A World Bank delegation, headed by Senior Economist Ms. Inga Afanasieva and Education Specialist Ms. Tashmina Rahman, accompanied by the Higher Education Development Project (HEDP) team led by Project Director Dr. Mahmood Ul Hassan Butt, paid a visit to the Government College University (GCU) Lahore.

During their visit, the delegation engaged in fruitful discussions with Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Adnan Ahmad and other university officials, including Prof. Dr. Hamid Mukhtar, Director of the Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC), and Dr. Fouzia Shahin, Director of Academic Planning & External Linkages (AP&EL).

The discussions primarily focused on various aspects of the university’s operations, including administrative and academic functions, the implementation of the revised Undergraduate Education Policy (UEP), and mechanisms to support student internships. The role of HEDP in driving academic reforms was also a key topic of conversation.

Furthermore, the delegation took a keen interest in the establishment and activities of the QEC Accreditation Unit at GCU, as well as its collaboration with affiliated colleges. Emphasis was placed on the QEC’s role in facilitating self-assessment exercises, implementing the UEP, and overseeing accreditation processes across institutions.

In addition to discussions, the delegation toured different departments of the university to gain a comprehensive understanding of its academic landscape.

Following their visit to GC University Lahore, the delegation proceeded to MAO College Lahore, an affiliated institution, where they interacted with faculty, senior management, and students involved in programs governed by the revised UG Policy.

Prof. Dr. Hamid Mukhtar expressed satisfaction with the visit, noting its success in showcasing GCU’s administrative efficiency and its proactive approach towards adopting educational reforms. The World Bank-HEDP team also conveyed their contentment with the progress witnessed during their engagement with the university.

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