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Visually-Impaired Student Awarded PhD Degree At GCUL Convocation

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LAHORE– The Government College University Lahore Saturday conferred the doctorate of philosophy (PhD) degree upon a visually-impaired person, Muhammad Arif Mughal, in Urdu Literature, while Pakistan Navy psychologist Commander Fayyaz Ahmed Anjum also received his PhD degree in Psychology.

Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training Shafqat Mahmood was chief guest at the first session of the university’s 17th convocation where he along with Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah awarded the degrees and rolls of honours to PhD and MPhil scholars.

Besides medals and rolls and honour, a total of 1,828 degrees would be awarded this year at university’s
two-day convocation which includes 23 PhD, 354 MS/M.Phil, 290 MA/MSc degrees and 1161 BA/BSc
degrees.

Speaking on the occasion, Federal Minister Shafqat Mahmood said that Pakistan was passing through
difficult economic times and there were obviously financial constraints, so they needed to look at the
innovative solutions.

However, the minister negated media reports that there were going to be 50% cut in
the federal higher education budget.

He clarified that Rs 65 billion were allocated to the Higher Education Commission last year, but for next year they had demanded Rs. 103 billion. “Allocating any amount in between would in no way mean any cut in the budget,” he said.

The federal minister revealed that they were moving towards a system where those who could afford
must pay fully for the higher education while deserving students were granted scholarships.

Shafqat Mahmood said that he felt extreme pride in coming to preside over the convocation of his alma
mater where didn’t only study but also taught for a couple of years. He congratulated the Vice

Chancellor and his team on improving university’s international ranking and boosting research and co-
curricular activities.

In his convocation address, Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah said that some more graduates
including 13 PhD students couldn’t receive their degrees because the Higher Education Department
delayed the extension of GCU’s Controller of Examinations. H

e said terms of reference for the
appointment against senior positions forwarded to HED three years ago after the approval of GCU
Syndicate were still pending.

However, the Vice Chancellor proudly shared that the university faculty had been strengthened during
the last three years. He added that GCU recruited experienced and qualified faculty by convening a
record number of 17 selection boards in which 11 Professors, 5 Distinguished Professors, 3 Professors
on various Chairs, 27 Associate Professors, 34 Assistant Professors and 2 Foreign Faculty Professors
had been appointed.

Prof Hassan Shah also highlighted that GCU faculty published 596 research articles in refereed national
and international impact factor research journals and supervised 1828 research dissertations penned
down by their students.

“My faculty has been engaged in carrying out 66 research projects worth Rs.
126.506 million during the last academic year. Also, GCU scientists have registered 10 patents and filed
another 05 which will be registered soon in the couple of years,” the VC said .

Earlier, the minister and vice chancellor presented “Prof GD Sondhi Medal” for overall excellent
performance to Maryam Ijaz, “Mohammad Idrees Medal” for Best Debater to Muhammad Abdullah,
“Daud Ilyas Medal” for outstanding intermediate student to Muhammad Faizan, “Dr. Saida Karamat
Medal” for Best Woman Graduate to Hafiza Qurat-Ul-Ain Fatimah, “Waleed Iqbal Medal” for Best English
Parliamentary Speaker to Mohiba Ahmad, while “Thespian Medal” for excellent performance in
Dramatics was conferred upon Mariam Hassan Naqvi.

Justice Nasira Javid Iqbal would chair the second session of the convocation today (Sunday) at 10:30
pm in which position holders of BA/BSc (Hons) would be awarded degrees and medals. –PRESS RELEASE