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CONDOLENCE

 

Prof. Dr. Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GC University Lahore and faculty members have expressed profound grief on the sad demise of eminent essayist, author and academic Prof. Dr. Abdul Hameed Khayal. He was 88. He contributed witty essays to several national English dailies. Prof A. H. Khayal received his doctoral degree from University of London, UK in 1967 for his dissertation on British philosopher and essayist, J.S. Mill. He retired as Vice Principal of the Government College Lahore in 1987 after remaining chairperson of its English Department. After attaining autonomous status in 1997, the GC administration requested Dr. Khayal to serve as visiting faculty member while honouring him with the title of ‘Distinguished Professor’. He taught at his alma mater till 2008. He rendered commendable services as distinguished professor of English at the GC University Lahore.

 

Prof. Dr. Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU Lahore said that Prof. Khayal was his teacher and his death had created a void which would never be filled. In his condolence message to the bereaved family, the Vice Chancellor 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.

(17-06-2015)

 

 

PAKISTANI HIGH ACHIEVERS LEFT FOR EUROPE TOUR IN THE SUPERVISION OF GCU VICE CHANCELLOR

 

Pakistani high achievers left for Europe on a study tour in the supervision of Prof. (Meritorious) Dr. Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GC University Lahore under the flagship programme of Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif. Punjab Education Minister Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan saw the delegation off at the Lahore Airport. The students’ delegation will visit twenty two universities of UK, Sweden and Germany.

 

 

High Achievers pose for group photo with

Education Minister and GCU Vice Chancellor.

 

The Education Minister said that the Punjab government was going to provide hundred percent scholarships to the position-holders who would secure their admission in the top hundred universities of the world. He told the position-holders that they were the real elite of Pakistan who had earned this status through their hard work and talent and the Punjab government would provide every maximum support to them for their bright future. He said that allocation of 27 percent amount of budget for education sector was the manifestation of this fact that provision of quality education was a top priority of the Punjab government. He said that the Chief Minister Punjab (a distinguished old Ravian) had set a tremendous tradition to present a guard of honour to position holders. He said that the students were the future of Pakistan and they had to work hard to improve a positive image of the homeland.

 

Addressing on the occasion, Prof. (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU Lahore told the students that they would, this year, visit the leading universities of the United Kingdom, Germany and Sweden and meet eminent scientists and personalities of the world. He lauded the Chief Minister’s initiative, saying the study tour broadened vision of these talented students and inspired them to lead the world in their respective fields. He expressed that these positions holders would be walking ambassadors of Pakistan. He also said that the students were highly talented and cultured, and their visit to Europe would change impression of Pakistanis in the world.    

 

Earlier, two days training was held under the aegis of GCU Quality Enhancement Cell to edify the students’ skills in communication, interaction and questioning. The objective of the training was to equip these highly talented students with relevant skills to explore the unique aspect of the Western education system at this once in a life time opportunity for them.

 

(16-06-2015)

 

 

NOTIFICATION (Prof. Dr. Islam Ullah Khan, Dean, Faculty of Science will look after day to day affairs of GCU Lahore during foreign tour of the Vice Chancellor)

(12-06-2015)

 

 

GC UNIVERSITY LAHORE CONDUCTING Training for position-holders

 

The two-day training and orientation of position-holders from all over Pakistan began at GC University Lahore under the auspices of its Quality Enhancement Cell to edify their skills in communication, interaction and questioning. These shinning students are going to visit the leading European universities from June 13, 2015 under the Chief Minister’s initiative. Punjab Education Minister Rana Mashood Ahmad chaired the opening session of the training which was also addressed by Punjab Higher Education Commission Chairman Prof Dr Nizamud-Din, Prof. (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU Lahore and United Nations Information Centre Director Vittorio Cammarota.

 

Addressing the position-holders, Rana Mashood said that the Punjab government was going to provide hundred percent scholarships to the position-holders who would secure their admission in the top hundred universities of the world. He told the position-holders that they were the real elite of Pakistan who had earned this status through their hard work and talent and the Punjab government would provide every maximum support to them for their bright future.

 

Speaking on the occasion, Prof. (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU Lahore told the students that they would, this year, visit the leading universities of the United Kingdom, Germany and Sweden and meet eminent scientists and personalities of the world. He lauded the Chief Minister’s initiative, saying the study tour broadened vision of these talented students and inspired them to lead the world in their respective fields. He expressed that these positions holders would be walking ambassadors of Pakistan, so they were being given extensive training and briefing about their conduct during the study tour. He, however, lauded the learning skills of these positions holders, and also said that that they were highly talented and cultured, and their visit to Europe would change impression of Pakistanis in the world.    

 

GCU Quality Enhancement Cell Director Iram Sohail said that this training ceremony would equip these highly talented students with relevant skills to explore the unique aspect of the Western education system at this once in a life time opportunity for them. She hoped that this would enable them to subsequently seek admission in the universities of the technologically advanced countries of the world.    

(12-06-2015)

 

GC UNIVERSITY LAHORE ESTABLISHED LIFTS AND SLOPS FOR DISABLED STUDENTS

GC University Lahore established two special lifts and several slops for disabled students. Prof. (Meritorious) Dr. Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GC University Lahore inaugurated the first lift situated in the Post Graduate Block of the varsity.

Expressing views on the occasion, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman said that more than 150 disabled students were getting education in the university. He said that two lifts and several slops were established so that disabled students may not find any difficulty in going from one place of the university to another. He further shared that these students are gifted and they are blessed with high intellectual strength and it is the duty of the administration to provide them all possible resources and services. He said that a special centre for special students had already been established in the university to facilitate the visually impaired students with the best audio & visual facilities to get quality learning.

(11-06-2015)

 

GCU becomes pioneer of Nano-chemistry in Punjab

GC University Lahore has become pioneer of Nano-chemistry in Punjab with the establishment of high-tech Nano-chemistry Laboratory (NCL) and United States-registered patents in the field, said Prof. (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU Lahore and NCL Director Dr. Muhammad Akhyar Farrukh during an e-meeting with eminent scientists of the country to have their input to develop a strong scientific base at GCU for research and development in the field of Nano-science and Nanotechnology. Prof. Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman said that GCU was going to hold a workshop on Nano-science and Nano-technology in July this year to review the developments of nanotechnology in Pakistan, what had been done in research and development and what was the possibility of applications in Industry and what should be the strategy from now for drawing the maximum benefits from this globally influencing technology for all nations of the world.

In his message, Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission Scientist (Emeritus) Prof Dr N.M Butt said that Nano-technology had remained an ignored area of research in the country despite the fact that it had an ample scope of applications to our industries in Sialkot and Faisalabad apart from other types of industries like paints, civil industry, auto and chemicals. He said that in Karachi they had a Nano-chemistry laboratory and probably no other university had concentrated on it as yet.

Eminent Physicist and Professor Rafi Chair Dr Muhammad Zakria Butt highlighted the need to involve the Pakistan’s industry in this suitable technology for delivering the socio-economic benefits to our nation. He said that GCU had attached its Nano-chemistry Laboratory with Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialization for speedy dispensation of funds and strict monitoring of the research development.

(04-06-2015)

 

GC University Lahore conducts training workshop for universities’ management staff

The Quality Enhancement Cell of GC University Lahore organised a five-day training workshop for the management staff of provincial universities to edify their skills in good governance, inter and intra-departmental communication, financial and files management, information technology, presentation, coordination, youth handling and above all quality assurance. The staff members, nominated by the University of Education (UoE), University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS), University of Health Sciences (UHS), Lahore College for Women University (LCWU), National College of Arts (NCA), and GCU, participated in the workshop held under the Modern University Governance (MUG) Programme of the Higher Education Commission at GCU.

Addressing the participants of workshop, GCU Quality Enhancement Cell Director Ms Iram Sohail said that the Higher Education Commission had very graciously provided Rs 2.4 million to GCU QEC for conducting eight training workshops for the non-teaching staff of higher education institutions including GCU. “These workshops are aimed at equipping the universities management staff with latest governance and management tools in order to bridge the gap between administration and academia which we feel has increased in universities during the past years,” she added. She said that the first training under MUG had made a special focus on communication with youth, good governance and quality assurance.

Addressing the workshop, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GC University Lahore said that that education and research had become complex and multidisciplinary and it was no more possible for a single department to possess all the knowledge, equipment, and techniques required for a modern postgraduate programme, so it was important to have strong communication and sharing of resources and expertise among the departments of a university. He said in GCU, political science and law, which were social sciences departments, had collaborated, with a natural sciences department, Chemistry, to launch an effective and international standard LLM in Forensic Justice. He said that it was prime duty of management staff to provide a positive social environment to the university faculty for research and development. He also laid a stress on involving the faculty members in policy making and development, so that they take ownership of these polices and implement them in true letter and spirit. He also expressed that it was not only knowledge which made a person good teacher, rather it was his character and abilities to impart knowledge which played a more crucial role. Talking about the daily routine works, the VC told the universities’ management staff that with bad attitude, they could never have a positive day, and with positive attitude, they could never have bad day.

Later, GCU Additional Registrar Mr Saboor Khan, Treasurer Abid Shahzad, Dr Shahida Batool, Dr Faiza Sharif, Ms Salah-u-Din, Ms Sobia Tahir Ms Amna Tariq, Ms Rubina Murtaza, also held technical sessions with the participants of the workshop.

(01-06-2015)

 

Smart devices exhibition held at GC University Lahore

The engineering students of GC University Lahore put on display their self-made smart devices and technologies at the Annual Project Exhibition 2015 held under the auspices of the university’s Electrical Engineering Department. The smart devices and technologies included Ambulance Drone, Wireless Energy Transmission, human sketching for robots, anti-collusion smart devices, missile launching ultrasonic radar and optimal use for renewable energy.

Addressing the opening ceremony, Prof. (Meritorious) Dr. Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GC University Lahore said that knowledge is nothing without its practical implementation, and new knowledge is more often created through the process of planning, producing, disseminating, and applying existing knowledge. He said that GCU is providing extensive research grants, equipment facilities and training to its students, so that they that they can translate their knowledge into technology.  He said that the university faculty had four US patents to their credit, adding that he also wanted to see the university’s students developing new technologies.  Rafi Chair Professor, Dr Muhammad Zakrai Butt also addressed the prize distribution ceremony of the project exhibition.

(01-06-2015)

 

GC University Lahore INCLUDED in the best ten universities of the country

 

The Old Ravians Union has congratulated Vice Chancellor, all faculty members and alumni as the Higher Education Commission has included GC University Lahore in the best ten universities of the country in general universities category. The Registrar of the university said that GCU had always been considered in the category of small or medium size universities and it was the first time GCU was competing with the universities which were older and larger than GCU, which became a university in 2002. He said they were proud that GCU was the only university in the country which had four US patents to its credit. He said more than 30 per cent faculty of GCU was PhD.

(27-05-2015)

 

Inauguration of Nano-chemistry Lab

 

 

GCU Vice Chancellor is inaugurating Nano-chemistry

Laboratory at GC University Lahore. 

(25-05-2015)

 

GC UNIVERSITY LAHORE GETS THE FOURTH US PATENT

 

GC University Lahore made an unprecedented achievement by getting another key invention, “ZNO-SIO2 nono-powder for the development of latent fingerprints”, patented with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. “It’s the fourth US patent of GCU which is hopefully going to be landmark development for crime scene investigation,” said Prof. (Meritorious) Dr. Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GC University Lahore while talking to media regarding the approval of the university’s fourth patent application. The patent in the field of forensics and nano-technology is the result of research done by Punjab Forensic Science Agency (PFSA) Director General Dr Mohammad Ashraf Tahir, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman GCU VC and GCU Nano-chemistry Laboratory Director Dr. Muhammad Akhyar Farrukh for developing indigenous strong and low-cost nano-powder for lifting latent fingerprints from nonporous surfaces such as metal, glass or plastic. This nano-powder composition contains 40-50 percent zinc and 10-20percent silicon and it is patented as it lifts even minor fingerprints without contaminating them. This nano-powder gives very clear images of fingerprints by adhering to the moisture and oily constituents of sweat residue through pressure deficit mechanism. 

 

Prof. Dr. Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman said that the ZNO-SIO2 nono-powder was tested at the Punjab Forensic Science Agency and was a result strong collaboration between the two institutions. Talking further about collaboration with PFSA, Prof Rahman said that modern research had grown complex and multidisciplinary and it was not possible for a single research institution or university to possess all the knowledge, equipment, and techniques required. Therefore, he added, it was imperative to establish academic and research links and share resources, expertise and equipment with each other. He expressed gratitude to the Punjab Forensic Science Agency DG for his technical support for research at GCU in the area of forensics. He shared that GCU had also established modern nano-chemistry laboratory to advance research in the fields of solar cells, nanocatalysis, nanofiltration, nanoforensics, nanodrugs, nanofertilizers and wastewater treatment. He said that GCU was expecting to have more patents in the above fields in the coming years.

 

It is pertinent to mention here that the United States Patent Office had already patented the GCU’s invented ‘analytical grade salt’, ‘nano-leucite for slow release nitrogen fertiliser and green environment’ and ‘zinc oxide nanoflakes for treatment of pollutants’.  GCU Dean Prof Dr Islam Ullah Khan and faculty members said that the bases of research had become highly strong at GCU in the last four years due to the untiring efforts of Prof. Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GC University Lahore.

(22-05-2015)

 

GC University Lahore celebrates Mental Health Week

 

GC University Lahore Psychology Department is celebrating Mental Health Week to highlight the latest trends and research in the field of developmental psychology.  Prof. (Meritorious) Dr. Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GC University Lahore inaugurated the celebrations which began with a Poster Competition held at GCU Psychology Department. Around 120 students from eight educational institutions took part in the competition and put on display more than hundred posters which highlighted the miseries of people, and effect of different negative trends including unemployment, poverty, gender-violence, injustice, illiteracy and religious prejudice on people’s mental health.  The posters were inscribed with interesting and through-provoking headlines.

 

Speaking on the occasion, Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman GCU Vice Chancellor 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, he gave away prizes and certificates to the winners of the competition. The celebrations for Mental Health Week also include workshop, performing arts festival and peace walk.    

(19-05-2015)

 

GC University Lahore initiating seven postgraduate programmes

GC University Lahore is initiating seven new postgraduate programmes this year which include two highly modern professional degree programmes, LL.M (Master of Laws) in Forensic Justice and MS in Child Guidance and Educational Counselling. The university’s Academic Council has approved the new programmes after detailed deliberations in its 15th Annual meeting which was chaired by Prof. (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU Lahore. The Academic Council also approved the courses, admission eligibility criteria, credit hours, number of seats, fee structure and other relevant rules and regulations for the new programmes which also include MSc Chemistry, MA Islamic Studies, certificate for professionals in Hypnosis and postgraduate diploma in child and adult psychotherapy.

Talking to media, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman VC GCU said that all arrangements and planning were completed and the new programmes would be initiated this year after the final approval by the university’s Syndicate. However, he said, that approval from the Pakistan Bar Council would also be taken for initiating the LL.M programme. He said that GAT would be mandatory for admission to LL.M in Forensic Justice. He said that modern education had become complex and multidisciplinary and it was not possible for a single department of a university to possess all the knowledge, equipment, and techniques required, so this time the university’s Political Science and Law departments had collaborated with the Chemistry Department, which was already offering MS Forensic Science, for launching a highly competitive, qualitative and international standard LL.M in Forensic Justice programme. He expressed that the university had already successfully initiated 27 new programmes in the last three years which included PhD Computer Sciences, PhD Applied Physics, PhD Islamic Studies, MPhil Applied Physics, MS Industrial Psychology, MSc Physical Education and MS Geography. He said that scholarships, hostel accommodations, transport, laboratories, libraries, footpaths, classrooms, lecture theatres, meeting rooms, examination centres and other facilities were also increased and upgraded keeping in view the increasing number of students in wake of these new programmes.

The Academic Council also approved amendments and additions to the courses of various academic programmes including MPhil Environmental Sciences, MPhil Applied Physics, BSc (Hons) Biotechnology, BSc (Hons) Microbiology, BSc (Hons) Physics, BA (Hons) Punjabi and MS Pharmaceutical Chemistry. Prof Rahman pledged that GCU would provide best faculty to teach the new programmes and courses. He also showed his firm resolve to initiate the law degree programme soon.

(11-05-2015)

Awareness walk at GCU to mark Thalassemia Day

An awareness walk was held on the campus of the GC University, Lahore under auspices of its Blood Donation Society (BDS) to mark the International Thalassemia Day. Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman, Vice Chancellor GCU led the walk, while eminent journalist Sohail Warriach, Registrar GCU, Director Intermediate Studies, BDS Advisor and a large number of faculty members and students participated in the awareness walk. The students carried banners and placards inscribed with slogans regarding thalassemia awareness.

Prof. Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman called upon students to take responsibility to go door-to-door and aware every member of society about Thalassemia. He said that social awareness was mandatory to defeat Thalassemia before adopting practical and legal ways to defeat the diseases. He said that prevention was better than cure, so every member of the society must be screened by a simple blood test before marriage.

 

(11-05-2015)

 

GC University, Lahore wins LUMS Hockey Championship

 

GC University, Lahore has the won the LUMS National Hockey Championship 2015 organised by the Lahore University of Management Sciences. About eight top teams participated in the hockey tournament.  Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU and Director Sports congratulated the GCU hockey players and their coach on winning the tournament.

 

  

Winning Team pose for a group photo

with GCU Vice Chancellor

(08-05-2015)

 

GC University Lahore holds Dry Flower, Painting Competitions

 

GC University Lahore Horticulture Society held Dry Flower & Painting Competitions on the themes of ‘peace’ and ‘colours of life’. Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU was the Chief Guest at the competition. About 15 teams from different educational institutions took part in the competitions held in three categories; Dry Flower, Shirt Painting and Poster Painting.   

 

Speaking on the occasion, Prof Rahman appreciated the flower decoration by students, saying that flowers are the symbol of peace and they cast positive impact on thinking of a person. He lauded efforts the GCU Horticulture Society for organising healthy competitions among youth. He said that such competitions encouraged the young generation to exhibit their talent. The Vice Chancellor also said that the co-curricular activities played a vital role in the character-building and personality development of students. Later, the vice chancellor presented shields and certificates to the winning students.

 

(08-05-2015)

 

ERA holds reference to commemorate departed journalists at GCU

 

A working journalist remains alive through is work even after his death. Fellow journalists should commemorate their departed fellows to celebrate their achievements, said speakers at a condolence reference in memory of departed journalists at GC University.

 

Education Reporters Association (ERA) organized the reference in collaboration with GCU to pay glowing tributes to the services of late Asad Sahi, Hamid Javed, Usman Malik and Moin Ahmad. Speakers at reference commemorated their departed fellows and stressed the need of rationalize the working hours of the journalists. They said working conditions and working hours of the journalists were so stressful that they were resulting quite often in untimely deaths.

 

“This is a dilemma that young men like Asad Sahi, Moin and Usman are dying. We should think why they are dying so young. This is because there is an immense work-pressure and load on them. The owners should also think about facilitating their workers which will certainly increase the work quality,” said senior journalist Amjad Warraich. “There is a war going on in media channels for breaking the news first and run tickers. The reporters in electronic media remain occupied and in stress 24 hours. They are reporters even when they are off duty. We have started several projects including health insurance and life insurance for members of Press Club from the platform of Lahore Press Club but the news organizations should also think about it,” said LPC President Arshad Ansari.

Participants of Condolence Reference poses

for group photo with Vice Chancellor GCU.

 

Daily Express Chief Reporter Chaudhary Khalid Qayyum said Asad Sahi was a very hard working journalist who worked with the pace of television even when TV channels were not launched. He said for a reporter the greatest assets were his sources and Asad Sahi had very effective sources. He appreciated ERA and GCU for organizing a reference to commemorate departed journalist fellows. Senior Journalist Kazim Khan said Asad Sahi was very supportive for the young reporters and helped them learning new things. Muddasir Iqbal Butt said it was commendable that ERA had organized a reference to commemorate senior journalists who were not among us but lived in our memories and hearts.

 

Hasnain Sahi, father of late Asad Sahi, and Aoun Sahi, brother of Asad Sahi, thanked the participants for organizing the reference. Prof. (Meritorious) Dr Khaleequr Rehman, Vice Chancellor GCU said often people complained about the negativity of media but he was very happy to see that how these young reporters were commemorating their senior fellows. Pakistan Traders Association President Khalid Pervez, Assignment Editor City 42 Asaf Jafri, senior journalist Fakhrul Islam, Amjad Lodhi and others attended the seminar.

 

(06-05-2015)

Girls outdo boys in academics AT GC University Lahore CONVOCATION

Girls this year again outshined boys in academics at the 13th convocation of the GC University as they clinched prestigious academic medals for top positions in 18 of 30 disciplines at the BA/BSc (Honors) and MA/MSc level, while boys grabbed majority of medals and rolls of honour for excellence in co-curricular and sports activities. Rana Mashood Ahmed Khan Punjab Education Minister presided over the convocation proceedings in which 1,537 students received degrees, medals, rolls of honour and other distinction certificates.

The GCU convocation report highlighted that boys grabbed 17 of 21 rolls of honour and five of seven prestigious medals for their exceptional performance in co-curricular activities including debates, drama and music. Adnan Farooq was awarded the ‘Shahbaz Sharif Gold Medal’ for the best Urdu Speaker of GCU. Zilla-e-Huma received the ‘Dr. Sadia Karamat Medal’ for best female graduate. Momin Yar Khalid was declared the overall outstanding intermediate student. Zahid Ali, Khwaja Yasin, Ahmed Ch and Kinza Mumtaz also received prestigious co-curricular medals. Only one female, Sadaf Mehmood, won the sports rolls of honour this year for winning various inter-universities competitions in Rifle Shooting for the university. The  Education Minister also presented PhD (Doctorate of Philosophy) degrees to 55 scholars in ten different disciplines including biotechnology and environmental sciences.  

The Punjab Education Minister and the Vice Chancellor GCU give away medals and degrees to students.

Addressing the convocation, Prof (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU Lahore said that with the start of 27 new academic programmes including PhD Computer Sciences, PhD Applied Physics and PhD Islamic Studies, the overall students' strength of the university had increased from 6,200 in the year 2011 to 11,557 in the year 2014. He said that besides Pakistan, students from China, Japan, Korea and Turkey were also studying at GCU. Congratulating the young graduates on receiving degrees, he said that they were expected to trace the footsteps of the legendary Old Ravians like Allama Muhammad Iqbal and Prof Abdus Salam and left your imprint on the sand of time. “As you take great strides in practical life, you must not forget the huge debt that you owe to your Alma Mater and pay it back as much as you can. In fact, by doing so, you will be building up your own future,” he concluded.

Addressing the students, The Education Minister congratulated the university faculty members on getting their three inventions patented from the Unites States Patent Office in a short period of just two years, saying that it clearly indicated the excellence of research being done at GCU. He said that GCU despite having limited financial resources had consistently showed excellence in academics, research and sports. He said that their government was fully aware of space constraints in view growing needs of GCU and they would provide maximum funding for the new campus of GCU at Kala Shah Kaku. He said that GCU had completed the master plan of the campus and its PC-I had been approved by the Higher Education Commission. He also said that GCU had provided leaders to Pakistan, adding that this young generation graduating today would play a vital role in the development of their country.

 

(27-04-2015)

 

 

NOTIFICATION (Govt. of Punjab HED has been pleased to appoint Vice Chancellor, GCU Lahore, as Member of Punjab HED Commission)

(23-04-2015)

 

Old Ravians Union Honours Prof. Dr. Zaheer Ahmad Siddiqui

 

The Old Ravians Union at their annual reunion honoured Prof. Dr. Zaheer Ahmad Siddiqui, distinguished professor, Department of Persian, for his 50 years meritorious services in research, administration and teaching for the of GC University, Lahore. Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GC University Lahore, Kamran Lashari Old Ravians Union President, Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt Secretary and noted writer Tehmina Durrani on behalf of ORU executive committee presented a special souvenir to the distinguished professor who has written over 15 books and compiling the Pakistan’s first compressive Persian-to-Urdu dictionary.

 

Addressing the reunion at the historical Oval Ground of GCU, Pran Nevile, eminent Indian writer and Old Ravian, the author of ‘Lahore - A Sentimental Journey’, said that Lahore and GCU were equally famous in India adding that two former Indian Air Marshals and two army chiefs were also old students of Government College, Lahore. “GC looks still almost same, but just the ratio of girls on the campus have increased,” he added. He revived his past memories during his golden stay at Government College Lahore.

 

Addressing the Old Ravians, Prof Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU said that it took tremendous effort and endless time to set up reputed academic institutions like GCU, adding that numerous teachers and students really worked hard over the last 151 years to establish the glorious traditions of academic leadership. He called upon the Old Ravians that GCU needed their support to expand its functions in different domains, besides strengthening the existing facilities. He expressed gratitude that Old Ravians had donated Rs 130 million to GCU Endowment Fund Trust in the last three and half years for the scholarships of financially-challenged students. Tehmina Durrani proudly said his father was an Old Ravian who had used to tell him about the traditions and excellence of Government College, Lahore. She said that the literati had to play their role for promoting tolerance and democratic cultures in the country. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt ORU Honorary Secretary said Old Ravians remembered their alma mater not because of their degrees but due to the values, morals and confidence that the Government College taught them.  

 

Later, Canadian Indo-Pakistani Bhangra music group, ’JOSH’ performed at the annual reunion.

(23-04-2015)

 

GCU Lahore honours founding principal

 

GC University Lahore held a ceremony to pay tribute to its founder principal and Hungarian national Dr Gottlieb Wilhelm Leitner in collaboration with the Embassy of Hungry. A plaque of Prof G.W. Leitner as the founder principal of 151-year-old Government College Lahore was also erected at the historical Bukhari Auditorium which was inaugurated by Punjab Minister for Law Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rahman, Ambassador of Hungary to Pakistan Istvan Szabo and Prof. (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GC University Lahore.

 

Addressing the ceremony, Ambassador Istvan Szabo announced scholarships for 80 Pakistani students including GCU on the behalf of the Hungry government, adding that an agreement would be soon signed in this regard. He also said cultural exchange was the best way of bringing two nations closer. “Culture knows no boundaries. It doesn’t require any visa. It directly reaches the heart of the people,” he added. He said that it was matter great pride for them that Hungarian national, Dr Gottlieb Wilhelm Leitner, laid the foundation of modern education system in this part of the subcontinent.

 

Speaking on the occasion, Prof. (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GC University Lahore said that Dr Gottlieb Wilhelm Leitner (1840–1899), the first principal of Government College Lahore, was one of the greatest linguists and educationalist to work for Lahore and the Punjab, and definitely an outstanding researcher of the Orient. “Our government colleges and our central model schools all flowed from the foundations Dr Leitner laid” he added. He said that the main building of GCU Kala Shah Kaku would also be named after the first principal of Government College, Lahore. 

 

Punjab Minister Mian Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rahman said that Pakistan wished to establish strong cultural, diplomatic and economic relations with Hungry. It is pertinent to mention here that Old Ravians had last year demanded that the Kachari Road, Lahore must be renamed as Leitner Road to honour the man who founded the Government College, Lahore, the Punjab University, Lahore, and the Oriental College, Lahore (all of them located on Kachari Road). Later, a group of Hungarian artists performed at the ceremony.

 

(06-04-2015)

 

 

Prof Shahid appointed DG ASSMS

 

The Punjab governor and Chancellor appointed eminent mathematician Prof Dr Shahid Saeed Siddiqui as Director General of GC University Lahore Abdus Salam School of Mathematical Sciences (GCU ASSMS). Prof. (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU congratulated Prof S.S. Siddiqui on his appointment and hoped that he would play a key role in further development of the university’s doctoral school. He also expressed gratitude to the Punjab government for its monetary grant for the school.

 

(03-04-2015)

 

Economics, Physical Education triumphant in GCU Annual Sports

 

The departments of Economics and Physical Education lifted the prestigious team trophies in boys and girls categories respectively at the closing day of the 115th Annual Sports of GC 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 Prof. (Meritorious) Dr. Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU Lahore was also present on the occasion. The closing was marked by colourful Gymkhana events including Girls Chatti Race, Cricket Ball Throw, Pillow Fighting, Staff Children Race, Wheel Barrow Race, Musical Chair and Old Ravians Handicap Race.

 

Group Photo of winning team with Education Minister and GCU Vice Chancellor. Punjab Education Minister and GCU Vice Chancellor take part in the tug-of-war. Students take part in the sports.

 

The Education Minister and Prof. Dr. Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman 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. Speaking on the occasion, Rana Mashood said that 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. He said 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. In his address, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman VC GCU congratulated the winning students and said that sports had a profound effect on the physical fitness and mental health of students, which ultimately enhanced their capabilities and efficiency, besides it also taught tolerance and created an environment of competition. “Rather than getting frustrated by the ominous trends of society, students should engage themselves in sports and raise the national emblem in all international sports events,” he added.  

 

Earlier, in the competitions, Noreen Akhtar won Chatti Race, while Musarrat Abbas won Musical Chair. Gohar Ali won the Obstacle Race, the most difficult competition of the day. Islam Khan crossed the finish line fist in Sack Race, while Muhammad Adnan and Baqir won Wheel Borrow Race. Rizwana from Physical Education remained first in 60-Metre Girls Race and Cricket Ball Throw competition. Mohsin, Tariq and Waseem won Four-Legged Race, while Abdullah Yousaf won Old Ravians Race.

(30-03-2015)

 

GCU Sports: Bahdur wins 5000 Meters Race

 

Muhammad Bahdur, an intermediate student won the 5000 Meters Race, at the second day of the 115th Annual Sports of GC University Lahore which was marked by the athletic competitions among students. Prof. (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU Lahore, 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.

 

Students participate in the Sports with enthusiasm.

 

Addressing the participants, Prof. Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor said that the real beauty of their annual sports lied in the collective participation of students, teachers and Old Ravians. He said that the spirit of sportsmanship was more significant than winning a game. He encouraged the students to take an active part in the healthy activities as the sports promote tolerance besides enhancing physical and mental courage.

 

Later, Mohsin Naveed of Urdu Department won the 400-metre Hurdle Race by putting his endurance to test; finishing the race in 01:08:28 seconds. However, in 100 Metres final, Tariq Mahmood of Urdu Department reached the finishing line in 11:16 seconds which earned him a Gold Medal. Muhammad Salman, Rezwana Khan, and Hamza Butt won the Discus-Throw, Short Put (girls) and Triple Jump competitions. Physical Education Department’s girls’ team won 4x100 Meters Relay. A team of GCU Sports Department won the 4x100 Metres Staff Relay Race. 

 

(30-03-2015)

 

GCU 115th Annual Sports begin

The 115th Annual Sports of GC University Lahore began at a grand inaugural ceremony in the university’s Cricket Ground. About 3,000 students from 26 departments of the university took part in the ceremony marked by a grand march past, sports day oath and athletics meet. The Department of Economics bagged the prestigious trophy of the Best March Past Contingent, while Department of English stood second. The GCU athletes, led by Ghulam Qadir who represented Pakistan at the last Common Wealth Games, took oath that they would take part in 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 115th GCU Athletics Meet.

   

Students take part in the GCU 115th Annual Sports

Addressing the opening ceremony, Prof (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GC University Lahore said that it was for the first time that athletics and sports competitions among staff and faculty members were also part of the annual sports, adding it would improve interaction between the teachers and students. He also that sports, besides enthralling, taught students tolerance and developed a spirit of competition.” Prof. Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman said that he had always encouraged the students to take part in sports and healthy co-curricular activities. He said that he had increased funds for the sports and co-curricular activities in the university’s budget. He accepted that GCU was champion of swimming in all national games but unfortunately, it didn’t have its swimming pool. He said a swimming pool of international standard would be established at the Kala Shah Kaku Campus. He also advised the university’s 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 Mohsin Naveed. In 3,000-metre race, intermediate student Bahadur Khan got first position, while Department of Urdu student Tariq Mehmood crossed the finish line first in men’s 200m race. The student of Fine Arts Department, Muhammad Raees Younas, clinched first position in men’s Shot Put. The most enthralling contest of tug-of-war among girls was won by a team of Physical Education Department. Rizwana from Physical Education won the 100 Meters Race and Long Jump among girls. Mohsin Naveed of Urdu Department won the Gold Medal in the 110-Meter Hurdle Race. Karim Lashari, Alam Sadam stood first in Long Jump and Javelin Throw among boys respectively. Subhan from Economics Department won the Gold Medal in High Jump.  

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 on Sunday dated 29.03.2015.

(27-03-2015)

290 GCU students awarded Rs 10.3m scholarships

GC University Lahore Endowment Fund Trust (GCU EFT) at its annual function gave away scholarships worth Rs 10.3 million to 290 financially-challenged students of the university for the academic year 2014-15. Prof. (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GC University Lahore chaired the function at the university’s Bukhari Auditorium, while GCU EFT Executive Committee President Iqbal Z Ahmad, Secretary Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt and many eminent Old Ravians were also present on the occasion.

Addressing the ceremony, Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GC University Lahore once again appealed the Old Ravians to support the financially-challenged students of their alma mater, saying that “he wants to provide free education to all GCU students, but unfortunately resources don’t allow him.” However, he said that, despite all the budgetary deficits, he didn’t increase the university fee for three years. He said that the university was also giving financial aid to students from its own budget. He said that the world over nations had progressed by the mean of developing their educational institutions but unfortunately in Pakistan education was not given due priority. He said endowment fund trust of Harvard University, US alone stood at 42 billion dollars and this was what made the America superpower.

Speaking on the occasion, Secretary Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt said that the university Endowment Fund had swelled to over Rs 210 million. He said that in just last three years on the appeal of Vice Chancellor, the Old Ravians had donated more than Rs 130 to the GCU EFT. He said that the endowment fund never spent the principle amount but the profit, they earned from the principal amount, was spent on financially-challenged students. He said if the philanthropists, Old Ravians and government supported, from 10 years now the trust would be providing scholarships to all the needy students of the university.

(26-03-2015)

 

GCU staff celebrates promotions

As many as 145 non-gazatted staff members have been promoted at GC University Lahore on merit in the last three years. To celebrate these promotions to higher grades, the non-gazatted staff members of GCU held a ceremony in the honor of Prof. (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU Lahore, Dean Faculty of Science and Technology Prof Dr Islam Ullah Khan, Registrar Dr Muhammad Akhyar Farrukh and other high officials at the New Meeting Rooms. Speaking on the occasion, Non-gazzated staff representative Kahliq Hussian said that promotions of several staff members had been due on merit for the last 20 years, but Prof Dr. Khaleeq-ur-Rahman VC GCU had granted them their due right. Addressing the staff, the Vice Chancellor said that Non-gazzated staff had a great role in the overall development of the University and they must be encouraged and given their due right so that they shall work with more dedication and devotion

(24-03-2015)

 

 

INT’L SEMINAR ON INFORMATICS IN CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES HELD AT GCU

 

An international seminar was held at GC University Lahore on the “Informatics in Chemical and Biological Sciences” under the auspices of the Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialization. Prof. (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GC University Lahore chaired the inaugural session of the seminar. Prof Dr Daniel C. Hoessli from University of Geniva, Switzerland and Prof Dr Ursula Kara from National University of Singapore were the key note speakers at the one-day seminar. GCU Dean Faculty of Science and Technology Prof Dr Islam Ullah Khan, Rafi Chair, Professor, Dr Muhammad Zakria Butt and Prof Dr Adnan also addressed the seminar which was attended by a large numbers of students and faculty members.

 

 

(18-03-2015)

 

NAMS PERFORMS AT THE NATIONAL HORSE AND CATTLE SHOW

Pakistan’s biggest cultural event, the Horse and Cattle Show 2015 was celebrated at Fortress Stadium, Lahore.  Nazir Ahmad Music Society of GC University Lahore was invited to sing National Anthem by the Government of Punjab. The President of Pakistan was the Chief Guest on the first day of the show. The NAMS performed the National Anthem on all the three days of the show. The President of Pakistan conferred the cash award and the certificates for the performers of National Anthem.

Prof. (Meritorious) Dr. Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GC University Lahore congratulated the NAMS members for performing in the show and clinching cash award from the president of Pakistan.

(09-03-2015)

 

Chinese Educationists delegation visits GCU

A delegation of Chinese education experts visited GC University Lahore and met with Prof. (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Izaz I Kamal Vice Chancellor GC University Lahore to discuss the scope of collaborations between GCU and Chinese universities. The six-member delegation, led by Beijing Municipal Education Commission (BMEC) Deputy Director General Zheng Degnwen, also included Capital Normal University, China Vice President Shen Qainfan, Beijing International Education Exchange Center Director Gu Taingang, Xicheng District Commission of Education Vice Director Zhang Yanjun and Chinese Embassy, Islamabad Cultural Attache Simin Chen.

The Chinese delegation discussed with Prof. Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman GCU VC in detail the scope for students and faculty exchange programs, joint research projects and academic programs. The meeting also deliberated upon the issues related to language and cultural barriers.  Speaking on the occasion, Zheng Degnwen shared good news that a large number of scholarships were available for Pakistani students for studying in Beijing universities. He also pledged to provide scholarships to GCU students for exchange programs with Beijing universities. Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman said that GCU had active academic linkages with seven Chinese universities and was looking forward for new faculty and student exchange programs. He also said that GCU had recently established a Chinese Studies Centre to promote an understanding about Chinese culture and language among Pakistani students.

(05-03-2015)

Newly-elected Executive Committee of ORU Takes Oath

The newly-elected executive committee of Old Ravians’ Union (ORU) pledged to play an active role in development of GC University Lahore especially in the areas of supporting deserving students and setting up facilities in the University’s new campus at Kala Shah Kaku. Eminent Old Ravian Industrialist Syed Babar Ali was the Chief Guest at the inaugural function of the union’s new executive committee, led by Walled City Authority Director General Kamran Lashari. Prof. (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GC University Lahore also graced the ceremony as the Guest of Honor.

Addressing on the occasion, Prof. (Meritorious) Dr. Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman GCU VC appreciated the dedication and attachment of Old Ravians with their alma mater, saying that they had guided us and showed great involvement in the restoration of the University’s main building. He said that it was being restored to original condition to the maximum possible extent with a special grant by Old Ravian Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.

Addressing the ceremony, Syed Babar Ali lauded the achievements of his alma mater in the realms of science and academics and wished to see the wider role of GCU in sports. “GCU is our pride and it must be as excellent in sports as in research, academics and co-curricular activities,” he added. He also lauded the services of ORU President Kamran Lashari in beautifying Lahore and Islamabad. ORU President Kamran Lashari laid a stress on promotion of cultural heritage in the country. “In the second world, Churchill had refused to divert funds from the cultural heritage to war, saying that then what we are fighting for?” Kamran Lashari added.   ORU Honorary Secretary Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt said that the main role ORU was to support the faculty and administration of the university for the development of their alma mater and it would continue play its role effectively. He remembered that Syed Babar Ali was the first Old Ravian to donate one million rupees to the University’s Endowment Fund Trust. Later, Syed Babar Ali presented shields to the outgoing executive committee of ORU.

(02-03-2015)

IPR declares INNOVATION AWARD FOR GCU

The Institute of Research Promotion (IRP) announced the Innovation Award 2015 for GC University Lahore for development of new process for production of Double Super Phosphate using indigenous phosphate rock. The award was announced by IRP Chief Executive Abid H.K Shirwani during the visit of Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) Steering Committee on Education to GCU for strengthening industry-academia linkages. A tri-party memorandum of understanding was also signed during the visit among the IRP, GCU and a reputed chemical industry for promotion of research for sustainable economic development in the country. The University’s Double Super Phosphate is a superior phosphate and preferred over single super phosphate content because of high phosphorus content.

Briefing the LCCI delegation, Prof. (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GC University Lahore said that the United States produced three hundred thousands of tonnes high phosphorus content per year for their indigenous need, while Pakistan was not producing a single tonne because of non-availability of a cheap source of phosphoric acid. However, he said that GCU scientists had developed the Double Super Phosphate using indigenous phosphate rock instead of phosphoric acid. The innovation award will be given to the University at the Fourth Invention to Innovation Summit 2015. He also expressed that the research should not stay buried in journals and must be utilised by the indigenous industry for the economic development of the country. He said that GCU science departments especially the department of Chemistry were actively working with the local industry and providing solutions and processes according their needs. He, however, said that the country’s industrialists were needed to trust and support the country’s academia instead of importing readymade solutions and technologies for their industry.

IRP CEO Abid H.K Shirwani, appreciating the GCU’s initiatives in the realm of research and development, said that all universities in Pakistan were needed to shift their focus from theoretical to practical research. Talking about the commercialization of research, Abid H.K Shirwani suggested that the academia should develop research topics of postgraduate students in consultation with industry, for which, he said, LCCI was playing an active role. On his request, Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman nominated GCU Chemistry Department Chairperson Dr Adnan a permanent coordinator of GCU to LCCI body on education.  Addressing the meeting, Abrar Ahmad, the CEO of a reputed chemical industry, announced sponsoring 15 postgraduate research projects to the university’s students. The meeting also discussed in detail matters related to internships of students in various local industries. The LCCI committee also announced arranging educational trip of GCU students to the relevant industries all across the country, so that they could identify industry problems and needs.

(02-03-2015)

 

GCU KSK Campus development begins this year

The development work on 400-acre Kala Shah Kaku (KSK) campus of GC University Lahore is going to begin this year, said Prof. (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU Lahore. He revealed that master plan and all engineering designs of the campus had been recently approved by the Higher Education Commission, and it was anticipated that the development work on the campus would begin very soon. He expressed extreme gratitude to Prime Minister of Pakistan Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif for an initial grant for development of the new campus of his alma mater. He said National Economic Council, the Government of Pakistan, had also approved the GCU KSK Campus Project and included it in its Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) 2014-15.  

Prof. (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU Lahore said that the University had finalized master plan of the 400 acre campus in a record time which included engineering designs of buildings, roads infrastructure, water supply and sewerage system and electric supply and other necessary facilities. He said that the GCU new campus would be a landmark achievement in higher education sector of the country and would provide modern education to 25,000 students of the country. He said that science laboratories of the new campus would be designed to meet the needs for the next 50 years.

(27-02-2015)

GCU SETS NATIONAL RECORD OF getting three US patents

GC University Lahore has set an unprecedented national record of getting three United States patents in a short period of two years in the fields of Chemistry, Nanotechnology and Environmental Sciences. The United States Patent and Trademark Office patented the university’s ‘analytical grade salt’, ‘nano-leucite for slow release nitrogen fertiliser and green environment’ and ‘zinc oxide nanoflakes for treatment of pollutants’. The analytical grade slat, invited by a team of the university’s scientists led by Dr Muhammad Akhyar Farrukh, is the world’s purest salt having purity level of 99.7 percent, whereas the best analytical grade slat being used by the reputed multinational pharmaceutical companies in the world have the purity level of just 99.5 percent. The University’s scientists made the salt from the rock salt of Khewra mines.

Prof. (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GC University Lahore said that Pakistan could make billions of tonnes of this analytical grade salt and export it to the world for its use in medicines. He said that Pakistan, despite having all the resources, was an underdeveloped country because they exported raw material to the world and then imported the products made from their raw material. He said that indigenous industries had to cooperate with universities for the development of the country. He expressed that the university’s scientists had also got the United States patents for developing zinc oxide nanoflakes which had the great ability to filter the polluted waste of the indigenous textile industry.

Talking about the University’s nano-fertiliser which produces healthier food and increases the crop yield, Prof. Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman said that they were evaluating the offers of various fertiliser industries for initiating its commercial production. He also said that with the increase in the international collaborations, research output, postgraduate programs and faculty and student strength, GCU had made a debut in the world ranking of universities.  A Turkish Informatics Centre, that issued world ranking of universities every year, included GCU for the very first time in world’s best universities. Even, the several departments of the university are included in the world’s best 1,000. He revealed that the university was expecting another patent in the coming weeks which was at its last stages with the US Patent office.

(25-02-2015)

 

GCU turns into large-size university

GC University, Lahore has become a large-size university as per the Higher Education Commission criteria as its overall student strength almost doubled in the last three years. Earlier, the university fell in the category of medium-size universities. The overall student strength of the university has increased from 6,200 in year 2011 to 11,557 in year 2014 due to the increase in postgraduate programs. Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU said that as many as 27 new postgraduate programs were initiated by the university in the last three years which included PhD Computer Sciences, PhD Applied Physics, PhD Islamic Studies, MPhil Applied Physics, MS Industrial Psychology, MSc Physical Education and other postgraduate academic programs related to forensic sciences. According to the HEC rules, the universities with more than 7,000 students lie in the category of large-size University.

(23-02-2015)

GCU proud of its alumni’s role in country’s uplift: Vice Chancellor

GC University Lahore is proud of its alumni who have always played their role for the development of the country and their achievements at the national and international levels bring glory to their alma mater, said Prof. (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU Lahore while addressing the oath-taking ceremony of the Ravian Quiz Society. He said that Ravians made Pakistan atomic power, while the missile technology was also designed by a team of Ravians. He proudly said that Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, Army Chief Raheel Sharif and Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif were Old Ravians and had a great love for their alma mater. Prof. Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman said that he had increased the budget of student activities by 400 percent so that ample opportunities and activities were generated for the personality development and grooming of students. He said that he always asked teachers to encourage questioning, difference of opinion and argument, besides teaching tolerance to students; tolerance towards the faith, beliefs, religion and ideas of other people. He also said that the University had also upgraded its research and facilities with the increase the overall strength of its students.

Later, Prof. Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman administrated oath to the new executive committee of the Ravians Quiz Society.     

(19-02-2015)

 

Vice Chancellor’s exclusive interview with Daily Nawa-i-Waqt dated: 18-02-2015

(18-02-2015)

 

GCU student strength increases to 11,557: Vice Chancellor

The overall student strengthen of GC University, Lahore has increased to 11,557 from around 6,000 in a short span of three years with the increase in postgraduate programmes, said Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor while addressing the foundation-laying ceremony of the new state-of-the-art ‘Student Facility Centre’ being established on the university’s campus to provide information and facilities to students, applicants and parents under one roof. Speaking on the occasion, the Vice Chancellor also announced upgrading the university’s Career & Guidance Cell to the Career & Guidance Bureau which would give attention to every student of the university and guide him about his future endeavours by identifying his talent, interests and skills.

Prof Rahman said that he had added more than thirty new classrooms, lecture theatres, meeting rooms and offices on this small campus of the university in the last three years, and now they were really facing space shortage and looking forward to the Kala Shah Kaku Campus. “Now, even the Higher Education Commission considers us as a large-size university, while three years back we fell into the category of medium-size university,” he added. He said that GCU had initiated as many as 27 new postgraduate programmes in the last three years which also included three PhD Computer Sciences and PhD Islamic Studies. He also said that the university would soon launch the law degree programmes and arrangements in this regard were also being completed.

Talking about the Student Facility Centre, Prof Rahman said that the centre being built from the university resources would be completely computerised and would have the capacity to facilitate more than 60 students at one time. He said the university received about 40 applications against the admission on one seat.

 Dr Muhammad Akhyar Farrukh Registrar, Lt Col (r) Bilal Ahmad Campus Engineer and heads of all academic department’s attended the foundation-laying ceremony.

(13-02-2015)

 

Pak Army trains GCU security guards

Pakistan Army provided a professional training to the security guards of GC University Lahore for arms-handling and firing. Prof. (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU Lahore also participated in the training program to encourage his security guards and later held a formal meeting with 106 Brigade Commander Brigadier Akif Iqbal at GCU to express gratitude to the Pakistan Army for their support and assistance to the University. Mr. Yousaf Bashir Director Facilities was also present on the occasion. Prof. Dr. Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman GCU VC said that it was great pride for the Government College, Lahore that it was the alma mater of army men of like Major Shabbir Sharif Shaheed who is the only solider ever who received both the Sitara-e-Jurat and Nishan-e-Haider for his bravery. He proudly told that both Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Army Chief Raheel Sharif were also Old Ravians and paid great respect and love for their alma mater. Talking to Prof. Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman, Brigadier Akif Iqbal assured that Pakistan Army would provide every possible support to GC University Lahore.

Later, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman presented a shield to Brigadier Akif Iqbal as a token of gratitude to Pakistan Army for providing training to the security guards of the University.

 

(09-02-2015)

 

 

Engineering Cell wins GCU Staff cricket tournament

 

The Engineering Cell of GC University Lahore won the second Staff Inter-departmental Cricket Tournament 2015 defeating the team of Director Facilities in the final by four wickets. As many as 14 teams took part in the tournament. Prof. (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GC University Lahore was the Chief Guest at the final match, while Registrar Dr Muhammad Akhyar Farrukh, Campus Engineer Lt Col (r) Bilal Ahmed and Director Facilities Yousaf Bashir were also present on the occasion.

 

Addressing the prize distribution ceremony, Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman GCU VC said that sports ended discrimination among staff and united them as team which ultimately enhanced their performance and dedication. He pledged that they would continue to organize such healthy recreational activities for staff members, so that they do their work with more commitment and dedication. He applauded the efforts of secretary organizing committee, Atif Aslam, and other members of organizing team for successfully holding the tournament in which staff members from the rank of Treasurer to Junior Clerk and Naib Qasid participated. He said all staff members were equal and were like family members to one another.

 

Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman GCU VC also expressed best wishes for the victory of Pakistan team in the world cup.

 

(06-02-2015)

 

 

VICE CHANCELLOR UPGRADED RFS AS UNIVERSITY’S LEVEL SOCIETY

 

Prof. Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GC University Lahore upgraded the Ravian Forensic Society (RFS) as the university’s level and allocated a special budget for the trainings and other academic and co-curricular activities of the society. 

 

Addressing the RFS oath-taking ceremony, Prof. Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman GCU VC said that forensic science was a multidisciplinary subject and students from all departments especially psychology should take interest in it. He proudly said that GCU Chemistry Department had a very strong and active collaboration with the Punjab Forensic Science Agency (PFSA) and it had a taken lead by introducing a new and highly demand-driven post-graduate program, MS Forensic Chemistry, which offered latest insights into techniques and technology for crime scene investigation. He said that the postgraduate program was designed to benefit in-service professionals associated with the professions of law, police, intelligence agencies, print and electronic media, and freshmen who were interested to pursue their career as forensic experts.

 

Later, the Vice Chancellor administered oath to the newly-elected executive committee of the society.

 

(04-02-2015)

 

Notification

 (23.01.2015)

 

 

CONDOLENCE

 

Prof Fiza ur Rehman Khan, the former principal of Government College, Lahore, passed away at the age of 94. A large number of faculty members, students and Old Ravians attended the funeral prayers. GC University Lahore Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman, Old Ravians Union President Kamran Lashari and faculty members have offered their deep condolences on the sad demise of Prof Fiza ur Rehman Khan who headed the Government College, Lahore for seven years from 1974 to 1981. Prof Fiza ur Rehman Khan was known as excellent administrator, competent teacher and a economist of repute. Besides initiating a large of development works for GC, he had also established several student societies for character building and personality development of students.

 

In his condolence message to the bereaved family, the Vice Chancellor 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.

 (06.01.2015)

 

GCU to commercialize its Nano-Fertilizer: VC

The GC University, Lahore will commercialise its newly-invented Nano Fertilizer that produces healthy food by protecting nutrients and significantly increases the crop yield, it was revealed by Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor while talking to media.

The Vice Chancellor said that a copy of the patent “Nano-Leucite Fertilizer” had been issued to GCU by the United States Patent and Trademark Office and now the university’s Directorate of Research, Innovation and Commercialization was tasked with setting up contacts with noted national and international fertilizer companies for the future collaboration. 

Prof Rahman said there was a dire need that ingenuous innovations and inventions were transformed into technology by the industry, so that Pakistan could develop and emerge on the world map as prosperous nation. He highlighted the economic and health benefits of using the “Nano-Leucite Fertilizer”. He also highlighted the untiring efforts of the group of scientists led by Dr Muhammad Akhyar Farrukh, an associate professor of chemistry, for developing the fertilizer which is a revolution for green environment as it ensures minimum nutrient loss in food and increases overall production. He said that keep in view the global food crisis, it was necessary to increase the food production. “Fertilizers which are in practice now have a major disadvantage that 50 percent of nutrient contents loss due to leaching and also leads to ground water contamination. He said that Nano-Leucite Fertilizer was a specialized slow release nitrogenous fertilizer in which they had a minimum nutrient loss due to leaching.

He said that GCU was playing its role for development of science and technology in the country. He said that two more patents of GCU scientists were also under process with the US Patent Office. He said that all universities in Pakistan were needed to work as incubators for inventions and innovations and industry needed to transform these inventions and innovations into technology for economic prosperity. 

 (03.01.2015)

 

 

 

US grants patent to GCU Nano-Fertilizer

 

The GC University, Lahore scientists got the honor to have the first international achievement of 2015 as the United States Patent and Trademark Office granted a patent to the University’s Nano Fertilizer that produces healthy food and significantly increases the crop yield. It was revealed by the Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor through a notification to the University’s academic and administrative heads including Director, Research Innovation and Commercialization who will forward it to the country’s leading fertilizer industries for future collaboration.

 

The “Nano-Leucite Fertilizer” invented by a group of GCU young scientists led by Dr Muhammad Akhyar Farrukh, an associate professor of chemistry, is a revolution for green environment as it ensures minimum nutrient loss in food and increases overall production.

Vice Chancellor Prof Rahman said that keep in view the global food crisis, it is necessary to increase the food production. “Fertilizers which are in practice now have a major disadvantage that 50 percent of nutrient contents loss due to leaching and also leads to ground water contamination. He said that Nano-Leucite Fertilizer, invented by the GCU scientists, is a specialized slow release nitrogenous fertilizer in which they have a minimum nutrient loss due to leaching. To be more scientific, he said that Potassium Aluminum Silicate (Leucite) nanoparticles occluded by calcium ammonium nitrates are slow release fertilizers and are synthesized by hydrothermal method.

 

The vice chancellor said stage had come at GCU where young scientists were talking about innovations and inventions. However, he said, there was dire need that these innovations and inventions were transformed into technology by the industry, so that Pakistan could develop and emerge on the world map as prosperous nation. He proudly said Dr Akhyar Farrukh, representing GCU, had got third US patent to his credit.

Prof Rahman expressed gratitude to Higher Education Commission (HEC) for their support for registering the patent at the international level.

 

Dr Akhyar Farrukh did his Vice Chancellor credit for the patent, saying that this prestigious achievement was impossible without the expert advices by Prof Khaleeq-ur-Rahman as nanotechnologist, but he didn’t take any credit for it. It is also pertinent to mention here that Prof Rahman and Dr Farrukh are also inventors of two nano-drugs used for fighting fatal infections.   

 

Dr Farrukh said GCU was establishing another state-of-the-art nanotechnology laboratory at GCU which would further enhance the research in this technically important filed.

 (02.01.2015)

 

 

GOVERNMENT COLLEGE UNIVERSITY LAHORE TURNS 151 YEARS OLD

 

Government College University Lahore, the oldest seat of higher learning in Pakistan, has turned 151-year-old. The academic travel which had started in Haveli (palace) of Dhian Singh in the Walled City on January 1, 1864 with just nine students and three teachers completed its 151 years of excellence.

Prof. (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU Lahore announced holding the Founders’ Day celebrations with simplicity due to the prevailing sadness and grief in the country due to the massacre of innocent children in a terrorist attack at the Army Public School in Peshawar. The university also postponed concluding ceremony of the university’s 150 years celebrations and other scheduled festivities. Talking to academic heads at the university’s syndicate committee room, Prof Dr Khaleeq-ur-Rahman said that terrorists could not deter them from their journey to enlightenment. He said a grand ceremony would be held in February 2015 to conclude the GCU sesquicentennial celebrations. He said that 2014 had remained overall year of splendid academic, research and co-curricular achievements for GCU. He proudly said that the university hosted 24 prestigious international conferences last year which was a national record.   He told the academic heads that restoration work on the historical clock-tower building of GCU was underway with a special grant by the Prime Minister. He said historical records showed that the building was completed in 1877 on 3700 square feet in the north of Soldiers Garden (Gol Bagh) with a cost of just Rs 320,000/-.

 

GCU VC accompanied by Teaching and Administrative

Heads is cutting the cake.

 

Talking further about the history of GCU, Dr. Khaleeq-ur-Rahman said that in 1864, the Government College, Lahore 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 GC University Lahore. He said the college was established on the pattern of Cambridge and Oxford and it was available in historical records that it was decided that all students of this college would be given 10 to 15 rupees scholarship annually. In the first year, the fee of the college was Rs2 annually, which was deducted from the scholarships of the student. Keeping in view this very historical perspective of this educational institution, he had slashed the students’ fee by almost 23 percent in 2011 and didn’t increase it for the next three years. He proudly said that Poet of East Allama Muhammad Iqbal, Faiz Ahmad Faiz, N.M Rashid, Patras Bukhari, Ashfaq Ahmad, Bano Qudsia; Nobel Laureate Prof Dr Abdus Salam, former chief justice M. R. Kyani, former chief justice Naseem Hassan Shah, Justice (r) Javed Iqbal, Justice (r) Khalil-ur-Rahman Ramday and Justice (r) Khawja Muhammad Sharif were Old Ravains. He said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Army Chief General Raheel Sharif were also Old Ravians. Prof. Dr. Khaleeq-ur-Rahman paid rich tribute to the efforts of Dr Leitner, the first Principal of GC. 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.

 (02.01.2015)

 

GC University organises Seerat-un-Nabi (PBUH) Conference

GC University Lahore organised the Seerat-un-Nabi (PBUH) Conference to express deep reverence on the birthday of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). Prof. (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GC University Lahore chaired the conference which was also addressed by GCU Islamic Studies Department Chairperson Prof Dr Sultan Shah, Mufti Muhammad Ramzan and Hafiz Khursheed Qadri.

Addressing on the occasion, Prof Dr. Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU Lahore said that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) gave the world a model social and economic setup and Muslims can adopt this setup just through acting upon the Sunnah. He said that being Muslims we should be loyal to our work and colleagues. He called Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) role model for all Muslims, adding that one can become the best human being and bring reforms in the society only by following the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). He also lauded the efforts of the university’s non-gazetted staff for organising the Seerat-un-Nabi (PBUH) Conference.

Later, the Vice Chancellor gave away certificates and shields to guest speakers and organisers.

 (31-12-2014)

 

 

GC University SIGNs ACCORD with SUPARCO TO PROMOTE SATELLITE TECHNOLOGY 

 

The Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) signed an accord with GC University Lahore to promote satellite technology and involve the University’s students in developing indigenous designs and units for the Pakistan National Student Satellite (PNSS). Prof. (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GC University Lahore and SUPARCO Chairman Major General (r) Ahmed Bilal signed the memorandum of understanding in a graceful meeting at the GCU Meeting Room. SUPRACO Deputy Chief Manager Shakeel Zahid, GCU Dean Prof Dr Islam Ullah Khan, Professor Rafi Chair  Dr Muhammad Zakria Butt, Director Academic Planning and External Links Ms Fauzia Shaheen, Dr Muhammad Saleem, Dr Junaid Zafar and Dr Ali Iqtidar Mirza were also present on the occasion. As per the seven-point accord, GCU and SUPARCO will collaborate for designing and development of Power Control Unit, Power Distribution Unit, Battery Unit and Solar Panel Unit of PNSS, for which the commission will also provide adequate financial resources and technical assistance. 

 

Speaking on the occasion, Maj Gen (r) Ahmed Bilal said that SUPACRO would also hold special tutoring sessions to enhance the capacity of the University’s students and faculty members to undertake the satellite projects in the future with more independence. He hoped that GCU students would take a lead and play a key role in developing the country’s first national student satellite. The SUPARCO chairman said the developed countries were holding symposiums on ‘entrepreneurship in space’, so Pakistan had to work hard in the field of space technology for next eight to ten years to come at par with the other Asian countries like China and India. He also said that “If we wish excel in space science, our universities will have to work as incubators for inventions and innovations.” He also asked the university’s scientists to design research projects that needed zero gravity environment. He said that there would be a lot of funding at the international level for such projects in the near future. He pledged that SUPARCO would also work for the collaboration of GCU Engineering, Geography, Computer Sciences and Chemistry Departments with Chinese and Malaysian universities which were undertaking research projects in the field of space science.    

 

Speaking on the occasion, Prof Dr Khaleeq ur Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU Lahore briefed the SUPARCO chairman and technical team about the various projects which were successfully completed by the university’s students and faculty members in the last couple of years. He proudly told the SUPARCO that GCU Chemistry Department had more than seven US patents to their credits in the recent years. The Vice Chancellor on the recommendation of SUPARCO chairman announced forming the Astronomy Society at the university level to create the interest of GCU students in space sciences.  Besides the technical support, SUPARCO will also provide a telescope and other basic equipment for the GCU Astronomy Society.

 

Later, Prof. Dr. Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU Lahore presented souvenirs to the SUPRACO delegation.

 (30-12-2014)

 

 

BALOCHISTAN TEACHERS VISIT GC UNIVERSITY LAHORE

 

A delegation of Balochistan Professors and Lecturers Association (BPLA) accompanied by Mohammad Yousaf, General Secretary, BPLA visited GC University Lahore. The purpose of the visit was to get awareness of ongoing 150 years celebrations of the University. The visit was organized by the University’s Department of Geography. The delegate also met with Prof. (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GC University Lahore. The delegation visited different venues of the University and they were given a lucid briefing about the resources and services being utilized. They were also briefed about various projects.

 

Talking to the delegate, Prof Rahman GCU VC said, “We are all Pakistanis and we have to serve our motherland without considering our castes, sects and personal interests. We should stand united to counter conspiracies of our enemies against our motherland and to represent Pakistan at the world level. The delegation lauded the facilities being given to students at GCU, saying GCU had the most beautiful campus in the country.

(24-12-2014)

 

 

Peshawar carnage united us as nation: GCU Vice Chancellor

 

Terrorists can’t deter us from our journey to enlightenment. The massacre of innocent school-children in Peshawar has united us as nation and opened new vistas of national integration, peace and prosperity, said Prof. (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GC University Lahore while addressing a condolence reference at GC University Lahore in the memory of martyrs of terrorist attack in Army Public School in Peshawar. The Vice Chancellor hoped that sacrifice offered by the school children in Peshawar would go down in the history as a unique turning point which had bounded together the socio-political forces in the country.

 

The Vice Chancellor offered deep condolences to the bereaved parents and the relatives of martyred teachers and army personals. He condemned the brutal assassins who had no elegance to civilization, religion or ethics at all. He said that there could possibly be no justification for such heinous act which had shattered the strongest of persons without exception. He urged the students to not let their spirits be dampened ever and asked them to dedicate their best of energies for development of their country. Students and teachers of also held a candlelight vigil to show solidarity with the martyred and grieved families.      

(18-12-2014)

 

 

Int’l moot on environment begins at GC University Lahore

 

A two-day international conference on “Environment and Sustainable Development” began at GC University Lahore under the auspices of the university’s Sustainable Development Study Centre (SDSC) and Higher Education Commission (HEC). Prof. (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GC University Lahore chaired the inaugural session of the conference, while eminent Turkish environmentalist Dr Esra Yel, Punjab University GIS Director Prof Dr Sajid Rasheed and conference Focal Person Dr Amtul Bari Tabinda were also present on the occasion.

 

In her opening remarks, Dr Tabinda said that sustainable development was a unique approach that integrated environment, economics and society in such a way that humans could fulfill their present needs without jeopardizing the needs of their future generations. He said that the SDSC conference on “environment and sustainable development” was aimed at establishing a thematic networking among researchers, environmentalists and policy makers, along with the reinforcement of collaboration between educational and industrial sector.    

 

Speaking on the occasion, Prof Rahman GCU Vice Chancellor hoped that the conference would bring to light the country’s environmental problems and their global diversification, along with the ways to solve these issues. He said environment was multi-disciplinary subject and a good environmentalist must be good chemist, good physicist and good botanist. He also called upon the conference’s organizing to publish proceedings of the conference as per the best international standards.

 

Presenting a case study on Lahore, Ismet Savuk, a solid waste management expert from Turkey, said Lahore was the most populated and most difficult city of Punjab province with regard to solid waste management. He laid a stress on social awareness and not even esthetically but also for physical participation in remediation and management of solid wastes. 

 

About 200 research papers on the topics of ‘Climate Change’, ‘Solid Waste Management’, ‘Toxicology’ ‘Air Pollution’, ‘Alternative Energy’, ‘Environmental Management’, ‘Biodiversity and Ecology’, ‘Wastewater Management’, ‘Environmental Microbiology’, and ‘Geographical Information System’ will be presented at the six technical sessions of the conference.

(17-12-2014)

 

 

 

Blood Camp for the Peshawar’s injured held at GCU Lahore

 

A blood camp was held at the New Hostel of the GC University Lahore under the auspices of Fatimid Foundation for the injured victims of terrorist attacks at the Army Public School in Peshawar. Hundreds of students donated blood at the camp which was established right after the appeal for the blood donations on the media for injured victims.

 

Prof. (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GC University Lahore, faculty members and students strongly condemned the horrific terrorist attack and said that they all are deeply grieved and stand united with the government and armed forces.

(17-12-2014)

 

 

GCU shines in wall-climbing contest

 

GC University Lahore Hiking and Mountaineering Club (GCU HMC) shined at the All Pakistan Wall Climbing Championship organized by the Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) at the Climbing Arena DHA Lahore. Ravians secured overall two medals in the championship. GCU student Zain Ashfaq secured the second position, while Rehmat Amin, another Ravian, clinched the third position in the wall climbing championship. Prof (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU Lahore congratulated them on securing positions in the All Pakistan Wall Climbing Championship. He said HMC was one of the prides of GCU and it kept students busy in healthy recreational activities throughout the year. 

 

(17-12-2014)

 

 

Course on Arabic language concludes at GC UNIVERSITY LAHORE

 

A three-month short course on Arabic language concluded at GC University Lahore under the auspices of Arabic and Islamic Studies Department. Prof. (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GC University Lahore was the chief guest at the certificate distribution ceremony, while Arabic and Islamic Studies Department Chairperson Prof Dr Sultan Shah was also present on the occasion. About 30 students and teachers successfully completed the course. The Vice Chancellor appreciated that teachers and several colleges and schools also participated in the course.     

(17-12-2014)

 

GC University holds Blood Donation Camp

 

GC University Lahore students and faculty members donated 207 pints of blood for children suffering from thalassemia at a two-day camp organised by the university’s Blood Donor Society (GCU BDS) and Fatimid Foundation at the university’s Faiz Seminar Hall.

 

Prof (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU Lahore visited the camp and appreciated the efforts of GCU BDS. Speaking on the occasion, the vice chancellor called upon the organizers to ensure that the blood was transfused to the thalassemia patients after proper screening as per the best medical standards. He also urged the Fatimid Foundation to provide the donors reports of their blood tests. Talking to students, the vice chancellor also highlighted the importance of voluntary blood donation in protecting precious human lives. He also appreciated the donation of blood by the faculty members.

(12-12-2014)

 

ORU EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETS GCU VICE CHANCELLOR

 

The newly-elected executive committee of Old Ravians Union (ORU) led by President Kamran Lashari met with Prof. (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GC University Lahore at the university’s syndicate committee room. ORU Honorary Secretary Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt and Secretary General Mian Muhammad Cachchar were also present on the occasion.

 

Talking to Old Ravians, GCU Vice Chancellor urged them to play a more active role in the development of their alma mater and raising scholarships for the financially-challenged students of the university. He also told the ORU Executive Committee about the restoration work on the historical tower building and other development of GCU. The committee inspected the restoration work and paid glowing tributes to the efforts of university’s administration for preserving this great historical building for the future generations. Speaking on the occasion, ORU President Kamran Lashari expressed gratitude to the GCU VC for his extraordinary support to the union. He also said that Old Ravians across the world would be mobilized to raise funds for the university’s deserving students.  He said that thousands of eminent Old Ravians from all over world had attended the ORU week-long celebrations in connection with the GCU 150 years celebrations which was an indication of their love with their alma mater.

 

(09-12-2014)

 

Warid Telecom donates Rs 1m to GCU EFT

 

The Warid Telecom donated Rs 10,00,000 to the GC University Lahore Endowment Fund Trust (GCU EFT) for initiating a golden scholarship for financially-challenged students. Warid Telecom officials handed over the cheque to Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor at a graceful ceremony at the GCU Syndicate Committee Room. GCU EFT Executive Committee Secretary Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt was also present. It was the consecutive third year that Warid has initiated scholarships for GCU students.

 

Speaking on the occasion, Prof Khaleeq-ur-Rahman said that there was a dire need that noted companies like Warid should come forward and support quality education in Pakistan. He said that the world over universities had come forward by establishing their endowment funds with the help of their old students and corporate sector. “Harvard University has an endowment fund worth billions of dollars,” he added. However, he said that GCU was the only public sector university in Pakistan which had an active endowment fund giving scholarships to deserving students.

 

Warid Telecom officials said that Warid was not just a telecom company but a “life ka network” and the youth was the most important part of this network. He said that GCU was an international standard institution in Pakistan and it was a privilege to support the bright students of such an esteemed educational institution.

(26-11-2014)

 

 

GCU honors position-holders

 

Pakistan needs quality human capital and a degree-holder sans ability and skills is a burden on the society, said Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor while addressing a ceremony in the honor of positions-holders of GC University, Lahore in the Lahore Board Intermediate Examinations 2014. Prof Dr Islam Ullah Khan Dean Faculty of Science and Technology,  Dr Muhammad Akhyar Farrukh Registrar and parents of position-holders also attended the ceremony.

 

Speaking on the occasion, the Vice Chancellor said that Pakistan needed graduates which could put it on a path leading to social, industrial and economic development. He also laid a particular stress on improving the quality of graduates being passed out from various educational institutions of Pakistan. Prof Rahman said also called upon students who are studying at GCU on scholarships and financial-aid to pay back these scholarships to their alma mater after entering into their professional life, so that more students could benefit from them. He said it was their moral responsibility and no letter would be written to them for this purpose.

 

Addressing the ceremony, Prof Dr Haroon Qadir Controller Examinations took pride in revealing that besides 11 positions; more than 80 percent of GCU students, especially in Pre-medical and pre-engineering groups secured A and A+ grades in the intermediate examinations. He said no other educational institution in Pakistan showed such excellence in the intermediate results.

 

Talking to the vice chancellor, the position holders termed their stay at the Government College Lahore as “golden days of his life.” Later, the Vice Chancellor gave away prizes and shields to the Ravian position-holders.

(26-11-2014)

 

 

QEC-GCU HOLDS CANCER AWARENESS SEMINAR

 

Ignorance is fatal while awareness is power; about 75 percent of breast cancer victims in Pakistan come to hospital at the last stage while this ratio is only 10 percent in the western countries, said oncologists while addressing an awareness seminar on breast cancer at GC University Lahore. About 600 students attended the seminar held under the auspices of the university’s Quality Enhancement Cell and Surgical Oncology Society Pakistan. Prof. (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GC University Lahore also met with the oncologists and laid a stress on initiating indigenous research projects on advanced biology, lasers, MRIs and cancer medicines. He said that GCU would continue to arrange awareness campaigns for the health of its students, as a healthy body was essential for a healthy mind.

 

Addressing the seminar, eminent clinical oncologist Prof Muhammad Arshad Cheema said that there was frightening increase in the ratio of breast cancer in Pakistan, and now every 8th woman in the country was at the risk of suffering from this fatal disease. However, he said that awareness about this cancer was near to nil. He called upon the students to spread the awareness about this fatal disease in their families and neighbors with a core message that “early detection is the best prevention against cancer. The GCU female students were briefed in detail about the signs and symptoms of breast cancer and methods of self-examination. In reply to question from a student, the clinical oncologist said that all women were at risk of developing breast cancer, while the factor that put some women at greater risk was family histories of breast cancer.

 

Speaking on the occasion, Iram Sohail Director Quality Enhancement Cell GCU Lahore said that communication was critical to decreasing cancer-related stigmas and raising awareness.  “Breast cancer is not just a disease that strikes at a woman; rather it strikes at the very heart of all those who are associated with us; our children, our family etc” she added. She also briefed the students about the history of pink ribbon camping which had been started in 1992.

 

(25-11-2014)

 

CULTURAL SHOW HELD FOR PARTICIPANTS OF PHYSICS CONFERENCE AT GCU LAHORE

 

A cultural show was held at GC University Lahore for the participants of the international conference on “Physics and Contemporary Needs”. Prof. (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GC University Lahore hosted at the cultural show especially for the foreign delegates who came from China, UK, Hong Kong, Germany and Brazil to participate in the three-day conference.  University of Engineering and Technology Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Zubair A. Khan, Virtual University VC Prof Dr Naveed Malik, University of Education VC Prof Dr Faiz-ul-Hassan and conference chairman Prof Dr Muhammad Zakria Butt also attended the cultural evening that comprised of regional dance and music performances. The foreign delegates also enjoyed the Urdu and Punjabi songs.

 

Speaking on the occasion, Prof Rahman GCU VC said that GCU always held a dinner and cultural show at the concluding day of the conference to provide their students and faculty members a chance to informally interact with eminent scientists, adding that such interactions led to long term collaborations. The Vice Chancellor also introduced GCU Nazir Ahmed Music Society In-charge Tariq Khan Frani to the conference participants, saying he had been teaching music to their students as co-curricular activity for the last five decades. He said that the team GCU had been winning the All Pakistan Music Conference for the last many years consecutively. 

 

(24-11-2014)

 

Nobel Laureate paid tribute at GCU physics conference

 

Eminent physicists from all over Pakistan paid glowing tributes to Nobel Laureate Prof Dr Abdus Salam at the concluding day of the three-day international conference on “Physics and Contemporary Needs”. As November 21 was also the death anniversary of Eminent Physicist Dr Salam, the conference organizing committee, on the directions Prof. (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GC University Lahore attributed the concluding session of the conference to the life and contributions of the Pakistan’s best scientist ever produced. Besides humble upbringing, ambitions and achievements of the great scientist, the speakers at the conference also highlighted the interest of Dr Salam in poetry and Urdu literature. They said that Dr Abdus Salam got education from the Government College from 1942 to 1946 before getting admission in the Cambridge University. Later, after the establishment of Pakistan, Dr Abdus Salam taught at the Government College Lahore from 1951 to 1954.

 

Addressing the participants of the conference, Prof. (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GC University Lahore proudly said that GCU also had the honor of housing the original Noble Prize Certificate of Dr Abdus Salam, adding that it was the only Noble Prize Certificate in Pakistan. Prof Dr Katepalli R Sreenivasan, the Director of Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Italy, had gifted the original Nobel Prize Certificate of Dr Abdus Salam to GCU. Dr Salam had received the Nobel Prize Certificate from King Carl XVI Gustav of Swede on Dec 10, 1979 and the words written on the certificate are for their contributions to the theory of the unified weak and electromagnetic interaction between elementary particles, including, inter-alia, the prediction of the weak neutral current. The Vice Chancellor said that the Nobel Prize had been placed in GCUs Library Naqoosh Museum. “A large number of students daily get inspiration from the great achievement of Dr Abdus Salam, and I sincerely hope that Pakistan will soon produce more scientists like Abdus Salam who will surprise the world with their hard work, knowledge and talent. Prof Rahman also discussed the importance of the unification theory in physics.

 

Shields are being given away to the participants of Int'l Conference.

 

Speaking on the occasion, Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission Scientist (Emeritus) Prof Dr N. M Butt said that Prof Salam had always been very much concerned about the brain drain and decline of science in Pakistan and made serious efforts to promote the culture of research in the country. He said that he wanted to establish an international center for excellence in theoretical physics in the country but didn’t get the required support.  Talking about the conference, GCU Dean Faculty of Science and Technology Prof Dr Islam Ullah Khan said that said the quality of research papers presented was very high, adding that the researchers specially focus on Laser Physics, material Physics with good coverage from Theoretical Physics. He said that many emerging trends like ceramics and its medical application, nuclear physics and Quanta laser were also discussed at the technical sessions of the conference. Dr Muhammad Zakria Butt, the conference chairman and Professor Rafi Chair, said the outcomes of the conference would come in form of the new research projects and research publications in the world class journals. He said besides seven foreign delegates, about 300 physicists from all over Pakistan attended the conference, adding that the conference proceedings would be published as soon as possible and forwarded free-of-cost to all the participants, abstracting agencies and libraries.

 

(24-11-2014)

 

PHYSICS POSTER EXHIBITION HELD AT GC UNIVERSITY LAHORE

 

A physics poster exhibition was held at GC University Lahore on the second day of the international conference on “Physics and Contemporary Needs”. Prof. (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU Lahore inaugurated the poster exhibition comprised of 50 research papers of postgraduate scholars participating in the three-day conference.

 

Speaking on the occasion, Prof Rahman GCU VC said that poster exhibition was the unique feature of international science conferences at GCU, and those young scholars, who didn’t get chance to read their papers at the conference due to shortage of time, presented their paper in the form of posters. He said that these poster exhibitions didn’t only increase the presentation skills of researchers but also provided them a chance to discuss scope of their research with the eminent national and foreign scientists. He said that Pakistani students had a great potential and they were doing quality research, which was at par with international standards. He laid a stress on mutual collaboration between the research and development organisations, departments and universities, saying that it was not possible for single department to have all the necessary equipment and research facilities. 

 

Dr Muhammad Zakria Butt, the Conference Chairman and Professor Rafi Chair, said that more than 30 eminent physicists from all over Pakistan also read their papers at the four technical sessions of the conference on the second. He also said that a culture evening would also be organized in the honor of the participants of the conference.

(21-11-2014)

INT’L MOOT ON PHYSICS AND CONTEMPORARY NEEDS KICKS OFF AT GCU LAHORE

A three-day international conference on “Physics and Contemporary Needs” began at GC University Lahore under the auspices of the university’s Physics Department, Centre for Advanced Studies in Physics (CASP), Rafi Chair and Higher Education Commission. Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran Vice Chancellor University of the Punjab Lahore was the chief guest at the opening ceremony of conference which comprised of ten technical sessions and two poster exhibitions.

In his keynote address, Prof Mujahid Kamran PU VC said that Pakistan was a country of 182 million people but it had GDP of just 225 million dollars, however, the USA had population of 330 million but its GDP was 16,000 to 17,000 billion dollars, and the major reason for this disparity was due to a fact that the USA had over the 150 years consistently invested in the creation of new knowledge. “The USA invests five to seven percent of their GDP on higher education and two to three percent on research and development, but unfortunately Pakistan does not spend more than two percent on higher education, and 0.1 percent of GDP on research and development,” he added.   He said that no change would come until or unless the government, at the highest level, understood that there was no shortcut to find an honorable place in the global arena and they had set their priorities right. He called upon the government to allocate four to five percent of GDP for higher education and to begin with at least one percent of GDP for research and development, saying that “then, the government would see the real difference.” He also highlighted that only 22 to 25 percent faculty in noted universities of Pakistan held the doctorate degree. However, he said that ideally, 90 percent of the faculty in universities must be PhD and it would certainly enhance the overall research output and production of new PhDs. He also congratulated GCU on completing 150 years of excellence, saying GCU was the pride of Pakistan, and Ravians had more civil awards to their credit than the students of any other educational institution of the country.

 

GCU VC presents Souvenir to PU VC.

A group of Conference poses for a group photo with GCU VC.

 

Speaking on the occasion, Prof. (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GC University Lahore highlighted a dire need for strong collaboration of academia with industry for the creation of new knowledge. He also mentioned that Pakistan had only one Nobel Laureate in the field of Physics who as an eminent Old Ravian, Prof Dr Abuds Salam. He also said that GCU CASP had played a very vital role in development of Physics in the country, adding that more than 60 experts who were the part of the team who carried out nuclear explosions in 1998 had been educated and trained at the Government College, Lahore. He said that the proceedings of this conference on physics would be published in one month time as per the best international standards and would be forwarded to the abstracting agencies.

In his opening remarks, Dr Muhammad Zakria Butt, the Conference Chairman and Professor Rafi Chair, said that the importance of physics was quite evident from its utilization in numerous areas ranging from home appliances to space exploration. He expressed a great pleasure that three Japanese physicists, this year, had received the Nobel Prize in Physics for inventing the new energy-efficient and environment friendly – the blue light – which had revolutionized the illumination technology. He proudly said that he had 50-year-long affiliation with GCU, adding that he had attended the centenary celebrations of GC as student in 1964 and 125 years celebrations as Director CASP in 1989.    Prof Dr Riaz Ahmad Chairperson Department of Physics GCU Lahore said that about 131 research papers would be presented at the conference which was also being attended by seven foreign physicists from Germany, China, UK, Austria and Brazil. He said that besides foreign experts, 300 eminent Physicists from Pakistan would also attend the conference.

(20-11-2014)

 

 

Int’l moot on colonial and post-colonial Punjab beings at GCU

 

A two-day international conference on “Colonial and post-colonial Punjab” began at GC University Lahore under the auspices of the university’s History Department and Higher Education Commission.  As many as seven foreign experts are participating in the conference. Prof. (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GC University Lahore was the Chief Guest while eminent social scientist Dr Muhammad Waseem chaired the inaugural session of the conference that comprised of six technical sessions on ‘ideologies and education’, ‘politics and religion’, ‘socio-economic marginalization’, ‘new perspective in historical method’, ‘identity formation in colonial/post-colonial Punjab’ and ‘Art, Culture and Society’.

 

Addressing the participants of the conference, Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU said that history was very a vital subject as it was a mirror through which they could see their past, analyze their present and plan for a prosperous future. However, he said, that “our history says that we don’t learn from our mistakes and keep on repeating them.” The VC also said that all academic departments of GCU were holding international conferences in connection with the university’s 150 years celebrations, adding that proceedings of these conferences would be published as per the best international standards and would be forwarded to the abstracting agencies. 

    

Dr Muhammad Ibrahim Chairperson Department of History GCU Lahore said that the key concept of the conference was to understand economic, political and social consequences of colonial administration in Punjab and impacts of colonial institutions in post-colonial Punjab. He said that as many as 27 papers would be read at six technical sessions of the conference. He said eminent historians and scholars from the UK and India were also attending the conference as it was equally important from their perspective. In his keynote address at the conference, Dr Markus Daechsel from Royal Holloway University of London highlighted the role of Muslim middle class in raising political awareness among masses in the Late Colonial Lahore.  He also said Mashriqi as a thinker and organizer had been relatively neglected in historical accounts of Punjab, and despite his overt failure, the case of the Khaksar movement told us about wider social and cultural trends about Muslim middle-class Punjabis at the time. Addressing on the intellectual resistance to colonial rule in Punjab, Dr Hassan Imam from Aligarh Muslim University, India, said that the British came to India as traders and having seen their wealth become greedy. He said methods adopted by the British to realize its political ambition were masked, and with every conflict between Indian rulers, a continuous process in the 18th century, was used by the British as an occasion to increase their military strength and emerge as decisive voice in Indian polity. 

(18-11-2014)

 

 

 

‘Local List of Powers’ be included in Constitution

 

A three-day international conference on “Local Representation of Power in South Asia” concluded at GC University, Lahore with a policy dialogue on the topic of “extent of devolution of powers to local level: constraints and prospects”. The speakers at the policy dialogue suggested the government to include a ‘Local List of Powers’ in the Constitution besides expanding the taxation areas of the local governments to strengthen the system.

 

China University of Geosciences, Wuhan Dean Public Administration Jiangfeng Li, eminent Chinese academician Dr Xiaoqing Xie former federal secretaries Shaigan Shareef Malik and Kazi Afaq Hossain, eminent academician Dr Shafqat Hussain Ch, GCU Political Science Department Chairperson Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt and Management Studies Department Director Yawar Najaf participated in the policy dialogue chaired by University of Bonn, Germany Prof Dr Katja Mielke. The speakers believed that high literacy rate, social and economic equivalence and political awareness in masses ensured the success of local system; otherwise it resulted in nexus of criminals, businessmen and politicians. “Steps must be taken for social preparedness and political awareness of masses before introducing a local government system in a specific area,” they added. Dr Xiaoqing Xie believed that the continuation of democracy itself ensured devolution of powers. He said that political system of a country evolved with every new election.  

 

Addressing the concluding ceremony of the conference, Prof. (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU Lahore directed the organizing committee to publish the conference proceedings as per the best international standards and forward to the abstracting agencies. He said that the proceedings of conference should also be forwarded to the government departments concerned.  He appreciated the efforts of conference chairman, Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt, and other members for the successful holding of the conference. He lauded that the conference discussed in detail various forms of local representation of power in South Asia, their degree of success in providing public services and safety, their role in arbitration and adjudication, and issues like electoral process, administrative capacity, financial autonomy, and accountability of local governments.  

(17-11-2014)

 

GCU Conference Highlights Constrain and Prospects of Devolution

A cultural evening was held at GC University Lahore for the participants of the three-day international conference on “Local Representation of Power in South Asia”. Prof. (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU Lahore hosted the ceremony, while GCU Political Science Department (PSD) Chairperson Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt and foreign experts from China, Germany, India and UK were also present on the occasion.   

Speaking on the occasion, GCU Vice Chancellor said that GCU had set a tradition of holding a cultural evening at the sidelines of each international conference to provide their students and faculty members an opportunity to informally interact and exchange ideas with the top foreign and national scientists, and such interactions led to fruitful long term collaborations. He appreciated the efforts of the conference chairman, Dr Khalid Butt and other members of organizing team, for holding a very successful conference.

 

GCU VC present souvenirs to the participants of the Intu2019l Conference.

Dr Khalid Butt said that GCU Political Science Department always highlighted the crucial national issues; last year they had held an international conference on water politics which also received widespread acclaim at the national and international level. He said that a policy dialogue would be held at the concluding session of the conference in which a large number bureaucrats, politicians and academicians would participate and discuss different forms of local representation of power in South Asia to draw a conclusion about their degree of success in providing public services and safety, their role in arbitration and adjudication and other related issues like electoral process, administrative capacity, financial autonomy, and accountability of local governments.  The members of GCU Nazir Ahmed Music Society performed at the cultural evening.

 

(17-11-2014)

 

China Studies Centre established at GC University Lahore

 

The Punjab Government Higher Education Department established a ‘Center of Excellence for China Studies’ at GC University Lahore under the direct directions from Punjab Chief Minister Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif who also allocated a seed money of Rs 30 million for the center. Chinese Embassy Islamabad’s Cultural Counselor Zhang Yingbao, Punjab Education Minister Rana Mashood Ahmed Khan, Prof. (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GC University Lahore and Secretary Education Mr. Abdullah Sumbal jointly inaugurated the Centre on behalf of the Chief Minister Punjab. The University has established the centre at the historical Old Gymnasium Building, built in 1858. John Lockwood Kipling, father of Rudyar Kipling, referred this building as Dark Bungalow in his book.

 

Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor GCU said that the building had been completely restored, and state-of-the-art facilities were provided for the center. He said that the center, besides research at the postgraduate level, would initiate diploma and certificates in China Studies. He also directed all departments of the university to coordinate with centre for research in the relevant areas. He said that the centre, manned with scholars, would work to provide intensive research on Chinese language, culture, and economic and political systems besides promoting bilateral relations and most importantly provide strategic guidance in pursuit of common objectives both regionally as well as internationally.

 

Chinese Embassy Islamabad’s Cultural Counselor Zhang Yingbao, Punjab Education Minister, GCU Vice Chancellor & Secretary Education jointly inaugurate the Centre.

Chief Guest and Vice Chancellor GCU with

guests on eve of inauguration

 

In his message for the inauguration, Ambassador of China to Pakistan Sun Weidong said that China enjoyed a splendid culture of more than 5000 years, and a better understanding of Chinese culture would enhance the friendly exchanges between China and Pakistan. The Ambassador believed that the GCU China Study Centre would open a new window for Pakistani friends to have a comprehensive and profound understanding of China and further promote the deep-rooted friendship of both peoples. He said that he would soon visit the center.  He also appreciated the efforts of Secretary Higher Education Abdullah Sumbal for the establishment of China Studies Centre (CSC) at GCU. Addressing the ceremony, Zhang Yingbao pledged to provide books, journals and other research material on history, culture, philosophy and literature of China for centre besides financial, administrative and academic assistance. He also gave away a gift of painting to the centre on the behalf of Chinese ambassador.

 

Addressing the inauguration, Punjab Education Minister Rana Mashood said that Pak-China friendship was time-tested but people in Pakistan did not know much about China, adding that research and teaching of China Studies in Pakistan would help in bringing the people of both countries close to each other. Abdullah Sumbal said that the Punjab government would provide full assistance to make CSC a place of excellence in the country. He said in China, there were three Pakistan studies centers that were made had been getting more importance and financial support than centers of other countries. 

 

Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt has been given the look-after charge of the office of Director, China Studies Centre and he would assist the University and Punjab government in making the centre active in accordance with the best international standards.

  

(14-11-2014)

 

 

Int’l moot on local governments begins at GCU

 

A three-day international conference on “Local Representation of Power in South Asia” began at GC University Lahore under the auspices of the university’s Political Science Department and Higher Education Commission. Prof. (Meritorious) Dr. Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GC University Lahore chaired the inauguration of the conference which was spread over five technical sessions including on women empowerment through local representation of power. 

 

In his keynote address, Eminent Indian social scientist Dr. Chanchal Kumar Shrama from Department of Political Science, Central University of Haryana, India, said that only decentralization of power did not guarantee efficient local government system, adding that local government had remained successful only in those states of India where there was high literacy rate, social and economic equivalence and people were politically well aware. He said that in other states, local government system had led to increase in corruption. He said that Bangladesh was the best example in South Asia where public service had been efficient through non-government organization. However, he believed that the main goal of local bodies system was not efficient public service; rather local government was a mean to achieve a goal of empowerment of people. Punjab Secretary Higher Education Abdullah Sumbal said that the government was really looking forward to the recommendations of the conference in the light of international experiences. He said that foreign experts from diverse political backgrounds were attending this crucial conference and they would discuss various forms of local representation of power in South Asia, their degree of success in providing public services and safety, their role in arbitration and adjudication, and issues like electoral process, administrative capacity, financial autonomy, and accountability of local governments.

 

Addressing on the occasion, Prof Rahman GCU VC said that universities were not only meant for teaching knowledge, rather their more vital role was creation of new knowledge and working as think-tank on crucial national and international issues. He said that GCU would publish the proceedings of all its international conferences as per the best international standards for the welfare of common people.

 

Former Lahore High Court chief justice Khwaja Muhammad Sharif also shared his experiences of contesting local bodies’ elections, and called upon the educated youth of Pakistan to participate in local politics for the development of their hometowns and motherland. He said it was unfortunate that local bodies’ elections were held in Pakistan in the era dictatorship only. He said that local bodies system would strengthen democracy if held under an elected government. 

 

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Khalid Manzoor Butt said that local bodies was a system which gave people representation at the grass root level and addressed issues of people at local level by the local people but unfortunately this system was at halt or weak in most of the developing countries of the world. He said that this system also groomed leadership for the provincial and national elections. He laid a stress that an efficient local bodies system be implemented in the country that helped orderly provision of goods and services at the grass root level.

(13-11-2014)

 

 

GCU delegation visits Iqbal’s mausoleum

 

The poetry of Allama Muhammad Iqbal (Renowned Old Ravian) spells out a manifesto for purposeful change, expressed Prof (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GC University Lahore while talking to media during his visit to Iqbal’s mausoleum to pay homage to the great Old Ravian philosopher and poet of the East on his birth anniversary. GCU Director Research Prof. Dr Muhammad Zakaria Butt, Director Facilities Yousaf  Bashir, and office bearers of GCU Rovers Club also accompanied the Vice Chancellor and offered Fateha for the soul of the great national poet and laid floral wreath.

 

Speaking on the occasion, Prof Rahman GCU VC said that Old Ravian Dr Allama Muhammad Iqbal’s philosophy was a beacon of light for youth and guaranteed the Muslim renaissance. He said that it was up to the Muslim youth today to seek light from Iqbal’s philosophy and guaranteed the revival of scientific, technological and social advancement. He said that it was a matter of great pride and inspiration for all Ravians and Old Ravians that Iqbal had been the student of Government College Lahore. The Vice Chancellor also recorded his views in the visitors’ book.

(10-11-2014)

 

 

 

GCU syndicate approves initiating law degree

 

The Government College University, Lahore is going to introduce law degree programmes for which the university’s syndicate has given its initial go-ahead. Law will be the 28th postgraduate academic programme to be initiated in GCU in the tenure of Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman as Vice Chancellor.

 

The university’s syndicate, in its 45th meeting chaired by the Vice Chancellor, formulated a four-member committee to prepare recommendations for law degree programmes as per the international standards. The Vice Chancellor told the syndicate that there had been a great demand by eminent lawyers and judges besides students to start law degree at GCU, Lahore. However, he said, quality education was the top priority of the university and law department would also be a centre of excellence in undergraduate and postgraduate law studies and research in the country. The syndicate appreciated the proposal of the Vice Chancellor and given its go-ahead. He said GCU was also concentrating on infrastructural development for providing facilities to the students of new postgraduate programmes, adding that he had added 26 new offices and classrooms to the university’s infrastructure in the last three years besides upgrading science laboratories and libraries. He further said that the overall student strengthen of GCU had also increased from about 6,500 to 11, 500 in a short span of last three years. He said that the university had also rationalised its academic and examinations rules and regulations as per the international standards, and nobody was allowed to deviate from these rules.

(31-10-2014)

 

 

25,000 books sold at GCU Book Fair 2014

 

Over twenty five thousand books were sold at the three days book fair held at the Government College University, Lahore Oval Ground under the auspices of GCU Library and its Library Society. On the third day, a large of delegations from various Punjab public libraries, schools, universities and affiliated collages visited the Book Fair offering up to 55 percent discount and purchased books on various subjects. Renowned Columnist Munoo Bahi and veteran journalist Mujeeb ur Rehmam Shami and Old Ravian Inyay Ullaha were the guests pf honours of the day..

 

Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman proudly said that the grand activity of Book Fair was well organized and managed by students i.e. the office-bearers of GCU Library Society. However, he said, the university administration just monitored, guided and supported their students.He said the Book Fair was mainly organized for the university students, affiliated colleges and invited guests, but they have to grant permission to several delegations from other educational institutions and libraries on their repeated requests. “It seems that there is scarcity of such activities in the City,” he said, adding that all universities, colleges and schools in the country should hold at least one book fair every year.

 

The Vice Chancellor said that response from students towards GCU Book Fair was really encouraging. He said that designated teachers from all departments were remained present at the Book Fair to guide the students in their selection of books. The GCU academic departments also purchased latest books on their relevant subjects out of their annual budget from the Book Fair to make them available to teachers and students. Prof Rahman also expressed gratitude to the publishers for honoring his requests for increasing discounts on various books. He laid a stress on rejuvenating the culture of gifting books in the society to promote book reading.

 

GCU Chief Librarian Abdul Waheed said Book Fair had become annual feature of GCU and such activities must be organized continuously in all universities, so that students could purchase maximum books on discounted rates. He said publishers were also happy as they sold more than 25,000 books in just three days at the GCU Book Fair.

(30-10-2014)

 

 

GCU Book Fair receives warm response

 

The Book Fair at GC University Lahore held under the aegis of GCU Library & its Society received a very warm response from students and teachers as, according the University’s Library Society statistics, more than 5,700 books were sold at the opening day. Prof. (Meritorious) Dr. Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GC University Lahore inaugurated the three-day Book Fair offering up to 50 percent discounts on books, while eminent writer Intizar Hussian, noted critic Prof Khawaja Muhammad Zakariya and Canadian forensic expert Prof Dr Harpal S Buttar were also present at the opening ceremony as guest of honors.

 

Talking to media about Book Fair, Prof Rahman GCU Vice Chancellor said that books didn’t lose their significance even in the age of information and communication technologies.  “Books in hard form leave ever lasting impressions on the minds of the readers. The vision and knowledge you get by reading books; you can never have it by just reading reviews and summaries on the internet,” he added. He shared his personal experience that he never enjoyed reading book on a cell phone or computer. He hoped that the Book Fair would flourish reading culture among students.  He personally requested each publisher to increase discount on books; keeping in view that those who are buying are ‘students’. He also directed the academic departments to purchase latest books on their subjects concerned from the Book Fair, and made them available to the students and teachers. The Vice Chancellor also purchased books on the subjects related to Islam, literature and physics for his personal collection.

 

 

Addressing the opening ceremony, GCU Chief Librarian Abdul Waheed said that the book fair had brought more than 0.25 million books of science, religion, literature, art and culture under one-roof. He said more than 45 international and national publishers had set up stalls at the Book Fair in the university’s Oval ground. Giving vent to his feelings, he expressed that Book Fair was organized each year by the Library & its Society with an aim to flourish reading culture that was being steadily declined with the advent of information and communication technologies (ICTs). He said that books provide lasting impression on the minds of readers and change the thoughts and life-style of people. “A book holds a house of gold”, he quoted. Chief Librarian paid special tribute to GCU Vice Chancellor for providing all requisite facilities for organizing Book Fair in an efficient manner.   

 

Talking to media, Ahsan Nawaz, a publisher, said that they had been coming to the GCU Book Fair for the last three years, but this year response from students and teachers was much better and encouraging as compared to the last year. He said that their real buyers were the students who were preparing for CSS, PMS and PCS examinations. However, he said, that they were expecting more response from students in the next two days. He said students had become intelligent enough as they first read reviews about various books on internet and then purchased them. Shahbaz Ahmed, another publisher, said that they were offering the best price at the GCU Book Fair.

 

GCU Library Society President Muhammad Rizwan said “visiting Book Fair is an excellent experience even if you don’t have a temptation to buy books. It makes you aware about the latest books available on various topics," he added. Zila Huma, a BSc (Hons) student, said that book fairs should be held in universities at least thrice a year because it was very difficult for female students to spend hours in Urdu Bazar for purchasing books. “Here at university’s Book Fair, we can spend even a full day in choosing books of our interests,” she added. The Book Fair will remain open till the closing ceremony on October 29, 2014 at 5pm.

(28-10-2014)

 

FORENSIC EXPERTS ATTEND CULTURAL EVENING AT GCU LAHORE

 

A cultural evening was held in the honor of foreign forensic experts participating in the first international conference on “Forensic Science and Justice” being organized at GC University Lahore under the auspices the University’s Chemistry Department, Punjab Forensic Science Agency (PFSA) and Higher Education Commission. Prof (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GC University Lahore and PFSA Director General Dr Muhammad Ashraf Tahir also attended the cultural evening blended with the music and drama performances by the members of the University’s Dramatics Club and Nazir Ahmed Music Society.  

 

Addressing the ceremony, Prof Rahman GCU Vice Chancellor said that such cultural evenings at the sidelines of conferences provided opportunity to their students and faculty members to informally interact and exchange ideas with the top foreign and national scientists, and such interactions led to fruitful long term collaborations which were beneficial for the development of science in Pakistan. He said that such events also played a role in apprising the foreigners about the culture and traditions of Pakistan.

 

(27-10-2014)

 

DELEGATE OF WAZIRISTAN STUDENTS VISITS GC UNIVERSITY LAHORE

 

A delegation of students belonging to South Waziristan visited GC University Lahore and met with Prof. (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GC University Lahore. The delegation, comprising 97 students and 25 faculty members of Cadet College Spinkai (CCS), visited the University’s Sports Complex, Postgraduate Library, Naqoosh Museum, Nazir Ahmed Music Society and various academic departments. The students were also shown the original Nobel Prize Certificate received by eminent Old Ravian Prof Dr Abdus Salam from King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden on December 10, 1979 for his contribution in the field of Physics. The delegation also visited GCU Allama Iqbal Hostel and witnessed the room where the Poet of East had spent several years of his student life.

 

Addressing the students, Prof Rahman GCU Vice Chancellor said, “We are all Pakistanis and we have to serve our motherland without considering our castes, sects and personal interests. We should stand united to counter conspiracies of our enemies against our motherland and to represent Pakistan at the world level. He also told the students that both Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Army Chief General Raheel Sharif had studied from GCU, adding that most of the scientists who carried out nuclear tests and designed missile system also belonged to this institution. The delegation lauded the facilities being given to students at GCU, saying GCU had the most beautiful campus in the country.

 

(27-10-2014)

 

First Int’l conference on forensic science begins at GCU

 

The first international conference in Pakistan on a crucial topic of “Forensic Science and Justice” began at the Government College University, Lahore under the auspices of the university’s Chemistry Department, Punjab Forensic Science Agency (PFSA) and Higher Education Commission. Above 500 lawyers, judges, forensic experts, police officers and academicians are participating in the three-day international conference which was spread over six technical sessions on ‘Jurisprudence’, ‘Forensic Toxicology and Drug of Abuse’, ‘Crime Detection and its Investigation’, ‘Forensic Biology’, ‘Forensic Psychology’ and ‘Cyber crimes’. Prof. Dr. Harpal S. Buttar from University of Ottawa, Canada, GCU Chemistry Department Chairperson Dr Ahmed Adnan, Dr. Mona Elghory Head Egypt Forensic Medicine Department were also present in the opening ceremony of the conference.  

 

Addressing the opening ceremony, Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman said that it was the first time in Pakistan that a conference was being held on forensic science to discuss latest methods to overcome obstacles affecting judicial system. “About 11 eminent forensic scientists from the US, UK, Canada, Egypt and Australia are practicing in the conference, he added.

 

In his keynote address, Dr Garth Glassberg, the executive director of Chicago Regional Crime Lab, USA, said that forensic science made the dead speak. “Humans can lie, forget or get frightened from the Crime Scene, but physical evidence is always present at crime scene, as a silent witness,” he said, adding that the change from oral testimony to scientific physical evidence testimony was a paradigm shift in the America’s criminal justice system. He also told participants that like human fingerprints, every firearm in the world leave unique print on its ammunition, and how it could be proved in the court that ammunition were fired form the specific firearm.

 

Terrey H Gilbert, an eminent defense attorney from Ohio, USA, said DNA analysis and other forensic evidences were being used to revisit closed cases in USA in which biological crime scene specimens were maintained. “Questionable convictions based on non-scientific evidence such as “eyewitness” identification are now being reversed by new testing using this advanced science. As a result, hundreds of innocent people in the last 20 years have been released,” he said, adding that these DNA exonerations had now called into question widely accepted notions of the reliability of traditional evidence.

 

Dr Muhammad Ashraf Tahir Director General Punjab Forensic Science Agency  addressing the participants of conference.

Experts posed for a group photo with GCU VC..

 

PFSA Director General Dr Muhammad Ashraf Tahir said prior to the establishment of PFSA, forensic techniques were applied in less than one percent of the over-all crime investigations in Pakistan. “Above and beyond sanctioning wider discretion to the investigators, this practice also leads to a situation where large number of evidentially fragile cases is submitted to the courts and resultantly the fraction of cases resulting in convictions remains low,” he added. He said PFSA had proved its excellence at the international level, and they were receiving cases from America, UK, Egypt and other countries of the world. He laid stress on establishing more state-of-the-art forensic science agencies in the country to support the judicial system.

 

Justice Khwaja Muhammad Sharif former chief justice Lahore High Court also spoke on the role of physical evidence in criminal justice system. Dr Muhammad Akhyar Farrukh presented a paper on Green Synthesis of Magnetic Nanpowder for the Development of Latent Finger marks.

 

Speaking on the occasion, GCU Dean Faculty of Science and Technology Prof Islam Ullah Khan said about 70 papers would be presented by the eminent forensic experts at the conference which stressed on refining objectives, deliberating delivery plan details, discussion and dissemination of emerging results from it.

 

(23-10-2014)

 

 

UK UNIVERSITIES DELEGATION ATTENDS CULTURAL EVENING AT GCU

 

Delegates from seventeen universities of the United Kingdom have visited the Government College University, Lahore and enjoyed a cultural evening blended with traditional Pakistani cultural dance performances and live music. Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman welcomed the delegates from the UK universities including University of Nottingham, University of York, School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London, University of Kent, Coventry University, University of Sheffield and Middlesex University. The officials of British Council and Punjab Higher Education Department were also present.

 

The participants are enjoying from

Cultural evening at GCU

The delegate from European Universities poses for

a group photo with GCU VC.

 

The Vice Chancellor briefed the delegates about the policy formulation, vision, financial resources, research output, future plans and academic and research achievements of the university. All the delegates individually discussed with the Vice Chancellor scope for future collaboration with GCU and highly appreciated culture of student societies’ at the university which played an active role in the character building of its students. They appreciated the efforts of the vice chancellor for keeping GCU an affordable university for talented financially-challenged students of the society.

 

(20-10-2014)

 

GCU holds conference on Persian language and literature

 

GC University Lahore Persian Department held an international conference on “Persian language and literature in the sub-continent” to promote the Persian language in the country. Prof (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU Lahore chaired the inaugural session of the conference which was also addressed by the Iranian Cultural Center Director Akbar Barkhudar, GCU Persian Department Chairperson Prof Dr Iqbal Shahid, Prof Dr Muhammad Shamin Khan, and Prof Dr Zaheer Ahmed Saddiqi. As many as 51 researchers presented their papers at the three technical sessions of the conference on Persian culture, poetry and history.

 

Speaking on the occasion, Prof Rahman GCU VC said that Persian Department was one of the oldest departments of Government College, Lahore and had played a vital role in the promotion of Persian language and literature. He said that all departments of GCU were holding international conferences in connection with 150 years celebrations of the university and proceedings of these conferences would be published at the par with international standards.       

(29-09-2014)

 

GCU holds Science Exhibition

The Ravian Forensic Society (RFS) held the “Science Poster Exhibition” at the GC University Lahore to highlight the quality research being carried out in the university in various fields of Chemistry, Physics, Botany, Microbiology and Forensics. Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU opened the exhibition displaying more than 54 researches of international standards on various topics related to Fingerprinting, DNA Analysis, Drugs and Narcotics, Explosive Analysis, Pesticides, Nano-materials, Bioprocess, Pharmaceutical Analysis, Bio-diesel Production and Anti-microbial actives. GCU Dean Faculty of Science, Chairperson of Chemistry Department and GCU Registrar were also present.  

Speaking on the occasion, Prof Rahman said that such science exhibitions should be regularly held in all departments of the university as they doesn’t only provide students a platform to exhibit their research work but also help in improving  their presentation skills and create a healthy environment of competition. He said that GCU students have great potential and they are doing quality research which is at par with international standards. He laid a stress on mutual collaboration between the research and development organisations, departments and universities, saying that it was not possible for single department to have all the necessary equipment’s and research facilities.

Later, prizes, certificates and shields were given to the best three researchers.

(24-09-2014)

 

NSPP DELEGATION VISITED GCU. VC BRIEFED ABOUT POLICY, FINANCIAL RESOURCES, RESEARCH AND PLANS.

GC University Lahore, despite all the financial challenges, has disbursed scholarships worth rupees 32 million among its 1,200 financially-challenged students in the last academic year, said Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU while addressing a 11-member delegation from National School of Public Policy (NSPP) during their visit to the GC University Lahore. The delegation, led by NSSP senior faculty member Muhammad Illyas, discussed with the Vice Chancellor policy formulation, vision, financial resources, research output and future plans of GCU.   

Speaking on the occasion, Prof Rahman said that the university had allocated Rs 24 million for scholarships from its own budget, while scholarships worth rupees eight million were disbursed by the GCU Endowment Fund Trust from the donations of philanthropists and Old Ravians. He said that these scholarships were given purely on merit through a high-level Financial Aid Committee comprising of five head of departments. Prof Rahman proudly told the delegation that the university’s Endowment Fund had been increased to Rs 200 million from Rs 80 million since his appointment as the GCU Vice Chancellor in July 2011. He said that he had not increased the university fee in the last three years. He also expressed firm resolve that GCU would not leave its deserving students in the lurch and despite all financial constraints it would make all possible efforts to provide financial aid to them. “Students are my top priority and I will continue to take necessary steps to facilitate,” he added.  He also urged philanthropists and Old Ravians to support needy students through GCU Endowment Fund Trust.

Addressing the meeting, the members of delegation said lack of opportunities for quality education was one of the biggest problems being faced by the financially-challenged students of the country. He said every year thousands of high talented students in Pakistan left their education due financial hardships. They appreciated the efforts of the vice chancellor for keeping GCU an affordable university for talented financially-challenged students of the society.

Later, Director Academic Planning and External Link gave away detailed presentation to the delegation about the academic and research achievements of the university. Dean Faculty of Science, Director Research and  Registrar were also present.

(24-09-2014)

 

INT’L CONFERENCE ON PLANT SCIENCES BEING HELD IN GC UNIVERSITY LAHORE

 

Plant scientists deliberated upon the looming threat of food insecurity to the world at the opening day of the international conference on plant sciences at GC University Lahore.  About 241 scientists are scheduled to present their papers at the three-day conference organized by the University’s Department of Botany with the collaboration of Higher Education Commission and Pakistan Science Foundation to develop fruitful and long-lasting research collaboration among biologists and environmentalists in the field of plant sciences. Prof. (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU Lahore chaired the inaugural session of the conference which was spread over 12 technical sessions and research poster exhibition. About five foreign scientists from UK, Nigeria and China attended the first technical session of the conference on ‘plant diversity’.  

 

Addressing the conference, speakers cautioned the government that Pakistan may face food insecurity in the coming future if adequate attention was not paid to protection against floods, environment and biodiversity conversion and development of plant sciences. They said that the government should get involved scientists and academicians to make comprehensive strategy to avert natural disasters like floods.  Speaking on the occasion, Dr Azhra, an eminent marine biologist from Glasgow University, UK, highlighting the importance of plant sciences said that food was going to be one of the biggest issues in the world of technology. She said “even now there is lot of hunger in developed countries where a large section of society can’t afford food, while situation is worst in the developing countries.” She laid a particular stress on strong collaboration among scientists at the national and international level to fight against the threat of food insecurity. 

 

GCU VC presents souvenir to Dr Ghazala Chairperson Department of Botany.

Participants pose for a group photo with GCU VC.

 

Prof Dr Job N., Nindu from Nigeria said that Pakistani teachers had played a strong role in developing the education system in Nigeria. He said that his secondary school teacher was also a Pakistani. He lauded the hospitality of Pakistanis, saying they were a wonderful nation. Prof Dr Kauser A Malik from FCC University, Lahore and Prof Dr Muhammad Ali from Islamic University, Bahawalpur said that modern research was complex and multidisciplinary and it was not possible for a single university to possess all the knowledge and equipment,. Therefore, they added, it was imperative to establish academic and research links and share resources, expertise and equipment with each other.   GCU Botany Department Chairperson Dr Ghazala Yasmin Butt said that the conference was being held in connection with 150 years celebrations of GCU. She said that GCU Botany Department, established in 1912, was the oldest department of botany in Pakistan having strong traditions of research.

 

Addressing on the occasion, Prof Dr Muhammad khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU said that all departments of GCU were organizing international conferences and the proceedings of these conferences would be published and registered at par with international standards to make an effect to place GCU in ranking of world top universities. He said he had provided latest equipment and upgraded lab facilities of all the university’s department of GCU to hone their potential.

 

(23-05-2014)

 

GC University LAHORE holding six int’l conferences

GC University, Lahore is holding six international conferences, including on ‘Local Representation of Power in South Asia’ and ‘Physics and Contemporary Needs’, in connection with its 150 years celebrations. It was announced by Prof (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU Lahore while addressing a meeting of organizing committees of these conferences. GCU Dean Prof Dr Islam Ullah Khan and Registrar Dr Muhammad Akhyar Farrukh were also present. Speaking on the occasion, Prof Rahman GCU VC said that hundreds of eminent scholars from all over the world were coming to GCU to present their papers in these conferences which were aimed at providing platform to scientists, academicians, researchers, social reformers and students to indulge in meaningful dialogues, exchange their ideas and share their experiences so as to contribute towards efficient development and improved policy making.

According to details, the GCU Chemistry Department is organizing the first ever international conference on ‘Forensic Science and Justice’ in Pakistan in collaboration with the Punjab Forensic Science Agency from October 24, 2014. This key conference will address critical issues including ‘Lie Detector Test Reliability’, ‘Scientific vs. Oral Testimony’, ‘Designer Drugs and Legislation’, ‘Forensic Accounting’, ‘DNA’ and ‘Wrongful Convictions’. Department of Political Science is all set to host the international conference on ‘Local Representation of Power in South Asia’ which is aimed at exploring various forms of local representation of power in South Asia, their degree of success in providing public services and safety, their role in arbitration and adjudication, and the issues like electoral process, administrative capacity, financial autonomy, and accountability of local governments. An international conference on ‘Physics and Contemporary Needs (ICPCN-2014)’ will also be held at GCU Physics Department from November 19, 2014 in collaboration with Pakistan Science Foundation, Islamabad and Higher Education Commission. Eminent Physicist and GCU Professor Rafi Chair Dr Muhammad Zakria Butt has been appointed the conference chairman. The GCU Botany Department is also holding three-day international conference on Plant Sciences from September 22, 2014. Prof Dr Xiukun Lin from China and Dr Job.N Nimadu from Nigeria have arrived in Lahore to attend the conference. Two international conferences are scheduled to be held in the month of November at GCU on "Colonial and post-colonial Punjab” and “Biotechnology for Sustainable Development”.

Prof Rahman GCU Vice Chancellor said that these six conferences would also provide opportunities to young Pakistani scholars to interact with well-known scientists and academicians from abroad and learn from their knowledge and experiences.

(22-09-2014)

 

 

GCU Girls’ Hostel extension project completed

The extension project of GC University Lahore Girls’ Hostel has been completed with a special grant by the Punjab government. Prof (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU Lahore inaugurated the new storey of the GCU Girls’ Hostel, while Campus Engineer Lt Col(r) Bilal Ahmed, Director Research Prof Dr Muhammad Zakria Butt, Chief Librarian Abdul Waheed and heads of various academic departments were also present.    

Speaking on the occasion, Prof Rahman GCU VC said that the number of students at the University had been increased from 6,200 to 10,500 in the last three years due to which the demand for hostels had also increased. He said the new storey would help GCU in providing hostel facilities to the female students who came from far flung areas to peruse their studies at GCU. The Vice Chancellor said Punjab Chief Minister Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, an eminent Old Ravian, had always taken keen interest in the development of their alma mater for which the Ravian community expressed gratitude to him.

Prof Rahman said that GCU would give top priority to hostels at its new campus at Kala Shah Kaku. He also said that the restoration work was also underway at the GCU’s 145-year-old main building. He said that changes, happened against the original design, were being undone and the clock tower building was being restored to its original condition of 1870s. He said the building had been in a highly dilapidated condition since long and had required extensive repair and restoration work.             

(22-09-2014)

 

 

GCU holds orientation ceremony FOR NEWLY ENROLLED INTER STUDENts

 

GC University Lahore organised an orientation ceremony in the historical Bukhari Auditorium to encourage and motivate the newly-admitted Intermediate students to surpass the high benchmarks set by their Ravian predecessors. Addressing the ceremony, Prof (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GC University Lahore impressed upon them the multifarious responsibilities that they are expected to shoulder as promising young students as well as the ultimate hope for the future of Pakistan. He advised the students that rather than bemoaning the gloomy circumstances, they must personally contribute towards the betterment of society. “It is up to the individual to take personal initiative rather than blaming his fate,” he added.

 

The Vice Chancellor told students that Pakistan’s atomic bomb and missile system were designed by Ravians who were working at the international organisations like NASA and sacrificed their jobs and millions of dollar salaries just to server their motherland. He drew their intention to their inherent talent that could help them trace the footsteps of Allama Muhammad Iqbal, Dr Abdus Salam, Faiz Ahmad Faiz and Dr. Samar Mubarikmand who are all distinguish Old Ravians. He advised the students to put in their best to acquire knowledge, telling that the reward is always going to be proportionate to their efforts. Prof Rahman reiterated the commitment that GCU would leave no stone unturned for development of country in the realm of research and education. 

 

(16-09-2014)

VCs commend GCU on securing 11 positions in INTERMEDIATE EXAMINATIONS, 2014

The vice chancellors of public sector universities congratulated Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GC University Lahore, faculty members and students on securing the first two and overall 11 positions in the Lahore Board Intermediate Examinations 2014.

Lt Gen(r) Muhammad Akram Khan VC, University of Engineering and Technology Lahore (UET),  Prof Dr Mujhaid Kamran VC Punjab University, Maj Gen (r) Prof Muhammad Aslam VC University of Health Sciences (UHS), Dr. Rukhsana David Principal Kinnaird College, Prof Dr Sabhia Mansoor VC Lahore College for Women University (LCWU), Prof Dr Faiz-ul-Hasan VC University of Education and Prof Dr Faisal Masud  VC King Edward Medical University said that GCU in the recent years revived its traditions of excellence and regaining its glory in academics and co-curricular activities. They said GCU was the only public sector institution that had secured record 11 positions in the Lahore Board which is a matter of great pride.

Speaking on the occasion, Prof Khaleeq-ur-Rahman attributed the tremendous achievement of the GCU students to their hard work and talent through which they managed to uphold the GCU’s tradition of excellence. He said it was due to unflinching dedication and commitment of the GCU students to their studies and invaluable pedagogical input of the highly-qualified trained GCU faculty that GCU is ranked among the topic educational institutions of the country.

The Vice Chancellor said he personally monitored the GCU Directorate of Intermediate Studies, as it was the nursery to provide Pakistan the brightest of its professionals including scientists, doctors, politicians, social reformers, sportsmen, musicians and engineers.  He announced that GCU would hold a grand ceremony in the honor of its position-holders. He also said that GCU had initiated 26 new postgraduate programmes in the last three years which had increased its number of students from 6,200 to 11, 500. He also expressed pleasure that the overall research output of GCU faculty was also increasing each year.

(13-09-2014)

 

GCU CLINCHES TWO AGGREGATE WITH NINE TOP POSITIONS IN BISE INTERMEDIATE EXAMINATIONS, 2014

Prof (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleequr Rahman Vice Chancellor GC University Lahore congratulated Ravians on securing as many as 11 positions including the overall two positions in the Lahore Board Intermediate Examinations 2014, saying that students’ achievements have brought glory to their alma mater. GCU student Ahmed Rehman topped the Board Examinations with overall 1043 marks, while another Ravian Muhammad Subhan stood second with overall 1037 marks.

The GCU obtained 11 positions, including two overall top positions. In Pre-Medical Group (Boys), all top three positions went to the GCU as Ahmed Rehman, Subhan Saeed and Awais Qarni obtained 1,043, 1,037 and 1,032 marks, respectively.  In Pre-Engineering Group (Boys), Arslan Tariq of GCU got 1,033 marks to share the first position, while the second and third positions went to GCU's Mohammad Jawad and Tahir Mahmood. They obtained 1,029 and 1,026 marks, respectively. In General Science Group (Boys), Shamsail Ramzan and Hamza Mazhar, both of GCU, clinched first and second positions by getting 973 and 972 marks, respectively. In Humanities Group (Boys), Ali Zafar of GCU got 929 marks remained third.

 

The Vice Chancellor attributed the tremendous achievement of the GCU students to their hard work and talent through which they managed to uphold the GCU’s tradition of excellence. He said it was due to unflinching dedication and commitment of the GCU students to their studies and invaluable pedagogical input of the highly-qualified trained GCU faculty that GCU is ranked among the topic educational institutions of the country. He said that keeping in view GCU’s excellence in intermediate studies, they had increased seats in F.Sc pre-engineering and pre-medical groups. He said GCU this year clean swept the pre-medical and pre-engineering groups; securing all the three positions.

 

(12-09-2014)

 

 

student strength from 6,200 to 11,500 in three years with 26 NEW CLASS ROOMS: VC GCU

 

The overall student strength of GC University Lahore has increased from about 6,200 to more than 11,500 in a short span of just three years, said Prof (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GC University Lahore while addressing the inauguration of two-storey new building of the University’s Examination Branch which comprised of state-of-the-art examination rooms, offices, class rooms and seminar rooms.

 

Speaking on the occasion, GCU VC said that the University had initiated more than 26 new Postgraduate Programmes including three doctoral programmes since July 2011, which was unprecedented, adding that they were also concentrating on the infrastructural development of the university, so that adequate facilities were provided to students and faculty members. He said that they were also establishing model reading rooms in all departments of GCU for students. He highlighted that in last three years, he had added more than 24 new modern class rooms and offices, besides refurnishing and upgrading existing infrastructure of GCU. He said that the new building would fulfil the needs of GCU Examination Department for the next ten decades. He also said that it was the first building, which was constructed by GCU from its own resources instead of the government grant. He said that the foundation of building was made strong enough to build another two storeys.

 

The Vice Chancellor said he had increased number of student seats on open merit in all academic programmes but still they were facing extreme pressure of admissions. He said they received more than 5,000 applications for a couple of hundred seats of BS (Computer Sciences) and same was the situation for their all academic programmes. Prof Rahman said that despite the increase in seats, this year students, having up to 92 per cent marks, failed to secure admission in pre-engineering and pre-medical at GCU. He said that the university was also restoring its 145-year-old main building. He said that changes, happened against the original design, were being undone and the clock tower building was being restored to its original condition of 1870s. He said the building had been in a highly dilapidated condition since long and had required extensive repair and restoration work.

(01-09-2014)

 

 

OLD RAVIAN INDUSTRIALISTS DONATE RS 4M TO GCU-EFT

 

Old Ravian industrialists donated rupees four million to GC University Lahore Endowment Fund Trust (GCU-EFT) for the fee of deserving students. Eminent Old Ravian Khawar Masood Butt donated rupees two million while Mian Misbah-ur-Rahman and Javiad Habib Oberia donated rupees one million each to the endowment fund. GCU-EFT Executive Committee Secretary Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt handed over the donation cheques to Prof (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU Lahore at a graceful ceremony held in the university. The Vice Chancellor expressed pleasure on the donations and announced initiating four golden scholarships from them. “The scholarships will be given to deserving students on merit every year,” he added.

GCU-EFT Secretary hands over donation cheques GCU VC

 

(01-09-2014)

 

 

68th INDEPENDENCE DAY: VC GCU says peace is inevitable for economic development in the country

 

The Government College University, Lahore staff, on Thursday celebrating the Independence Day, prayed for peace and prosperity in the country, and paid tribute to army men taking part in the Operation Zarb-i-Azb in North Waziristan. 

   

Addressing the grand flag-hoisting ceremony, Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman said peace was inevitable for economic development in the country. He laid stress on further strengthening educational institutions of the country, saying that “It is uniform education system that ensures national harmony and social tolerance.” He said Allama Muhammad Iqbal’s philosophy and Quaid-i-Azam’s life served as beacons of light for the Muslim youth in the contemporary world and students should seek guidance from them. He proudly said that the vision of Pakistan was given by an illustrious Ravian student and teacher, Dr Allama Muhammad Iqbal. “The glorious tradition nurtured by Allama Iqbal has been aptly upheld by the successive generations of Ravians,” he added. The Vice Chancellor reiterated the commitment that GCU would leave no stone unturned for development of country in the realm of research and education.  He also recollected contributions of Ravians in nation-building especially in the field of nuclear technology. “The most prominent scientists who have served the nation in different domains are mostly Ravians,” he added. 

 

The Vice Chancellor also announced one-day additional salary for the non-gazetted staff of the university, so that they blissfully celebrate the Independence Day with their families. 

  

Earlier, the Vice Chancellor along with academic heads hoisted the national flag in GCU Bukhari Auditorium while the entire GCU faculty and staff were in attendance. It was followed by broadcast of national anthem. 

(15-08-2014)

 

 

 

Condolence on sad demise of eminent Old Ravian Dr Majid Nizami

 

Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GC University Lahore, faculty members and the Old Ravians Union have offered their deep condolences on the sad demise of eminent Old Ravian, veteran journalist and Editor Nawa-i-Waqt Dr Majid Nizami. The Vice Chancellor paid glowing tribute to Dr Majid Nizami for his services for promotion of journalism and Pakistan ideology. He said that his death had created a void which would never be filled. He also said that Dr Majid Nizami had a great love for his alma mater, GCU.

  

In their condolence message to the bereaved family, Vice Chancellor Prof Rahman, ORU President Kamran Lashari and Secretary Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt 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.

(27-07-2014)

 

 

Condolence on sad demise of GCU syndic Khuram Ghulfam 

 

Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor Government College University Lahore and faculty members have offered their deep condolences on the sad demise of Old Ravian Muhammad Khuram Ghulfam MPA and GCU Syndicate Member. The Vice Chancellor also paid tribute to the service of Muhammad Khuram Ghulfam for the University.

 

In his condolence message to the bereaved family, the Vice Chancellor 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.

(24-07-2014)

 

 

GCU VICE CHANCELLOR LEADS POSITION HOLDER STUDENTS TOUR TO EUROPEAN UNIVERSITIES

 

A delegate comprising position holder students who have topped the Matriculation, Intermediate and BA/BSC examinations are on a one month’s tour of European countries including UK, Germany and Sweden on the instructions of Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif. Prof. (Meritorious) Dr. Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GC University Lahore is leading the delegation of position holder students along-with other officials.

 

The delegation has so far visited the leading academic institutions including University of Cambridge, University of the West of Scotland and University of Strathclyde. The administrators of host institutions briefed the students about the history of the institutions, campus life, research facilities and education system in the Great Britain. The students showed keen interest about the building and working of British Universities. Pakistani position holders also visited Waltham Forest where they were welcomed by Lord Nazir and the staff of the institution. Lord Nazir Ahmad appreciated Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif for providing Pakistani students an opportunity to visit leading international universities. He said that such revolutionary steps would prove to be a milestone for promotion of higher education in the country.

 

Position Holders pose for a group photo with

GCU VC at Cambridge University.

 

The students paid tributes to the Chief Minister in their speeches for sending them on a visit to the prestigious universities of the world. They also expressed their resolve to pay back to the nation in terms of more dedication towards promotion of education in Pakistan. Giving vent to his feelings, GCU VC expressed that vision of the high achievers would be broadened and revolutionary changes would take place in their personality and character through the tour of these leading learning places of the globe and they would prove very beneficial in national progress as without quality education and liberal outlook, no progress is possible in any discipline of life.

(04-07-2014)

 

VICE CHANCELLOR GCU LEFT FOR UK

 

In Pursuance of Government of the Punjab, Higher Education Department's Notification No. SO(Univ.)11-1/2012(P) Dated 20.06.2014, the Governor/Chancellor has been pleased to allow Prof. Dr. Islam Ullah Khan, Dean, Faculty of Sciences & Technology Government College University Lahore to look after the day to day affairs of the Government College University Lahore during absence abroad of the Vice Chancellor.  

Registrar

No. EA-1/101-13/12

(23-06-2014)

Training for position-holders begins at GCU

The two-day training of position-holders from all over Pakistan began at GC University Lahore under the auspices of its Quality Enhancement Cell to edify their skills in communication, interaction and questioning. These position-holders are going to visit the leading European universities from June 22, 2014 under the Chief Minister’s initiative. Prof (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU Lahore chaired the inaugural session of the training, while Punjab Secretary Higher Education Abdullah Sumbal also addressed the position-holders on a crucial topic of difference between Eastern and Western cultures. The Secretary Higher Education briefed the students in detail about the history of Europe and traditions and cultures of different European nations.

GCU VC presents Souvenir to Punjab Secretary Higher Education.

Speaking on occasion, Prof Rahman GCU VC said that position-holders from all over Pakistan would this year visit the leading universities of the United Kingdom, Germany and Sweden and meet eminent scientists and personalities of the world. He lauded the Chief Minister’s initiative, saying the study tour broadened vision of these talented students and inspired them to lead the world in their respective fields. He said that this year, position holders would visit more than 19 universities including Oxford, Cambridge and the University of Manchester.  Giving vent to his feelings, he said that these positions holders would be walking ambassadors of Pakistan, so they were being given extensive training and briefing about their conduct during the study tour. He, however, lauded the learning skills of these positions holders, and also said that that they were highly talented and cultured, and their visit to Europe would change impression of Pakistanis in the world.    

GCU Quality Enhancement Cell Iram Sohail briefed the students in detail about the European universities, while English Department Assistant Professor Sadiq Awan, Director General Protocol Asjad Ghani, Dr Zafar Iqbal Qureshi and other academicians also addressed the training workshop.       

(20.06.2014)

 

KEMU AND GCU sign accord to share resources

 

The King Edward Medical University, Lahore (KEMU) joined hands with GC University Lahore (GCU) to make its medical students communication experts and good human beings, who were humble and sympathetic to their patients. Prof (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GC University Lahore and KEMU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Faisal Masud signed the accord at a graceful ceremony in the GCU Syndicate Committee Room with a special focus to involve KEMU students in literary and co-curricular activities including drama and music on the pattern of GCU, and develop a strong partnership of sharing resources between both the universities.  The 21-point accord provides the faculty members and postgraduate students of both universities access to each other laboratories, academic data, libraries and other necessary research facilities. The universities have also agreed to exchange teaching and research staff and initiate joint research projects.

 

Speaking on the occasion, KEMU VC Prof Masud said doctors must also be communication experts; very humble and sympathetic, as each of their words effect the mental and physical conditions of their patients. “So, the university had decided to share the culture of literary activities and students’ societies of GCU for the character-building and personality development of future doctors,” he added. He said that KEMU was also looking forwarding to have very strong research links with GCU Chemistry, Physics, Botany and Zoology departments for research on medicines and development of diagnostic equipment. He lauded that GCU had developed very high-tech research laboratories, and KEMU would make best efforts to draw maximum benefits from GCU’s expertise and facilities.

 

Addressing the ceremony, Prof Dr Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU said that modern research had become complex and multidisciplinary and it was not possible for a single university or research centre to possess all the knowledge, equipment, and techniques required, so it was imperative to establish academic and research links and share resources, expertise and equipment with each other.

GCU and KEMU Vice Chancellors exchanging files

after signing MoU

 

He said that in the last three years GCU had signed more than 25 active agreements with reputed international and national institutes, so that his students can get access to all kinds of latest equipment and all other facilities for research.  Prof Khaleeq said that GCU had developed international standard forensic sciences programmes with the help of its strong academic and research collaboration with the Punjab Forensic Science Agency. He said that these agreements of GCU were role models for other universities that they could develop their faculty and research by sharing resources.

 

GCU Registrar Akhyar Farrukh told the KEMU faculty members that GCU Chemistry Department was actively working on nanoparticles and their activities against different bacterial strains and it had successfully increased the entrapment efficiency of several drugs through iron nanoparticles. The KEMU Vice Chancellor also showed great interest in research on the genetic modification of Aedes aegypti mosquito to block the transmission of dengue vector to humans through her bite. GCU Dean Prof Dr Islam Ullah Khan, Director Research Prof Dr Muhammad Zakria Butt and Director Academic Planning and External Links Ms Fauzia Shaheen also attended the accord signing ceremony. Later, GCU Vice Chancellor presented souvenirs to the KEMU delegation.

(19.06.2014)

 

GC University holds all Pakistan Islamic Calligraphy Exhibition

Arabic calligraphy is a very effective tool to spread the message of Islam, said Prof (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU Lahore while addressing the inauguration of All Pakistan Islamic Calligraphy Exhibition held at the GC University Lahore under the auspices of the University’s Majlis-e-Aloom-e-Islamiya. As many as 110 students from different educational institutions of the country including GCU Faisalabad, LCWU, University of Sargodha, NCA and University of Education put on display their artwork at the exhibition.

Prof Rahman GCU VC appreciated the work of students, saying that GCU wished to keep the unique art of calligraphy alive as it was an important way of expressing the true respect and love for Islam.  He said Islamic calligraphy was a symbol of representing unity, beauty and power. He said that GCU would also hold trainings and workshops to promote the interest of students in calligraphy.  

Speaking on the occasion, GCU Dean Prof Dr Islam Ullah Khan said that aesthetic principles of Arabic calligraphy were a reflection of rich cultural values of Muslims, and a thorough investigation into the aesthetic differences between Arabic and non-Arabic calligraphy provided an approach for understanding the essential spirit of each culture. Ashraf Heera, a prominent calligrapher and the winner of the International King Abdullah Calligraphy Contest, appreciated the efforts of GCU in promoting Islamic calligraphy in Pakistan, saying that calligraphy linked people and artists with Islam.

 

(05-06-2014)

 

RESTORATION ON GCU MAIN BUILDING BEGINS

 

Restoration work on the historical clock-tower building of the Government College University, Lahore has begun with a special grant by the Prime Minister. It was revealed by Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman while addressing the meeting of the university’s academic heads on Friday. Dean Prof Dr Islam Ullah Khan, the Registrar and Campus Engineer were also present.

 

Speaking on the occasion, the Vice Chancellor said the university’s main building had been in a highly dilapidated condition since long and had required extensive repair and restoration work. He said that changes, happened against the original design, would be undone and the clock tower building would be restored to its original condition of 1870s to the maximum possible extent.

 

The meeting was also briefed about the history of the GC-GCU main building that the establishment of a Central College at Lahore was sanctioned in 1856 with the condition that the teachers should be graduates of Oxford, Cambridge, Dublin or Durham, it was not until January 1, 1864 that the college opened its doors in the palace (haveli) of Dhian Singh/Khushal Singh, in Lahore's Walled City. In April 1871 the college moved to a large Bungalow near Anarkali. In 1873 its location was changed to another house called Rahim Khans Kothi. It was in 1876 that the college moved into the present building.  The construction had started almost in mid 1872 and was completed in 1877. Situated in the heart of the city, the site is surrounded by main business and administrative areas, schools, colleges and Punjab University old Campus. Presently raised to the status of university, Government College University (GCU) site is located at the junction of the Mall and the Lower Mall and occupies a focal point.

 

The building was designed by W. Purdon, Superintendent Engineer, and constructed under the supervision of Executive Engineer Kannhaiya Lal. It was completed in 1877 at a cost of Rs. 320,000. A couple of years after its completion, Viceroy Lord Lytton presided over the convocation of 'Punjab University College' (1879) held in its convocation hall with its enormous height—"the great hall of the Lahore College, which was tastefully decorated and arranged for the occasion." Lytton papers recorded that the event was witnessed by "a large number of ladies and gentlemen, European and Native."

GCU VC and Academic Heads inspect the restoration work..JPG

  

From the main road the main college building is seen above the landscaped terracing through the foliage of trees, presenting a picture postcard view. The Lahori brick is combined with sparing use of black Chiniot stone in the first floor columns as well as in the borders lining the openings. Pointed arches on the facade are accented with simple moldings, and the building is topped by a steeply sloping roof. According to Kannahiya Lal, the slate for the roof covering was acquired from Dalhousie Mountain hundreds of miles away.

 

Later, the Vice Chancellor along with academic heads inspected the restoration work and issued necessary directions to the Campus Engineer about the relocation of departments and classrooms affected by the project

 

(02-06-2014)

 

 

Hatiqa Razvi initiates golden scholarship for GCU students

 

Hatiqa Dabeer Razvi donated rupees one million to GC University Lahore Endowment Fund Trust (GCU EFT) for initiating a golden scholarship in the name of his late father, N. A. Rizvi’.  Hatiqa Razvi handed over rupees one million to Prof (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU Lahore at a graceful ceremony held in the University. GCU EFT Executive Committee Secretary Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt and the donor’s brother, Brig (r) Dabeer Rizvi, were also present on the occasion.  
Hatiqa Dabeer hands over Rs. 1 million to GCU VC.

 

Hatiqa Dabeer Razvi told Prof. Rahman GCU VC that his father N. A. Rizvi had studied from Government College, Lahore in early 1930s and had a great love for his alma mater. He retired from police as Inspector General. The Vice Chancellor expressed gratitude and said that it was the third golden scholarship donated by the family. Earlier, Brig (r) Dabeer Rizvi and his son had initiated two golden scholarships. Prof Khaleeq said that the ‘N. A. Rizvi Golden Scholarship’ would be given to a financially-challenged student every year on merit.

(22-05-2014)

 

Chemists’ reunion held at GC University Lahore

 

The Annual Alumni Reunion of GC University Lahore Chemistry Department was held at the University’s Bukhari Lawns under the auspices of Ravian Forensic Society. Prof. (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU Lahore was the Chief Guest while Punjab Forensic Science Agency Director General Dr Mohammad Ashraf Tahir, GCU Dean Prof Dr Islam Ullah Khan and Registrar Dr Muhammad Akhyar Farrukh were also present on the occasion.

GCU VC gives away certificate of appreciation to Registrar.

 Speaking on the occasion, Prof Rahman GCU VC said that the Chemistry Department had been a hub of research activities since its inception in 1896. He said that modern research had grown complex and multidisciplinary and it was not possible for a single research institution or university or department to possess all the knowledge, equipment, and techniques required. Therefore, he laid a stress on universities to establish academic and research links with each others and share resources, expertise and equipment. He said that GCU had opened its all research facilities for all students and researchers of Pakistan.

 

Later the Vice Chancellor gave way certificates of appreciation to the Registrar Dr. Muhammad Akhyar Farrukh and other teachers for their achievements in the field of research.

 

(26-05-2014)

 

GCU Botanic Garden turns 102

The Botanic Garden of GC University Lahore has turned 102. The University’s Botany Department celebrated the anniversary with a plantation drive which was inaugurated by Prof. Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU Lahore at the seven-acre botanic garden which houses more than 700 species including flora, alstonia, milletia, ficus, ehretia and cycas. GCU Dean Prof Dr Islam Ullah Khan, Professor Rafi Chair Dr Muhammad Zakria Butt, Registrar Dr Muhammad Akhyar Farrukh, Department of Botany Chairperson Dr Ghazala Yasmeen Butt, Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt also planted saplings at the Botanic Garden.

Speaking on the occasion, Prof Rahman GCU VC said that the Botanic Garden was handed over to Government College University, Lahore in 1912 and since the Botany Department had been looking after it very appropriately and providing students a perfect atmosphere for research in Botany. He said that Botanic Gardens were highly crucial for research and all over the world they had preserved and documented specimen of 80,000 to 100,000 living plant species and providing material for display, research, education, ex-situ conservation and ecological restoration.

(23-05-2014)

 

 

CERN'S DELEGATION LAUD GCU RESEARCH FACILITIES

 

A team of the world-renowned ‘Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS)’ experiment of European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) visited GC University Lahore to discuss matters related to collaboration with Pakistani scientists. The delegation, comprising CMS Tracker Project Manager Dr Frank Hartmann, Tracker Upgrade Coordinator Duccio Abbaneo, Technical Coordinator Dr Austin Howard Ball, Rsource Manager Andrzej Charkiewicz, Spokesperson Dr Tiziano Camporesi and Dr Paraskevas Sphicas, met with Prof (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman and explored areas of future collaboration with GCU scientists. Professor Rafi Chair of GCU Dr Muhammad Zakria Butt, CASP Director Prof Dr Raiz Ahmad and senior representatives of Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission were also present on the occasion.

 

CASP Director briefs the delegate about GCU traditions

and research potential.

 

The European nuclear scientists inspected research facilities at the GCU Centre for Advanced Studies in Physics (CASP) and showed special interest in Pelletron Accelerator and Nuclear Data Group. Prof Rahman GCU VC briefed the delegation in detail about history, traditions and research potential and output of the University.

 

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Tiziano Camporesi said Pakistani scientists and engineers were highly talented and hardworking, and played crucial role in experiments and installation of sensitive equipment for CMS experiment. He added that CMS was actually taking forward the theories laid down by an Old Ravian and Nobel Laureate Dr Abdus Salam. He lauded the research and usage of Pelletron Accelerator by various research groups at GCU. The members of delegation also discussed with the Vice Chancellor about methods and sources of funding for science projects in Pakistan.

 

(16-05-2014)

 

 

Workshop on ‘occupational health and safety’ at GCU

The Sustainable Development Study Centre of GC University organized a one-day workshop on “Occupational Health and Safety” to apprise the students and professionals about health and safety principles and practices. Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman chaired the opening ceremony of the one-day workshop which was also addressed by eminent occupational health consultants Usama Tariq and Dr Huma. The experts told the participants about ‘workplace hazards, ‘risk control’, ‘transport hazards’, ‘work equipment hazards’, ‘electrical safety’ and ‘fire safety’, and safety techniques.

Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor Prof Rahman said that in the age of technology, human life was surrounded by hundreds of electric gadgets and electromagnetic waves, but most of the people didn’t have any knowledge about their hazards to them. He also appreciated the topic of workshop, saying that it was the duty of educational institutions to raise awareness among students about their health and safety.   

SDSC In-charge, professional experts public and private sector institutions, faculty members and students attended the workshop.

(13-05-2014)

 

 

GC UNIVERSITY revivifies scouting in Lahore

 

GC University Lahore Rovers Club revivified the scouting in Lahore by organizing the four-day All Pakistan Scouts and Volunteers Gala 2014 in collaboration with Pakistan Red Crescent Society, Punjab and Civil Defence Lahore. The GCU Rovers Club established ‘Camp City’ at the University’s Cricket Ground, where more than 500 scouts from all over Pakistan `are attending the national festival being held on theme “let’s change our destiny through social services.” This is the biggest scout event in Lahore after National Scout Jamboree which was held in 1985 in the Nishtar Park Lahore,” said GCU Rovers Club Advisor Dr Moshin Javed while addressing the opening of Scouts and Volunteers Gala. He added that no major scouting event was held in the city during the last two decades.

 

Prof (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GC University Lahore inaugurated the Scouts’ Camp City where 44 scout teams set up their camps to participate in trainings for four days. Speaking on the occasion, Prof Rahman regretted that in this age of computers and mobiles, students had lost their interest in social services and welfare activities. However, he said, GCU would continue play its role of the character building of students. He said he was himself a scout in his school age and had great interest that his students should also participate in social service activities.   He also called upon the Red Crescent Society to make itself more vibrant and involve university students in its humanitarian actives. The Vice Chancellor, to encourage his students, took the life-time membership of Red Crescent Society.

 

GCU VC is visiting camps. Scouts pose for a photo with GCU VC.

 

Deputy Inspector General Jawad Ahmad Dogar, who was the President of GCU Rovers Club in 1991, was the ‘Guest of Honor’ at the opening ceremony which was also attended by a large number of former scouts of GCU. GCU Rovers Club President Hafiz Ateeq-ur-Rahman said it was the first time that scouts would be imparted civil defence, rescue, first aid and national disaster management training during their camping. “Usually, only scout training is provided to them,” he added. He said a group of the physically-impaired students of Al-Ajam Welfare was also participating in the event besides the scouts of Agriculture University, Faisalabad, UET Lahore, Punjab University, BZU Multan, UVAS Lahore and Kurram Agency, Fata. Speaking on the occasion, DIG Jawad Ahmad Dogar said that scouting was complete practical education in itself and increased physical, intellectual, social, and spiritual potentials of individuals and made them responsible citizens. He believed that scouting should be made compulsory for all the students.

(12-05-2014)

 

 

Int’l conference on public health research concludes at GCU

 

An International Conference on Innovative Biological and Public Health Research (IBPHR 2014) concluded at GC University Lahore. Prof (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU Lahore was the chief guest at the concluding ceremony, while US Cornell University Animal Genetics and Genomic Lab Principal Dr Ikhide G Imumurin, Prof Dr Ashraf Muhammad Ahmed Ali from King Saud University, KSA, GCU Dean of Sciences Prof Dr Islam Ullah Khan, Department of Zoology Chairperson Prof Dr Nusrat Jahan and a large number of distinguished intellectuals were also present on the occasion. More than 500 participants from all over the world attended the conference and delivered lectures on current burning issues like dengue, malaria, diabetes, cancer, genetic disorders and food safety.

 

GCU VC is presenting souvenirs to the participants.

 

In his concluding address, Prof Rahman GCU Vice Chancellor congratulated Prof Dr Nusrat Jahan on organising successful international conference and stressed on the importance of the topic of the moot. He also distributed souvenirs to the participants and winners of the poster competition.

 

(09-05-2014)

 

GCU DRAMATICS CLUB STAGES A SHORT VERSION OF “MACBETH”

 

The GCU Dramatics Club staged a special edition of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” at the Cultural Evening hosted by the University in the honour of foreign educationists and British Council officers who came to Pakistan to attend the International Conference on ‘South Asia Policy Dialogue on Higher Education and Knowledge Parks’ on the invitation of Punjab Government. High officials of Punjab, Vice Chancellors of universities, faculty and students witnessed the play. He expressed gratitude that Punjab Chief Minister Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, an eminent Old Ravian, had selected his alma mater for hosting cultural evening in the honor of foreign delegates.

 

Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Khaleeq-ur-Rahman said GC Dramatics Club started its journey in 1890 by staging selections from Shakespeare. “In a way, on this historic occasion, the GCDC has come full circle,” he added. The GCU Vice Chancellor also commended the young students who make up the cast of Macbeth. “I understand that this time the GCDC is using new talent. These girls have never acted before, but their voices, gestures, and powerful acting do not betray a single rookie strain. I wish them success on their performance.” he added.

 

Students are performing their allotted role during play.

 

Talking about the play, GCUDC Advisor Sameer Ahmed said that GCUDC’s Macbeth was a collage of important scenes from Shakespeare’s text that retains the original dialogue and plotline, but takes the liberty of experimenting with the presentation. He said in some scenes, they brought the interpretation into the play, adding that they also played with the chronology by reordering the dialogue and enactment. The role of Macbeth was portrayed convincingly by Komal Nazir. Hooria Ahmed managed to enthrall with her nuanced portrayal of Lady Macbeth and the Second Witch. Sameen Mashkoor and Rukhsar Baig were entertaining as the First and Third Witch respectively. Banquo was played ably by Farwa Sheikh. The chorus consisted of Nawal Islam and Nafisa Mustafa. Music was handled by Muzamil Shabbir. Zohaib Zafar, president GCDC, managed lights and production. The production team consisted of Omar Shaheedi, Zia Ahmed, and Osman Aziz. Costumes and props were taken care of by Ms. Fatima Batool.

(07-05-2014)

 

Tech festival Softronix 2014 begins at GC UNIVERSITY

 

The three-day Softronix 2014, a technology festival has begun at GC University Lahore with an aim to give students from all over Pakistan an opportunity to show their talent in the field of information technology and to share their innovative ideas. As many as 150 students from 10 educational institutions are participating in the festival. The technology festival includes seminars, workshops and competitions including Speed Wiring, Minute to Win It, Photography Session, Web Development, Programming, Counter Strike, Circuit Designing, E-Gaming, Dare to Hunt, Rocket Designing, Robo Wars and Robo Navigation.

 

Prof (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU Lahore said that the University was focusing on professional training and character building of students besides academics and research. He said such technology festivals created a positive environment of competition and also provided a platform to students from diverse backgrounds to socialise and share their experiences and ideas.

 

(06-05-2014)

 

GCU Punjabi Majlis holds Punjabi Mushaira: Punjabi poetry met with loud applause

The GCU Pungabi Majlis organized a punabi Musharia in connection with the university’s 150th year celebrations at the Bukhari Auditorium of the University. The Punjabi poetry, especially by eminent poets Baba Najmi, Sabir Ali Sabir Murrlii Chohan and Saad Ullah Shah, met with loud applause of GCU audience. Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman was the chief guest at the Musharira, Muhammad Khan Nasir chaired the Mushaira. Urdu Department Chairperson Dr Haroon Qadir and others heads odf departments were also present. As many as 30 prominent poets, including Shrif Anjum, Adal Minhas Lahori, Dr Naheed Shahid, Farhat Abbas, Veer Sapahi, Mushtaq Goga, Naseer Ahmed, Muhammad Butta Anjum, Habibullah Sahil, Prof Saadat Saeed, Arif Chaudhry, Amber Shahid, Rubina Yasmeen and Umair Ali Wasif presented their poetry.

Vice Chancellor Prof Rahman highlighted the importance of Punjabi and said it was an international language and was spoken in several countries. “Punjabi is the biggest language millions of people understand and communicate with each other through this language,” he added. He vowed that GCU would continue to work for the promotion of Punjabi language and literature

(05-05-2014)

 

Ravians donate blood for Thalassemia patients

The GCU Blood Donor Society has set up a “Blood Donation Camp” which draws a huge response from the students especially girls who turned up to donate blood for the children suffering from Thalassemia. As many as 125 students and faculty members donated blood at the camp. Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman and Persian Department Chairperson visited the Camp and appreciated the efforts of the BDS members and it’s Advisor  for arranging the camp.

Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor Prof Rahman called on all the students to donate blood and highlighted the importance of voluntary blood donation in protecting precious human lives. He also appreciated the donation of blood by female students.

The blood, donated at the camp, was handed over to Sundus Foundation for the safe transfusion to the children suffering from Thalassemia. Speaking on the occasion, Sundus Foundation Director Maj (r) Tariq said that the practice of voluntarily blood donation was very low in Pakistan as compared to the European countries and due to those patients, especially those who required regular blood transfusion, miserably suffered. “Every year, more than 4,000 children are born in Pakistan with Thalassemia major, a condition in which the patient requires blood transfusion once or twice a month. In addition to these patients, blood transfusion is also required during surgeries,” he added.

(05-05-2014)

 

Mental Health Week begins at GC UNIVERSITY Lahore

 

The ‘Mental Health Week began at the GC University Lahore under the auspices of Psychology Department with a painting exhibition highlighting the miseries of people due to unemployment, load-shedding, poverty, gender violence, injustice, illiteracy, media biasness and religious prejudice and effect of these factors on people’s mental health. Prof (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU inaugurated the painting exhibition in which about 90 students from twelve educational institutions put on display 60 posters on topics related to “social psychology”. 

 

Addressing the inaugural ceremony, Prof Rahman GCU VC said he always considered psychologists as reformers of the society and it was their responsibility to give ideas and policies through indigenous research to form and maintain a healthy society. He said that Mental Health Week (MHW) celebrations at GCU would provide opportunities to students for obtaining hands on knowledge about the practical implications of psychology.

 

 

GCU VC is witnessing paintings.

 

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Syeda Salma Hasan, the in-charge of Psychology Department, said that a two-day international conference on “social psychology” was also part of the MHW celebrations, besides a Performing Art Competition and Inter-universities Quiz Contest. She also said that the purpose of celebrating mental health week was to promote awareness among young scholars about the social realities. The students of Beaconhouse National University secured the first position in the poster exhibition for their poster titled “Who I Am”, while University of Lahore and University of Management and Technology got the second and third positions respectively. Later, an awareness walk was also held on the GCU campus in connection with Mental Health Week. A large number of faculty members and students took part in the walk.

(29-04-2014)

 

OLD RAVIANS XI WINS HOCKEY MATCH AT GC UNIVERSITY LAHORE

 

The Old Ravians XI beat the Vice Chancellors XI by 3-2 in a festival hockey match played at the GC University Lahore in connection with its 150 years of excellence. Seven eminent Old Ravian Olympians and international hockey players including Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) President Akhtar Rasool, Manzoor-ul-Hassan, Rehan Butt, Khawaja Junaid , Qayyaum Rasheed and Sufi Dilawar took part in the festival hockey match at their alma mater and shared their life experiences with the university’s sportsmen. PHF Secretary Mujahid Ali Rana and former secretary Muhammad Asif Bajwa were also present.

 

Addressing the ceremony, Prof (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU said that GCU was one of the finest sports nurseries in Pakistan and producing and grooming sportsmen for national teams in all sports. He appreciated the participation of a large number of Old Ravian Olympians in festival hockey match, saying that they were the pride of GCU.

 

GCU VC and PHF President presenting shields to the Old Ravians. Participants of festival hockey match pose for photo with GCU VC.

 

PHF President Akhtar Rasool said Pakistan had lacked behind in sports because the premier educational institutions of the country had completely neglected it. He paid tributes to Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman for establishing the state-of-the-art hockey and gymnastic academies at GCU for school children.  He also remembered that he had graduated from the Government College, Lahore and during his college days, he remained the captain of the College Hockey team. He was also awarded "Roll of Honour" and "College Color" for his excellent performance in hockey. GCU Director Sports Khadim Ali Khan said that the importance given to sports by the developed countries was no less than education. He said that the GCU leadership had provided full encouragement and conducive environment for the sports activities right from the beginning.

(28-04-2014)

 

 

NAMS AND OLD RAVIANS' JOINTLY ORGANIZED ’ GHAZAL NIGHT

 

The Old Ravians Union (ORU) organised Ghazal Night at GC University Lahore in collaboration with the University’s Nazir Ahmed Music Society (NAMS). Prof (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU was chief guest at the Ghazal Night which was attended by a large number of eminent Old Ravians from different walks of life. The former presidents and secretaries of NAMS performed at musical night which was the part of the ORU month-long celebrations to mark the GCU’s 150 years of excellence.

 

GCU VC presents shields to Old Ravian Singers.

 

Addressing the Old Ravians, Prof Rahman GCU VC said that NAMS was the biggest teaching centre of music and art in Pakistan as it produced galaxy of stars for Pakistan like Shafqat Amanat Ali, Ali Zafar, Waris Baig and Jawad Ahmad.  Speaking on the occasion, the Old Ravian singers shared light moments that they spent with NAMS In-charge Tariq Farani and cherished the time that they had spent in GCU music society especially the dinners they had late night in GCU. They said that GCU teachers inculcated the moral ethics, values and real sense of Ravians’ spirit in them.

 

Later Prof. Dr. Khaleeq-ur-Rahman GCU VC presented shields to Old Ravian singers.

(28-04-2014)

 

 

GCU alumni turn back the clocks

 

The alumni of GC University Lahore turned back the clocks with their grand reunion in the majestic Oval Ground of their alma mater where they met their teachers and class-fellows after many decades. Eminent Old Ravian Justice (r) Dr Javed Iqbal, the son of Allama Muhammad Iqbal, was the Chief Guest at the reunion hosted by University’s official alumni body, Old Ravians Union, under the patronage of Prof. (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU Lahore, ORU President Kamran Lashari and Honorary Secretary Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt. Eminent Singer Shafqat Amant Ali performed at the reunion which was also attended by a seven-member delegation of Indian Old Ravians which included retired Indian Air Wing Commander Iqbal Singh, retired Maj-Gen Ramesh Chandra and retired Brig Harcharan Ghumn as Guest of Honours.

 

Addressing the Old Ravians, Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman GCU Vice Chancellor said it took tremendous effort and endless time to set up reputed academic institutions like GCU, adding that numerous teachers and students really worked hard over the last 150 years to establish the glorious traditions of academic leadership. He said that in this age of research and technology, GCU was in a dire need of financial resources to keep up pace of development and producing world best scientists, engineers and literati. He called on the Old Ravians that GCU needed their support to expand its functions in different domains, besides strengthening the existing facilities. However, he also highlighted that despite acute challenges of space in the campus, GC University had continued its sacred mission of imparting quality education as per international standards.

 

GCU VC is presenting shield to eminent singer Shafqat Amanat Ali.

GCU Vice Chancellor and Dr Javed Iqbal grace the ORU Annual Dinner.

 

Justice (r) Javed Iqbal, in his address, recalled his days that he spent at the Government College Lahore. He remembered that he used to come to the college on bicycle that was one of the most prestigious institutions of Sub-continent at that time. He urged the young generation to follow the Allama Iqbal’s message of Ijtihad and leave the way of leading life by imitating others. “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 right direction,” he added. ORU President Kamaran Lashari regretted that despite having sixth largest army and seventh nuclear power in the world, Pakistan had a lowest literacy rate in South Asia. Pointing out the erudite star-studded event, he hoped that Pakistan would soon emerge as the most literate country in the world.

 

Wing Commander (r) Iqbal Singh, Coordinator of ORU Delhi Chapter, said, “We all Old Ravians have brought greetings from India on this historic event.” He said that GC had also produced legends for India including Air Chief Marshal O.P. Mehra and Air Marshal Arjand Singh. He suggested that the children of Indian Old Ravians should be given associate membership of ORU so that they could play their vital role in improving relationships between India and Pakistan. He also revealed that they had also formed an Old Ravians Union in India and Ashwain Kumar was its President. Sajjad Rizvi, the great grandson of eminent writer Maulana Muhammad Hussain Azad, said his four generations had studied from Government College, Lahore. Speaking on the occasion, ORU Honorary Secretary Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt said Old Ravians remembered their alma mater not because of their degrees but due to the values, morals and confidence that the Government College taught them. Old Ravians also prayed for the early recovery of Hamid Mir, one of the eminent alumni of GCU.

 

Later, Prof Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU along with Justice (r) Dr Javed Iqbal presented souvenirs to the Indian Old Ravians.  

 

(22-04-2014)

 

 

KATCHERY ROAD BE RENAMED AS LEITNER ROAD: OLD RAVIANS

 

The Katchery Road, Lahore must be renamed as Leitner Road to honour the man who founded the Government College, Lahore, the Punjab University, Lahore, and the Oriental College, Lahore (all of them located on Katchery Road), said eminent Old Ravians while addressing a seminar on the “cultural landscape of 150-year-old Government College (University), Lahore which was organized by Library and its Society. Prof (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU Lahore chaired the Seminar. Eminent Indian writer Pran Nevile, the author of Lahore - A Sentimental Journey, was the chief guest at the seminar which was also addressed by Old Ravians; Punjab Secretary Higher Education Abdullah Khan Sumbel, Allama Iqbal Medical College Principal Prof. Mahmood Shaukat, eminent historian Majid Shiekh, educationist Prof Sabir Lodhi, noted actress/director Madiha Gohar and Chief Librarian Abdul Waheed.

 

Addressing the seminar, Prof Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU agreed with the points raised by Mr. Majid Shiekh and that Dr Gottlieb Wilhelm Leitner, M.A., Ph.D., L.L.D., D.O.L. (1840–1899), the first principal of Government College Lahore, was also the great scholar of the Islam and oriental languages, and had even memorised many parts of Holy Quran to understand Islam. “Dr Leitner also established in England famous Woking Mosque and Islamic Center,” he added. He also announced that the main building of GCU Kala Shah Kaku would also be named after the first principal of Government College, Lahore.

GCU VC and Abdul Waheed Chief Librarian present shield to Pran Nevile.

 

Speaking on the occasion, Majid Shiekh said that Dr Leitner was one of the greatest linguists that ever lived, certainly the greatest educationist to work for Lahore and the Punjab, and definitely an outstanding researcher of the Orient. “Our government colleges and our central model schools all flowed from the foundations De Leitner laid” he added. Pran Neville, who came all the way from India to attend 150th year celebrations of GCU, revealed that two former Indian Air Marshals and two army chiefs were also students of Government College, Lahore. “GC is still almost same, but just the ratio of girls on the campus have increased,” he added.  He also read his Punjabi poem “420” and enthralled the audience.  Secretary Abdullah Khan Sumbal, the former Capitan of GCU cricket team and editor of The Ravi 1992, said rigorous academic work and literary and curricular activities of GC University, Lahore prepared a Ravain to pass any examination of the world. He shared his memories of studying at GC with the audience, saying that everybody must have courage to know and a will to something for his country. 

 

GCU VC is addressing on the eve of seminar on

"The Cultural Landscape of  Government College (University), Lahore"

 

Talking on the topic of the seminar, Allama Iqbal Medical College Principal Prof Dr Mehmood Shaukat said, “Ravian community has specific culture and GCU represents common people of the society.” He said that GCU gave the brilliant students a chance to groom their personality and polish their abilities. He told students a difference between knowledge and education. He called on universities to pay more attention on education which was about grooming the personality of a student and making him a good human being. While, he said, knowledge was only about acquiring a specific skill. Prof Sabir Lodhi, who taught at the Government College Lahore for 33 years also shared his golden memories with the audience and congratulated the GCU Library & its Society on holding such an unforgettable seminar.

(18-04-2014)

 

 

MUSICAL EVENING HELD AT GCU IN THE HONOR OF FICLL PARTICIPANTS

 

The melodious voice of Ustad Hamid Ali Khan, a living legend of classical music from the famous Patiala gharana, put foreigners into a trance at the musical and social evening held at GC University Lahore in the honour of the participants of the first international conference on “Modern and Contemporary Language, Literature and Culture 2014” (FICLL’14). Punjab Governor Ch Muhammad Sarwar was Chief Guest at the musical evening hosted by GCU Vice Chancellor Prof (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman to provide the national academia and literati an opportunity to the socialise with the foreigners attending the conference.  When Ustad Hamid Ali Khan sang famous Ghazal “Menu Tere Jaya Sohna”, the listeners were left mesmerised.

 

Indian academician Dr Uttam Baburao Pareka gives a surprise flute performance. Ustad Hamid Ali Khan performs at the musical evening. Punjab Governor and GCU VC present souvenir to Ustad Hamid Ali Khan.

 

Indian academician Dr Uttam Baburao Parekar, who is Head of the English Department at Yeshwant Mahavidyalaya, Wardha, India, also gave surprise to the audience with his special flute performance. Old Ravians Abdul Rauf and Sajid Ali Fareed and GCU students Bazika Yasmin and Ambreen Nasir also performed at the musical evening. Addressing the musical evening, Dr Anwar Ahmed Siddiqui from Mahatma Gandhi International Hindi University, India said that universities of India and Pakistan should develop academic linkages and give their students and teachers tasks of working as ambassadors of peace between the neighbouring countries. He accepted that Pakistanis were far ahead of Indians in classical singing, “I hope one day Indian students come to Pakistan and learn classical music from teachers like Hamid Ali Khan,” he added.

 

Punjab Governor Ch Muhammad Sarwar also enjoyed the music performance of Ustad Hamid Ali Khan and GCU students. University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha, FCC University Lahore Rector Dr James A Tebbe, University of Education Prof Dr Faizul Hassan and a large number of eminent academicians also attended the musical evening.

 

(17-04-2014)

Annual dinner of Chawala Mathematical Society held at GCU

The Chawala Mathematical Society (CMS) of GC University Lahore arranged its annual dinner at the university’s Salam Hall. Prof (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU was the chief guest at the dinner, while Department of Mathematics Chairperson Dr Muhammad Aslam, CMS adviser Dr Saifullah, faculty members and a large number of students were also present.

Addressing on the occasion, Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman said that teachers needed to reform their role and also concentrate on the students’ character building. “Little deeds have huge impact and your small contributions in social services would be resulted in form of better and improved future not only for you but also for next generations,” he advised the students. Later Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman gave away certificates to the members of Chawala Mathematical Society of GCU.

The members of Chawala Mathematical Society pose for a photo with GCU VC.

 

(16-04-2014)

 

FICLL’14 begins at GC UNIVERSITY LAHORE

 

A three-day international conference on ‘Modern and Contemporary Language, Literature and Culture 2014 (FICLL’14)’ began at GC University, Lahore under the auspices of British Council and Higher Education Commission to deliberate on divergent issues of individualism, ontological abstraction, social and cultural disintegration. British Council Director Richard Weyers chaired the opening ceremony of the conference while Punjab Education Minister Rana Mashood Ahmed Khan was the chief guest.

 

In his opening remarks, Prof (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU Lahore said that more than 21 foreign delegates including five from India were participating in three-day conference which spread over 27 technical sessions; which were intended to create a rigorous debate about issues that were persistently shaping the discursive practices of modern and contemporary paradigm in literature, language and culture. He said that it was the first conference in 131 years history of GCU English Department. 

 

Talking about the conference, FICLL’14 Secretary Dr Sajjad Ali Khan said 20th century intelligentsia had signaled a shift in philosophical, cultural, social, political and literary sensibility. “This shift became highly discomfiting and created divergent issues as individualism, ontological abstraction, social and cultural disintegration,” he added. He hoped that the recommendations of the conference would help in social and cultural reintegration of human beings at the global level. He said social media had just connected them, but they were still socially and culturally disintegrated.

 

Speaking on the occasion, Punjab Minister Rana Mashood Ahmed Khan said that these conferences provided platform to academicians from various backgrounds to interact and exchange ideas, and such an interaction could lead to fruitful long term collaborations. He also termed the conferences an opportunity for young scholars of GCU English Department to interact with well-known writers and academicians and learn from their knowledge and experiences. Appreciating the efforts of Vice Chancellor Prof Rahman for arranging the conference, Rana Mashood announced hosting a dinner in the honor of foreign delegates of the conference.   

 

GCU VC presents souvenir to Punjab Education Minister. British Council Director Richard Weyers and Mr. Yousaf Bashir are seen in the pic. Participants of the Conference pose for a group photo with GCU VC and Director British Council.

 

Addressing the participants of the conference, British Council Director Richard Weyers said that he had a good news for the Pakistan academia and literati that British council was soon going to reopen its library; which would be a state-of-the-art 21st century library with all kinds of modern facilities for research. He said that they were promoting English language at the school level especially in Punjab, saying English had become an international language and everybody should have a complete command on it. He said that the British Council was holding training courses for the school teachers to edify their skill in English language teaching.

 

Eminent Indian academician Dr Uttam Baburao Parekar, who is Head of the English Department at Yeshwant Mahavidyalaya, Wardha, India, said that the conference provided an opportunity to foster friendly ties between literati and academia of Pakistan and India. “We, at India have very a wrong perception about Pakistan. Even, my family was stopping me from visiting Pakistan due to terrorism and hatred about Indians. But I am astonished that situation is vice versa here,”   Dr Uttam said. He accepted that Pakistanis were far ahead of Indians in hospitality, saying that he would never forget the love and respect he had received from there at GCU. Riti Sharma, a post-graduation student from Department of Comparative Literature, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India said that both the countries should stop inducing in their young generations hatred against each other. She said that direct interaction between the youth of both counties were mandatory to end misconceptions. She expressed her love for Pakistani food, saying that it was delicious. 

 

Dr Carol Griffiths from ELT Department, Fatih University, Istanbul, said that human-to-human relationships had been disrupted due to overstress on science and technology in the 21st century. She said they all needed to understand each other’s literature, thoughts and culture to promote peace and tolerance.  Pao Hsiang Wang, Associate Professor teaching drama and history of opera in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at National Taiwan University, Taipei, said Lahore was culturally very rich, and the best venue to discuss issues of modern and contemporary literature, language, thought and culture through empirical, theoretical or methodological research papers.

 

(15-04-2014)

 

GCU VC appointed to IST Senate

President of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain has appointed Prof (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GC University Lahore to the senate of Institute of Space Technology, Islamabad (IST). Engr. Imran Rahman, the Vice Chancellor IST, in a welcome letter, expressed extreme gratitude on the appointment of GCU VC on the governing board of his university, saying that it would help them in developing their nascent pedagogic and achieve the mission of fostering intellectual and economic vitality through teaching, research and outreach in the field of Space Sciences & Technology with a view to improve quality of life.

(14-03-2014)

All Pakistan Tech & Art festival concludes at GCU

A three-day “All Pakistan Tech & Art festival 2014”held under the auspices of GC University Lahore Computer Science Department concluded here at the University’s Bokhari Auditorium. Prof (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU was the chief guest of the closing ceremony while Department of Computer Science Chairperson Dr Saleem Khan, faculty members and a large number of students from different universities were also present on the occasion.

According to details, as many as 400 students from 40 educational institutions including University of Engineering and Technology, FAST, Punjab University, Kinnaird College, UCP and UMT participated in the eighteen competitions. The most thrilling event of the festival was Coding Geek (junior/senior) that was won by Punjab University’s Codebots and Sheheen teams. The E-gamming was the most participated event which was won by the teams of PUCIT, GCU and UET in different categories. Javed Iqbal from COMSATS stood first in Concept Art Design, while Komal from Lahore College for Women University grabbed first position in Typography competition. Structure Design and Scavenger Hunt were won by the teams of NCA and GCU respectively. Laeeque Ahmed won Essay Writing (English), while Afaz Warsi stood first in Urdu Essay Writing. In Article Writing (English), Asmat Ullah, while in Article Writing (Urdu) Huma Hafeez won the competitions.

Speaking on the occasion, Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman GCU VC said that science, literature and arts were equally important for the progress and prosperity of mankind and such co-curricular activities, besides creating a positive environment of competition, provided a platform to students from diverse backgrounds to socialise and share their experiences and ideas. The Vice Chancellor called upon the students to prepare themselves to meet the future challenges. “To achieve your goals, you should update yourself about latest technologies and happenings in the world,” he advised.

GCU VC gives away shields to winners

About Tech & Art festival, Dr Saleem Khan said that the fields of technology, science and arts were common by nature as the development in these fields could be carried out by observing environment, surroundings and nature.  Later, the Vice Chancellor gave away shields to the winning students of the competitions held under the All Pakistan Tech & Art Festival.

(14-03-2014)

 

 

GCU STUDENTS TRAINED IN LATEST TELECOM TECHNOLOGY

 

GC University Lahore students were told about the latest telecom technology at a seminar on “Internetwork Development and Engineering Aura (IDEA)” organised by the Department of Electrical Engineering to share the latest happenings in the area of wireless communication and networks. Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU chaired the seminar, while Dean of Sciences Prof Dr Islam Ullah Khan, Department of Electric Engineering In-charge Dr Engr Junaid Zafar, Prof Dr Muhammd Riaz and a large number of students from different universities were also present on the occasion.

GCU VC is presenting shield to Department of Electric Engineering In-charge.

 

Addressing the seminar, GCU Vice Chancellor said that the students must prepare themselves to face the upcoming challenges especially the technology-related issues. “Youth should not only equip themselves with the latest technology, but also play their role in bringing innovations and give their technical input for the betterment of the country,” he added. He said that GCU had always been vibrant in organising special technical events, seminars to provide its students a platform to update their knowledge in latest advancements.

 

Dr Engr Junaid Zafar said that the event was an ideal networking opportunity to keep abreast with the current challenges being faced by communication industry. He said that the undergraduate/graduate students from within and outside the university got much benefit from the experience and expertise of technical professionals from different communication companies and network related industry. Sajid Mukhtar and Muhsin Ali Arif described the role of Interment Service Provider (ISP) and network virtualisation in professional fields. Ahsan Malik defined the emergence of Huawei as an IP data com giant in the world. He also talked about 3G and 4G technology being deployed in Pakistan within one or two months.

(12-03-2014)

 

MUNNU BAHI DONATES HIS LITERARY TREASURE TO GCU LIBRARY

 

Eminent writer Muneer Ahmed Qureshi, known as Munnu Bhai, announced donating all literary treasure to the library of GC University Lahore in an appreciation to the work done by this great institution for the promotion of drama and literature in the country. Muneer Ahmed Qureshi made this announcement during his invited lecture titled “Responsibilities of Media in Democratic Society” at GCU which was chaired by Prof (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU while Chief Librarian Abdul Waheed and senior faculty members were also present on the occasion.

Munnu Bhai is delivering lecture . GCU VC and Chief Librarian  may be also be witnessed in the pic

 

“I make my will and it shall be noted that my complete library including personal books, scripts, collections and all literary material shall go to GCU library where students from diverse backgrounds will draw benefit from them,” said Munnu Bahi while appreciating the University’s system of preservation of books on scientific lines. Addressing the students in Abdus Salam Hall, Munnu Bhai said “I will give you all my books and personal literacy collections, so that my heart shall always beat in your hands and my eyes shall always remain with your eyes.” He said that Pakistani media was young and would grow more mature with the passage of time, adding that it played tremendous role in raising awareness among people about the national issues. He rejected that media was portraying the country’s image negatively, saying that media was a mirror. However, he said, people just wanted to watch media reports in their favour. Everyone should endure criticism without wearing the glasses of favouritism or prejudice.”

 

Addressing on the occasion, Vice Chancellor Prof Rahman said Munnu Bahi was a national treasure and GCU students and teachers had always learnt a lot from him. “It is a matter of great pride for us that he has trusted GCU for donating his personal library,” he added. He told Munnu Bhai that GCU Library Lahore stood tall among its peers on account of its strong section of personal collections; more than 1,45,464 books had been donated by eminent writers, poets and scientists including Ashfaq Ahmed, Qudsia Bano, Prof Sufi Ghulam Mustafa Tabassum, Prof Qayyum Nazar, Kamal Azfar etc.

 

Speaking on the occasion, GCU Chief Librarian Abdul Waheed read extracts from the columns of Munnu Bahi and paid tribute to him for his services for Pakistan and its media. He shared his thought provoking ideas in the light of his profound experience in the field of Librarianship. He said that the significance of physical books can’t be denied in the present era of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs); however, librarians should perform conventional as well as unconventional services for attracting users towards libraries. Giving vent to his feelings, he said that the book reading was pivotal in the preservation and promotion of human civilization. He thanked the guests and participants for attending the ceremony.

 

(08-04-2014)

 

 

GCU STAFF INTER-DEPARTMENTAL CRICKET TOURNAMENT WON BY THE TEAM OF DIRECTORATE OF FACILITIES

 

GC University Lahore Registrar Office held a week-long “GCU Staff Inter-departmental Cricket Tournament” on the directions of Prof (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU Lahore to engage the university staff in healthy sports activities. As many as eight teams participated in the cricket tournament which was won by the team of Directorate of Facilities (DF) beating the Treasurer Office in the final by 10 runs. The team of DF remained unbeaten throughout the tournament due to its strong batting order. Shahid Usman from GCU Treasurer Office was declared the best bowler of the tournament for his hat-trick in semi-final match against Examination Department.

 

GCU VC is presenting shields to the participants of Cricket Tournament.

 

GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Khaleeq-ur-Rahman was the chief guest at the prize distribution ceremony, which also attended by the Registrar Dr Muhammad Akhyar Farrukh, Director Facilities Yousaf Bashir and Non-gazetted Staff Association President Khaliq Hussain. Addressing the ceremony, Vice Chancellor Prof Rahman said that the GCU staff members had a very crucial role in the smooth functioning of University’s affairs and they were as important as students and faculty of the university. He said he would continue to organise such healthy recreational activities for them, so that they do their work with more commitment and dedication. He also announced holding more sports tournaments for the staff members.

 

The Vice Chancellor applauded the efforts of chief organiser, Atif Aslam and other members of organising team for successfully holding the tournament in which staff members from the rank of Director Facilities and Deputy Treasurer to Junior Clerk and Naib Qasid participated. He said all staff members were equal and were like family members to each other. Later, Prof Rahman gave away shields to the participants of the tournament.  

(08-04-2014)

 

CASH AWARDS FOR CAST OF “MUKHTARNAMA”

 

Punjab Minister for Higher Education Rana Mashood Ahmed Khan and Prof. (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU Lahore announced cash awards for the cast and technical team of GC University Lahore Dramatics Club for staging Bano Qudsia’s Urdu Play “Mukhtarnama” in a highly professional and dedicated manner. MukhtarNama was written by Bano Qudsia during martial law. The play emphasizes the necessity of democracy, but perhaps more importantly; makes a point of stressing the dearth of true democratic values in our culture. Indian Old Ravian Prof Kumar Upal, noted columnist Munoo Bahi, eminent writer Asghar Nadeem Syed, former test cricketer Shafqat Rana, Member Punjab Assembly Mrs. Nazia Raheel and a large number of noted people from all walks of life watched the play staged in connection with the 150th year celebrations of Government College University Lahore.

 

The cast and technical team of “Mukhtarnama” pose for a photo with

Punjab Minister for Higher Education & GCU Vice Chancellor 

 

Education Minister Rana Mashood said that universities must encourage such co-curricular activities as they played a crucial in highlighting positive image of Pakistan abroad. He applauded the performance of the cast of play, saying they seemly highly trained and professional and could compete with any best drama team of the world. 

 

Addressing the closing ceremony of drama, Prof. Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU said that theatre had an important function to reform the society. He said it was imperative that university theatre groups to pick up themes which educate as well as entertain. He said that the GCU dramatics Club was established in 1890’s during the tenure of Prof. Bell and Mr. Dallinger as Principal of the College. In that period, the Club mostly staged scenes from Shakespearian plays but this was seldom of elaborate nature.

 

Speaking on the occasion, Munoo Bahi said that the GCU Vice Chancellor had revived the tradition of drama in GC University Lahore. He said he had used to come from Karachi with his family in 1950s to watch plays at this prestigious seat of higher learning. Asghar Naddem Syed and Shafqat Rana also lauded the performance of GCU students.

(07-04-2014)

 

 

Pakistan needs to develop indigenous technologies: Dr Samar

 

Pakistan needs to develop indigenous technologies to become economic power, said eminent nuclear scientist Dr Samar Mubarakmand while addressing a special lecture on “Power generation through underground gasification of Thar coal and Pakistan nuclear deterrence” at the Physics Department of GC University Lahore which was chaired by Prof. (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU Lahore. Professor Rafi Chair Dr Muhammad Zakria Butt and Centre for Advanced Studies in Physics (CASP) Director Prof Dr Riaz were also present on the occasion.

 

Addressing the lecture, Dr Samar said Pakistan itself developed its nuclear and missile technologies which were far better than of India. “First world countries would never give their first grade technology to us, and rather they would exploit our resources through it,” he added. He said universities had a major role throughout the world in research and developing technologies, so they were needed to be further strengthened. The nuclear scientist applauded that it had been highly courageous on the part of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to give his team go ahead for nuclear explosions in 1998. He shared the complete story of Pakistan becoming nuclear power from 1970s till last few hours of atomic explosions. He said that there were 60 officers in the team which had carried out explosions, out of which 40 were Ravians including their team leader. He said that Pakistan’s missile system was also designed by a team of Ravians, who were working at the international organisations like NASA and sacrificed their jobs and millions of dollar salaries just to serve their mother land. 

 

Dr Samar said some critics tried to discourage Pakistan, saying nuclear bomb was not more important than education, food and basic facilities to the people, but they became silent after observing Indian aggression in 1999 over Kargal issue. He informed listeners that there were massive reservoirs of coal in the country but these were very deep in earth and near water and it was very difficult to dig it out. He said Pakistan had huge reservoirs of mineral resources, but they should develop indigenous technology to dig out and use these resources in industry.

 

Speaking on the occasion, Prof (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq ur Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU said that Dr Samar was their national hero and pride of Pakistan. He said that the University had established a society in the name of Dr Samar at CASP to pay tribute to him.  Later the Vice Chancellor presented souvenir to Dr Samar Mubarikmand.

(04-04-2014)

 

Research shall not stay buried in journals: VC

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

(03-04-2014)

 

 

GCU CONDOLES AT THE SAD DEMISE OF OLDEST RAVIAN KHUSWANT SINGH

 

Eminent Indian writer Khuswant Singh, 99, was the oldest living Ravian and all Old Ravians, students and faculty members of his alma mater Government College University, Lahore expressed deep condolences on his sad demise, said Vice Chancellor Prof. (Meritorious) Dr. Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman, Old Ravians Union President Kamran Lashari and Secretary Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt in their message. They said they were very proud of Khuswant Sing and also wished that he could attend 150th year celebrations of GCU.

 

Prof. (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU said the Khuswant Singh did his graduation from Government College, Lahore in 1934 and he wrote two articles; Macher (mosquito) and “School Eshq Di Fees” for the college’s literary magazine The Ravi in 1935. “I can never forget Anarkali and Government College, Lahore and their memories are still fresh in my mind,” said Kuswant Singh in his meeting with GCU Chief Librarian Abdul Waheed last year in India and also wished to come to Lahore again. Khuswant Singh was contemporary of Urdu poet N.M Rahid at Government College Lahore and records showed that both writers had strong interaction during the student days and both used to write for the college magazine, The Ravi. Eminent poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz was leaving Government College, Lahore in 1932 after completing his masters, when Khuswant Sing joined it.

Late Khuswant Singh as the GC Student

 

ORU Secretary Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt said that Khuswant Singh had written a special article for a brochure of Old Ravians Union in 2004 on the occasion of the college’s 140th year celebrations and had expressed his deep love for his alma mater and Lahore. A delegation of Old Ravians had met Khuswant Singh in 2006 and he had shared all his memories of Government College, Lahore with Old Ravians. He had said that he wished to stay in Lahore but he had to leave the city after partition.  

 

(21-03-2014)

 

 

SEMINAR CONDUCTED ABOUT IQBAL’S PHILOSOPHY AT GC UNIVERSITY LAHORE

 

Youth is needed to be sensitised about the Iqbal’s philosophy which is beacon of light for them and guarantees Muslim renaissance, said Zulfiqar Cheema, the Inspector General of Motorways and National Highways Police, while addressing a seminar on ‘Youth in the Eyes of Iqbal’ at GC University Lahore. Prof. (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU Lahore chaired the seminar while DIG Operations Lahore Rana Abdul Jabbar and DIG Motorway Police Mirza Shakeel Ahmed were also present on the eve.

 

Addressing the seminar, Zulfiqar Cheema, who is Old Ravian, said that Poet of East Allama Iqbal Muhammad had exposed the hollowness of western’s culture and philosophy and portrayed the true picture of Islam. He said Iqbal’s concept of Khudi taught Muslims to acquire knowledge and prosper instead of waiting only for the divine help. He said that it was very unfortunate that our current generation didn’t know much about Iqbal’s philosophy, adding that the Poet of East had presented the case of Muslim Ummah in the world in the way that nobody could do. He quoted Allama Iqbal’s message to Muslims which says that, “we are a chosen nation and selected to lead the entire world.”

IG Motorways along with GCU VC addressing on Iqbal's Philosophy during Seminar.

 

Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor Prof Rahman said   that Iqbal’s deliberations both in verse and prose fuelled the imagination of Muslim Ummah, particularly his poetry composed in Urdu and Persian spelled out the manifesto for purposeful change. He said that it was up to the Muslim youth today to seek light from Iqbal’s philosophy and guaranteed the revival of scientific, technological and social advancement. He said that it was a matter of great pride and inspiration for all Ravians that Iqbal had been the student of Government College, Lahore. He said that Majlis-e-Iqbal, in connection with 150 years celebrations of GCU, had initiated a series of lecture on the various aspects of Iqbal’s poetry and philosophy which would be addressed by the eminent Old Ravians and academicians. 

 

Later, the Vice Chancellor presented souvenirs to the guests.

(20-03-2014)

 

ISLAM CAN’T BE ENFORCED BY TERROR, WAR: TURKISH SCHOLARS

Islam can’t be enforced by terror or war; rather it is religion of peace and tolerance which spreads through love, harmony and preaching, said Turkish scholars, while addressing the international conference on ‘Islam in Turkey’ at GC University Lahore. Prof. (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU Lahore chaired the inaugural session of the conference. GCU Arabic and Islamic Studies Department Chairperson Dr Sultan Shah said that the objective of this conference was to provide a platform for academicians, Ulema and young researchers to indulge in a meaningful dialogue, exchange their ideas and share their experiences , so that true message of Islam could be spread.

 

Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Dr. Salih Cift from Uludag University, Bursa, Turkey, strongly dispelled the impression that two types of Islamic systems were practised in Turkey; modern in European side and the other in Asian side. He said that it was western propaganda aimed at dividing the Muslim Ummah. He laid a particular stress on Tasawwuf which was the traditional Islamic science of self-improvement and spirituality. He said Tasawwuf was a solution of all the challenges being faced by the Muslim community. He said a lot of research work had been done on Tasawwuf and its history in Turkey during the last 30 years which should be translated in Urdu for the people of Pakistan.

GCU VC is presenting souvenir to Turkish scholars.

 

Addressing the conference, Turkish scholar Prof Dr Abdulhamit Birisik pointed out that Muslims needed to learn different languages including Arabic, English and Turkish, to understand and spread the message of Islam. He also highlighted that Urdu was being taught in the several Turkish universities, and stressed that the Turkish language should also be taught in all the Pakistani educational institutions. He also emphasised on strengthening the Pakistan-Turkey academia relationship, without which, he believed, people of both the countries could not be brought closer. He told the students that under a diplomatic agreement, 40 students of Pakistan could study in Turkish universities every year free-of-cost and but very limited number of students had knowledge about this accord.

 

Speaking on the occasion, Prof Dr Durmus Bulgur, the Chairman, Rumi Chair for Turkish Language and Culture, Punjab University, said that Rumi’s thoughts had influenced the people globally. “Allama Iqbal was the biggest aficionado of Rumi’s philosophy,” he said, adding that Iqbal brought the Muslims of subcontinent together following the philosophy of Rumi. He said that both the great personalities were the main source of relationship between Pakistan and Turkey.

 

Addressing the conference, Prof. (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU said that the Muslim Ummah was facing multiple challenges, which could only be tackled through acquiring the modern knowledge of literature, science and technology. “Modern Turkey is a model for Islamic world and we should follow the pace and ways of our brethren country to make progress,” he added.

(14-03-2014)

 

Pakistan needs law on domestic violence: Justice (r) Nasira Javed

 

Pakistan needs law on domestic violence as majority of crime against women are of domestic nature but they are not reported due our weak social and legal system. Law enforcement authorities more often do not view domestic violence as a crime and usually refuse to register cases, said Justice (r) Nasira Javed Iqbal while addressing a seminar organised by the Ravians Law Society at the GC University, Lahore in connection with the International Women’s Day. Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU Lahore was the Guest of Honour at the seminar which was also addressed by a large number of successful women from different walks of life.

GCU VC is presenting souvenir to Justice (r) Nasira Javed Iqbal.

 

“If we don’t protect a woman at her home and ensure its domestic rights, how can we protect her in the world, which is ruled in majority by men?” said Justice (r) Nasira Javed Iqbal, the daughter-in-law of Allama Muhammad Iqbal and noted human rights activist. She called upon the political parties to select female parliamentarians on merit for reserve seats; not on the basis of nepotism and favouritism. “I don’t see any true female human right activist, teacher, scientist, nurse or doctor in the parliament on reserve seats,” she regretted. She highlighted that the women rights were also being affected due to delay in local bodies elections. She said that the participation of women in politics at the union council level provided strong base for empowerment of women in the country, besides these women played a crucial role in resolving social and domestic issues of their gender in their community. She called upon the educated young girls to contest local body elections and contribute their skills in grooming health, sanitary and education sectors at grassroots level. She said that terrorist groups were frightened of educated women who had knowledge about their rights, and that’s why they were destroying their schools. She also appreciated the recruitment of women in police and army, saying they had more strong decision power than men.

 

Addressing the seminar, Ms Aziza, a visually-impaired girl doing PhD in Urdu from GCU, believed that women were talented and hardworking by nature but their social setup made them weak. She urged the parents to support their daughters in their educational and professional lives. She paid glowing tribute to her father who gave her confidence and lot of support.

 

Addressing the gathering of female students, Prof Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU said that women were superior to men for their intellect, integrity, commitment and emotional stability and their contribution to social evolution as mothers, sisters, wives and daughters was also deserved tribute. He said that the best way to empower women was to provide them more and more opportunities of quality education. He said that in many departments of GCU, ratio of female students was higher than of boys, it’ was all because that women seemed more focused to their studies and future. He appreciated the government’s initiative of celebrating Women’s Day in all major universities of Punjab, as it provided an opportunity to discuss and highlight the gender issues. He urged the youth not to surrender their social values to western culture, saying that parents and teachers should also emphasise on social training on youth besides teaching.

(13-03-2014)

GC UNIVERSITY STUDENTS SHINE AT INT’L TECHNOLOGY COMPETITION

GC University Lahore students won three top prizes amongst 40 universities from all over the country at the Punjab International IT, Science & Technology Expo and Competitions 2014, held under the auspices of Punjab Youth Festival. The GCU’s Department of Electrical Engineering won the laurels at the competition including Best Overall Award with Rs. 30,000 cash prize, Best Punjab Category Award with Rs. 10,000 cash prize and Best Project Idea Award with cash prize of Rs. 10,000.

The winners of the competition pose for photo with GCU VC.

Prof. (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU congratulated Department of Electrical Engineering In-Charge and the winning students. He said that the students, who take part in extracurricular activities, also excel in studies and light up the country’s name in their profession life. He advised the students that they were in the crucial phase of life when they could explore new areas, discover new interests and learn new skills from their surroundings, so linked themselves with the new innovations.

(12-03-2014)

 

EDUCATION SECTOR GOVT’S TOP PRIORITY: PROVINCIAL MINISTER

 

Education is the top priority of Punjab government, said Punjab Minister for Food while addressing the oath-taking ceremony of the newly-elected office-bearers of GC University, Lahore Education Society at the University’s Fazl-e-Hussain Reading Room. Prof. (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU Lahore chaired the ceremony administered oath to the Education Society members.

 

Speaking on the occasion, Bilal Yasin said that GCU was the prestigious institution for its excellent traditions and quality of education. “Even, Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif are proud of being Ravians and they would provide maximum support to their alma mater for its development,” he added. The provincial minister paid tributes to the services of Prof Khaleeq-ur-Rahman for the uplift of GCU.

The office-bearers of Education Society pose for a photo with GCU VC and Punjab Minister for Food.

 

Speaking on the occasion, GCU Vice Chancellor said student bodies and dedicated teachers remained the strongest pillars of the Government College University Lahore in its journey of 150 years and produced great alumni like Allama Muhammad Iqbal, Fiaz Ahmad Fiaz and Prof Dr. Abdus Salam. He said the literary works and achievements of these great Old Ravians were like lampposts which guide to peace and progress. Later, the Vice Chancellor and Provincial Minister gave away the certificates to the outgoing office-bearers of the Education Society.
 

(11-03-2014)

 

OLD RAVIANS XI BEATS VICE CHANCELLOR XI BY 28 RUNS

 

The Old Ravians XI beat Vice Chancellor XI by 28 runs in the festival cricket match held at GCU Oval  Ground.   Prof. (Meritorious)  Dr  Muhammad Khaleeq­ur­Rahman Vice  Chancellor GC University Lahore graced the festival cricket match as Chief Guest, while Old Ravians Union President Kamran Lashari and former test cricketer Salim Malik were also present. 

 

Earlier, winning the toss Old Ravians XI chose to bat first and posted the huge total of 218 runs in 15 overs under the captaincy of former Chief Secretary Punjab Pervaiz Masood. Batting maestro, Old Ravians Kamran Lashari, Salim Malik and Muhammad Bilal scored some quick runs in the early overs. Solicitor Aziz Nauman Butt, who came all the way from Hong Kong to play the match, scored 92 on just 46 balls. Chasing a challenging total of 220 runs, Vice Chancellor XI could not face the heat of Old Ravians and made only 189 scores. Khadim Ali Khan, Azhar Iftikhar and Taha Sadaqat showed some resistance and played fine innings. Aziz Nauman Butt got three, whereas Salim Malik got two wickets.

The participants of festival cricket match pose for a photo with GCU VC

 

Addressing the prize distribution ceremony, Salim Mailk recalled his memories associated with playing under the famous clock tower of GCU. Speaking on the occasion, the Pervaiz Masood said GCU inculcates the true sense of fair play and sportsmanship. “I am fortunate to step inside GCU Oval as the guest Old Ravian as this is the place where I used to spend time as an ordinary student with my friends back in my college days”. It is like a home coming and this institution has a divine atmosphere to craft an

ordinary person into a gem, Mr. Masood added.

 

GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Rahman congratulated the Old Ravian XI on wining the annual festival match. Later, GCU VC presented souvenirs to the distinguished Old Ravians and match officials.

 

(10-03-2014)

 

PEEF gives Rs1.5m scholarships to GCU students

 

As many as 23 postgraduate students of GC University Lahore received about Rs1.5 million scholarships by Punjab Educational Endowment Fund (PEEF). Prof. (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU Lahore chaired the scholarship distribution ceremony, while PEEF Senior Manager Scholarships Naveed Akber Cheema and GCU Dean Faculty Prof Dr Islam Ullah Khan were also present on the occasion.

 

GCU VC and PEEF Senior Manager Scholarships giving away

scholarship cheques to students

 

Addressing the ceremony, GCU Vice Chancellor said that these scholarships help students continue their studies without any financial hurdle. Appreciating Shahbaz Sharif’s step, he said that the other provinces should also establish endowment fund trusts for deserving students. “GCU is the only educational institution which has its own endowment fund trust and it also annually disburses scholarships worth millions of rupees among the students from its own budget,” he added.

 

Naveed Akber Cheema said that the PEEF’s procedure of distributing scholarships was very transparent and that’s why several international institutes were signing accords with it. Later, GCU Vice Chancellor gave away the scholarships cheques among the students.

 

(06-02-2014)

 

GC UNIVERSITY LAHORE WINS INTER-UNIVERSITY GYMNASTIC CHAMPIONSHIP

 

GC University Lahore secured the all-round victory in Inter-University Gymnastic Championship held under the auspices of Punjab Youth Festival. Ghulam Qadir was declared the Best Gymnast of the championship as he won four gold and one silver medals. Muhammad Fazil Khan was declared the Second Best Gymnast after he grabbed four silver and one brown medals. Rehmat Islam Khan won two brown medals, while Iffat Ullah won gold medal in parallel bars competitions.

 

The winning team poses for photo with GCU VC, Director Sports and Coach.

Prof. (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GC University Lahore congratulated the Director Sports Khadim Ali Khan, Coach Nazar Muhammad Siddiqui, team members Ghulam Qadir, Muhammad Fazil Khan, Rehmat Islam Khan and Iffat Ullah on winning the championship.

(05-03-2014)

 

 

GCU VC asks toppers to promote nationalism

 

Prof. (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Kahleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GC University Lahore called upon the toppers from all provinces of Pakistan to promote nationalism, harmony and peace and avoid regional racism. “Pakistan is our identity in the world and we need to utilise all our energies for its development,” said Prof Rahman while talking to a delegation of 60 top position-holders of Intermediate from Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan, Azad Jammu Kashmir and Sindh, who came to visit the 150th year-old Government College University, Lahore and other universities of Lahore on the invitation of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif.  Talking to the toppers, the Vice Chancellor said that GCU did not require any domicile and students from any province could get admission in it on merit. He said GCU had always encouraged questioning, difference of opinion and argument, besides teaching tolerance to students; tolerance towards the faith, beliefs, religion and ideas of other people.

 

The position-holders, during their visit at GCU, witnessed the original Nobel Prize that was received by an eminent Old Ravian Dr Abdus Salam for his outstanding contribution in Physics. The Nobel Prize remained the centre of attraction among the position holders and they were briefed in detail about the life and achievements of Dr Salam. Dr Salam had studied at Government College from 1942 to 1946 and had taught there from 1951 to 1954.

 

A position holder is taking photo of

Dr Abdus Salam’s Nobel Prize placed in the Library

GCU VC is addressing to the Position Holders Position Holders of all provinces pose for a group photo with GCU VC.

 

Talking to media, Mir Muhammad, a position holder student from Balochistan, said that he was very happy to see Punjab but the development projects like Metro Bus and IT Tower should also be carried out in Balochistan. He believed injustices led the people of Balochistan to insurgency, but now the federal and provincial government were making sincere efforts to restore peace in the province.  Gul Badeen, another topper from Balochistan, said that law and order situation in Balochistan was improving. He desired to get admission in GCU and aimed to take CSS exam in future and endeavour his skills to serve the country. Expressing her excitement, Nida Zahra from Gilgit-Baltistan, said that she wanted to visit the GCU and the Punjab Chief Minister fulfilled her wish. “Could there be an educational institute like GCU in her province,” she wished. A student from Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Muhsen, said that there should also be a person like Shahbaz Sharif in the administration of AJK. He aspired to become an engineer in future.  Syeda Amna Hassan from Abbottabad lauded the activities of Punjab Youth Festival and Metro Bus Service in Lahore.

 

(04-03-2014)

 

PAKISTAN NEEDS TO PROMOTE EDUCATION FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH: LORD MAYOR OF MANCHESTER

 

Pakistan needed to curb terrorism and promote education for its economic development, said British politicians of Pakistani origin while addressing youth at the Government College University, Lahore. Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman was also present.

 

“Terrorism has nothing to do with Islam. Terrorists are not serving it or Pakistan; rather their acts hurt image of our religion and the country,” said Lord Mayor of Manchester, United Kingdom Naeem ul Hassan. He laid a particular stress on participation of underprivileged people in politics, saying that political parties should provide equal opportunity to them. “In Britain, political parties finance election campaign of their candidates which allows lower middle class people like him to participate in politics,” said British Lord Mayor, adding that Britain had very strict laws of spending in elections, as only 1,200 pounds were allowed to be spent in election campaign in his constituency. Naeem ul Hassan said there were many millionaires in Pakistan and they should contribute towards promotion of education in the country. “It’s their country and they should realise that they have responsibly towards it,” he added. The Lord Mayor told the students how he began his professional life as a factory worker, before returning to further his education. He said he was proud of his diverse working background in many different vocations including driving taxis, security, hospitality management and a community liaison officer. He told youth about his keen interest in justice, which led him to be a Magistrate on the Manchester Bench.

 

Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman presents a souvenir to Lord Mayor of Manchester, UK Naeem ul-Hassan after his address to youth at GCUniversity, Lahore. Former Lord and candidate for European Parliament elections Afzal Khan is also present

Lord Mayor of Manchester and former Lord Afzal Khan along with Vice Chancellor interact with Pakistani students during their visit to GCU.

 

Speaking on the occasion, former Lord Mayor of Manchester and candidate for European Parliament Mohammed Afzal Khan said that Pakistan had very quality human resource and government here needed create an economic ecosystem, in which this resource could be utilised and brain drain from Pakistan could be stopped. In reply to a question about role of dual nationals in politics, the British politician said there was nothing illegal about it, and even many dual nationals had made very positive contributions in politics. In reply to another question, he said there was racism in every country of the world, but in Britain it was very limited. He cited own example, saying that he, despite being from minority community, had been elected Lord Mayor of Manchester and now he was Labour Party’s candidate for 2014 European Parliament elections. Afzal Khan hoped that he would soon be a member of European Parliament and would also support Pakistan there besides serving his country, UK. “A man identity has different layers, and one layer of my identity is that I am a Pakistani and love my people,” he added. He also called Pakistani media to play an active role in portraying positive image of the country at the international level.

 

Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman said that students’ interaction with the best individuals of the world was a vital part of academics at GCU.  He said that the students not only get motivated by the hard work and success stories of these individuals, but also receive updated knowledge and information about various national and international issues.

 

The Vice Chancellor also paid tribute to Naeem ul Hassan and Afzal Khan for their special love and concern for Pakistan, despite being settled in Britain.  

 

Later, Naeem ul Hassan Afzal Khan along with Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman visited different departments of the University.

 

(28-02-2014)

 

GC UNIVERSITY holds annual Fine Arts exhibition

 

The artworks, made by the GC University students, got a big round of applause at the annual fine arts exhibition held at the university’s Abdus Salam Hall. Prof. (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU Lahore inaugurated the exhibition, housing more than 100 artworks. Prominent artist Sadaqat Ali and Fine Arts Department Chairman Irfan Ullah Babar were also present there.

 

Speaking on the occasion, GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Rahman said that fine arts open the minds of students in ways mere reading and writing can never be able to accomplish. He said that paintings unlock human imagination and enable us to see life and the world differently. He lauded the paintings put on display by the GCU Fine Arts students.

 

Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman takes keen interest in artworks at the annual exhibition of GCU Fine Arts Department.

Participants of Fine Arts exhibition pose for a photo with GCU Vice Chancellor at the University’s Abdus Salam Hall.

 

Sadaqat Ali and Irfan Ullah Babar also appreciated the artwork and said that the students of GCU are highly talented. They said that there are lot of variations in the young artists’ masterpieces. A portrait of Qaid-i-Azam, made with lead pencil, remained the centre attraction at the exhibition, while other paintings, made in the mediums of acrylics, tempera, water colours, oil in monochrome, art of craft, calligraphy, 3D eye illusions, lead pencil, photography and digital art, were also highly appreciated. A large number of painted greeting cards were also part of the exhibition besides ceramics and glass work. GCU Intermediate Part-I’s Ahsan Javed got first prize, Mohsin Attique got second, while Ali Noor lifted third prize. Intermediate Part-II’s Abdul Muneeb, Hassan Iqbal and Ayyaz Ahmad got first, second and third prizes respectively. M Umer Khan from BFA Part I and Tanzeel Uzzaman from BFA Part II also got distinctions.

 

 

Lord Mayor of Manchester, UK Naeem ul Hassan and former Lord Afzal Khan

along with Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman

take keen interest in fine arts work during their visit to GCU

 

Meanwhile, an inter-collegiate painting competition was also held at the university, in which six Lahore division colleges, including Govt Fatima Jinnah College Chuna Mandi (GFJCCM), Govt APWA College for Women, Queen Mary College (QMC), Govt College Model Town, Govt College for Women Gulberg and Hazrat Ayesha Siddiqa Degree College participated. QMC’s Fariha Mughal got first position, GFJCCM’s Hifza Khan stood second, while QMC’s Fatima Akram secured third position.

(27-02-2014)

OSAKA UNIVERSITY STUDENTS VISIT GC UNIVERSITY LAHORE

A delegation of School of Foreign Studies, Osaka University Japan visited GC University Lahore and also met with Vice Chancellor Prof (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman. The delegation comprising of three teachers and nine students was led by Osaka University Urdu Department Chairperson Prof Saya Mane.

Students of School of Foreign Studies,

Osaka University Japan pose for a photo with GCU VC

Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor Prof Rahman said that GCU had very strong academic linkage with the Osaka University School of Language and Culture and Osaka University School of Foreign Studies and students’ exchanges were held on regular basis to promote cultural and research ties between both the countries. The Vice Chancellor briefed the delegation about the 150 years glorious history of GCU and various academic programmes being offered by the university.

The delegation along with GCU Urdu Department Chairperson Dr Haroon Qadir, Prof Tabasum Kashmiri and Dr Khalid Sajarni also visited the University’s Iqbal Hostel where the Poet of East Allama Muhammad Iqbal had spent four years of his student life. Speaking on the occasion, Prof Saya Mane said that poetry and philosophy of Allama Muhammad Iqbal was also very popular among students of his university in Japan.

(20-02-2014)

 

Quaid-e-azam society organizes a lecture on "Kashmir"

 

The future of Indo-Pak relations in the long run is dependent on peaceful resolution of Kashmir issue, said veteran diplomat and Old Ravian Shamshad Ahmed Khan while addressing an invited lecture, organized by GC University Lahore Quaid-i-Azam Political Science Society, on the issue of Kashmir. GCU Vice Chancellor Prof (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman chaired the invited lecture. Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt Chairperson Department of Political Science was also present on the occasion.

Participants of the Seminar pose for a photo with GCU VC

 

Asserting the need of a strong, well thought-out, futuristic Kashmir Policy, Mr Shamshad suggested delinking of Kashmir issue from Terrorism. India, he opined, has successfully linked the Kashmir issue with Terrorism thus alienating Pakistan in international community. He said the previous governments wronged Pakistan by backing off from its longstanding moral position on Kashmir issue.

 

Speaking on the occasion, GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Rahman said Pakistan’s academia would never let the Kashmir issue buried before it got resolved. He said that peace in the region was directly linked with Kashmir issue and all other countries in the region should also put pressure on India to resolve the issue. He further said Kashmir issue had been the most discussed topic in tutorial groups at GC University Lahore.

 

Addressing the ceremony, Dr Khalid Butt expressed gratitude to Shamshad Ahmed Khan for having a very informative and interactive session with the University’s students, saying that such lectures broaden the vision and knowledge of students about the national issues.

 

(20-02-2014)

 

GCU Vice Chancellor's interview in Daily Express

Dated: 17-02-2014

(18-02-2014)

 

GC University Lahore holds Dry Flower, Painting Competitions

 

GC University Lahore Horticulture Society held Dry Flower & Painting Competitions under the auspices of Punjab Youth Festival on the theme of promoting peace in the country. GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman was the Chief Guest at the competitions, which were adjudicated by GCU Fine Arts Department Chairperson Irfan Ullah Babar and Ms. Aamna Anwar. About 45 teams including of GCU, Punjab University, University of Education, Queen Mary College and Naqsh College participated in the competitions held in three categories; Dry Flower, Shirt Painting and Poster Painting.   

 

GCU VC is distributing shields among winners.

 

Speaking on the occasion, GCU Vice Chancellor said terrorism was the biggest threat to Pakistan as economic prosperity could thrive only in the conditions of peace. He also appreciated the flower decoration by students, saying that flowers are the symbol of peace and they cast positive impact on thinking of a person. He lauded efforts the Punjab government for organising healthy competitions among youth through the Punjab Youth Festival. He said that this festival had encouraged the young generation of the province to exhibit their talent.

 

In Dry Flower Competition, GCU’s Waheed Hae clinched first prize. In female category of the same competition, PU’s Hareem Majeed and Saira Sheikh grabbed the first position. In Shirt Painting Competition under the title of Roshan Pakistan, GCU’s Aysha Munawar & Nida Sajid picked first prize while PU’s Umar Bashir got second. In Poster Competition held under the title of Peace and Society, GCU’s Mahmood & Shanzae Saleem got the first position while PU’s Mudassir Kazmi obtained second position.

 

Later, the Vice Chancellor presented shields to the winning teams.

(14-02-2014)

 

EUROPEAN SCIENTISTS LAUD GCU RESEARCH FACILITIES

 

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

 

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

Delegation of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) along with Vice Chancellor GCU in front of 150 years Monument 

 

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

 

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

(13-02-2014)

 

GC UNIVERSITY LAHORE WINS SONGS COMPETITION

 

GC University Lahore team won the Mili Naghma Competition  held at the University’s Bokhari Auditorium under the auspices of Punjab Youth Festival. Prof (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU Lahore was the Chief Guest of opening ceremony of the competition, which was adjudicated by eminent singer Ustad Hamid Ali Khan, Abdur Rauf and Saleem Bazmi.

GCU VC presents shield to winning team.

 

Addressing the ceremony, GCU Vice Chancellor encouraged the students to participate in the extracurricular activities. He said that patriotic song is beautiful form of music, which arouses patriotism in people. He said these songs evoke people their history and let them eulogize their historic struggle.

 

Ustad Hamid Ali Khan said that the singers are the cultural ambassadors of the country. He praised the GCU’s contribution in development of music and said this university has produced a lot of legendary singers and musicians including Khuwaja Khursheed Anwar, Shakoor Baidil, Amjad Pervaiz, Tariq Farani, Sharaft Ali Khan, Waris Baig, Jawad Ahmad, Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan, Rustam Fateh Ali Khan, Hadiqa Kiani and Ali Zafar.

 

In the end, Vice Chancellor gave away shields to the winners of competition.

 

(12-02-2014)

 

GERMAN PROFESSOR DELIVERS A VISITING LECTURE AT GCU

 

GC University’s Jones Physics Society arranged a lecture on the topic of “On the process of structure formation – a fundamental new approach”, which was delivered by Dr Haeussler, Professor at Chemnitz University, Germany. GCU Vice Chancellor Prof (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman chaired the lecture, while Professor Rafi Chair Prof Dr Muhammad Zakria Butt, Department of Physics Chairperson Prof Dr Hassan A Shah and a large number of teachers and students were also present there.

GCU VC is presenting a souvenir
and gifts to Prof Dr Haeussler

 

Prof Rahman termed the lecture a useful not only for students, but also for teachers. He said that these types of lectures must be held in all the educational institutions of the Country as the Pakistani students and teachers should be given a chance to learn the latest scientific knowledge.

 

In the end, Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Khaleeq-ur-Rahman presented souvenir and gifts to Prof Dr Haeussler.

(10-02-2014)

 

GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Khaleeq-ur-Rahman in Aik Din Geo Kay Saath

 

to watch full recording of programme; Please click here.

(10-02-2014)

 

 

GC UNIVERSITY LAHORE OBSERVES CANCER DAY

 

Healthy lifestyle can reduce cancer risk by 35 percent, this was stated by the speakers at a seminar arranged by the GC University’s Biological Society in collaboration with Cancer Care Hospital to observe the World Cancer Day. GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Khaleeq-ur-Rahman chaired the seminar, while King Edward Medical University Department of Oncology Chairman Prof Dr Shaharyar and Department of Zoology Chairperson Prof Dr Nusrat Jahan delivered lectures on the occasion.

 

In his address, Vice Chancellor Khaleeq-ur-Rahman urged the young generation to reduce the excessive use of mobile phone because this devise emits radiofrequency energy, a form of non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation, which causes fatigue, sleep disturbances, dizziness, loss of mental attention and headaches. Prof Rahman advised the students to keep a safe distance while watching television. Citing the sleeping way of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), he said that everyone should act upon the Sunnah (PBUH) to avoid cancer and other fatal diseases.

GCU VC leads an awareness walk to mark World Cancer Day.

 

Prof Dr Shaharyar, in his lecture, highlighted preventive measures, causes and cures of cancer. He said that 10 million new patients are diagnosed with cancer every year and their quantity would be increased to 16 million by year 2020, while 8 million deaths would be registered in this period just owing to this deadly disease. He said that in 1947, the age limit of women was 39 years, which has increased to 60 now. He pointed out that smoking is the main reason of cancer in young patients and this bad habit is responsible for 90 per cent of lung cancer. Smokers are also hit by twelve other types of cancer, he said, adding that smokers die 30 years early. About the best treatment, he said that targeted therapy is the best cure of cancer. He said that there are as many as 400 types of cancer out of which 20-30 per cent can be cured, while in 50 per cent cases patient’s life can be prolonged and in 20-30 per cent cases symptomatic relief can be given to the victim. He said cancer is rising in Pakistan and half of them can be prevented just by adopting a healthy lifestyle. He said that some 162,000 patients are added to the existing number of cancer patients in Punjab each year, adding, “Only a small minority are able to get treatment.” The limited cancer treatment facilities in the country can help only about 40,000 patients annually, he said, adding that only a total of 591 beds and 55 oncologists are available for 162,000 patients in Punjab.

 

After the seminar, Prof. (Meritorious) Dr. Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU led an awareness walk, in which hundreds of students and guests participated. The Vice Chancellor also presented shields to the guests.

(06-02-2014)

 

GC UNIVERSITY LAHORE MARKS WORLD WETLANDS DAY

GC University Lahore Environment Protection Society in collaboration with World Wildlife Fund Pakistan and Pakistan Green Enviro-Engineering organized a one-day seminar to observe the World Wetlands Day. Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman Vice Chancellor GCU Lahore was the Chief Guest on the occasion, while Dean Faculty of Sciences Prof Dr Islamullah Khan, WWF Pakistan representative Najmul Huda Khan, University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Dean of Fisheries and Wildlife Prof Dr Muhammad Ashraf and EPS Advisor Dr Tabinda were also present there.

 

Vice Chancellor Khaleeq-ur-Rahman, in his address, urged the students to take part in the social activities to save the environment. “Being citizens, we have forgotten our responsibilities and to make Pakistan a developed country, we must follow the disciplines of a society decided by the Islam,” he said. Prof Rahman said that foreign experts had pointed out almost 15 years ago that Lahore would face water scarcity, but nobody cared about it. He said that even the water of posh societies had now been contaminated.

GCU VC gives away shields and certificates to the members of EPS. 

 

Prof Dr Muhammad Ashraf, in his lecture, pointed out that wetlands were not only much important for a country’s environment and biodiversity but also for its economy. He said that any water area having 6-metre depth is called wetland. He said that Wetlands Day had been marked since 1971 when the Convention on Wetlands or Ramsar Convention was signed by 18 countries on February 2 in the Iranian city of Ramsar. He said that the main wetlands of Pakistan include Astola Island (country’s largest wetland), Chashma Barrage, Drigh Lake, Haleji Lake (Asia’s largest bird sanctuary), Hub Dam, Indus River Delta, Jiwani Coastal, Jubho Lagoon, Kinjhar Lake, Miani Hor, Runn of Kutch, Tanda Dam, Taunsa Barrage, Thanedar Wala, Uchalli Lake and Deh Akro-II Desert Wetland Complex. Najmul Huda Khan said that WWF has added glacier lakes and floods in the definition of wetlands. He said out of 2177 Ramsar sites in the world, 19 are in Pakistan. He said wetlands have much socio-economic values as around one billion people eat fish caught from wetlands. He said that there should be awareness in people to conserve the wetlands whether they are natural or man-made.

 

In the end, Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman presented shields and bouquets to guests and old office-bearers of EPS.

(04-02-2014)

 

 

GCU ORGANISES “REHMATALLIL ALAMEEN (PBUH) CONFERENCE”

 

GC University’s Arabic and Islamic Studies Department organised one-day “Rehmatallil Alameen (PBUH) Conference” in connection with the university’s 150 years celebrations. GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman chaired the conference while University of Punjab Islamic Studies Department Chairman Prof Dr Muhammad Saad Sadiqui, PU Hajveri Chair Prof Dr Zahoor Ahmed Azhar, Prof Dr Hafiz Saad Ullah, Prof Dr Hafiz Mehmood Akhtar, GCU Department of Islamic Studies Dr Muhammad Sultan Shah and a large number of students were also present there.

Participants of the Conference pose for a group photo with GCU VC.

 

GCU Vice Chancellor in his address said that Islam is the solution of every problem. He said, “Scientists and researchers should consult the Holy Quran and take guidance from it in their research work.” He highlighted the contributions of Muslims scientists like Ibn Al-Haytham, Al-Farabi, Ibn Sina and Al-Khazini.

 

PU Islamic Studies Department Head Prof Dr Muhammad Saad Sadiqui, giving the reference of Michael H. Hart’s book “The 100, a Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History”, said that he gave Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) first number in the ranking of most influential persons in the history of human being. , Prof Saad quoted Michael Hart as “My choice of Muhammad (PBUH) to lead the list of the world's most influential persons may surprise some readers and may be questioned by others, but he was the only man in history who was supremely successful on both the religious and secular levels.” Prof Dr Hafiz Mehmood Akhtar said that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) gave us life-long teachings of the ethics, culture and values. He said that before Islam, the Arabs were ignorant, but the Prophet (PBUH) changed their lives and the world as well.

 

In the end, Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Khaleeq-ur-Rahman presented bouquets and gifts to the guest speakers.  

(29-01-2014)

 

PAEC, GCU to strengthen research collaboration

 

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

 

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

 
  GCU VC presents a souvenir to PAEC Chairman

 

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

 

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

(22-01-2014)

 

GCU confers honorary doctorate degree to Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif  

 

GC University Lahore awarded an honorary doctorate degree to Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif for his invaluable services for Pakistan, democracy and his alma mater. Punjab Governor Ch Muhammad Sarwar, Education Minister Rana Mashood Ahmad Khan and Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman presented the honorary PhD degree to the prime minister at the university’s 12th Convocation wherein 1,215 students also received degrees, medals, rolls of honour and other distinctions.  

 

According the convocation report, girls this year again outshined boys in academics as they clinched top positions and medals in 15 of 26 disciplines at BA/BSc (Hons) level while boys as usual shined in co-curricular activities and sports. About 19 scholars including Sana Zahoor, Muhammad Ajaib, Shahzad Sharif, Tauheeda Riaz, Haniya Azam, Samia Ashraf, Zaheer Ahmed, Sadia Arshad, Zia Bashir, Aftab Khan, Ammara Nosheen, Gul Rahmat and Awais Younus, Farah Deeba and Zeba Israr, Muhammad Hamid Ali, Sarah Khalid Butt, Hina Kanwal and Mian Humayun also received doctorate of philosophy (PhD) degrees at the convocation.

 

Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif is receiving Shield from Punjab Governor and GCU VC

Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif is inaugurating the Monument on the eve of 12th Convocation of GCU

Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif is receiving Honorary PH D Degree from Punjab Governor and GCU VC

 

Addressing the convocation, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif reminisced of his old days at the Government College Lahore, saying that “today, when I was coming to attend the convocation at GCU, a caravan of memories accompanied me throughout the way.”  The Prime Minister said that he had used to sit in the oval ground of Government College Lahore and also played a lot of cricket there. “I was a prominent member of the GC Cricket Team," he said.

 

The Prime Minister said he could not forget the days when he along with his friends used to sit on the benches of the ground and it was time when the friends' company was more attractive than the classroom. He said that his teachers were very kind and they had not only taught curriculum but also play effective role character-building and grooming of their students.

 

The Prime Minister wished he could become a GCU student again to spend time with friends. He also recalled a visit of former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to Lahore when film star Dev Anand, he was also a Ravian, expressed his great wish to see Government College, Lahore again.

 

Nawaz Sharif said he could not forget the college canteen, friends and honourable teachers.  He asked the VC that he might remain vice chancellor but not change the name-plate of "Principal" from his office.  He said that he would prefer refreshment at the college canteen.

 

In his convocation address, Governor Ch Muhammad Sarwar congratulated the new graduates and asked them to serve for the nation and pay back what you had earned from your alma mater. He said that the country would make progress under the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. He said that getting the GDP Plus status is just because of the PM’s efforts.

 

The Governor lauded the Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Khaleeq-ur-Rahman’s performance and said that under his supervision the university is growing in rapidly. He said there are 7 million children in Pakistan who cannot get admission in a school due to poverty. He urged the newly graduates to utilise their degrees and work for the underprivileged children and women.

 

In his convocation speech, the Vice Chancellor said that Pakistan was facing the challenges like terrorism, intolerance, poverty, debt, unemployment, poor infrastructure, lawlessness, diseases, and other maladies just because of lack of quality education. He said, “Unfortunately, Muslim countries are categorised as low-income developing countries. This is because the Muslim countries spend only 0.46% of their GDP in education.” He congratulated the Prime Minister who has rightfully increased the budgetary allocation for education up to 4% of the GDP.

 

GCU Vice Chancellor said that despite financial constraints, university reduced the fees of students by 35%, adding that there has been no increase in their fees for the last three years. Besides fee reduction, a substantive amount of Rs. 22 million has been disbursed by way of scholarships through the university budget as well as GCU Endowment Fund, he added. He maintained that at the same time, hostel fees and charges have also been reduced to 50% by rigorous control. Concluding his speech, the Vice Chancellor congratulated the new graduates and urged them to make the best use of their immense energy and talent in the service of the nation.

 

Later, the Vice Chancellor and Governor presented a shield to the Prime Minister of Pakistan.

 

(20-01-2014)

 

RUPEES 0.5 MILLION DONATED TO GCU EFT   

 

Eminent woman entrepreneur and Old Ravian Mrs Shahzia Iqtidar donated Rs 0.5 million to GC University, Lahore Endowment Fund Trust (GCU-EFT) for the fee of deserving students. Mrs Iqtidar handed over the donation cheque to GCU Vice Chancellor Prof (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman in a graceful ceremony at the University which was also attended by GCU-EFT Executive Committee Secretary Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt. The Vice Chancellor expressed pleasure on the donation and announced initiating a silver scholarship from it.

 

Mr. and Mrs Iqtitdar hand over a cheque of Rs 0.5 million to GCU VC

“The scholarship will be given to a deserving student on merit every year,” the Vice Chancellor said. He also said that the world over, societies had moved forward by promoting education and developing educational institutions. Mrs Iqtdar said that his alma mater had given him a lot and the best way of returning it back was helping those students of the University who could not afford their academic expenses.

 

(16-01-2014)

 

 

GCU STUDENTS BRIEFED ABOUT OBESITY SIDE-EFFECTS

 

GC University Lahore Psychology Department organized a seminar on the topic of ‘obesity - my relationship with food’. The participants of the Seminar were briefed on side-effects of obesity and benefits of balanced diet. Often change in eating habits and timings also increase weight which can be reduced through balanced diet and exercise, said the speakers at the seminar which was chaired by GCU Vice Chancellor Prof (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman, while health expert Dr Sohail Sheikh, Clinical Psychologist Mishal Tariq and other experts also delivered lectures to combat obesity with food and psychological treatment.

Addressing the seminar, the GCU Vice Chancellor said that all educational institutions should organise such type of awareness seminars and lectures on the important topics, which were directly linked to the life and health of their students. He encouraged the students to take part in sports saying that healthy body was necessary for healthy mind.

 

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Sohail Sheikh emphasised on the importance of diet to combat obesity. He said that one should not compromise on quality and quantity of food while having meal. He said that obesity was not just a cosmetic consideration; rather it was a dire dilemma directly harmful to one’s health that led towards chronic medical complications. Mishal Tariq, highlighting the psychological impacts of obesity, said that there were several factors which contribute in developing body image including biological factor, psychological factor (positive and negative) and socio-cultural (parents, peers, media).

The participants of the seminar pose

for a photo with GCU VC.

 

 

Later, GCU Vice Chancellor gave away certificates to the participants of the seminar.

(13-01-2014)

 

Bank AL-HABIB donates Rs. 1m to GCU Endowment Fund

A private bank (Bank Al-Habib) donated Rs one million to GC University Lahore Endowment Fund Trust (GCU-EFT) for initiating a golden scholarship for deserving students. Bank General Manager Aun Ali handed over the cheque of Rs one million to Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman at a graceful ceremony at GCU, while GCU-EFT Executive Committee Secretary Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt was also present on the occasion.

GCU VC receives the cheques of Rs. One Million

from the General Manager of Bank Al-Habib.

 

Speaking on the occasion, Prof Rahman said that the perpetual golden scholarship, to be named after the Bank, would be given to a deserving student every year on merit. He said that the golden scholarship covers the university fee as well as hostel expenses of the student.  “This is the third golden scholarship donated by the private bank (Bank Al-Habib) to GCU-EFT and they have pledged to donate a scholarship every year, so that deserving students can continue their studies without any financial burden,” Prof. Rahman said.  The Vice Chancellor also expressed gratitude to the administration of the bank on the donation and stressed that other national and international organisations should also come forward and support quality education in the country.

(09-01-2014)

GCU organises Seerat-un-Nabi (SAW) Conference 2014

GC University Lahore organised Seerat-un-Nabi (SAW) Conference 2014 to express extreme amount of happiness and deep reverence on the birthday of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman chaired the conference, while University of Faisalabad Department of Islamic Studies Chairman Dr Syed Abdul Rehman Bukhari was also present.

Group photo of participants on the eve of Seerat-un-Nabi (SAW) conference‏

Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor Prof Rahman said that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) gave the world a model social setup and Muslims can adopt this setup just through acting upon the Sunnah. He said that Quaid-i-Azam chose Lincoln's Inn just because of the name of Muhammad (PBUH) and spent his whole life for Pakistan. Prof Rahman said that Allah Almighty sent more than 124,000 Messengers to spread the message of Islam but Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) completed it. He said that being Muslim we should be loyal to our work and colleagues. He called Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) role model for all Muslims, adding that one can become the best human being and bring reforms in the society only by following teachings of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

Addressing the audience, Dr Syed Abdul Rehman Bukhari said that there are many calendars including Solar, Moon and Hijri, but there should be only one calendar which must be started from the date of birth of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and that should be called Super Divine Calendar.

Later, the Vice Chancellor gave away certificates and shields to guest speakers and students.

(07-01-2014)

 

 

PUNJAB GOVERNOR PLEDGES FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO GCU‏

 

Pakistan’s missile system was designed by a team of Ravians, who were working at the international organisations like NASA and sacrificed their jobs and millions of dollar salaries just to serve their mother land, said nuclear scientist Dr Samar Mubarakmand. He was addressing the Dinner and Musical Night organised by GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman in connection with the GCU’s 150th Anniversary. Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar was the Chief Guest of the event, which was also attended by Provincial Minister Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rahman, eminent businessman Iqbal Z Ahmed, Punjab University Vice Chancellor Dr Mujahid Kamran, famous singers including Jawad Ahmed, Rustam Fateh Ali Khan and distinguished Old Ravians and other guests.

 

Dr Samar Mubarakmand said this was the special occasion for him to be here as an Old Ravian. He recalled the day when he gave the interview to get admission in GC Lahore.  Talking about the nuclear tests, he said that in 1976, India tested nuclear bomb, then Pakistan also determined to make atom bomb. He said that Pakistan decided to become nuclear power in 1998 just seven days after the Indian tests. He informed the audience that there was no delivery system for nuclear bombs in the country. “A team of only six people, majority of them were Ravians, designed and launched Shaheen Missile,” he added. Dr Samar Muabarakmand revealed that those six people were working at the international companies and institutes like NASA and were getting more than $200,000 salaries. He maintained that when he left National Engineering and Scientific Commission (NESCOM), the manpower of the commission had been extended from 6 to 6,000.  He said some critics tried to discourage Pakistan, saying nuclear bomb was not more important than education, food and basic facilities to the people, but they became silent after observing Indian aggression in 1999 over Kargal issue. Dr Samar said that he personally likes mineral sector and Pakistan has huge reservoirs of minerals. He informed listeners that there are massive reservoirs of coal in the country but these are very deep in earth and near water and it was very difficult to dig it out. He said that he had introduced a new way to bring out the coal without digging earth. He said Pakistan could produce electricity for the whole country just by using coal gases.  He hoped that in 2014 electricity would be produced from coal gas in Pakistan.

 

GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Khaleeq-ur-Rahman, in his opening address, said that the sacred mission of imparting quality education and training had been carried out at GCU with full force despite multiple challenges. He said that the university had never stopped its pace on the road to scholarly progress as per international standards. Prof Khaleeq-ur-Rehman also lauded the efforts made by Governor Ch Sarwar in winning Europe’s GSP Plus status for Pakistan.

 

 

GCU VC gives away Souvenir to

Punjab Governor Ch Muhammad Sarwar.

 

Addressing the Old Ravians, Governor Muhammad Sarwar congratulated the VC, faculty members and the students for arranging the event to celebrate the GCU’s 150 years of excellence. Being the Chancellor of the university, he said that GCU had planted a series of festivities to mark its sesquicentennial anniversary, adding that he was proud of being here at this time. He said this oldest educational institute of Pakistan had produced a long list of legendary figures like Allama Iqbal and Patras Bokhari. He also mentioned the achievements secured by the GCU as its Abdus Salam School of Mathematical Sciences had been declared the Best Institute by the European Mathematical Society. He also announced to give the GC University financial support. The governor said that there was no mechanism in Pakistan to utilise the talent of youth. But, the governor said, he was working to make a system to get benefit from the talent of the country’s young generation. He appreciated the services of Dr Samar Mubarakmand in making Pakistan a nuclear state.

(03-01-2014)

 

GCU’s sesquicentennial celebrations begin

GC University Lahore wore a festive look as its sesquicentennial celebrations began at grand ceremony in the university’s Oval Ground in the presence of more than 8,000 students and noted alumni. Punjab Education Minister Rana Mashood was Chief Guest at the ceremony which was chaired by GCU Vice Chancellor Prof (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman and Old Ravians Union President Kamran Lashari.

Reading the Chief Minister’s speech for the students of GCU, Rana Mashood said that no nation could progress in the world without tolerance, talent and technology. “The government is doing its best for bringing technology in every field, and I, Shahbaz Sharif, personally ask the students to develop tolerance in their life,” said CM in the speech read by the Education Minister. He also read that that in today’s world, national security was linked to economic security and economic security was directly connected to energy security. He said that Punjab had decided to punch above its weight in helping Pakistan achieve this goal. He said that the government was facing challenges of law and order and internal security of the Country, and Shahbaz Sharif needed the youth to join him in his struggle for development of Pakistan. He said that Japan, Korea, Turkey and Germany redeveloped themselves even after the massive destruction of world wars just because of giving importance to the education sector.” Later, the Minister said that Pakistani youth had great talent as they broke 26 world records last year and they would continue this practice in future. He said, “We all will have to demolish negative propaganda against Pakistan.”

 

GCU VC alongwith Education Minister and Distinguished Alumni is cutting the Cake of GCU Anniversary A huge number of participants are attending sesquicentennial celebrations

In his Founders’ Day speech, GCU Vice Chancellor Prof (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman said that this ceremony was the beginning of our grand 150th year celebrations and they would continue whole year. The magnificent tower of our grand alma mater stands witness to our illustrious journey spread over three centuries,” he added. He said Pakistan takes pride in having produced one Nobel laureate, GCU distinguishes itself of having attained two. He said in the realm of Arts, Social Sciences and Culture, the contribution of the Ravians forms the most significant contours of the national landscape. He gave the credit for all these accomplishments to the outstanding alumni and illustrious faculty of GC University Lahore. The Vice Chancellor said that the sacred mission of imparting quality education and training has been carried out with full force despite multiple challenges. He pointed out, “Acute financial crunch, dire space constraints and shortage of highly qualified senior faculty never dampened our spirit to speed up our pace on the road to scholarly progress as per international standards. We are ranked at the top among the higher education institutions of Pakistan both in terms of quality education and research output of our faculty and students, inventiveness of our human capital and academic achievements of our scholars.” Lauding the struggles in making Pakistan a developed country, the Vice Chancellor said that nuclear tests, construction of Motorway, Gwadar Port, Distribution of Indus Water Accord 1991, NFC Award, allocation of the 4% of GDP for education, GSP Plus status for Pakistan from European Parliament are just a few landmark achievements of two of the most distinguished Old Ravians i.e. Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif. Emphasising on the expansion of the university, the VC said the university functions in a campus that was built in 1876 wherein 300 students were enrolled. “Today we have over 11,000 students who are studying in various programmes ranging from Intermediate to PhD,” he said, adding that all this while, the issue of space constraint in this land-locked campus could not be effectively addressed. He said unfortunately, no mega project has been assigned to GCU despite its tremendous capacity in various fields. While the Abdus Salam School of Mathematical Sciences has been declared the Best Institute by the European Mathematical Society because it has produced 100 PhD’s in a short span of 8 years, the HEC and Punjab Government’s annual grants for ASSMS have been discontinued, he added. He requested to the authorities concerned that this state-of-the-art institution must not be left high and dry and that its grants may be restored. He informed the audience that the university has successfully completed the Master Plan and PC-1 for the new campus at Kala Shah Kaku and submitted it to the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan and the Government of Punjab Higher Education Department.

Old Ravians’ Union President Kamran Lashari, in his address, congratulated the VC and students and said,” In my 61-year of age, I have not seen New Year like this and this is the most important event of my life.” He said that Lahore is famous for its educational institutions but GC University has great value in all of them. He said that tenure of the head of an institute does matter and Gottlieb Wilhelm Leitner, who was the first Principal of the college, spent 22 years as a head, adding that the heads of other institutes just spend eight to nine months. Giving the example of Germany’s progress, Kamran Lashari said that even losing the WWI, Germany was able fight and win WWII as it paid great heed to education sector. He said that he got admission in GCU on sports basis in 1986 and secured distinguished positions in swimming not only at college but also on national level. He appreciated the Vice Chancellor’s efforts in making GC University further remarkable educational institution of Pakistan.

(02-01-2014)

GC UNIVERSITY LAHORE TURNS 150

GC University Lahore, the oldest seat of higher learning in Pakistan, turned 150-year-old. Vice Chancellor Prof (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman announced the 2014 a year of grand celebrations for all Ravians and Old Ravians at the international level, saying that the University and Old Ravians Union had planned several literary, co-curricular and social events to mark the sesquicentennial year celebrations that will begin from 1st of January 2014 in a grand ceremony at the GCU Oval Ground.

Talking about the history of GCU, the Vice Chancellor said that it opened its eyes as Government College, Lahore in the Haveli (palace) of Dhian Singh in the Walled City on January 1, 1864. The present gothic-style majestic building of the GC University Lahore was completed in 1877 on 3700 square feet in the north of Soldiers Garden (Gol Bagh) 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. The Government College, Lahore was raised to the status of University in 2002 and was renamed as the GC University Lahore. From first principle Dr. G.W Lietner to second Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman, as many as 27 heads have served this great institution. 

Talking to media, Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman said that the academic travel which was started in 1864 with just nine students and three teachers produced hundreds of literary figures, politicians, two Nobel Laureates, four prime ministers, jurists, sportsmen and scientists. He said the college was established on the pattern of Cambridge and Oxford and it is available in historical records that it was decided that all students of this college would be given 10 to 15 rupees scholarship annually. In the first year, the fee of the college was Rs2 annually, which was deducted from the scholarships of the student. Keeping in view this very historical perspective of this educational institution, he has slashed the students’ fee by almost 35 percent, which have not been increased for the last three years. He also announced more scholarships for the students.

He proudly said that Poet of the East Allama Muhammad Iqbal, Faiz Ahmad Faiz, N.M Rashid, Patras Bukhari, Ashfaq Ahmad, Bano Qudsia; only Pakistani Nobel Laureate Prof Dr Abdus Salam, former Chief Justice M. R. Kyani, former Chief Justice Naseem Hassan Shah, Justice (R) Javed Iqbal, Justice (R) Khalil-ur-Rahman Ramday and Justice (R) Khawja Muhammad Sharif are Old Ravains. He said that tennis star Aisam-ul-Haq, cricketers Amir Sohail, Ramiz Raja, Inzmam-ul-Haq and Salim Malik are also Old Ravains.

The GC University Lahore also produced four prime-ministers including Yousaf Raza Gillani, Nawaz Sharif and Zafar Ullah Khan Jamali besides hundreds of political leaders including Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. 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. The Vice Chancellor said that it needed a whole day to name all the prominent old students of this great institution.

The vice chancellor paid tribute to the efforts of Dr Leitner, the first Principal of Government College, who established it on the pattern of College of London, UK. The vice chancellor said that they would maintain wonderful traditions of academic excellence, research, promotion of new ideas and above all, respect for others’ belief and views.

In his message on GCU’s birthday, noted nuclear scientist Dr Samar Mubarakmand highlighted the biggest contribution of GC University Lahore in the history of Pakistan, saying 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.

(01-01-2014)

 

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