GCU welcomes first female head in its 160 years history


In a groundbreaking development, Government College University (GCU) Lahore, one of Pakistan’s oldest and most prestigious educational institutions, has witnessed a significant milestone in its 160-year history. Prof. Dr. Shazia Bashir, an esteemed female academician, has been appointed as the acting Vice Chancellor of the university, marking the first time a woman has held this position.

Dr. Shazia Bashir, currently serving as the Dean of the Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at GCU Lahore, steps into her new role with a wealth of experience and a profound dedication to academia. The appointment comes as a momentous occasion for both the university and the wider academic community in Pakistan.

The decision to entrust Dr. Shazia Bashir with the responsibilities of the Vice Chancellorship was made by the Punjab governor, who bestowed upon her the additional charge for a period of four months or until the appointment of a regular Vice Chancellor. This move underscores the recognition of her exemplary contributions to the field of education and her outstanding leadership within the university.

Dr. Shazia Bashir’s academic journey is illustrious, marked by her deep-rooted commitment to learning and research. An alumna of GCU Lahore herself, she holds a Master’s degree in Physics from Government College Lahore, followed by an MPhil from the University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Lahore. Her pursuit of knowledge led her to complete her PhD at the Technical University of Vienna (TU Wien) Austria.

Since joining GCU Lahore in 1996, Dr. Shazia Bashir has been an integral part of the institution’s academic fabric. She has served in various capacities, including as the Director of the Centre for Advanced Studies in Physics and the Institute of Physics, as well as Chairperson of the Department of Physics. Her scholarly endeavors have resulted in over 150 research publications in esteemed international journals, showcasing her dedication to advancing scientific knowledge.

The appointment of Dr. Shazia Bashir as the acting Vice Chancellor has been met with widespread acclaim from the faculty, staff, and students of GCU Lahore. It represents a significant step towards gender inclusivity and diversity in leadership roles within the realm of higher education in Pakistan. As the university embarks on this new chapter under her stewardship, there is a palpable sense of optimism and excitement for the transformative impact she will undoubtedly bring to the institution.

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