The Government College University Lahore has introduced an international
standard ranking system to measure the performance of its various academic
departments. The faculty and staff of the top three departments will be
offered honorariums for their work.
The key evaluation indicators of ranking system include efficiency of the
department's student advising system, designing of rubrics for assessment,
updated course handbooks, seminars, conferences and training workshops, and
collective teaching score in students' evaluation.
Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Asghar Zaidi said the University would also give
weightage to regular meetings of research supervisory committees and Board
of Studies, and to introduction of new courses and academic programmes.
Prof. Zaidi believed that the ranking system, designed after a lengthy
consultative process would strengthen the newly introduced reforms, and
generate a healthy competition among the university's departments to
improve their learning processes.
The Vice Chancellor said that a handsome amount was being allocated in the
upcoming budget of the University for performance incentives honorariums.
"The amount will be given to the faculty members of the first three
departments of the University," he added.
Prof Zaidi further explained: "Most of the universities in Pakistan are
aiming to gauge and improve their performance. Many of them intend to
compete at the topmost level. Our ranking system of academic departments
will offer an example of quality checks and indicators to address the
Prof. Zaidi noted that the GCU is taking every possible initiative to adopt
the best practices which are followed by the leading universities of the
The ranking system of the departments would be in place from the upcoming
academic year i.e. Fall 2021.
Earlier, the GCU Lahore was going to replace a 22-year-old relative grading
system with a rubric-based absolute marking system. It is also introducing
student feedback system.