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New VC Zaidi Vows to Win Back GCU’s Lost Glory

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LAHORE– Professor Asghar Zaidi, the newly-appointed vice chancellor, has said that they have to win back the partially lost prestige of Government College University (GCU) Lahore and get this historical educational institution its due place in the ranking of world’s top universities.

He was talking to the administrative and academic heads of the university in his maiden meeting on Friday at the university’s meeting rooms.

Prof. Zaidi, who holds PhD in Economics from University of Oxford, UK, said that he had studied and taught at the world’s top universities and had a wish to bring GCU at par with them.

“You may find it awkward but sincerely I am leaving my professorships at world’s top universities and opting this assignment out of my love for my country and my alma mater,” he added.

The Vice Chancellor announced establishing a research-based Institute of Public Health Policy at GCU. He said that research conducted by this institute on different social issues will help government for policy-making in different social issues.

He also laid a stress on a complete digitalization of processes in GCU to facilitate the students and faculty.

However, he said that, the role of teacher was very important, adding that he belonged to a very humble background but fortunately he got great teachers and mentors in life, who helped him in shaping his career.”

Prof. Zaidi said he was winding up all his assignments abroad, so that he could completely focus on development of GCU. He shared that he had requested the Punjab governor a very short leave to wind up from aboard, so that he could focus on education and research development in Pakistan.

Later, the university’s academic and administrative heads briefed the Vice Chancellor about the working of their departments. They offered their fullest support for the vision put forward by the VC.

Prof. Zaidi, 56, has recently been serving as the professor of social gerontology at the Seoul National University, a public university in Korea ranked 36 in the World QS Ranking 2019.

He has also been a visiting professor at London School of Economics and Senior Research Fellow at Oxford Institute of Population Ageing.— PRESS RELEASE