The federal and provincial governments have initiated four development
projects worth Rs 1,840.75 million for the uplift of Government College
Out of this highest ever development funds allocation for GCU, a budget of
Rs. 410 million is allocated for the fiscal year 2021-22 only.
The Federal Ministry of Planning and Development approved Rs. 1158 million
for Phase-II of the GCU's New Campus. The other three projects are
reflected in Punjab's Annual Development Program (ADP) 2021-22. The total
costs of Girls' Hostel, Swimming Pool and Sufism Center are Rs. 440
million, Rs. 143.278 million and Rs. 100 million, respectively.
The most prominent of the projects is the establishment of Sheikh Abul
Hasan Ash-Shadhili Sufism, Science & Technology Research Centre. The
construction of girls' hostel at the main campus will also meet a long time
demand from GCU's girls, and the provision of swimming pool will offer
great opportunities for GCU to host international standards of swimming
The Phase-II of the New Campus at Kala Shah Kaku will substantiate the
academic and extracurricular activities. The Phase-2 includes construction
of academic block for 1200 students, hostel, residence for staff and
external development works.
Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr Asghar Zaidi said GCU is the most prestigious and
oldest seat of higher learning in Pakistan but it has been long ignored by
the consecutive governments in terms of student facilities and expansion.
He said that a campus built for a few thousand students only has now more
than 14,000 students studying in more than 30 disciplines.
He said girls students from all over Pakistan comes to GCU for higher
studies but unfortunately it has only one girls' hostel with a capacity of
fewer than 200 students, due to which our hundreds of students had to live
in female private hostels away from the campus.
The Vice-Chancellor said that new four-storey girls' hostel would be
constructed at the University's Science Block with a capacity for more than
three hundred students.
It would be a surprise for everyone that GCU is a winner of
inter-collegiate and inter-university swimming championships, but our
students have no facility of swimming pool, Prof. Zaidi said, adding we
have to request other universities to provide their pool for the training
of our teams, which we get for a very short time on their terms and
Talking about the Sufism Centre, Prof. Zaidi said the centre is the
initiative of the First Lady of Pakistan, Mrs Bushra Imran, and it would
conduct research in the fields of Islamic philosophy, Sufism, spirituality,
comparative study of religion and mystic traditions besides providing a
platform for inter-faith dialogues at national and international level.