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Vice Chancellor seeks
greater role of Old Ravians in GCU’s uplift
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
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
OLDEST LIVING OLD RAVIAN
CALLS IN PROF. DR. HASSAN AMIR SHAH (SI) VICE CHANCELLOR GC UNIVERSITY
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.
Prof. Dr. Hassan Amir Shah
appointed New Vice Chancellor GCU Lahore