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Anchor-persons are the contemporary intellects: Speakers


Anchor-persons are the contemporary intellectuals and opinion makers and ‘truth’ is just a tactical device to defend a specific position or opinion. This is unfortunately happening because literature and philosophy are not flourishing in our society and we lack reasoning abilities and critical thinking", said speakers while addressing a seminar on “Philosophy outside of the academic enclosure, using new places and formats” organised by the Department of Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Studies at the Government College University, Lahore in connection with World Philosophy Day. Punjab Higher Education Commission Chairman Prof. Dr. Mohammad Nizamuddin was the Guest of Honour at the seminar.


In his key note address, eminent philosopher and writer Prof Mirza Athar Baig said western philosophy and literature could not put down roots in their society and culture, and they must come from within a society. He said that the theme of UNESCO means that Philosophy should grow from the local soil and indigenous culture. He said a conducive, liberal and open environment was needed in universities for the development of literature and philosophy.  He declared that every person is  a philosopher, somehow or the other, since everyone ponders, thinks and analyses in his or her capacity.


Punjab Higher Education Commission Chairman Prof. Dr.  Nizamuddin, in his address as a Guest of Honour, said that philosophy had unnecessarily been mystified.  It is a form of wisdom and an approach of looking the world; hence it must be demystified and brought to the earlier levels of education. Prof Nizam was also in favour of teaching philosophy to science students. He also said that philosophy could not be restricted to a single department; rather every scientific subject had philosophy.


Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah said that academic institutions must promote questioning instead of just teaching specific knowledge and methods. He said that even science people were quite away from innovation and philosophy and mostly relied on their specific formulas and methods. He said they must accept that philosophy and other social science subjects were much ignored in educational institutions and these subjects were highly crucial for social and cultural uplift of the society.


GCU Brett Philosophical Society Advisor Dr Alwin Vincent Murad in his opening remarks apprised the participants with the aims and objectives of the World Philosophy Day which was celebrated by UNESCO globally in November. GCU Department of Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Studies Head Dr Sobia Tahir, GCU History Department Chairman Prof Dr Tahir Kamran, Mr. Abdul Mannan, Mr. Jawad Nazir and Mr. Shahram Sarwrar also addressed the seminar that was attended by the faculty, academic and administrative heads besides a large number of students. 





Foreign faculty re-joins GCU ASSMS


The academic life at the Government College University Lahore Abdus Salam School of Mathematical Sciences (GCU-ASSMS) has been successfully revived as the foreign faculty, which had left jointly last year, has rejoined the doctoral school. European Mathematical Society (EMS) Committee for Developing Countries President Professor Michel Waldschmidt also arrived at the doctoral school to review and assist in the revival of its academic and research activities as ASSMS previously enjoyed the status of Emerging Regional Centre of Excellence (ERCE) by EMS. Professor Michel Waldschmidt, who is an eminent French mathematician specializing in number theory met with Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah and Director General Prof Dr Shahid Saeed Siddiqi and discussed with them the future prospects of the doctoral school which had produced more than 125 PhDs in Mathematics for Pakistan in a short span of just eight years.


The Vice Chancellor lauded the support of Higher Education Commission and former ASSMS Director General Prof Dr A. D. Raza Choudhry for the revival academic and research activities at the school where 57 students were currently pursuing their MPhil leading to PhD programme. Prof Shah accepted the fact that he was inherited a ‘faculty-less’ ASSMS just two month ago. But now, he said, more than twelve foreign faculty members from Bulgaria, Germany, Romania, France and Croatia had joined the Salam School while more foreign faculty were expected in coming weeks. He said the foreign faculty which had recently joined ASSMS included Dr Tzanko Donchev, Dr Dimitar Kolev, Dr Johann Davidov, Dr Gerhard Pfister, Dr IoanTomescu, Dr Constantin Fatecau, Dr Dumitru Vieru, Dr Tiberiu Dumitrescu, Dr Georgi E. Karadzhov and Dr Renaud Leplaideur. Prof Shah said that ASSMS had a special status because all universities in Pakistan had altogether not produced 125 PhDs in mathematics in the last eight years, while GCU ASSMS had done it alone. He said that all PhDs from GCU ASSMS were working for top-ranking research institutes and universities in Pakistan and aboard. The VC also condoled with the French mathematician on the loss of precious lives in Paris attacks, saying that every Pakistani shared the pain and grief of French people.


Professor Michel Waldschmidt said he was a witness to the excellence of Abdus Salam School of Mathematical Sciences (ASSMS), as he had taught there for several months. He believed that Pakistani students were very bright, intelligent and hardworking. Professor Michel Waldschmidt would also deliver two special lectures at the ASSMS to the faculty members and students.





UCL wins Allama Iqbal Declamation


The University College Lahore (UCL) has won the 35th All Pakistan Allama Muhamamd Iqbal Declamation Contest, hosted by the Government College University Lahore Debating Society (GCUDS). Human Rights Commission of Pakistan Secretary General I.A. Rehman was the Chief Guest at the final round of the prestigious debates while GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah was also present. The best orators from more than 40 educational institutions of the country were participating in the two-day event. University of Engineering and Technology Lahore student Abrar Ahmed Butt was declared the Best English Speaker of the event and awarded with the Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Medal, which was initiated by the Government College former principal the late M.A Khan with a donation of Rs 500,000 in 2007. 


After a close contest in the final rounds, Haris Bilal of the King Edward Medical College University Lahore was declared the Best Urdu Speaker of the declamation contest and awarded with the Dr Majid Nizami Medal. In the final round, the serious topics that remained closely contested by the teams were: “The philosopher have only interpreted the world, in various way; the point is to change it” and “The only thing worth globalizing is dissent” In the humorous category, the participants enthralled the audience with their wit and humour particularly on the topics: “the only party I get invited to is political”, “Big Brother is watching you!” and “Let him who is innocent cast the stone first”.


Vice Chancellor Prof Hassan Amir Shah congratulated the winners of the competition, saying that debates taught students how disagree with others while paying respect to their faiths and ideas.



GCU delegation visits Iqbal’s mausoleum


A delegation of students and teachers from the alma mater of Allama Muhammad Iqbal on visited the Iqbal’s mausoleum to pay homage to the great Old Ravian philosopher on his birth anniversary. The delegation, led by Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah, offered fateha for the soul of the great national poet and laid a floral wreath. The Vice Chancellor also recorded his views in the visitors’ book. Later, Iqbal's Day Poetry Competition was held at the GCU Allama Iqbal Hostel. The Vice Chancellor said that it was a matter of great pride and inspiration for all Ravians that Allama Muhammad Iqbal had been the student of Government College Lahore.


A delegation from the alma mater of Allama Muhammad Iqbal, Government College University Lahore,

led by Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah, visits Iqbal's mausoleum

to pay homage to the Poet of the East on his birth anniversary.




جی سی یو میں نوجوان محقیقین بہت اچھی تحقیق کر رہے ہیں: وائس چانسلر


Daily Jang



GCU wins Badminton Championship


The Government College University Lahore has won the Inter-collegiate Badminton Championship 2015 organised by the Lahore Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education. About 14 teams of different educational institutions took part in the championship. The team GCU beat the Punjab College in the finals by 3-0. Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah, Chairman Sports Board Prof Dr Ikram ul Haq and Director Sports Khadim Ali met with the GCU badminton team, comprising of team captain Muhammad Muqeet Tahir, Gohar Azam, Talha Khalid, Shoaib Riaz, Yasir Rahman, Sajjad Akbar and Kumail, and congratulated them on their achievements in the Lahore Board Badminton Championship.






GCU to hold trainings for universities’ staff


The Government College University Lahore Quality Enhancement (GCU QEC) is going to hold seven more training workshops on ‘Modern University Governance’ for non-teaching staff of universities of the provincial metropolis to edify their administrative and communication skills. It was announced by QEC Director Ms Iram Sohail while addressing the concluding ceremony of five-day indigenous on-campus training workshop organised by the university for its staff members in collaboration with the Learning Innovation Division, Higher Education Commission Pakistan (LID-HEC).


Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah was the Chief Guest at the concluding ceremony while a large number academic and administrative head were also present. Addressing the ceremony, Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah governance was a team effort and working of the university departments would certainly improve and became more efficient and effective when these staff members would transform their training into practice in the day-to-day affairs. He expressed gratitude to the Higher Education Commission for providing funds for the trainings, adding that these funds were being also utilised to train the staff members of other universities. 


Director Ms Iram Sohail said the GCU QEC had already held three trainings on ‘Modern University Governance (MUG) and had planned to hold seven more trainings, so that maximum staff members of the universities in the provincial metropolis could be benefited from them. She said adequate funds from HEC were available for these trainings. She said that participants from other universities had also participated in the first two trainings organised by QEC on IOT-MUG.  She said that these workshops played a crucial in social and professional networking of the staff members of different universities. Later, the Vice Chancellor gave away certificates to the participants of the training workshop. 



GCU clean sweeps swimming championship


The Government College University Lahore has clean swept the Inter-Collegiate Swimming Championship 2015 organised by the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Lahore at the swimming pool of FC University Lahore. The team GCU set an unprecedented record of securing all the nineteen gold medals besides four silver and six bronze medals at the championship. Ravian Haider Batoor was adjudicated the best swimmer of the inter-collegiate championship with all over seven gold medals. The team captain, Muhammad Farhan Shahid, won three gold medals and three bronze medals. GCU swimmers Rehman Javed, national record-holder Hassan Ali Raja, Usama Wyne and Azmat Ullah also won the medals at the different events of the championship. Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah and Director Sports Khadim Ali Khan met the swimming team and congratulated them on their achievement. GCU swimming team manager Atif Bhatti was also present.


The winners of Lahore Board Inter-Collegiate Swimming

 Championship 2015 pose for a photo with Vice Chancellor GCU



GCU Ravians' Quiz Society wins ICAP quiz contest

The Government College University Lahore Ravians Quiz Society (GCU-RQS) has won the All Pakistan Inter-collegiate Quiz Competition at the ‘CA Pakistan Olympiad 2015’ organised by the  Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP). GCU intermediate students Abudullah Ashab, Saqib Ali and Affaq Hassan participated in the contest and lifted the prestigious team trophy. Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah and RQS Advisor Dr Nasima Rehman congratulated the intermediate students on their achievement.


The winners of ICAP All Pakistan Inter-collegiate Quiz

Competition pose photo with Vice Chancellor GCU.




Governance must be efficient: GCU VC


Governance can’t be good until it is effective, efficient and transparent. Unnecessary delays and bottlenecks in system fail the good governance, said Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah while addressing the inauguration of an indigenous on-campus training programme for the university staff at the Government College University Lahore. The deans and academic and administrative heads of GCU also attended the inaugural ceremony of the workshop.


The five-day training programme ‘Modern University Governance’, organised by the university’s Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC) in collaboration with Learning Innovation Division, Higher Education Commission (LID-HEC), is comprised of 15 technical sessions including intra-departmental communication, quality assurance, administrative skills, financial management, audit, information technology, hostel management and soft skills.  


Prof. Dr. Hassan Amir Shah Vice Chancellor GCU

addresses the inauguration of an

on-campus training programme.

The participants of training workshop pose for a

group photo with GCU Vice Chancellor

& other senior faculty members.



In his keynote address, the Vice Chancellor said that initiatives would yield positive results only if they were taken well on time. He said idealism was good but in the case of devising laws, procedures and rules and regulations, it was equally devastating. “Laws, procedures and rules must be well thrashed out in the light of ground realities and input of all stakeholders, so that their efficient and effective implementation can be ensured,” he added.


Prof Shah also laid a particular stress on inter-departmental harmony, saying “departments should be facilitating each other’s’ initiatives instead of unnecessarily blocking them.” He also said that universities should be very particular in selection of their staff members and their commitment, character and soft skills must be comprehensively judged besides the professional skills.


Talking about the objectives of the training, QEC Director Ms Iram Sohail said that GCU had actively participated, adopted and executed all the initiatives of HEC for betterment of their human resource. She said Modern University Governance Programme, commonly referred to as MUG, was initiated to equip the university’s non-teaching staff with latest governance and management tools to bridge the gap between administration and academia which they felt had increased during the past few years.  She also said that the workshop would address the issues identified in day-to-day administration and working of all departments. She said that the trainers would also lay a special emphasis on communication skills of the participants with the youth besides working on their social skills, language, interpersonal skills and leadership qualities. Ms Iram Sohail also expressed gratitude to HEC for granting Rs 3 million to GCU QEC last year for conducting workshops for non-teaching staff of higher education institutions. Later, GCU Treasurer also addressed the participants of the workshop on the public sector finance management.




ABL donates Rs 1m to GCU Endowment Fund


The Allied Bank Limited has donated one million rupees to the Government College University Lahore Endowment Fund Trust for initiating a golden scholarship for the university’s financially-challenged students. ABL Chief Commercial Banking Tahir Yaqoob Bhatti handed over the donation cheque to Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah at a graceful scholarship-initiating ceremony at the Vice Chancellor’s office. Addressing the ceremony, GCU-EFT Executive Committee Secretary Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt said the ABL Golden Scholarship would be a perpetual scholarship to be given to a financially challenged student every year.  This was the third golden scholarship initiated by the bank for the university’s financially-challenged students.


Vice Chancellor Prof Shah expressed gratitude to the banks’s management for their donation to the trust, saying that leading banks in Pakistan had a realization towards their corporate social responsibility. He hoped with the support of leading corporate organizations, philanthropists and alumni, the GCU EFT would soon grow financial stronger enough to support the every financially-challenged student of the university.

Tahir Yaqoob Bhatti said that ABL had great trust in the merit and transparency of GCU EFT and they would every year initiate scholarships of the university’s students. ABL Regional Head Munir Ahmed Attique was also present.



GCU celebrates World Statistics Day

The Government College University Lahore Statistics Society celebrated World Statistics Day and held a seminar, poster competition, and tribute to founder chairman of the university’s Statistics Department, Prof Sher Muhammad Chaudhry. Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah and GCU Statistics Department Incharge Jaffer Hussain also led on-campus walk from postgraduate block to science block to highlight among students the importance of statistics in the light of the fact that humans are living through a data revolution which is changing their world. The seminar on importance of statistics was addressed by Dr Muhammad Qayyum from Punjab Agriculture Department, Dr Muhammad Azam of UVAS and GCU Psychology Department Incharge Dr Syeda Salma. The speakers said that better statistics meant better decisions and better lives. The United Nations Statistical Commission  celebrated World Statistics Day for the first time on October 20, 2010 worldwide.




Liver cancer ratio doubled in Pakistan: Speakers


The ratio of liver cancer has doubled in Pakistan in the last two decades.  In 1995, the liver cancer was eighth most common cancer in Pakistan as compared to the sixth in the world but now the situation is worse in our country than the whole world, said the speakers while addressing an international seminar on “Prevention and Treatment of Liver Cancer” at the Government College University Lahore. The seminar was jointly organised by the GCU Biological Society and Cancer Care Hospital and Research Centre Lahore (CCHRC).


College of Physicians and Surgeon Pakistan Dean Prof Dr Shaharyar said that only healthy lifestyle could only prevent cancer, adding that the leading causes of liver cancer were hepatitis B and C, smoking and alcohol. He laid a particular stress on brisk walking at least 20 minutes daily and balanced diet to reduce the chances for occurrence of cancer. However, he said, smoking doubled the risk of cancer as he had found that 90 percent of his cancer patients were smokers. Prof Shaharyar also highlighted the dearth of cancer care facilities in Pakistan, saying ever year 300,000 patients needed treatment against cancer but Pakistan had facilities for only ten percent of them, while other died in pain.


Dr Ehsan ur Rehman, an oncologist from Churchill Hospital, UK, said liver cancer would be an epidemic of future as two billion people, one out of three people, in the world had been infected with hepatitis virus. He said 40 percent of hepatitis B and 60 percent of hepatitis C patients were at the risk of ultimately developing liver cancer. He laid a stress on limiting transmission of hepatitis viruses by promotion of safe injection practice and screening of blood donation products.


Jinnah Hospital Lahore clinical oncologist Dr Riaz-ur-Rehman told the students about the symptoms, treatment and palliative care for the patients of liver cancer. He said survival rate was very low for liver cancer patients. He cautioned the people to be very careful from quack dentists who didn’t use sterilised tools, terming it one of the major reasons for remission of hepatitis virus.         


Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah said prevention was better than cure, so students should adopt healthy lifestyle in terms of exercise and balanced diet. He expressed gratitude to the speakers for highly informative session with students about the fatal disease and hoped that “now they would start taking much better care of their health.” The Vice Chancellor said it was the responsibility of educational institutions to raise awareness among students about their health issues.

Later, the seminar was followed by an on-campus awareness walk which was led by Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah and Dr Shaharyar. The heads of administrative and academic departments also participated in the walk along with a large number of students.   




Martial Arts grandmaster calls on GCU Vice Chancellor


World Martial Arts Council (WMAC) President Alan Foster visited the Government College University Lahore to discuss with Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah and Director Sports Khadim Ali Khan the prospects for future collaborations. Alan Foster, who is one of the eleven grand masters of Martial Arts in the world, also met with students and shared with them his life journey.


Talking to the Vice Chancellor, the WMAC President pledged to provide masters and other technical assistance to GCU for the promotion of martial arts and physical education among the university students. He said it was a matter of great pride for him to visit GCU which was one of the oldest educational institutions of the country. He said he had also visited India but the hospitality and culture of Pakistani people especially students had really inspired him. He said WMAC wanted to establish its regional headquarter at a university in Pakistan. Alan Foster said that he had devoted his life to a mission to promote martial arts in the world. The WMAC President and GCU Director Sports showed great interest in signing a memorandum of understanding for strengthening future collaborations.


Vice Chancellor Prof Shah briefed Alan Foster about the glorious history of Government College Lahore in sports and as well as academics.  He said that GCU provided ample sports facilities to students in diverse fields such as athletics, cricket, hockey, tennis, gymnastics, basketball, table tennis, boxing, swimming, rowing and squash. GCU Director Sports Khadim Ali Khan said GCU students and sportsmen had great interest and potential in martial arts and they were sincerely looking forward to the generous support of WMAC to promote martial arts in the country. WMAC international representative Syed Nadar Saidain and faculty members of GCU Physical Education Department Muhammad Waeem Akhter and Muhammad Atif Shafique Bhatti were also present in the meeting with Alan Foster. 




Businessman initiates scholarship TO GCU-EFT


An eminent businessman, Iqtidar Ahmad initiated a silver scholarship in the name of his grandfather, Shaikh Nazir Ahmad, with a donation of Rs 500,000 to the Government College University, Lahore Endowment Fund Trust (GCU-EFT).  Iqtidar Ahmad and his wife Shazia Iqtidar handed over the donation cheque to Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah at a graceful scholarship-initiating ceremony at the Vice Chancellor’s office. Addressing the ceremony, GCU-EFT Executive Committee Secretary Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt said the Shaikh Nazir Ahmad Silver Scholarship would be a perpetual scholarship to be given to a deserving student every year on merit.  This was the third sliver scholarship initiated by the couple for the university’s financially-challenged students.


Vice Chancellor Prof Shah expressed gratitude to the couple for their donation to the trust, saying “it is heartening to see that the culture of supporting financially-challenged students and educational institutions is developing in our society.” He hoped that this philanthropic act of Iqtidar Ahmad family would also inspire the other well-off people.


Speaking on the occasion, Shazia Iqtidar said that she was an Old Ravian and had a great trust in the transparency and merit system of GCU EFT. Iqtidar Ahmad, whose is a marketing expert, said his grandfather was a retired divisional forest officer and the scholarship in his name for a Ravian had really contented him.




جی سی یونیورسٹی میں ترجمے کے عالمی دن کے موقع پر سیمینار



Courtesy: Daily Nawa-i-waqt

Dated: 07-10-2015




GCU holds workshop on remote sensing


Space technology is the future and its application has become highly crucial even in social sciences, said eminent scientists and geologists while addressing a workshop on ‘remote sensing’.


The two-day workshop, held at the Government College University Lahore under the auspices of its Geography Department and Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO), was aimed at edifying the skills of the participants in modern modelling, data acquisition and management techniques through remote sensing.


In his opening remarks, GCU Geography Department Incharge Dr Ali Iqtidar Mirza said that now social and economic development was even based upon the communication of data with accurate frequency. He said space technology was being used for continuous monitoring of main crops, their yield and production. Hence, it ensures food security and also assists in the predication of drought and floods. By incorporating space technology in urban planning, the record of land use and planning of cities can be improved, recreational and countryside can be planned, and transport and infrastructure can be developed. Henceforth, modern cities can be planned by using space technology, Dr Mirza said, adding that the study of climate change on earth was not be possible without space technology.  


GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Hassan Amir Shah laid a stress on strong collaboration among universities and research and technology development organisations like SUPARCO, saying it helped researchers and students in acquisition of latest and accurate data for research. He also said that these workshops were equally important for professionals and students as they gave them opportunity to learn about the latest research and techniques in their subject area.


SUPARCO General Manager Lahore Dr Arifa Lodhi highlighted SUPARCO collaborations with leading universities of the country including GCU for development of space science and technology in the country. The senior faculty and staff members from Pakistan Metrology Department Lahore Flood Forecasting Division, Punjab University, Lahore College for Women University, Kinnaird College, GCU Faisalabad, FC University Lahore, University of Sargodha and COMSTAS took part in the workshop that was spread over nine technical sessions.


Flood Forecasting Centre Lahore Director Muhammad Raiz Khan, Karachi University Geography Department Chairperson Prof Dr Jamil Hassan Kazmi, Punjab University GIS Centre faculty member Hamid Chaudhry, Hassan Saqib from Met Office Radar Department, Punjab Mines and Mineral Department Assistant Director Rizwan Saqibb and SUPARCO managers Shoaib Shafique and Shaista Ejaz also addressed the participants of the workshop.   



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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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


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


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


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

Chinese Counsel General Lahore Yun Boren & Vice Chancellor

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


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


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


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




GCU exhibition highlights chronology of fine arts


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


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


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


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


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





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


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


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


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


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


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



Faculty development is top priority: Vice Chancellor GCU

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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




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


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


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

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


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







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

The oldest old Ravian poses for a photo with

the Vice Chancellor GCU.




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


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


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


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


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


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


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




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