The Government College University Lahore opened its new campus at Kala Shah Kaku on Saturday, for the academic and co-curricular activities. Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mahmood inaugurated the first academic bloc and a hostel on the new campus which is spread over more than 370 acres of land.
Speaking on the occasion, the federal minister said that it’s not easy to execute such mega projects in Pakistan where you needed permissions from multiple departments at each step. He said that some systems in the country needed to be revised. However, he said the government was committed to improving the quality of education in the country. He said two-year bachelor’s degree had no value in the new system.
Congratulating the GCU Vice-Chancellor on completion his tenure, the minister said that there should be no retiring age for the teacher. GCU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah said the land for the new campus at KSK was purchased in 2009 with support from the Punjab government, while PC-1 amounting to Rs. 998 million was approved in 2014-15, while funding started in 2016 by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and the period of completion was four years. He added that PC-1 included one academic bloc, partial administrative bloc, hostel, residence apartments for staff and external developments on the campus.
The vice-chancellor announced that external works, academic bloc and hostel, inaugurated today, were complete while administrative building and residential apartments were near completion. He said the biggest challenge with this 370 acres land was of a rainwater drain passing through the campus from 10 different directions.
Prof Shah said the master plan of this campus, which included 22 hostels and other facilities for 25,000 students, 1250 teachers and 650 staff members, would take more than a decade to complete. “However, I’m happy today that this campus has become operational and a couple of academic departments including Computer Science Department has been transferred here already,” he said.
The VC said the university would run bus shuttle service between its both campuses for the facilitation of teachers, students and staff. The Vice-Chancellor appreciated the hard work and dedication of works committee, engineering cell, treasurer office and registrar for completion of PC-1.
Later, the vice-chancellor presented a copy of the academic roll of honour to Shafqat Mehmood which he had earned as an illustrious student of GC Psychology Department in 1970.