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GCUL’s 17 Convocation: Justice (R) Nasira Iqbal Asks Graduating Women To Participate In Pak’s Economic Development


LAHORE– Justice (retired) Nasira Javid Iqbal, a jurist, law professor and human rights activist, Sunday asked the graduating women of Government College University Lahore to actively participate in the economic development of their country. 

“Neither our religion nor the constitution allows to forcibly keep a woman inside the four walls of a house,” said the former judge of Lahore High Court while addressing the university’s 17th convocation for BA/BSc (Hons.) students as chief guest.

Justice (retired) Nasira Iqbal said “I am very glad to see most of the distinctions today were received by girls. Out of 24 academic distinctions in different disciplines of BA/BSc (Hons), 15 were won by girls.

The law professor highlighted that intolerance and sectarianism were the biggest threats to Pakistan. However, she said that they should not blame the government for all the evils, rather every man and woman must contribute in social and economic uplift of the country.

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In his convocation address, Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah said that it was important that education enabled youth to burn down their prejudices, confusions and their passivity and they should realize the implications of their actions or inaction and decide on their course of action in life accordingly.

Talking about the GCU research achievements, Prof Hassan Shah said that GCU scientists had in recent years registered 10 patents and filed another five which would be registered soon.

“Our Department of Chemistry under has developed an indigenous water purification process for simultaneous removal of arsenic and microbial contaminants. It is based on electro-oxidation-coagulation process. This is a new but very economical technology which is available at GCU only,” the vice chancellor revealed.

He also said that the effectiveness of technology had been tested and verified by PCRWR and PCSIR. “The Government can procure this technology from GCU for public consumption,” he concluded.

Later, at the third and concluding session of the conference, FC University Rector Prof Dr James A Tebbe was chief guest who along with Prof Hassan Shah gave away sports and co-circular rolls of honors to the graduates.

Speaking on the occasion, Prof Tebbe on a lighter said that 154 years of rivalry between GC and FC had officially ended last when both universities signed MoU of cooperation.

The FCC University reactor congratulated the graduates, saying that they were the alumni of longest academic tradition of Pakistan.

He concluded his speech saying that “class of 2018, go out into the world with confidence, you would face challenges that are greater than anything you could have imagined but be confident that you are well prepared now.”

Later, the Vice Chancellor announced that the university would remain closed on Monday (today).— PRESS RELEASE