GCU moves six more academic and administrative departments to KSK campus
LAHORE: In what can be called a major transition at Government College University (GCU), Lahore, six other academic and administrative departments have been completely transferred to the new 370-acre campus located at Kala Shah Kaku (KSK) .
Newly moved academic departments include Mathematics, Statistics and Fine Arts, while administrative departments are Treasury, GCU Press and Quality Improvement Cell. Last year, five university departments were moved to the new campus.
Professor Dr Asghar Zaidi, VC of GCU, said: “We are at 401+ in the Times Higher Education World Young University Rankings. We are making this transition to ensure that our university continues to thrive and be among the top 100 universities. We must quickly expand our infrastructure and significantly improve our learning processes if we are to compete.
While talking about the facilities and future plans, the VC said, “We have already started an urban forest project in collaboration with various organizations.
Within two years you will see a green campus, we will complete the buildings for the Central Library, Sufi Center, Girls Hostel, Faculty Residences and a University Block which will house six more academic departments. We will also be adding three new buses to our fleet in about a month.
All these departments have decided to shift voluntarily. We use all of our resources to resolve any startup issues. The VC further said that the spacious classrooms, flexible schedules and fresh air in the new campus had no alternative.
Due to the ample space, teacher-student interaction is more frequent than before. Each department has its own library, which was not possible in the old campus. Six seminar libraries and an archive are already operational at the New Campus. Our students will be more productive and bring new and innovative ideas to their research projects.
The VC pointed out that the relocation of the departments would not only develop a new culture in the University, but also contribute significantly to the rapidly developing educational center in the suburbs of Lahore.
Green belts, planned park clean-up: The city administration has decided to launch a major campaign for green belts and parks in the city, in which hundreds of PHA employees will work simultaneously in an area every days.
The decision was made by Lahore Commissioner Muhammad Amir Jan on Sunday while chairing a meeting. He said the process of cleaning the green belts of roads and parks will start at 5 a.m.
He said the PHA should pay the most attention to parks. Commissioner Lahore said all parks should be divided into three tiers and small parks would be the first priority. He said the PHA should make their state equal to Category 1 parks and activate gyms and sports halls attached to the parks. PHA staff should be fully active.