Lahore: The overall student strengthen of Government College University, Lahore has increased to 11,557 from around 6,000 in a short span of three years with the increase in postgraduate programmes, said Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman while addressing the foundation-laying ceremony of the new state-of-the-art ‘Student Facility Centre’ being established on the university’s campus to provide information and facilities to students, applicants and parents under one roof.
Speaking on the occasion, the Vice Chancellor also announced upgrading the university’s Career & Guidance Cell to the Career & Guidance Bureau which would give attention to every student of the university and guide him about his future endeavours by identifying his talent, interests and skills.
Prof Rahman said that he had added more than thirty new classrooms, lecture theatres, meeting rooms and offices on this small campus of the university in the last three years, and now they were really facing space shortage and looking forward to the Kala Shah Kaku Campus. “Now, even the Higher Education Commission considers us as a large-size university, while three years back we fell into the category of medium-size university,” he added.
The Vice Chancellor said that GCU had initiated as many as 27 new postgraduate programmes in the last three years which also included three PhD Computer Sciences and PhD Islamic Studies. He also said that the university would soon launch the law degree programmes and arrangements in this regard were also being completed.
Talking about the Student Facility Centre, Prof Rahman said that the centre being built from the university resources would be completely computerised and would have the capacity to facilitate more than 60 students at one time. He said the university received about 40 applications against the admission on one seat.
Registrar Dr Muhammad Akhyar Farrukh, Campus Engineer Lt Col (r) Bilal Ahmad and heads of all academic department’s attended the foundation-laying ceremony.