Governor Punjab Ch Muhammad Sarwar on Tuesday conferred Tamgha-i-Imtiaz on Prof. Dr. Asghar Zaidi, the Vice Chancellor of Government
College University Lahore, for his meritorious contributions in the field
of research and education especially attributing to his innovative research
on population ageing.
Prof. Zaidi was awarded Tamgha-i-Imtiaz at a graceful ceremony at
Governor's House Lahore.
Working along the lines of the Human Development Index of Dr Mahbub ul Haq,
Prof. Zaidi developed two global indexes, namely Global AgeWatch Index and
Active Ageing Index. These indexes provided insights in studying the
well-being of older populations around the world. His contributions are
also recognised for the first of its kind study of dementia experiences in
Pakistan with Alzheimer's Pakistan and in developing a nation-wide survey
of human rights of older population for British Council Islamabad.
The GC University's Academic Staff Association, faculty members and Old
Ravians congratulated Prof. Zaidi on the tremendous achievements he has
made at the GC University since his arrival.
In a statement, GCU ASA termed this achievement a stepping stone for his
future work at GCU and offered their fullest support in achieving the
strategy of uplifting the glorious position of GC University Lahore.
Professor Zaidi, who holds a PhD in economics from the world's top
university, University of Oxford, is a social policy analyst and renowned
researcher. He holds vast experiences of working and teaching at the
world's top universities around the world and would wish to bring this
experience towards improvements in higher education in Pakistan.
Asghar Zaidi's reward was attributed to his international research works on
population ageing, on older people and people with disabilities. Last year,
the Government of Shanghai also awarded him the 1,000 Foreign Experts
Scholarship in 2019.