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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.    




Prof. Dr. Hassan Amir Shah appointed New Vice Chancellor GCU Lahore






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