GCU to establish Syed Babar Ali Department of Education


The Government College University (GCU) Lahore’s board of studies has approved the establishment of the Syed Babar Ali Department of Education. This prestigious institution will offer a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs, including BEd Hons, MPhil in Education, and BEd in Special Education.

The Board of Studies meeting chaired by Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Asghar Zaidi conducted thorough deliberations and unanimously agreed to name the Department after Syed Babar Ali. Syed Babar Ali, an esteemed alumnus, renowned educationist, and philanthropist, has made significant contributions to the education, health, and social welfare sectors.

The Board of Studies meeting was attended by external and internal subject experts including Prof Dr Nasir Mahmood, the Acting Vice-Chancellor and Dean Faculty of Education of Allama Iqbal Open University; Dr Sumbal Tahir from the Department of Education of Virtual University; Prof Dr Tariq Mahmood Ch of University of the Punjab; and Prof Dr Sajjad Khan, Ms Rubina Murtaza and Dr Shaukat Ali from GCU Lahore.

Vice-Chancellor Prof Zaidi emphasized the decision’s objective of enhancing the quality of education in Pakistan through innovative teaching methods and research in the field. He expressed his confidence that the establishment of the Syed Babar Ali Department of Education would mark the beginning of a new era in teacher education. Our institution is dedicated to providing students with exceptional education and training, equipping them for successful careers in the education sector.

The department’s degree programs will offer students a comprehensive education in teaching and learning theories, complemented by practical experiences in real-world educational settings.

Recognizing the increasing demand for skilled educators in society, the Vice-Chancellor affirmed the institution’s commitment to providing necessary resources and opportunities to meet this need. The establishment of this department aims to nurture a new generation of educators capable of making significant contributions to the field of education.

With great enthusiasm, Vice-Chancellor Prof Zaidi expressed his optimism for the prospects of the Syed Babar Ali Department of Education. He highlighted the positive impact it will have on the university and society as a whole. Anticipating the arrival of the first cohort of students during Fall 2023, he emphasized the importance of collaboration in achieving the shared vision of excellent quality education in Pakistan.

Prof Zaidi concluded that the GCU Lahore’s approval of the Syed Babar Ali Department of Education heralds a promising future for education in Pakistan. “By upholding the values of innovation, excellence, and social responsibility, the department aims to shape a generation of educators who will contribute significantly to the advancement of education in the country,” he said.

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