Vice Chancellor: Prof. (Meritorious) Dr. M. Khaleeq-ur-Rahman, Izaz-i-Kamal

                                   Home    Library | Jobs | GCU Telephone | 150 Years Celebrations | Web Feed Back | Contact us | Latest News | Upcoming Events | Credits                            GCU Emails

Information for

Information about

Quick Links

Search


   WWW GCU
CHECK YOUR GCU MAIL
Quick Links on WWW
Last Modified
You are Visitor #

 

click analytics
 
Since 02-08-2013

Vice Chancellor's News

For the Departmental/Societies News Click on News & Events Link of the Concerned Academic Departments and Societies Pages.

 

 

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)

 

Please Click Here for Archives Since July 2011

 


Side View Old Hall


Vice Chancellor's Page

 Prof. (Meritorious) Dr. Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman, Izaz-i-Kamal

Message by the Vice Chancellor
Biography
Powers and Duties of the Vice Chancellor
Vice Chancellor's News
Support the University
Contact the Vice Chancellor
Contact the VC's Staff

 


 
 
 
   


© Copyright 2002- Chief Librarian GC University Library, Lahore. All Rights Reserved,   Disclaimer