The Government College University Lahore has initiated a research
competition on the theme of "Challenges and Opportunities in the COVID-19
World", and cash prizes would be awarded to the best three theses.
The undergraduate students of eight academic departments would research on
the theme from the perspective of their discipline.
Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr Asghar Zaidi said "it is our prime responsibility
to produce research that creates an impact beyond academia, and that can
change the experiences of our society. We cannot afford to churn out
research that is irrelevant to our present-day needs."
The Vice-Chancellor said that they see a huge gap between academia, state
and industry, adding that in the Western world, funding agencies and
Universities always encourage graduate applications and research which have
the potential to help the governing institutions and industries to improve
the quality of life.
While explaining the benefits of this initiative for students and society,
Prof Zaidi said: by encouraging our students to write on such themes, we
will prepare them for new opportunities of scholarships at the topmost
institutions and industries. At the same time, we will be producing a body
of knowledge which will be used by policymakers, state officials and even
general public to understand the impact of the pandemic and take concrete
steps to make human life better.
Prof. Zaidi further explained that students of the Economics Department
would research the impact of COVID19 on Pakistan's economy, and literature
students would analyse literature produced during the pandemic, while GCU's
psychologists would look at the impact of COVID-19 on the mental and
physical health of people.
History students will write on pandemic from the historical point of view.
GCU's environmentalists will highlight the role of environmental studies
for reducing the impact of pandemic, and geographers will study the
spatio-temporal patterns of Covid-19, the Vice-chancellor concluded.