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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.



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.






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.




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.


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.






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.





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.







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.  





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.




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.



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.







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.  







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.




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.



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.



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.





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.





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.




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.






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.




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.






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.




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.



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.



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.




GCU Vice Chancellor's interview in Daily Express

Dated: 17-02-2014



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.





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.





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.






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.



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


to watch full recording of programme; Please click here.






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.




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.






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.  



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.   



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.






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.







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.



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.


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.






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.



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.



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.



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