Prof. Dr. Asghar Zaidi, the Vice Chancellor of Government College
University Lahore, has emphasized the need to motivate faculty in
universities to carry out research for the benefit of society and economic
prosperity instead of just for the appointments and promotions.
He was addressing a meeting with the members of Education Reporters
Association (ERA) at the University's Meeting Rooms on Friday. ERA
President Atif Pervaiz and General Secretary Adnan Lodhi were also present.
Talking to education reporters, Prof. Zaidi said that he had initiated a
research award that would be given to one teacher from each faculty on the
basis of the research that would benefit the society or play role in the
country's economic development.
He also laid stress on inculcating leadership qualities in students through
their active participation in student societies, and co-curricular and
Prof. Zaidi, who previously served at world's top universities and
institutions in UK and South Korea, believed that many universities and
administrative departments in Pakistan lacked IT infrastructure; the
developed countries have moved towards paperless society, while we still
have a "files-culture" here in Pakistan.
In reply to a query, he said that he had to read and sign a large number of
files on daily basis as a part of his administrative duties as Vice
Chancellor, whereas in South Korea, same work was done through few clicks
on the computer or mobile.
The Vice Chancellor pledged to make 2021 as one the best years in the
history of GCU, saying that we had plans to establish Center of Excellence
in Kashmir Studies, Law School and Mass Communication Department besides
upgrading the university civil and IT infrastructure.
I can't say about past but in my tenure I'll ensure all admissions and
appointment in GCU are made purely on merit, he said.
Prof. Zaidi shared his five point strategic vision with the education
reporters besides his achievements in one year that included merit-based
appointment of visiting faculty, revival of tutorial system, commencement
of classes at new campus, establishment of GCU Press and new heath center,
enhancing intake of foreign students and improving the functioning of
The VC said that his team at GCU worked beyond the call of their duty and
beyond their capacities to render services during the pandemic of
coronavirus. We offered a platform for mental health helpline; made
available our academic building for the Quarantine Centre and for Field
Hospital and supplies disinfectants to hospital all across Punjab, he
Prof. Zaidi concluded that the creative and intellectual apparatuses of the
GCU have been well engaged in order to make GCU the topmost educational
institution of the country.
ERA members Saima Warraich, Azhar ul Haq Wahid, Imran Younas, Shafique
Sharif, Arshad Mehdi, Usman Ghani, Omer Khalil, Main Ali, Ali Arshad,
Faizan Warriach, Kahsif Daudi, Sana ullah Nagra, Bhuran ud Din, Nasir Ch,
Main Amer and Hassan Abbas were also present.