LAHORE– The 23rd meeting of the Academic Council of Government College University Lahore was held here at the University’s Meeting Rooms, and approved amendments to the University’s examinations and admissions rules and existing courses of various academic programs.
GCU Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Asghar Zaidi chaired the meeting which was also attended by Prof. Dr. Rukhsana Kausar, the Vice Chancellor of Government College Women University Sialkot, Professor Emeritus Dr. Khalid Hamid Sheikh, Distinguished Professor Dr. Zaheer-ud-Din Khan, Professor, Dr. Rafi M. Chaudhry Chair in CASP, Dr. Muhammad Zakaullah Member, faculty deans and other members of the council.
The Academic Council approved the new course of “Translation of the Holy Qur’an” to be taught to all Muslim students at BA/BSc (Hons) level while non-Muslim students would be taught a subject of Ethical Teachings of World Religions.
Deliberating upon the agenda item of online teaching, the Council approved the new assessment policy for undergraduate and postgraduate programs in the light of online teaching due to COVID19. It approved the methods and requirements for “open-book” and “open-internet” examinations.
It granted permission to Intermediate Pre-Medical students to apply for admissions to the BS in Computer Science Program with the condition to qualify the two deficiency courses of Mathematics after admissions each comprising of 3 credit hours.
The members of Academic Council set maximum duration for the completion of Hons. Degree to Six years. However, it authorized that in exceptional cases, an extension of one more year may be granted, after due recommendation of Board of Studies of concerned department and approval of Convener/ Affiliated Institutions.
The Council also approved amendments in general criteria for qualifying a semester, marks for practical examinations, attendance criteria, and summer-semester and degree requirements.
Addressing the meeting, Vice Chancellor Prof. Zaidi appreciated the support of academic and administrative staff for the implementation of his reforms for the development of the University. He also briefed the members that Covid-19 pandemic disrupted the academic activities in the University. However, the newly formed Directorate of IT staff worked and the teachers very hard for the successful and smooth commencement of online classes within a very short time span.
The Vice Chancellor said that the minutes of the 23rd meeting of the Academic Council would be placed before the Syndicate in the upcoming meeting, and these amendments to examinations and admissions rules would become part of the University’s calendar after the Syndicate approval.— PRESS RELEASE