Nov 26 - Dec 02, 2007

Provincial Minister for Education and Minority Affairs Prof Dr Mira Phailbus has said that education system cannot afford further experimentation and department should continue time-tested and result- oriented policies in the best interest of students.

She said that the parents and teachers have genuine reservations with regard to the new academic session and there is dire need to consider them for the betterment of the stakeholders

She said that new academic session has not shown the desired results and students had to face very hot weather during the examinations. In addition, the students remained free from studies during summer vacation due to non-availability of books. The officers of the department said that private schools had started teaching the education system from April and public schools commenced studies in September. Due to this reason, it is feared that late start of academic session, will adversely affect the results of government schools in the Board Examinations. Keeping in view the gravity of matter, the Minister directed the officers of the department to prepare a comprehensive report as regard academic session so that federal government be approached for the change of session.

During the visit of EDO (Education) office Lahore, the Minister expressed displeasure over poor cleanliness conditions in the office and asked the concerned officer to keep the office neat and clean for the provision of healthy environment to the officials. She also instructed the officers to resolve the financial and service problem of the teachers and prepare seniority lists so that teachers could benefit from the welfare package announced by the former chief minister

The DPI (Colleges) disclosed that seniority list of all the college teachers had been put on the web site of the department and the lecturers can easily check it. The minister highly appreciated the computerization of service record of lectures and termed it a useful step for the benefit of academic staff.

Moreover, the Environmental Protection Society (EPS) of GC University Lahore organized a lecture on "air pollution".

Muhammad Farooq of the Environmental Protection Agency highlighted the major causes of air pollution and dilated on the after effects of this serious thwart being faced by the present day humanity.

Dean Faculty of Sciences and Technology Prof Dr Amin ul Haq while speaking on the occasion said that the EPS has provided this platform to cognizant the students about the seriousness of the topic and urge them to work for the rehabilitation of the pollution free environment.

Advisor of the EPS GCU Prof Uzair Ahson thanked the guest speaker and Dr. Amin-ul-Haq for their kind presence and for making the students aware of air pollution and its effects.

Debating contest: The debating society of the GC University Lahore has won the All Pakistan Urdu Parliamentary Championship 2007 hosted by Kinnaird College Lahore. The GCU team comprising Rana Hamza Ijaz, Sarim Israr, Abdullah Abbasi, Sardar Junaid Khan and Owais Maqbool Bari beat FC College Lahore to lift the trophy for the seventh time in the list of thirteen years.

Prof Dr Meera Phailbus, Provincial Minister for Education and Minorities and Principal Kinnaird College was the chief guest.

Ummar Zaiuddin, President GCU Debating Society, was the best English speaker of the Tournament at the All Pakistan English Parliamentary Debating championship hosted by Kinnaird College Lahore.

GCU students honored: Two M.Phil students of the Department of Psychology of the Government College University Lahore have successfully completed their research projects.

M.Phil student Usman Rasheed completed his research under the supervision of Dr. Kausar Suhail. This study was conducted to assess the impact of psychosocial rehabilitation program on symptoms as well as quality of life of patients. The rehabilitation program was structured according to behavioral paradigms of improving the symptomatic condition as well as general functioning of the patients with schizophrenia considering the proved the efficacy of this program.

The other student Ms. Zahra Fatima completed her dissertation based in an international collaborative research project supervised by Dr. Farah Malik and Prof. Glyn Humphreys, University of Birmingham, UK. The sensitivity to emotional words was examined through an "Emotional Stroop" task with a group of abused and non abused children. The abused group showed extremely longer reaction time for emotionally violent words than controls that suggests a form of startle response; the difference was greater for boys than girls. The differences for behavioral problems, socio-economic status and family organization were also significant for abused children.

GCU Professors: The School of Biological Sciences of the University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom has included the names of Prof Dr M. Sharif Mughal, Chairperson, Department of Zoology GCU Lahore and Ms. Ayesha Shuja, Lecturer in Zoology in the staff directory profile of the University web (

Both the academicians have the job title of Honorary Research Fellow of the Aberdeen University.

Prof Dr M. Sharif Mughal and Ms. Ayesha Shuja have visited University of Aberdeen, UK earlier this year in March 2007 for a period of three weeks. The visit was arranged under HEC-BC Link Program (Phase II) of Higher Education Links with the British Universities.