In wake of the Coronavirus outbreak, the Government College University (GCU) Lahore has arranged its first online viva of a PhD candidate of Political Science, Sadia Rafiq, who completed her research on the topic related to Sunni minorities in Iran.
An external examiner, Prof Dr Umbreen Javaid, the Dean, Faculty of Behavioral & Social Sciences at Punjab University (PU) Lahore, conducted the PhD viva ONLINE via Skype, while another examiner, Prof Dr Ishtiaq Ahmed Chaudhry, the former Dean of Bahaudin Zakria University (BZU) Multan, was present in person at the GCU campus.
Sadia Rafiq did her research under the supervision of GCU Dean Faculty of Social Sciences Prof. Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt. SOPs prescribed by the government regarding social distancing were strictly observed during the viva. Later, Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Asghar Zaidi presented the PhD notification to Dr Sadia Rafiq, saying that the unusual situation due to COVID-19 posed additional challenges to all communities which is why it is the need of the hour that we learn to adapt and adopt innovative ways to tackle these challenges. Dean Prof Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt and Controller Examinations Shahzad Ahmad were also present and praised the efforts of the examiners and the candidate.