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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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


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


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


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

Chinese Counsel General Lahore Yun Boren & Vice Chancellor

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


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


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


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




GCU exhibition highlights chronology of fine arts


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


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


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


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


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





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


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


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


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


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


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



Faculty development is top priority: Vice Chancellor GCU

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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




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


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


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

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


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







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

The oldest old Ravian poses for a photo with

the Vice Chancellor GCU.




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


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


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


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


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


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


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




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