July 9 - 15, 20

With a mission to provide quality education to the youth in a stimulating and conducive learning atmosphere by providing them with the intellectual and technological tools necessary to meet the challenges of the future, University of Central Punjab (UCP) is now recognized one of the leading educational institutions in the country.

Punjab Group of Colleges (PGC) moved a petition to the government of Punjab, in August 1996, for establishing a university in the province. A no objection certificate was issued in October 1999. The charter to establish the UCP was awarded in April 2002. Thus, this University clinched the distinction of becoming the first private sector university in Punjab, which acquired the status of degree-awarding institution.

Upon commencement of operations in October 1999, the UCP offered courses in management studies, information technology, commerce and law through its principal constituents i.e. Punjab College of Business Administration (PCBA), Punjab Institute of Computer Sciences (PICS), Punjab College of Commerce (PCC), Punjab Law College (PLC) and Punjab College of Information Technology (PCIT), all situated in Lahore.

These colleges were restructured as faculties of the university and became:

1. Faculty of Management Studies
2. Faculty of Information Technology
3. Faculty of Commerce
4. Faculty of Law
5. Faculty of Engineering
6. Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

A spokesman of UCP told PAGE that education in the 21st century demands a balance between continuity and change. The technological leaps and the consequences thereof have overtaken the old educational paradigms and new concepts have emerged in the world of learning.

According to him, the University of Central Punjab provides all the facilities needed to get education. Multiple labs are equipped with the latest computers and equipments, and the classrooms are fitted with multimedia projects for use by the teachers and students. The faculties are equipped with the latest high-tech labs that include electronics engineering lab, electrical engineering, instrumentation and measurement lab, telecommunication engineering lab computer engineering lab and data communication and networking lab. Classrooms are fully air-conditioned and university has a well-stocked library and round the clock internet facilities.

With Wi-Fi facility available around the clock on the campus, the students have uninterrupted access to the internet that allows them to use the online journal library to conduct research anywhere on the campus. Free use of the computer labs is also available along with the technical assistance. UCP also has an on-campus bookstore, a ladies lounge, cafeteria and food street for the convenience of the students. State-of-the-art auditorium, executive lounge for permanent and visiting faculty members, swimming pool, and well-equipped gymnasium are also mention-able hallmarks of the new campus, the spokesman added.

He further said women make more than half of the world population, yet a harmonious environment to achieve self-fulfillment through education is denied in most parts of the world. Although the consciousness that inclusion of women in sociopolitical and economic life contributes a lot to enhance the quality of life of a community and a notion has risen significantly all over the world, still a lot needs to be done to help women become productive members of our communities at large, he added.

The spokesman said, "We believe that education is the tools which can help women generate employment opportunities not only to empower them economically but also to enhance their self-esteem to conduct their lives with confidence and Úlan."

With this vision in mind, the spokesman said woman's development centre at UCP has announced two scholarships for female candidates from each of the following countries, Algeria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Czech, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Romania, Yugoslavia, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Turkey and Uzbekistan. Educational opportunities are at Bachelor's and master's level in business, commerce, engineering, computer science, and Islamic studies.

At UCP, open house sessions are also common features in which heads of the faculties share plans with the students. Recently, Dr. Abdul Aziz, dean faculty of information technology (FIT) conducted an open house session with the students of his faculty to share his views with them on the future of FIT.

The session started with Dr. Abdul Aziz briefing the students about the university policies and procedures and later discussed the roadmap for the development of faculty of information technology.

At the end of the formal presentation, students were given a chance to put forth their queries and suggestions. The students shared their concerns regarding the infrastructure, resources, career prospects and provided valuable input on how to further improve the existing policies. Dean FIT duly responded to the queries and made sure that the students also understood the management's intent behind setting university policies.