation, saying that “you may learn English for earning a better livelihood, but you must also study Punjabi literature especially poetry for your spiritual elevation.”. Addressing the Punjabi Mushaira organized by the University’s Punjabi Majlis, the Vice Chancellor said 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. He also said that Punjabi poetry was also a true reflection of our folk wisdom. He told students Punjabi is an international language spoken in several countries and connects millions of people who understand and communicate with each other through it. He vowed that GCU would continue to work for the promotion of Punjabi language and literature.

As many as 30 prominent poets, including Rai Muhammad Nasir Khan, Younas Ahqar, Prof Saadat Saeed, Adal Minhas Lahori, Kalyan Singh Kalyan, Veer Sapahi, Afzal Sahir, Ramzan Shakir, Saima Almas and Saeed Ulfat presented their poetry Rai Muhammad Khan Nasir chaired the Punjabi Mushaira (poetry recitation).




British High Commission VS. Old Ravians at GCU


A festival cricket match was played between the British High Commission and Old Ravians at the Oval Ground of the Government College University, Lahore on Friday in presence of hundreds of students and alumni’s families as cheering spectators. Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah and British Council Director Mr Kevin McLaven also graced the festivity with their presence.


Earlier, winning the toss Old Ravians XI chose to bat first and posted a huge total of 139 runs in just 15 Overs. Former chief secretary Punjab Pervaiz Masood and Old Ravians Union President Mr Kamran Lashari opened for their team. Batting maestro, Old Ravians Maznoor Elahi and Shahid Anwar scored some quick runs in the middle Overs. Chasing the challenging, British High Commission XI could not face the heat and surrendered at the total score of just 94 runs. However, Director Mr Kevin McLaven and Ben French from British Council showed some resistance and played fine innings. Noted Actor Ali Tahir got four wickets and declared the Man of the Match.


Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor Prof Shah said “Nobody, but the festivity, has won as it provided a wonderful opportunity to our students to enjoy the live cricket, and interact and socialize with their seniors and people for the British Council.”

Kevin McLaven said that the cricket match was a wonderful experience for them, adding that they would come to GCU with a stronger team next year. He said all the “Old” Ravians were still “young” and “energetic”.


Old Ravians Union Honorary Secretary Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt said that the match was part of the union’s annual reunion activities. He said Old Ravians from India would also this year attend the reunion festivities. ORU President Mr Kamran Lashari said that the union would also hold festival matches with other foreign consulates and high commissions for cultural amalgamation and promoting positive image.    


oted Actor Ali Tahir said cricket was not just a game; rather it had become an international culture. He remembered that had played for the cricket team of the Government College in his student life. ORU executive committee members Naeem Tahir, Kazi Afaq Hussian and Asjad Ghani Tahir were also present. 




Act before the nature avenges its devastation


Act before the nature took its revenge on us for its devastation; warned the eminent ecologists, saying that a strong political will is required to stop the global biodiversity meltdown and restore the ecological equilibrium devastated by the human greed and unplanned urbanization. Addressing an international seminar on “Ecosystems restorations in Pakistan – Global Call and Local Action” at the Government College University Lahore (GCU), the experts said restoration or assisted natural regeneration is not a magic bullet that provides instant ecosystems of the desired type, rather it is a developing science which needs sustainable efforts of environment experts backed by the governments, locals and international agencies.


The seminar, organized by the Pakistan Botanic Gardens Network Secretariat (PBGNS), GCU in collaboration with the Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI), World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Danishmandan Botanic Garden Lahore and Higher Education Commission (HEC), was aimed at highlighting role of worldwide botanic gardens in preserving plant biodiversity, importance of dry-land ecosystems, sharing innovative experiences and fortifying efforts for restoring the ecological equilibrium. 


In his key note address, BGCI Regional Director Dr Joachim Gratzfeld said the rapid global climate change is highly threatening as well as challenging, so there is a dire need to reconsider the feasibility and desirability of envisaged restoration targets. However, he strongly believed that any targets or goals could not be achieved without a strong political will and creating economic incentives for local people to engage them in restoration projects. He highlighted need for continued research and practical pilot projects to enhance the understanding of ecosystem functioning, especially in dry-lands which are the significant proportion of the Earth’s terrestrial surface i.e. almost 40 percent.


PBGNS Director Prof Dr Amin ul Haq Khan underlined the need for restoration of dry woodlands in the Indus plains of Punjab, saying that these severely degraded natural forest need urgent human intervention to initiate recovery. He suggested that restoration based on planting of juvenile of native climatic climax trees and integration of various adaptive management practices by setting up demonstration sites would provide effective solution to initiate recovery of these severely degraded areas. This form of assisted natural regeneration would help to restore degraded land facing persistent physical chemical and biological barriers to forest regeneration and may also catalyze forest succession by overcoming the barriers. Prof Khan said working on standalone basis with no funding is seriously affecting the PGBN restoration projects. He also requested PGBNS members to develop a stronger voice in lobbying for mandatory funding for the conservation projects.


Malik Amin Aslam, the project head of Green Growth Initiative of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government, said that 113 million trees had been planted all over the province so far and overall a billion trees would be planted till year 2018. He hoped that under 'Billion tree tsunami' programme of KPK the provincial govt could generate revenue up to 800 million dollars through earning of 'carbon credits'. He said the billion tree programme of KPK government was also presented in the recent Global Climate Change Summit held in Paris, and they have also taken the Bonn Challenge.


Prof Dr Abdur Rashid, an eminent botanist from University of Peshawar, explained the use of information technology in biodiversity conservation, while Dr Hassan Sher from University of Swat spoke about the economic development through medicinal and aromatic plants production and conservation.  


Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah said GCU and its team of ecologists would continue to play their role to sensitise the political leadership and common people about the importance of protecting biodiversity and restoring ecosystems. Dr Faiz ul Bari, Dr. Mehjabeen Abidi Habib also presented her research on “Climate change and coastal adaptability: Resilience lessons from Sonmiani bay”. The seminar was followed by poster presentations by the GCU postgraduate students on their ecosystems’ restoration projects at Harappa, Soan Valley and Shakargarh.




Shair Afghan wins Mr. GCU title


Shair Afghan, a student of BSc (Honors) Economics, won the prestigious title of “Mr. GCU 2015-16” at the Annual Inter-department Bodybuilding Championship organized by the Government College University Lahore Sports Department. Shair flexed his rippling muscles to win the title in the finals of the competition adjudicated by Pakistan Bodybuilding Federation General Secretary Sheikh Farooq Iqbal, former Mr Pakistan Mr Imran Qureshi and Mian Naseer Ahmed. Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Hassan Amir Shah graced the occasion as the Chief Guest, while GCU Director Sports Khadim Ali Khan were also present.


Shair Afghan, the first bagged the top position in the category of musclemen with over 65+kg of weight. Then, he took part in the finals and won the title of Mr GCU Lahore. Ikhlaq, a student of Physics Department, managed to beat tough competitors in the 60Kg category.

The performance of Talha Fahad, hailing from Economics Department was significant since he pushed his young and energetic competitor, Khawaja Muhammad Hassan into second place in the closely contested competition in 75+Kg category. Saif-ur-Rehman, a student of Psychology Department   of GCU Engineering Department bagged the top position in the 80+kg category.


Addressing the ceremony, Vice Chancellor Prof. Shah appreciated the hard work of the participants. He pledged maximum support, moral and financial, to the sportsmen by the university administration. Director Sports Khadim Ali Khan hoped that Shair Afghan would soon win the title of Mr Universities Pakistan in the competitions organized by the Higher Education of Pakistan.   


Later, the GCU Vice Chancellor along with GCU Director Sports awarded the trophies to the winners of each category.




condolence on the sad demise of Intizar Hussain


Government College University, Lahore Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah and faculty members expressed deep condolences on the sad demise of veteran short story writer, novelist, columnist and poet Mr Intizar Hussain. The university faculty members paid tribute to his services in the realm of Urdu literature, saying that “his death has created a void which will never be filled.” They also remembered his last visit to a seminar at GCU on the World Translation Day. In their condolence message to the bereaved family, the Vice Chancellor and faculty members prayed to the Almighty Allah to bless the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the deceased family members to bear the irreparable loss with fortitude.




GCU students trained to cope with emergencies


The students of GC University Lahore were imparted a special training to cope with emergencies in the situations of terrorist attack, natural calamity and fire accidents. The two-day training included detailed lessons, demonstrations and rescue drills on emergency evacuation plan, fire safety, bleeding control, fracture management, heat stroke, cardio pulmonary resuscitation, foreign body airway obstruction and spinal injury shifting management.


Addressing the closing ceremony at the university’s Oval Ground, Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah lauded the enthusiastic participation of students especially females in the this advance emergency planning and life support training which was organised by the university’s Disaster Risk Management Society in collaboration with the Punjab Emergency Service. He said precious lives could be saved in the emergency situations by just good management which comes from effective training. In reply to a question by media, Prof Shah said they were not scared rather terrorists were afraid of them. He pledged that academia would continue their mission of progress, prosperity and enlightenment. He expressed gratitude to the Rescue 1122 officials for providing emergency training to his students, “saying that in many cases fire extinguishers were installed in the buildings but usually people around them knows nothing about their usage.” 


Students participate in emergency life support trainings in the Oval Ground of GCU.

Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah Vice Chancellor is also present.


Rescue 1122 Community Services Wing Director Ms Ruqia Bano Javed said there must be at least one person in every house which had adequate training and knowledge about emergency and rescue management. She said they had also trained students to provide basic life support to infants in the situation of emergencies especially natural calamities. She said that training Ravians was an amazing experience for her. However, she said females had comparatively showed more interest in the training and showed great compassion and enthusiasm for helping others.


Dr Ali Iqtiadar Mirza Advisor of the Society said that such trainings should be compulsory for every student because they also promote humanity in the society. “It’s our religious obligation to help others,’’ he added. He also said that the participants should cascade the rescue and life support training to their fellow students and family members.




ECOSF President visits GCU


Economic Cooperation Organization Science Foundation (ECOSF) President Prof Dr Manzoor Hussian Soomro visited the Government College University Lahore on the invitation of the Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialization (GCU ORIC) and addressed the university faculty members on the topic of Science and Technology based Economic Development and Cooperation in the Region. Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah, ORIC Director Prof (Emeritus) Dr Ikram-ul-Haq, Quality Enhancement Cell Director Ms Iram Sohail, academic heads and a large number of faculty members attended the lecture by the eminent scientist who had also previously served as the Chief Scientific Officer of the Pakistan Science Foundation.


Speaking on the occasion, Prof Soomro briefed the university faculty members about the overall goal of the ECO, saying that youth are the future of the world; thus mobilizing and promoting youth engagement in science, technology and education for economic development and peace within the ECO region and beyond, is and remains the priority of ECOSF. He also shared with the audience the process of ECOSF funding for the science projects.


Later, the ECOSF President held meetings with the Vice Chancellor, Director ORIC and Physics Department Chairperson and discussed matters of mutual interest.    




GCU academia holds ‘Solidarity Walk’


The students, staff and faculty members of Government College University Lahore held a ‘Solidarity Walk’ to condemn the terror attack on Bacha Khan University, Charsadda and commemorate the sacrifice of the martyred academia. . Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah along with the academic and administrative heads led the peaceful on-campus walk from the Postgraduate Block to Main Gate.


Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor Prof Shah said terrorists were scared of education and that’s why they were targeting educational institutions of the country. “But, we are not scared of them and would continue our mission of progress, prosperity and enlightenment,” he added. However, he also said that “You can’t end terrorism without fighting extremism, so Pakistan needs an education system which has a reach to the last children of the country and can inculcate in them tolerance and harmony.”  


Speaking on the occasion, GCU Physics Department Chairman Prof Dr Raiz Ahmed said that teachers were unanimous in their call for uniting against terrorists and extremists of all hues and colours. He noted that Islamic injunctions stipulate the sanctity of life and property of all human beings, and that distorting religion to target innocent people was barbaric and inhuman. He called upon the government and armed forces to utilize all resources for weeding out terrorists and obliterating terror outfits.


Advisor Students’ Affairs Siddique Awan said BKU Charsadda attack had left us to ponder over our decades old negligence of our national responsibilities, such as, providing social and economic justice to all the segments of the nation. We must provide quality education and employment opportunities to the entire population on the principle of parity. For this to materialize, we must put an end to corruption and violation of law. Talking to media, students also condemned the barbaric attack on Bacha Khan University, saying terrorists could not deter them from their journey to enlightenment.





GCU students design advertisement campaigns


The first outgoing batch of Government College University Lahore Fine Arts Department Tuesday put on display advertisement campaigns on social issues and eminent brands as their final projects. Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah inaugurated the exhibition at the Coopera Art Gallery, while eminent artist and Old Ravian Dr Ajaz Anwar and Fine Arts Department Incharge Erfan Ullah Babar were also present.


As many as 25 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.


Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah takes keen interest in the final projects of fine arts

students of Government College University Lahore at the Coopera Arts Gallery.  


Speaking on the occasion, Prof Shah said advertisement campaign was a key behind the success of a product or social welfare campaign. 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.

He appreciated that models used in this advertisement campaign were their juniors or class-fellows but their work looked highly professionals. He said mostly advertisement shoots of these projects were done on the university campus, for which students were provided maximum facilitation by the university administration. The Vice Chancellor also appreciated the efforts of Erfan Ullah Babar and other faculty members for the exceptional training of their students.    


Talking to media, students said that they didn’t take any sponsorship from these brands for the work, because when they pay, they start dictating which kills the creativity of their final project. However, they said now these brands were offering to purchase their work but were not ready to pay much.


Speaking on the occasion, Erfan Ullah Babar said most of their fine arts students had got jobs in reputed companies even before the completion of their degrees which showed the success of their BFA (Hons) programme.



Iqbal’s first residence in Lahore discovered

The ambiguity that surrounds the first residence of Dr Allama Muhammad Iqbal in Lahore has finally ended as a committee comprising distinguished professors and experts have discovered the room where Poet of the East had shifted to from his hometown Sailkot in 1895 and spent five crucial years of his student life till 1900.

The cubical, located at the then Boarding House (now Allama Iqbal Hostel) of the Government College (University) Lahore most astonishingly, is still in the same condition as was during the Allama Iqbal’s stay, and no renovation or alteration has been made to it during the last 120 years, said GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah while inaugurating the Iqbal’s room along with his grandson Muneeb Iqbal.

The committee comprising Distinguished Professor Dr Khursheed Rizvi, Distinguished Professor Dr Zaheer Ahmed Siddique and Iqbal Hostel Superintendent Dr Khalid Mahmood Sanjarani, who is PhD on Iqbal from Germany, searched and reviewed all the available literary and historical references to ascertain the room at the GC Boarding House where Allama Iqbal spent the most memorable and precious time of his youth.

Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah and Muneeb Iqbal, the grandson of Allama Iqbal, inaugurate the

Allama Iqbal’s room discovered through an article of Ghulam Bhik Nairang at the Government College University Lahore.

The most authentic evidence which helped in tracing the room was an article of Iqbal’s contemporary at the Government College Lahore and close friend, Ghulam Bhik Nairang (September 26, 1876 - October 16, 1952), who had elaborately sketched Iqbal’s personality as student and the exact location of his cubical in the college’s Boarding House which was later named after Allama Iqbal.

Addressing the inauguration, Muneeb Iqbal said it was one of the last wishes of his father (the late Justice Javed Iqbal) that the room of Allama Iqbal at the Boarding House of GC be ascertained and preserved. He said this room was first residence of Allama Iqbal in Lahore and it was here his journey to become Poet of the East had started and flourished. Muneeb said no other residence of Allama Iqbal was 100 percent preserved as this room where not a single brick was replaced. He wished that he could spend time in this room and feel the spirit, feelings and thoughts of his grandfather. 

The Vice Chancellor said it was a national obligation on the part of the university administration to discover and preserve this national heritage site. The committee has recommended to the Vice Chancellor that instead of converting this room into a museum; it should be maintained in its original condition and the academic toppers be given opportunities to stay in the room for shorter periods.   

A list of poems written by Allama Iqbal during his stay at the Government College Lahore was placed in the room along with the books and manuscripts of his poetry. The excerpts from the article of Ghulam Bhik Nairang are also exhibited in the room. Even, the wooden chair and table placed in the room was also from the hostel’s furniture stock of 1890s.

Dr Khalid Sanjarani said it had always been evident from college records that Allama Iqbal had stayed at the GC Boarding House but nobody knew about the exact room. He said that the complete hostel had been declared the National Heritage Site by the Pakistan Archeology Department.

Professor Khusrheed Rizvi said Ghulam Bhik Nairang had given a crystal clear location of Iqbal’s room and without his article, it was impossible to locate this national heritage. He said that there were other articles about student life of Iqbal in the books of history and literature but nobody had elaborated the location of Iqbal’s room in the hostel.

Later, Vice Chancellor Prof Shah and Muneeb Iqbal inaugurated the 125 years celebrations of the Boarding House which was established in 1891 and named after Allama Iqbal in the year 1967. Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) Director General (licensing) Javiad Iqbal and former superintendents and wardens of the hostel also attended the celebrations.




GCU unveils pencil portraits of its principals


The Government College University, Lahore Fine Arts Department, celebrating its 152nd Founders Day, unveiled the handmade pencil portraits of all its twenty five principals who had headed this prestigious and oldest seat of higher learning from January 1, 1864 to 2002.


Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah inaugurated the exhibition titled “Founders’ Day Exhibition” at the Minhas Art Gallery, saying that these legendary academicians made GCU a citadel of academic excellence where ideals of tolerance and co-existence had also flourished with commitment. He said that traditions set up by these academic leaders were like lampposts which guided them in their journey to peaceful and prosperous future. He lauded the skills and hard work of Fine Arts Department Incharge Erfan Ullah Babr in making these pencil sketches, saying “these portraits also reflect love and affection the artist with GCU.”  


Prof. Dr. Hassan Amir Shah take keen interest in
pencil portraits of GCU Principals

GCU VC accompanied by Teaching and Administrative

Heads is cutting the cake.


The pencil portraits of GC’s founding Prof Dr G.W Litener, first Indian principal Prof G.D Sondhi, first Muslim principal Prof A.S Bukhari and last principal Prof Dr Khalid Aftab remained center of attraction at the exhibition. Speaking on the occasion, Erfan Ullah Babr said pencil portraits from references of old and small pictures was a difficult task and it took him several months to complete this project. The exhibition would remain open till January 20, 2016. Earlier, a cake-cutting ceremony in connection with the GCU Founders’ Day was held at the university’s New Meeting Rooms which was attended by all academic and administrative heads. Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor Prof Shah said the biggest challenge to the university today was dearth of space. He hoped that GCU KSK Campus would be built soon with the government grants.



GCU turns 152


The Government College University Lahore, the oldest seat of learning in Pakistan, turned 152. Started in the Haveli of Dhian Singh in the Walled City on Jan 1, 1864, with just nine students and three teachers, the GCU now has about 11,000 students and offering graduate and postgraduate programs in more than 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 30 heads have served this great institution.  In the first year, the fee of the college was Rs 2 annually, which was deducted from the scholarships of the students.


Talking to media, Vice Chancellor Prof Hassan Amir Shah said that GCU had been citadel of higher learning where ideals of tolerance and coexistence had flourished with commitment. He proudly said that GCU in its 152-year academic travel produced hundreds of eminent literary figures, politicians, two Nobel Laureates, five prime ministers, jurists, sportsmen 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 are Old Ravains. Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Army Chief General Raheel Sharif were also old students of GC(U). If you come to performing arts, 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.


In an interview, eminent novelist and Old Ravian Bano Qudsia said that GC(U) has nurtured the holistic self of the Ravians more than the typical business of teaching. May the Almighty Allah be the protector of its milieu.


In his message on GCU’s birthday, noted nuclear scientist Dr Samar Mubarikmand highlighting one of the biggest contributions of GCU in the history of Pakistan, said that out of 140 experts who carried nuclear explosions in 1998, as many as 60 were old Ravians and their team leaders who pressed the button for explosions were also the former students of the Government College Lahore.


Vice Chancellor also paid tributes to the efforts of Dr Leitner, the first principle of Government College. He said that they would maintain wonderful traditions of academic excellence, research, promotion of new ideas and above all, respect for others’ belief and views.




GCU gets Languages, Islamic & Oriental Learning dean after eight years

The Punjab government appointed Prof Dr Muhammad Iqbal Shahid as Dean of Languages, Islamic & Oriental Learning at the GC University Lahore against the post that was lying vacant for the last eight years. Prof Dr Muhammad Iqbal Shahid is PhD in Persian literature from University of Tehran and post doctorate from the University of London.   

Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah after his appointment as Vice Chancellor, GCU had moved a summary to the Punjab governor through the Higher Education Department for the appointment of deans in Faculty of Science and Technology and Faculty of Languages, Islamic & Oriental Learning. The governor had also approved the appointment of Prof Dr Islam Ullah Khan as Dean Science of Technology who had already served against the position for three years.

The Vice Chancellor expressed gratitude to the Chancellor on the appointment of two regular deans, saying that “it’s rather more difficult to run academic affairs of a dean-less university as it was inherited to him.”

GCU Academic Staff Association President Prof Dr Riaz Ahmed also welcomed the appointment of deans. He lauded that Prof Hassan Shah, instead of centralizing powers as per previous practice, had appointed regular deans.



GCU celebrates Christmas

The Government College University, Lahore faculty and staff members  Monday celebrated the Christmas with the university’s minority community at a colourful ceremony at the university’s Logia Gardens which were especially decorated in a traditional style with a large Christmas tree, lights, balloons, flowers, wreaths and flags. Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah cut the Christmas cake with the university’s Christian staff, students and faculty members.

The VC announced one day additional salary for the Christian staff of the university. He also announced giving a ‘cash gift’ to all the Christian sanitation staff of the university from his pocket. Later, Dr Alwin Vincent Murad, representing the GCU minority staff members, expressed gratitude to the Vice Chancellor and other guests for celebrating Christmas with them. He said that Christmas gave the message of peace and love to all humanity.





Seminar on Naegleria Fowleri AT gcu

The speakers at an awareness seminar at the Government College University Lahore have stressed that only boiled or chlorinated water should be used for cleaning nose to prevent Naegleria Fowleri i.e. a brain-eating amoeba that inhabits in warm freshwaters and infects humans by entering the nose during water-related activities including swimming and ablution.

The seminar titled “Prevention and Control of Naegleria Fowleri” was organised by the university’s Quality Enhancement Cell on the special directions of Punjab government to raise awareness among teachers, staff and students about the fatal brain-eating amoeba that had reportedly claimed about 12 lives in Sindh in the last year.

In his keynote address, Fatima Jinnah Medical University Lahore Head of Paediatrics Prof Dr Rashid Mahmood said that the disease was 98 percent fatal but 100 percent preventable by taking simple precautionary measures during the water related activities. He said a total of about 440 cases of Naegleria Fowleri had been reported worldwide, out of which only three people survived. He said that more than 75 percent cases ofNaegleria Fowleri were reported in children. The doctor advised students to avoid swimming or diving in warm freshwater places during summer, putting the head under contaminated water and rinsing nasal sinuses through nose. He also clarified that the infections did not occur when this water was swallowed and only occurred when the amoeba entered through the nose. Prof Mahmood also highlighted the symptoms of the disease and its diagnostic procedures. However, he said in most of the cases the infection was diagnosed after the death of the patient.

GCU Zoology Department Chairperson Prof Dr Nusrat Jahan said that Naegleria Fowleri was a heat-loving, free-living amoeba (single-celled microbe), commonly found around the world in warm freshwater such as ponds, lakes, swimming pools, air-conditioning units, water pipes and  hot-water heaters and public drinking water systems. She said that once entered the nose, the amoeba travelled to the brain and caused a severe brain infection called Primary Meningoencephalitis (PAM), which was mostly fatal and patient died in just five to twelve days. Prof Nusrat Jahan said most patients in Karachi acquired this disease while performing the religious ablution 'wuzu' with tap water, contaminated with the amoeba, adding that proper chlorinated water should be ensured to prevent infection.

Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah said that the Punjab government has launched the awareness campaign prior to the outbreak of this deadly disease which must be highly appreciated. He asked the students to take back the message home and spread awareness about Naegleria Fowleri among their family members and friends.

Quality Enhancement Cell Director Ms Iram Sohail said they had learnt about the amoeba in intermediate as a unicellular organism but after that never knew that it could be as harmful as the name Naegleria Fowleri suggested. She said that the danger of outbreak of this menace should be taken care of before it blew out of proportion. Students and faculty members from all departments of the university attended the seminar.





Russian Ambassador to Pakistan Alexey Yurivich Dedov visited the GC University Lahore and met with Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah Vice Chancellor and other academic and administrative heads.

The Russian ambassador said that there was a handsome population of Muslims in Moscow and some other areas of Russia. He also highlighted technical cooperation of Russia in several projects in Pakistan. Alexey Y. Dedov expressed his all-out support to GCU and other educational institutions for establishing exchange programmes and academic linkages with Russian universities.

Speaking on occasion, Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Hassan Amir Shah said it was the first visit of a Russian diplomat of GCU in the last many years, and hoped that Alexey Yurivich Dedov would also spare time in the near future to address the University students on geopolitics and new trends in Pak-Russia relations.

Later, the Russian ambassador visited the Iqbal hostel where the great philosopher, Allama Muhammad Iqbal, spend four years of his student life. He also admired the gothic architecture and green landscape of the GC University Campus.



GCU rally for APS victims


Prof. Dr Hassan Amir Shah Vice Chancellor leads GCU rally for APS victims



Pakistan be prepared for CPEC ‘super-economic’ benefits

An international conference on China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has concluded at the Government College University Lahore with very a crucial policy dialogue among the eminent academicians and intellectuals from China, United States, Belgium and Pakistan on the multibillion dollar project.

Eminent historian Prof Dr Tahir Kamran chaired the three-hour long policy dialogue in the university’s Syndicate Committee Room where the speakers stressed utmost transparency, strict monitoring and merit based appointments in the CPEC projects. They believed that CPEC was a golden opportunity, but Pakistan had to develop a favorable ecosystem to ripe super economic benefits from it.  

NUST Rector General (r) Engineer Asghar Khan, eminent lawyer Mr Anwar Kamal, XIHUA University, China Vice President Dr Li Jian, Dr. Xiaoqing Xie, Dr Hauan Delin, GCU Centre of Excellence China Studies Director Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt and other eminent paper presenters participated and policy dialogue, and outlined 14 recommendations/areas which needs the attention of the government and its policy makers along with the top-priority infrastructural development.

The academicians said the government must chalk out and implement a comprehensive plan to prepare its labor and vendor industry to absorb the CPEC related investment. They said Chinese Language should be promoted and people-to-people contacts must be enhanced as it was not only vital for cultural and social harmony, rather it would make a significant impact on economic benefits from the project. The policy dialogue resolution also reads that in energy sector, hydro power projects must be preferred on thermal projects, and visa policy between the two countries must be relaxed to enhance people to people contact.  

The speakers also said the scope of CPEC should be inclusive in relation to all domestic and regional actors which would multiply the economic benefits from the project and play a vital in strengthening ties between the South Asian and Central Asian countries. The government should give appropriate share to private sector in CPEC project. It is also stated in the resolution that political consensus must be achieved among all the provinces in relation development projects of CPEC. Educational and research links must be established between the universities of the two countries for the development of knowledge-based economy in Pakistan. And, also think tanks must be established in the country’s educational institutions. The academicians said security and law and order situation must also be improved for the success of CPEC. Dr Khalid Maznoor Butt, the conference chairman, said that comprehensive proceedings of the conference would be published shortly for the greater benefit of the country from the huge academic exercise in which 20 experts from China had also participated.

Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah said that the conference played vital role in connecting GCU with the top universities of China and its academicians. He also appreciated the efforts of Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt and management committee of the conference for making the international event a success. Prof Shah said that GCU wanted to place permanent Chinese faculty at its Center for Excellence, China Studies for which they had requested the government and Higher Education Commission for its financial support.  




Political stability must for economic uplift: Ahsan Iqbal


Political stability and social solidarity are the guarantees to the economic development of the country, said federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal while addressing the international conference on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) at the Government College University Lahore.


The federal minister said success does not come in charity, it has to be manufactured and we have to work harder, better and smarter to covert the opportunity provided to us by our Chinese friends into success and any kind of instability could harm CPEC. He said western route of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project connecting Gwadar to Peshawar would be completed by the end of next year and would open new vistas of economic development in the region. Ahsan Iqbal said that the PML-N government made not a single centimeter change in the original route of the CPEC and all propaganda in this respect was baseless. Ahsan Iqbal said that there are four basic elements of the CPEC; first is development of Gwadar which involves construction of airport, up-gradation of port and 19-km express that connects Gwadar to other main routes, second and most important is energy, third is infrastructure development and fourth is industrialization.  


Sharing his golden memories of studying at the Government College Lahore, he told the students that “Where you are sitting, I was there yesterday but that yesterday was about 40 years ago. “Time passes like a flash, so prepare yourselves for the challenges of the future,” he asked the youth. He said that future is not geopolitical, rather it is geo-economics. He said that government was investing in infrastructure development because it would generate economic activity in the highly ignored and underdeveloped regions of the country.


Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal gives away shields to

the Chinese experts participating in the international conference

on China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) at GCU. 


Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah said that 50 papers were presented on seven themes at the two day conference and proceedings would be published shorty and forwarded to the policy makers for the future planning. CECS Director Dr Khalid Maznoor Butt said that Chinese academicians had very actively participated in the conference which helped us in understanding their prospective about the CPEC, which was quite similar to Pakistan. However, he said, that their approach was very practical and comprehensive. They go for long term and sustainable projects which is the key to their success, he added. 


Earlier, presenting a paper Indian attitude towards CPEC and China’s counter measures, Dr Lan Jiang, the Deputy Director of Pakistan Study Center, China West Normal University, said that the views of Indian media about the mega project are not rational and mainly focus on its harm to Indian national interests due the economic uplift of Pakistan. However, he said CPEC had to win the support of neighboring countries for a greater success. Xihau University, China Deputy President Prof Lia Jian said that CPEC was the biggest overseas investment by China and it long-range prospect is making Pakistan become richer and stranger than ever before. 





GCU pays tribute to the sacrifices and bravery APS Peshawar martyrs


The young artists of Government College University Lahore (GCU) Fine Arts Department relived the painful and heartrending memories of terrorist attack on Army Public School (APS), Peshawar through their artwork at the poster exhibition opened at the university’s Minhas Art Gallery. About 50 artworks of young fine arts students are put on display at the exhibition that is dedicated to the sacrifices and bravery of to 151 schoolchildren and teachers who lost their lives in terrorist attack on APS Peshawar in December last year.


“It’s almost a year but the wounds of APS carnage are still fresh, and I strongly believe that education for all will ultimately be the real revenge, said Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah while addressing the inaugural ceremony of the week-long exhibition.


“It’s education that will wipe out the terrorism; you can fight it and stop it for a period of time but ultimately education will end it, said Prof Shah who was pleased to see that many students have themed their posters on importance of education for fighting terrorism. He also paid glowing tributes to the soldiers of the country’s armed forces, who are sacrificing their lives in war against terrorism, so that “our children can safely continue the mission of APS martyrs i.e. education.”


Addressing the ceremony, GCU Fine Arts Department Incharge Erfan Ullah Babar said Dec 16 was a Black Day in the history of humanity which could never be forgot. He appreciated the enthusiasm and patriotism of the young artists, saying that “you art clearly depicts that terrorists have failed and the great sacrifice of APS schoolchildren have united us as nation to promote their mission of education. He said a student had beautifully depicted terrorism in his artwork as “ignorant against the innocents.”   


Talking to media, the young artists said that it is difficult to draw or create something on APS carnage, because it multiplies their pain and grief over the massacre of innocent schoolchildren. “I have a younger brother and I see the faces of innocent APS martyrs in him,” said Mehwish Saleem, a fine arts student. The Chinese delegates participating in an international conference at GCU visited the exhibition paid tributes to the sacrifices of APS martyrs. “Chinese and Pakistanis are brothers and they were our children too,” they said.  


The exhibition will remain open till Dec 15, 2015 and many school delegations are scheduled to attend it.


Please click here to view the posters.





Chinese attached no conditions to CPEC: Shahbaz Sharif


Chinese attached no conditions to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) which reflects the sincerity and depth of relations between the two countries, said Punjab Chief Minister Main Shahbaz Sharif while addressing the inauguration of an international conference on the multibillion dollar project at the Government College University Lahore. Besides, experts from United States, Belgium and United Kingdom, as many as 20 Chinese academicians are also participating in the two-day conference which is organised by the GCU Center for Excellence in China Studies (CECS) in collaboration with the Higher Education Commission to explore economic, political, strategic, cultural and social dimensions of the CPEC.


Addressing the conference, the chief minister said out of $46 billion investment by China, $36 billion is in energy sector and if everything goes well, 5000 to 6000MW would be added to the national grid by 2017-18. The chief minister also announced sending 300 top merited students to China for studies and learning Chinese language, saying that the Punjab government would invest about Rs 600 million on these students. He also hinted at separating the school and higher education ministries in Punjab. Shahbaz Sharif also shared his golden memories of student life at the Government College Lahore and also said that “today I am standing in my alma mater, so I will talk beyond politics and beyond my likes and dislikes as a proud Pakistani and proud Ravian.” He said that there was a huge potential for hydro power projects in Pakistan, but unfortunately, all the political governments and military regimes wasted the 68 years of Pakistan. He said that now the government was focusing on building dams. He said that Neelam-Jehlum was near completion while land had been purchased for Bhasha Dam.


Punjab Chief Minister Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, Education Minister Rana Mashood and GCU Vice chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah attend the inaugural ceremony of an international conference on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)

GCU Vice chancellor presents souvenir to Punjab Chief Minister at the inaugural ceremony of the international conference. Education Minister is also present.


In his key note address, Dr Akram Sheikh, the co-chair of NUST Global Think-Tank Network and former Deputy Chairman Planning Commission, said that the government needed to adopt holistic, integrated, consultative, concentrated and coordinated approach to gain maximum benefits from CPEC. He asked the government to add railway network to CPEC for long-term benefits from the project, saying “road network alone is not sustainable.” Dr Akram Sheikh said that there would many mega projects, airports and new cities that would come out of the CPEC, so a special authority should be immediately established to look after and coordinate these mage projects related to this multibillion dollar CPEC. He also shared the complete history and objectives of CPEC and its strategic importance for both China and Pakistan. He identified foreign interference and intervention in ‘Pakistan’s soft belly’ by encouraging terrorism, separatism, extremism hybrid wars and color revolution, our capacity limitations and poor infrastructure as major challenges to CPEC.      


Vice Chancellor Prof Hassan Amir Shah said they had a vision to transform GCU CECS a “real think-tank” for Sino-Pak relations and this conference was a first step towards this goal. He called upon the Punjab Chief Minister, HEC and Chinese consulate for their support for permanent Chinese faculty at the university’s Center for Excellence, China Studies.


In his inaugural speech, GCU CECS Director Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt said CPEC was a ‘game-changer’, and would enhance the Pakistan’s position in global politics. “It would be more beneficial for Pakistan than Suez Canal for Egypt. Apart from political, economic and strategically advantages, it would also bring people of both the countries closer, which was a missing link in Sino-Pak relations,” he added. He said China was the biggest exporter to the world and second biggest importer of oil and this corridor would reduce three times distance for China to reach the Indian Ocean and obviously it will reduce cost price of the goods. He said that Chinese experts attending conference would present papers about the views of different countries of the world including India about CPEC. He said a policy dialogue would also be held at the end of conference and its recommendations would be forwarded to the government.


Punjab Education Minister Rana Mashood Ahmed Khan, Old Ravians Union President Kamran Lashari, Secretary Higher Education Irfan Ali and Commissioner Lahore Abdullah Khan Sumbal also attended the inauguration. The eight technical sessions of the conference include ‘CPEC: Challenges and Prospects’, ‘Sino-Pakistan ties’, ‘Economic, political and strategic dimensions of CPEC’, ‘Strategic Significance of Indian Ocean’ and ‘Socio-cultural and Media perspectives on CPEC. 




GCU sign mou with cug wuhan


The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will have a significant impact on the society and culture of both countries. The academia should play a role in preparing the people of both regions for these changes, Government College University Vice Chancellor Hassan Amir Shah said. He was speaking at a ceremony to sign a memorandum of understanding on student exchange between the GCU and the China University of Geosciences, Wuhan (CUG). The VC urged the GCU students to benefit from the presence of Chinese students on campus. He said engagement with Chinese students could help GCU students learn about Chinese culture and language. He said the university would provide all possible facilities to its Chinese guests.


Under the MoU, 20 CUG students will participate in the annual summer school at the GCU’s Centre for Excellence in Chinese Studies (CECS). The visiting students will study courses on Pakistan Studies, English Language, Pakistan-China Relations among other subjects. Six GCU students will visit the CUG where they will remain in residence for a month and study courses on Chinese language, culture and economic system. The MoU states that the CUG would assist two GCU students in getting admitted to its masters of sciences (MS) or masters of philosophy (MPhil) degree programmes every year under the China Scholarship Council.


The MoU was signed by the Vice Chancellor GCU and CUG Institute of Environment and Conservation Law (IECL) Director Huang Delin. CECS Director Khalid Maznoor Butt said that the geosciences department at the CUG was among the best in China. He said GCU students should benefit from the opportunity to visit the university and study at the department. He said the CECS was supporting research of several students on Chinese culture, history, political and economic system. Butt said the MoU featured cultural and sports exchange programmes. He said students affiliated with the GCU’s Dramatics Club and Music Society would visit China to perform at cultural events.


GCU Academic Planning and External Links Director Fauzia Shaheen said the accord included faculty and staff exchange programmes. CUG IECL Director Huang Delin said that the CUG would also look forward to collaboration on holding academic conferences and seminars. CUG School of Public Administration’s Associate Professor Xiaqqing Xie and CUG Alumni Association Vice Chairman Lawrence Lu were also present at the ceremony. 





First aid training be made mandatory for students


The speakers at a workshop at the Government College University Lahore said first aid training should be made mandatory for all students as it did not only develop and polish their abilities to immediately response to the critical conditions accidently posed to human life but also made them better human beings by sensitising them about importance to help others. University of Education Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Rauf-i-Azam chaired the opening ceremony of the two-day training workshop on “First Aid” organised by the GCU Sustainable Development Study Centre (SDSC) in collaboration with Red Crescent Society Punjab.


“It is highly unfortunate we lack culture of trainings and rather preferred traditional knowledge that is forwarded to us from friends and ancestors and which often resulted in tragedies,” said Prof Rauf-i-Azam in his key note address. He said now in developed countries, parents were trained for handling their expected baby. Prof Rauf-i-Azam also laid stress on training students as a mass volunteers force for disaster management, saying that preparedness against natural calamities and other accidents through the selfless voluntary services was the real strength of any community. He said volunteers acted as a catalyst of change in a society. He told the students that volunteering should not be only considered as self-sacrifice, rather it was also a multidimensional investment into the society and one’s own personal development though such trainings.


GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah said they strongly believed in personality development of their students by actively engaging them in welfare activities, trainings and other co-curricular activities i.e. debates, drama, quiz. Red Crescent Society Punjab Secretary Mahboob Qadir Shah briefed the students about the history, objectives and activities of the society. Earlier, in her opening remarks, Director SDSC Dr Amtul Bari Tabinda said electric shocks, burns, bleedings, angina, eye injuries and fractures are among such conditions that demand urgent and proper responses on spot so there must be at least one person in every home who has a complete knowledge and training in first aid.


Later, Dr Fauzia Saeed, Dr Rabia Shah, Dr Amna Qureshi, Mr Imran Latif, Dr Faheem and Haseeb ur Rehman briefed the participants of the training programme about first aid techniques in different situations and basic medical needs of a patient.



GCU Job Fair receives overwhelming response

A job fair at the Government College University Lahore received an enthusiastic response as hundreds of university graduates and final year students flocked to the Job Fair to explore employment and internship opportunities in reputed international and national organizations. Punjab Higher Education Commission Chairman Prof Dr Muhammad Nizamuddin was chief guest at the closing ceremony of the Job Fair organised by the university’s Career Guidance and Placement Centre under the guidance of Quality Enhancement Cell.  As many as 53 noted organizations including banks, IT firms, NGOs, manufactures and ecommerce websites set up their stalls at the GCU Job Fair 2015 and offered more than 400 internship and permanent placement opportunities to the university’s students and graduates. An interesting incident occurred during the job fair when the participating multinational firms and banks excused from philosophy students for not having any placement or internship opportunities for them.  The students argued with the recruitment managers that “all theories of management, marketing and sciences are given by the philosophers.”  They said that it was philosophy that made humans understand the fundamental nature of reality, knowledge, values and wisdom, and how could such reputed companies ignore the students studying “wisdom”.


Students and faculty members visit stalls at the Job Fair at the GC University Lahore.

Chairman Punjab HEC with Vice Chancellor GCU giving away certificate to the representative of the companies


The stalls of ecommerce websites also remained the centre of attraction at the Fair and students showed great interest in working for them as content writers, marketing managers and IT professionals. Students believed that ecommerce websites had bright future all across the world. A good number of private schools also participated in the Job fair to recruit Ravians as teachers.   


Speaking on the occasion, Punjab Higher Education Department Chairman Prof Dr Muhammad Nizam ud din said that there was wide gap between the universities curriculum and modern market demands, adding such job fairs played a vital role in bridging this gap. He revealed that he had got his first job in the United States from a job fair. He said that universities should also more often hold trainings on resume writing and interview skills for their students.


Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah said the academic environment and co-curricular activities at GCU also concentrated on overall grooming, confidence-building and personality development of students which was the reason that the reputed companies preferred their students.    


GCU Quality Enhancement Cell Director Ms Iram Sohail said students are reflection of their teachers and the institutions they attend. She said that job fairs were a strategy to fast track the placement of students in reputed organisations. She said GCU didn’t charge any registration fee from any company and allocated huge fund from its budget for the professional career of their students.


Talking to media, GCU Placement Officer Mubashir Hassan said “the activity stands fruitful if even only one student gets a good job opportunity from it.” However, he was hopeful that more than one hundred students would get permanent job placements from this year job fair.


GCU Dean Faculty of Science and Technology Prof Dr Raiz Ahmed and Registrar Mr Saboor Khan also visited stalls of all companies and discussed with the company executives their recruitment polices and criteria.


Later, Prof Dr Nizam ud din gave away certificates to the representatives of the companies participated in the job fair.




Anchor-persons are the contemporary intellects: Speakers


Anchor-persons are the contemporary intellectuals and opinion makers and ‘truth’ is just a tactical device to defend a specific position or opinion. This is unfortunately happening because literature and philosophy are not flourishing in our society and we lack reasoning abilities and critical thinking", said speakers while addressing a seminar on “Philosophy outside of the academic enclosure, using new places and formats” organised by the Department of Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Studies at the Government College University, Lahore in connection with World Philosophy Day. Punjab Higher Education Commission Chairman Prof. Dr. Mohammad Nizamuddin was the Guest of Honour at the seminar.


In his key note address, eminent philosopher and writer Prof Mirza Athar Baig said western philosophy and literature could not put down roots in their society and culture, and they must come from within a society. He said that the theme of UNESCO means that Philosophy should grow from the local soil and indigenous culture. He said a conducive, liberal and open environment was needed in universities for the development of literature and philosophy.  He declared that every person is  a philosopher, somehow or the other, since everyone ponders, thinks and analyses in his or her capacity.


Punjab Higher Education Commission Chairman Prof. Dr.  Nizamuddin, in his address as a Guest of Honour, said that philosophy had unnecessarily been mystified.  It is a form of wisdom and an approach of looking the world; hence it must be demystified and brought to the earlier levels of education. Prof Nizam was also in favour of teaching philosophy to science students. He also said that philosophy could not be restricted to a single department; rather every scientific subject had philosophy.


Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah said that academic institutions must promote questioning instead of just teaching specific knowledge and methods. He said that even science people were quite away from innovation and philosophy and mostly relied on their specific formulas and methods. He said they must accept that philosophy and other social science subjects were much ignored in educational institutions and these subjects were highly crucial for social and cultural uplift of the society.


GCU Brett Philosophical Society Advisor Dr Alwin Vincent Murad in his opening remarks apprised the participants with the aims and objectives of the World Philosophy Day which was celebrated by UNESCO globally in November. GCU Department of Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Studies Head Dr Sobia Tahir, GCU History Department Chairman Prof Dr Tahir Kamran, Mr. Abdul Mannan, Mr. Jawad Nazir and Mr. Shahram Sarwrar also addressed the seminar that was attended by the faculty, academic and administrative heads besides a large number of students. 





Foreign faculty re-joins GCU ASSMS


The academic life at the Government College University Lahore Abdus Salam School of Mathematical Sciences (GCU-ASSMS) has been successfully revived as the foreign faculty, which had left jointly last year, has rejoined the doctoral school. European Mathematical Society (EMS) Committee for Developing Countries President Professor Michel Waldschmidt also arrived at the doctoral school to review and assist in the revival of its academic and research activities as ASSMS previously enjoyed the status of Emerging Regional Centre of Excellence (ERCE) by EMS. Professor Michel Waldschmidt, who is an eminent French mathematician specializing in number theory met with Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah and Director General Prof Dr Shahid Saeed Siddiqi and discussed with them the future prospects of the doctoral school which had produced more than 125 PhDs in Mathematics for Pakistan in a short span of just eight years.


The Vice Chancellor lauded the support of Higher Education Commission and ASSMS Founding Director General Prof Dr A. D. Raza Choudhry for the revival academic and research activities at the school where 57 students were currently pursuing their MPhil leading to PhD programme. Prof Shah accepted the fact that he was inherited a ‘faculty-less’ ASSMS just two month ago. But now, he said, more than twelve foreign faculty members from Bulgaria, Germany, Romania, France and Croatia had joined the Salam School while more foreign faculty were expected in coming weeks. He said the foreign faculty which had recently joined ASSMS included Dr Tzanko Donchev, Dr Dimitar Kolev, Dr Johann Davidov, Dr Gerhard Pfister, Dr IoanTomescu, Dr Constantin Fatecau, Dr Dumitru Vieru, Dr Tiberiu Dumitrescu, Dr Georgi E. Karadzhov and Dr Renaud Leplaideur. Prof Shah said that ASSMS had a special status because all universities in Pakistan had altogether not produced 125 PhDs in mathematics in the last eight years, while GCU ASSMS had done it alone. He said that all PhDs from GCU ASSMS were working for top-ranking research institutes and universities in Pakistan and aboard. The VC also condoled with the French mathematician on the loss of precious lives in Paris attacks, saying that every Pakistani shared the pain and grief of French people.


Professor Michel Waldschmidt said he was a witness to the excellence of Abdus Salam School of Mathematical Sciences (ASSMS), as he had taught there for several months. He believed that Pakistani students were very bright, intelligent and hardworking. Professor Michel Waldschmidt would also deliver two special lectures at the ASSMS to the faculty members and students.





UCL wins Allama Iqbal Declamation


The University College Lahore (UCL) has won the 35th All Pakistan Allama Muhamamd Iqbal Declamation Contest, hosted by the Government College University Lahore Debating Society (GCUDS). Human Rights Commission of Pakistan Secretary General I.A. Rehman was the Chief Guest at the final round of the prestigious debates while GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah was also present. The best orators from more than 40 educational institutions of the country were participating in the two-day event. University of Engineering and Technology Lahore student Abrar Ahmed Butt was declared the Best English Speaker of the event and awarded with the Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Medal, which was initiated by the Government College former principal the late M.A Khan with a donation of Rs 500,000 in 2007. 


After a close contest in the final rounds, Haris Bilal of the King Edward Medical College University Lahore was declared the Best Urdu Speaker of the declamation contest and awarded with the Dr Majid Nizami Medal. In the final round, the serious topics that remained closely contested by the teams were: “The philosopher have only interpreted the world, in various way; the point is to change it” and “The only thing worth globalizing is dissent” In the humorous category, the participants enthralled the audience with their wit and humour particularly on the topics: “the only party I get invited to is political”, “Big Brother is watching you!” and “Let him who is innocent cast the stone first”.


Vice Chancellor Prof Hassan Amir Shah congratulated the winners of the competition, saying that debates taught students how disagree with others while paying respect to their faiths and ideas.



GCU delegation visits Iqbal’s mausoleum


A delegation of students and teachers from the alma mater of Allama Muhammad Iqbal on visited the Iqbal’s mausoleum to pay homage to the great Old Ravian philosopher on his birth anniversary. The delegation, led by Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah, offered fateha for the soul of the great national poet and laid a floral wreath. The Vice Chancellor also recorded his views in the visitors’ book. Later, Iqbal's Day Poetry Competition was held at the GCU Allama Iqbal Hostel. The Vice Chancellor said that it was a matter of great pride and inspiration for all Ravians that Allama Muhammad Iqbal had been the student of Government College Lahore.


A delegation from the alma mater of Allama Muhammad Iqbal, Government College University Lahore,

led by Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah, visits Iqbal's mausoleum

to pay homage to the Poet of the East on his birth anniversary.




جی سی یو میں نوجوان محقیقین بہت اچھی تحقیق کر رہے ہیں: وائس چانسلر


Daily Jang



GCU wins Badminton Championship


The Government College University Lahore has won the Inter-collegiate Badminton Championship 2015 organised by the Lahore Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education. About 14 teams of different educational institutions took part in the championship. The team GCU beat the Punjab College in the finals by 3-0. Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah, Chairman Sports Board Prof Dr Ikram ul Haq and Director Sports Khadim Ali met with the GCU badminton team, comprising of team captain Muhammad Muqeet Tahir, Gohar Azam, Talha Khalid, Shoaib Riaz, Yasir Rahman, Sajjad Akbar and Kumail, and congratulated them on their achievements in the Lahore Board Badminton Championship.






GCU to hold trainings for universities’ staff


The Government College University Lahore Quality Enhancement (GCU QEC) is going to hold seven more training workshops on ‘Modern University Governance’ for non-teaching staff of universities of the provincial metropolis to edify their administrative and communication skills. It was announced by QEC Director Ms Iram Sohail while addressing the concluding ceremony of five-day indigenous on-campus training workshop organised by the university for its staff members in collaboration with the Learning Innovation Division, Higher Education Commission Pakistan (LID-HEC).


Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah was the Chief Guest at the concluding ceremony while a large number academic and administrative head were also present. Addressing the ceremony, Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah governance was a team effort and working of the university departments would certainly improve and became more efficient and effective when these staff members would transform their training into practice in the day-to-day affairs. He expressed gratitude to the Higher Education Commission for providing funds for the trainings, adding that these funds were being also utilised to train the staff members of other universities. 


Director Ms Iram Sohail said the GCU QEC had already held three trainings on ‘Modern University Governance (MUG) and had planned to hold seven more trainings, so that maximum staff members of the universities in the provincial metropolis could be benefited from them. She said adequate funds from HEC were available for these trainings. She said that participants from other universities had also participated in the first two trainings organised by QEC on IOT-MUG.  She said that these workshops played a crucial in social and professional networking of the staff members of different universities. Later, the Vice Chancellor gave away certificates to the participants of the training workshop. 



GCU clean sweeps swimming championship


The Government College University Lahore has clean swept the Inter-Collegiate Swimming Championship 2015 organised by the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Lahore at the swimming pool of FC University Lahore. The team GCU set an unprecedented record of securing all the nineteen gold medals besides four silver and six bronze medals at the championship. Ravian Haider Batoor was adjudicated the best swimmer of the inter-collegiate championship with all over seven gold medals. The team captain, Muhammad Farhan Shahid, won three gold medals and three bronze medals. GCU swimmers Rehman Javed, national record-holder Hassan Ali Raja, Usama Wyne and Azmat Ullah also won the medals at the different events of the championship. Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah and Director Sports Khadim Ali Khan met the swimming team and congratulated them on their achievement. GCU swimming team manager Atif Bhatti was also present.


The winners of Lahore Board Inter-Collegiate Swimming

 Championship 2015 pose for a photo with Vice Chancellor GCU



GCU Ravians' Quiz Society wins ICAP quiz contest

The Government College University Lahore Ravians Quiz Society (GCU-RQS) has won the All Pakistan Inter-collegiate Quiz Competition at the ‘CA Pakistan Olympiad 2015’ organised by the  Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP). GCU intermediate students Abudullah Ashab, Saqib Ali and Affaq Hassan participated in the contest and lifted the prestigious team trophy. Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah and RQS Advisor Dr Nasima Rehman congratulated the intermediate students on their achievement.


The winners of ICAP All Pakistan Inter-collegiate Quiz

Competition pose photo with Vice Chancellor GCU.




Governance must be efficient: GCU VC


Governance can’t be good until it is effective, efficient and transparent. Unnecessary delays and bottlenecks in system fail the good governance, said Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah while addressing the inauguration of an indigenous on-campus training programme for the university staff at the Government College University Lahore. The deans and academic and administrative heads of GCU also attended the inaugural ceremony of the workshop.


The five-day training programme ‘Modern University Governance’, organised by the university’s Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC) in collaboration with Learning Innovation Division, Higher Education Commission (LID-HEC), is comprised of 15 technical sessions including intra-departmental communication, quality assurance, administrative skills, financial management, audit, information technology, hostel management and soft skills.  


Prof. Dr. Hassan Amir Shah Vice Chancellor GCU

addresses the inauguration of an

on-campus training programme.

The participants of training workshop pose for a

group photo with GCU Vice Chancellor

& other senior faculty members.



In his keynote address, the Vice Chancellor said that initiatives would yield positive results only if they were taken well on time. He said idealism was good but in the case of devising laws, procedures and rules and regulations, it was equally devastating. “Laws, procedures and rules must be well thrashed out in the light of ground realities and input of all stakeholders, so that their efficient and effective implementation can be ensured,” he added.


Prof Shah also laid a particular stress on inter-departmental harmony, saying “departments should be facilitating each other’s’ initiatives instead of unnecessarily blocking them.” He also said that universities should be very particular in selection of their staff members and their commitment, character and soft skills must be comprehensively judged besides the professional skills.


Talking about the objectives of the training, QEC Director Ms Iram Sohail said that GCU had actively participated, adopted and executed all the initiatives of HEC for betterment of their human resource. She said Modern University Governance Programme, commonly referred to as MUG, was initiated to equip the university’s non-teaching staff with latest governance and management tools to bridge the gap between administration and academia which they felt had increased during the past few years.  She also said that the workshop would address the issues identified in day-to-day administration and working of all departments. She said that the trainers would also lay a special emphasis on communication skills of the participants with the youth besides working on their social skills, language, interpersonal skills and leadership qualities. Ms Iram Sohail also expressed gratitude to HEC for granting Rs 3 million to GCU QEC last year for conducting workshops for non-teaching staff of higher education institutions. Later, GCU Treasurer also addressed the participants of the workshop on the public sector finance management.




ABL donates Rs 1m to GCU Endowment Fund


The Allied Bank Limited has donated one million rupees to the Government College University Lahore Endowment Fund Trust for initiating a golden scholarship for the university’s financially-challenged students. ABL Chief Commercial Banking Tahir Yaqoob Bhatti handed over the donation cheque to Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah at a graceful scholarship-initiating ceremony at the Vice Chancellor’s office. Addressing the ceremony, GCU-EFT Executive Committee Secretary Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt said the ABL Golden Scholarship would be a perpetual scholarship to be given to a financially challenged student every year.  This was the third golden scholarship initiated by the bank for the university’s financially-challenged students.


Vice Chancellor Prof Shah expressed gratitude to the banks’s management for their donation to the trust, saying that leading banks in Pakistan had a realization towards their corporate social responsibility. He hoped with the support of leading corporate organizations, philanthropists and alumni, the GCU EFT would soon grow financial stronger enough to support the every financially-challenged student of the university.

Tahir Yaqoob Bhatti said that ABL had great trust in the merit and transparency of GCU EFT and they would every year initiate scholarships of the university’s students. ABL Regional Head Munir Ahmed Attique was also present.



GCU celebrates World Statistics Day

The Government College University Lahore Statistics Society celebrated World Statistics Day and held a seminar, poster competition, and tribute to founder chairman of the university’s Statistics Department, Prof Sher Muhammad Chaudhry. Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah and GCU Statistics Department Incharge Jaffer Hussain also led on-campus walk from postgraduate block to science block to highlight among students the importance of statistics in the light of the fact that humans are living through a data revolution which is changing their world. The seminar on importance of statistics was addressed by Dr Muhammad Qayyum from Punjab Agriculture Department, Dr Muhammad Azam of UVAS and GCU Psychology Department Incharge Dr Syeda Salma. The speakers said that better statistics meant better decisions and better lives. The United Nations Statistical Commission  celebrated World Statistics Day for the first time on October 20, 2010 worldwide.




Liver cancer ratio doubled in Pakistan: Speakers


The ratio of liver cancer has doubled in Pakistan in the last two decades.  In 1995, the liver cancer was eighth most common cancer in Pakistan as compared to the sixth in the world but now the situation is worse in our country than the whole world, said the speakers while addressing an international seminar on “Prevention and Treatment of Liver Cancer” at the Government College University Lahore. The seminar was jointly organised by the GCU Biological Society and Cancer Care Hospital and Research Centre Lahore (CCHRC).


College of Physicians and Surgeon Pakistan Dean Prof Dr Shaharyar said that only healthy lifestyle could only prevent cancer, adding that the leading causes of liver cancer were hepatitis B and C, smoking and alcohol. He laid a particular stress on brisk walking at least 20 minutes daily and balanced diet to reduce the chances for occurrence of cancer. However, he said, smoking doubled the risk of cancer as he had found that 90 percent of his cancer patients were smokers. Prof Shaharyar also highlighted the dearth of cancer care facilities in Pakistan, saying ever year 300,000 patients needed treatment against cancer but Pakistan had facilities for only ten percent of them, while other died in pain.


Dr Ehsan ur Rehman, an oncologist from Churchill Hospital, UK, said liver cancer would be an epidemic of future as two billion people, one out of three people, in the world had been infected with hepatitis virus. He said 40 percent of hepatitis B and 60 percent of hepatitis C patients were at the risk of ultimately developing liver cancer. He laid a stress on limiting transmission of hepatitis viruses by promotion of safe injection practice and screening of blood donation products.


Jinnah Hospital Lahore clinical oncologist Dr Riaz-ur-Rehman told the students about the symptoms, treatment and palliative care for the patients of liver cancer. He said survival rate was very low for liver cancer patients. He cautioned the people to be very careful from quack dentists who didn’t use sterilised tools, terming it one of the major reasons for remission of hepatitis virus.         


Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah said prevention was better than cure, so students should adopt healthy lifestyle in terms of exercise and balanced diet. He expressed gratitude to the speakers for highly informative session with students about the fatal disease and hoped that “now they would start taking much better care of their health.” The Vice Chancellor said it was the responsibility of educational institutions to raise awareness among students about their health issues.

Later, the seminar was followed by an on-campus awareness walk which was led by Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah and Dr Shaharyar. The heads of administrative and academic departments also participated in the walk along with a large number of students.   




Martial Arts grandmaster calls on GCU Vice Chancellor


World Martial Arts Council (WMAC) President Alan Foster visited the Government College University Lahore to discuss with Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah and Director Sports Khadim Ali Khan the prospects for future collaborations. Alan Foster, who is one of the eleven grand masters of Martial Arts in the world, also met with students and shared with them his life journey.


Talking to the Vice Chancellor, the WMAC President pledged to provide masters and other technical assistance to GCU for the promotion of martial arts and physical education among the university students. He said it was a matter of great pride for him to visit GCU which was one of the oldest educational institutions of the country. He said he had also visited India but the hospitality and culture of Pakistani people especially students had really inspired him. He said WMAC wanted to establish its regional headquarter at a university in Pakistan. Alan Foster said that he had devoted his life to a mission to promote martial arts in the world. The WMAC President and GCU Director Sports showed great interest in signing a memorandum of understanding for strengthening future collaborations.


Vice Chancellor Prof Shah briefed Alan Foster about the glorious history of Government College Lahore in sports and as well as academics.  He said that GCU provided ample sports facilities to students in diverse fields such as athletics, cricket, hockey, tennis, gymnastics, basketball, table tennis, boxing, swimming, rowing and squash. GCU Director Sports Khadim Ali Khan said GCU students and sportsmen had great interest and potential in martial arts and they were sincerely looking forward to the generous support of WMAC to promote martial arts in the country. WMAC international representative Syed Nadar Saidain and faculty members of GCU Physical Education Department Muhammad Waeem Akhter and Muhammad Atif Shafique Bhatti were also present in the meeting with Alan Foster. 




Businessman initiates scholarship TO GCU-EFT


An eminent businessman, Iqtidar Ahmad initiated a silver scholarship in the name of his grandfather, Shaikh Nazir Ahmad, with a donation of Rs 500,000 to the Government College University, Lahore Endowment Fund Trust (GCU-EFT).  Iqtidar Ahmad and his wife Shazia Iqtidar handed over the donation cheque to Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah at a graceful scholarship-initiating ceremony at the Vice Chancellor’s office. Addressing the ceremony, GCU-EFT Executive Committee Secretary Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt said the Shaikh Nazir Ahmad Silver Scholarship would be a perpetual scholarship to be given to a deserving student every year on merit.  This was the third sliver scholarship initiated by the couple for the university’s financially-challenged students.


Vice Chancellor Prof Shah expressed gratitude to the couple for their donation to the trust, saying “it is heartening to see that the culture of supporting financially-challenged students and educational institutions is developing in our society.” He hoped that this philanthropic act of Iqtidar Ahmad family would also inspire the other well-off people.


Speaking on the occasion, Shazia Iqtidar said that she was an Old Ravian and had a great trust in the transparency and merit system of GCU EFT. Iqtidar Ahmad, whose is a marketing expert, said his grandfather was a retired divisional forest officer and the scholarship in his name for a Ravian had really contented him.




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Courtesy: Daily Nawa-i-waqt

Dated: 07-10-2015




GCU holds workshop on remote sensing


Space technology is the future and its application has become highly crucial even in social sciences, said eminent scientists and geologists while addressing a workshop on ‘remote sensing’.


The two-day workshop, held at the Government College University Lahore under the auspices of its Geography Department and Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO), was aimed at edifying the skills of the participants in modern modelling, data acquisition and management techniques through remote sensing.


In his opening remarks, GCU Geography Department Incharge Dr Ali Iqtidar Mirza said that now social and economic development was even based upon the communication of data with accurate frequency. He said space technology was being used for continuous monitoring of main crops, their yield and production. Hence, it ensures food security and also assists in the predication of drought and floods. By incorporating space technology in urban planning, the record of land use and planning of cities can be improved, recreational and countryside can be planned, and transport and infrastructure can be developed. Henceforth, modern cities can be planned by using space technology, Dr Mirza said, adding that the study of climate change on earth was not be possible without space technology.  


GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Hassan Amir Shah laid a stress on strong collaboration among universities and research and technology development organisations like SUPARCO, saying it helped researchers and students in acquisition of latest and accurate data for research. He also said that these workshops were equally important for professionals and students as they gave them opportunity to learn about the latest research and techniques in their subject area.


SUPARCO General Manager Lahore Dr Arifa Lodhi highlighted SUPARCO collaborations with leading universities of the country including GCU for development of space science and technology in the country. The senior faculty and staff members from Pakistan Metrology Department Lahore Flood Forecasting Division, Punjab University, Lahore College for Women University, Kinnaird College, GCU Faisalabad, FC University Lahore, University of Sargodha and COMSTAS took part in the workshop that was spread over nine technical sessions.


Flood Forecasting Centre Lahore Director Muhammad Raiz Khan, Karachi University Geography Department Chairperson Prof Dr Jamil Hassan Kazmi, Punjab University GIS Centre faculty member Hamid Chaudhry, Hassan Saqib from Met Office Radar Department, Punjab Mines and Mineral Department Assistant Director Rizwan Saqibb and SUPARCO managers Shoaib Shafique and Shaista Ejaz also addressed the participants of the workshop.   



GCU, ORU express condolences on demise of Justice (r) Javed Iqbal

The Old Ravians Union executive committee and faculty and staff members of Government College University Lahore Saturday expressed deep condolences on the sad demise of eminent Old Ravian Justice (r) Javed Iqbal, the son of Allama Muhammad Iqbal.

Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah said that Justice (r) Javed Iqbal was a source of inspiration for the university students and void created by his death could not be filled. He said that the university in collaboration with ORU would soon hold a condolence reference to remember the services of its eminent alumnus for the country and his literary and philosophical works.

Justice (r) Javed Iqbal did his graduation and masters from the Government College Lahore in early 1940s and had a great love for GCU from where his father Allama Muhammad Iqbal had also studied. He often came to the university to share his memories and thoughts with the young students.

ORU President Kamran Lashari and Honorary Secretary Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt remembered the last visit of Justice Javed Iqbal to GCU in April last year at the annual reunion dinner of Old Ravians. Addressing the reunion, Justice (r) Javed Iqbal had recalled the days he spent at the Government College, Lahore. He remembered that he had used to come to the college on bicycle. He had urged the young generation to follow the Allama Iqbal’s message of Ijtihad. “There is an atmosphere of war between Ijtihad and Taqlid in today’s universities and tolerance is vanishing, so this is the most crucial time when the educational institutions like GCU have to play a leading role to guide youths in the right direction,” Javed Iqbal had said in his last address at GCU.

ORU General Secretary Mian Muhammad Ahamd Cahacharr, Vice President Advocate Tayyab Rizvi, former federal secretary Qazi Afaq Hussain and other executive members of the union also expressed condolences on the demise of Javed Iqbal.

In their condolence message to the bereaved family, the Vice Chancellor, faculty and ORU executive committee members prayed to the Almighty Allah to bless the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the deceased family members to bear the irreparable loss with fortitude.




Pak-China friendship is beyond cultures, languages:  Yu Boren


Pakistan-China friendship is beyond cultures and languages and the Chinese community in Lahore is deeply moved to see Pakistanis celebrating our national day as of Pakistan, said Chinese Counsel General Lahore Yun Boren while addressing the celebrations of National Day of China at the Government College University, Lahore. The Chinese community residing in Lahore also attended the ceremony.


“The people of Pakistan and China fill the cultural and language gaps with strong feelings of love and respect which they have for each other,” said Yu Boren who on Wednesday also gifted books on cultural, geography and political and economic systems of China to the university’s  Centre for Excellence in China Studies (CECS). Yu Boren said he was impressed to see GCU CECS students speaking very good Chinese with him, adding that he had also told them that he was also learning Urdu. He said the language would help us understanding our cultures and history. He also said that Pakistan and China were increasing people-to-people contact. He said the youth of both countries was the future of Pakistan-China friendship.


Chinese Counsel General Lahore Yun Boren & Vice Chancellor Prof Hassan
Amir Shah attend celebrations of National Day of China at the GCU

Chinese Counsel General Lahore Yun Boren & Vice Chancellor

Prof Hassan Amir Shah cut cake to celebrate National Day of China


Addressing the ceremony, Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah said every Pakistani was impressed by the economic development of China in last 66 years, adding that  “we should not only admire China, but also must learn from its experiences and initiatives which have made it an economic power.” He expressed gratitude to the Chinese Counsel General for his support to GCU CECS in shape of equipment and books.  


GCU CECS Director Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt, who had returned from China on Wednesday morning after an official visit on directions of the chief minister, said that the love and respect which Chinese gave to Pakistanis was unprecedented in the whole world. He hoped Pakistan would also progress and proper with support of his friend China. DCO Lahore Captain (r) Muhammad Usman and Additional Commissioner Ms Waseema also felicitated the Chinese community of Lahore on their National Day.                     


Earlier, the GCU Nazir Ahmed Music Night presented folk music for Chinese Counsel General and other Chinese attending their ceremony which was followed by a quiz competition among the academic departments of the university on Pakistan-China friendship. Yun Boren presented souvenirs to the winners of the quiz competition and highly appreciated their knowledge about China. Later, Mr and Mrs Boren, Prof Hassan Amir Shah, Capitan (r) Muhammad Usman and Dr Khalid Maznoor Butt cut a cake to celebrate the Chinese National Day.   




GCU exhibition highlights chronology of fine arts


An exhibition of art works by eminent and emerging Old Ravian artists Thursday opened at the Minhas Art Gallery of the Government College University Lahore. Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah and eminent Old Ravian artist Dr Ajaz Anwar inaugurated the art show that ideally exhibits chronology of changing trends, techniques, philosophy and use of technology in the field of fine arts, especially painting.  “GCU Minhas Art Gallery has brought the history of fine arts in Pakistan under one roof as this exhibition houses the classical paintings from 1960s to latest modern digital paintings of 2015. Besides, art-lovers, this show is really significant for the academic learning of the students of fine arts,” said Ms Amna Anwar, a faculty member of GCU Fine Arts Department while talking to the media. However, Old Ravian artist Haseeb Ullah Waqar believed that the latest technologies were killing invention and innovation in young artists who rather rely more on software applications than their personal abilities and imagination. He said computer could be fast but it could never compete with the mind of an artist.


GCU Quality Enhancement Cell Director Ms Iram Sohail termed the exhibition “a mini art world”, saying that it housed many kinds of art works including calligraphy, ceramics, oil painting, digital painting, graphic designing and photography. She said that every painting depicted a complete story. She admired the water colour paintings of GCU main building by distinguished painter Dr Ajaz Anwar. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Ajaz Anwar said that the education of fine arts should be made compulsory as it gave the students motivational tools to unlock a deeper understanding of their education and of their life and also it would result in positive social outcomes. He lauded that the young artists were working on variety of subjects and mediums from oil paintings to ceramics. He proudly said he was the first student of fine arts at the Government College Lahore back in 1961 and Prof Aslam Minhas was his teacher.


Vice Chancellor Prof Hassan Amir Shah also appreciated the artwork of Old Ravians and hoped that it would motivate and inspire the young students. Giving details of the exhibition, Erfan Ullah Babar, the Incharge of the GCU Fine Arts Department, said that they had this time proudly presented artworks of their 22 alumni which included the work of fine arts legends; Prof Ghazanfar Ali, Dr Shaukat Mahmood, Dr Ajaz Anwar and Prof Abid Hussian Qureshi besides of young Old Ravians including Jamil Hussain, Khalid Mahmood and Haseeb Ullah. He also said that the four-week exhibition was also part of the academic learning GCU current fine arts students, as critical discussions were held among students and faculty members on themes, colours, styles and methods of each painting and artwork during the exhibition.


Later, talking to media, GCU fine arts student Rida Butt that every painting had a feeling and expression and it took months to completely understand the philosophy of an art work. She said they got ideas and inspirations from the work of the seniors and also tried to put their innovation to it, as after all new knowledge was created out of the existing knowledge; one idea gave birth to another idea.


The exhibition also includes artworks by emerging artists; Zahir-u-Din babr, Tahir Ali Sadiq,  Imran Mudassar, Muhammad Sulaman, Bilal Jilani, Masood Khalid, Abdullah, Haroon Mughal, Jameel Hussain, Bilal Khalid, Moiz Ahmad, Naveed Amjad and Bilal Jaffary. The exhibition will remain open till October 16, 2015.





Old Ravian pledges funding for GCU’s Int’l business school


An eminent industrialist and alumnus of the Government College University Lahore, Mr Iqbal Z Ahmed, has pledged funding for the establishment, infrastructure and operations of an international school for business studies at his alma mater, saying that the state-of-the-art school should be a centre of excellence for financial and management studies in the country. The announcement in this regard was made at the meeting of trustees and executive committee members of GCU Endowment Fund Trust with the university’s academic heads. “It’s a very big initiative by Mr Iqbal Z Ahmed and we seriously have no words to express gratitude for his great and unprecedented philanthropic act to gift his alma mater an intentional business school that has no match in the country,” said Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah.


Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry (LCCI) President Ijaz A Mumtaz was Guest of Honour at the ceremony and also donated Rs 2.5 million to GCU EFT for initiating scholarships, while GCU Department of Persian Distinguished Professor Dr Zaheer Ahmad Siddiqui, who every month donates his salary to the university’s endowment fund, also handed over a cheque of his salary to the Vice Chancellor for a fee of a financially-challenged student. Overall, donations cheques of about Rs 4.5 million were presented to the Vice Chancellor at the ceremony for the trust.


Addressing the meeting, Iqbal Z Ahmed , who is also President and one of the major donors of the GCU Endowment Fund Trust, discussed in detail the timeline, infrastructure, faculty and other requirements for the international business school with the university’s senior faculty members and Vice Chancellor and also set a deadline of March 1, 2016 for the ground-breaking ceremony for the state-of-the-art building for the school that shall produce the world class entrepreneurs and financial and management experts for the country. He said he on the behalf of his family and his personal behalf committed to provide complete infrastructure and financial support for the working of the school.  The Vice Chancellor tasked the GCU Management Studies Department Chairman Mr Najaf Yawar Khan to set up consultations and chalk out a comprehensive plan for the school. Speaking on the occasion, Ijaz A Mumtaz said that GCU had a legacy of 151 years which gave it an edge over the other higher education institutions and with the adequate support of alumni, government and industry; it could do miracles in the field of education and research.


Addressing the meeting, GCU EFT Executive Committee Secretary Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt proudly said that the university’s endowment fund had swelled to 210 million in just six years due to the untiring efforts of its executive committee which included Dr Parvez Hassan, Mian Misbah ur Rehman, Mian Muhammad Ashraf and Mr Shameem Ahmad. He said that the target of executive committee was to take the endowment to minimum Rs 1,000 million in coming years, so that it could fund the education of every financially-challenged student of the university. Main Misba-ur-Rahman, Mian Muhammad Ashraf, Mr Shameem Ahmad and Javaid Oberoi also pledged to continue to work for the development of their alma mater and its endowment fund. 


In his concluding remarks, the Vice Chancellor appreciated the efforts of Executive Committee for building an endowment fund which is unprecedented in the public sector. However, he said that they might broaden the scope of fund to support faculty development and other uplift projects of the university. He also briefed the EFT trustees and executive committee about shortage of faculty and other challenges being faced by the university.



Faculty development is top priority: Vice Chancellor GCU

Faculty development is our top priority, said Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah while talking to a delegation of National School of Public Policy during their visit to the Government College University, Lahore. The delegation which comprised of the participants of 103rd National Management Course discussed with the Vice Chancellor in detail policy formation, financial resources and future plans of the 151 years old educational institution that was raised to a level of university in 2002. Talking to the delegation, the Vice Chancellor said that the most important aspect of GCU was character-building and personality development of its students through their extensive participation in literary and co-curricular activities.  He said GCU teachers encouraged questioning, difference of opinion and argument, besides teaching tolerance to students. Prof Shah said GCU had more than half of a dozen research chairs and they would soon launch a lawful process to discover the best intellects for their appointment against these chairs which would certainly boost the research output of the university.

Earlier, Academic Planning and External Links Director Ms Fauzia Shaheen gave a detailed briefing to the visiting delegation about the faculty strength, research output, academic programs, available infrastructure and financial resources of the university, while Planning and Development Director Col(r) Akmal Yousaf briefed them about the funding and development plan of GCU Kala Shah Kaku Campus. GCU Dean Faculty of Science and Technology Prof Dr Islam Ullah Khan, Registrar Dr Muhammad Akhyar Farrukh and Quality Enhancement Cell Director Ms Irum Sohail also attended the meeting.

NSPP Member Faculty Brig (r) Anwar ul Haq said that GCU was the one of the most reputed institutions of the country and the participants of Management Course were brought here to learn about the development projects and future plans for academic development of the university, and also the problems which the public sector universities were facing. The participants made highly valuable suggestions for the improvement in the university’s procedures and systems and assured the Vice Chancellor of their all-out support in the future.  

The NSPP delegation comprised of BS-20 officials included Ms Attiya Naheed, Mr Abdul Razzaque Cheema, Lt(r) Ejaz Ahmad Khan, Dr Faiz Illahi Memon, Mr Shiekh Abdul Hafeez, Mr Niaz Muhammad Khan, Dr Raiz Ahmed Memon, Dr Sohail Shahzad and Mr Zafar Iqbal Hussain.



Solidarity Walk to pay tribute to brave soldiers of Pakistan at GCU

The faculty and staff members of Government College University, Lahore Sunday held an on-campus Solidarity Walk to pay tribute to brave soldiers of Pakistan Army who rendered extremely commendable sacrifices and services for the defence of their motherland. Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah led the walk which began from the university’s Bukhari Auditorium and concluded in front of Clock Tower.

Addressing the participants of the Solidarity Walk, Prof Hassan A Shah said Pakistan was a peace loving nation and it never preferred war but they believed in dignity and honour and kept its defence strong to ensure their liberty and sovereignty. “It is matter of a great pride for us that GCU is also the alma mater of several brave soldiers, which include Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif and Major Shabbir Sharif Shaheed, Nishan-e-Haider,” the Vice Chancellor said. He also paid glowing tributes to thousands of other Pakistani soldiers who remained obscure and devoted their lives to the defence of Pakistan. Prof Shah also said that the civilians should support their armed forces for defence of the country by performing their duties honestly and justly. He also shared his memories of 1965 war, and the enthusiasm which the nation had at that time.        

Earlier, at a ceremony in Bukahri Auditorium, the university faculty and staff observed a one-minute silence in the memory of martyrs of 1965 war. The students of GCU Nazir Ahmed Music Society which included Hamza Shahbaz, Acees Arshad, Osama Babar, Zubair Ali, Qasim Ali, Aqib Javed, Ali Haider, Sajjad Ali, Ammant Ali and Taimoor Azmat presented national songs in connection with the Pakistan Defence Day.    




Vice Chancellor seeks greater role of Old Ravians in GCU’s uplift


Eminent physicist and newly-appointed Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah has sought a greater role of Old Ravians in the development of Government College University, Lahore saying that “alumni, corporate organizations and philanthropists all over the world fund professorial chairs in universities, and I hope Old Ravians would lead and set such a precedent in Pakistan.” Prof Shah was addressing a ceremony hosted by the Old Ravian Union in his honour. ORU President Kamran Lashari, Honorary Secretary Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt, Qazi Afaq, Naeem Tahir, Col. (r) Ikram Ullah Khan, Asghar Nadeem Syed, Tayyab Rizvi, Dr Abdul Basit, Dr Sheeba Alam, Asjad Ghani, Mehmood Saeed, Mansoor Feroz Khan and other members of executive committee were also present.


Addressing the ceremony, the Vice Chancellor said that faculty development was their top and utmost priority for which University needed the support of its alumni, corporate organisations, philanthropists and the government. He reiterated that universities could only consolidate their intellectual capital if they are provided with capacity to attract the most fertile minds and souls to their faculty. The best research scholars, men of letters and seasoned professionals pertaining to different fields of human activity should be converged in University campuses to enrich the students learning experience.

He lauded the role of Old Ravians in developing the University’s Endowment Fund Trust. He also said that the goal to bring GCU in the ranking of world’s top universities could not be achieved without the support of the alumni.


Speaking on the occasion, Kamran Lashari said “Prof Shah has hit the nail in the head, as it has always been a good faculty that makes an educational institution ‘a centre of excellence”. It’s a good teacher that inspires, motivates and guides a researcher or a student on his journey to professional excellence. He said that Old Ravians Union would support the Vice Chancellor in every possible manner.  “Prof Shah, whenever it comes to GCU, you will never find yourself alone,” he said. Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt said Old Ravians were thankful to Punjab Chief Minister that he had not sent an alien to GCU. “Prof Hassan A Shah belongs to GCU and has just come back to their mother institution,” he added.







Col. (r) M. Ikram Ullah Khan (one of the oldest old Ravians) called in Prof. Dr. Hassan Amir Shah (SI) Vice Chancellor GC University Lahore. He congratulated Dr. Hassan on his appointment as Vice Chancellor of the prestigious university of the country that cherishes splendid traditions. Col. (Retd.) M. Ikram Ullah Khan also revived the memories of his student-life during stay at Government College Lahore. He studied in this historical institute during 1939-1944. He is the oldest living old Ravian from Pakistan. He hoped that Dr. Hassan, a prolific scientist with more than 110 research papers to his credit, will continue the elegant traditions of GC University Lahore keeping in view the latest happenings of the modern age. Prof. Dr. Hassan Amir Shah (SI) Vice Chancellor GC University also talked about his vision for the uplift of GC University Lahore.

The oldest old Ravian poses for a photo with

the Vice Chancellor GCU.




Out of the box measures needed for uplift of universities: GCU VC


Out of the box measures are need to be taken for the uplift of public sector universities which have limited resources, said Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah, an eminent physicist and newly-appointed Vice Chancellor of the Government College University Lahore. He was talking to the academic staff of GCU and media after his appointment as 30th head of the 151 old academics Institution. Prof Shah, who has more than 110 research articles published in reputed international journals to his credit, has served GCU for 13 years as Professor and Head of Physics. 


Prof Shah, a recipient of Sitara-i-Imtiaz, believed that Higher education institutions in Pakistan were in the process of evolving at a pace that needed to be accentuated. He said the key behind achieving the uphill task of revamping the academic landscape of Pakistan was academia. “The universities can only consolidate their intellectual capital if they are provided with capacity to attract the most fertile minds and souls to their faculty. The best research scholars, men of letters and seasoned professionals pertaining to different fields of human activity should be converged in university campuses to enrich the students learning experience,” he added.


Talking about improving quality of university graduates, the new GCU VC said that mediocrity was infecting every segment of society. Universities need to fuel the imagination of their students so that the widespread mediocrity is wiped off. Argumentation skills, intellectual curiosity and power of imagination of students must be honed.


“I would like see an ideal university student eagerly looking forward to learning in classroom, laboratory,  library and social sphere such public speaking, theatre, music and playing fields”. The GCU 29th head vowed to keep the torch of Ravian traditions lit with greater glow. “We need embrace the latest trends while at same time preserving our glorious traditions is equally pertinent,” Prof Hassan A Shah said. He also stressed the industrial sector as well as the government needed to pump in the much needed finance into the universities institutions which ultimately pave way lasting economic stability in the country. 


Talking about the recent crisis in which the university has pushed into due to the absence of Vice Chancellor for more than a month, Hassan Amir Shah said “we, the GCU faculty and staff, will work day-and-night to bridge the gap, and put the university on the path which leads to excellence in academics, research and sports.” He said he had summoned the details for all pending matters.


He has done post-doctoral fellowships at several reputed foreign institutions including the University of Sussex London, International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy and the Space Physics Institute, Rome. He still has research collaborations with top institutions of the world and proudly overall impact factor of his research papers exceeds 176. Prof Dr Hassan A Shah was also founder president of GCU Academic Staff Association and had always advocated the greater role of teachers in overall development of the universities. He also remained member of the GCU Advanced Studies and Research Board for 12 years, besides heading the university’s Works Committee. He did his PhD form Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad.    




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