GCU awards Rs 8 million scholarships to 235 students
Lahore, May 24: Government College University's Endowment Fund Trust (GCU-EFT) awarded Rs eight million scholarships to the university's 235 deserving students on Saturday. Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman, who is also EFT chairman, chaired the annual scholarship distribution ceremony while Lahore High Court (LHC) Justice Muhammad Farrukh Irfan Khan, EFT Executive Committee Secretary Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt, eminent industrialist Mian Misbah-ur-Rahman and donors of the trust were also present.
Addressing the ceremony, Prof Rahman said the university's endowment fund trust was almost doubled by Rs 170 million in a short span of three years due to generous support of Old Ravians and philanthropists. He also told the trust donors that scholarships to 235 deserving students were given purely on merit after the interview of candidates by GCU Financial Aid Committee which comprised of five heads of departments. He said all the documents of applicants from income certificates to utility bills were examined in detail so that only truly deserving students could get scholarships.
Prof Rahman also said he wanted to provide free education to all GCU students but unfortunately resources didn't allow him. However, he said he had not increased a single rupee in fees since three years despite all the financial constraints from the university's treasury.
Inspired by the transparency and credentials of scholarships' recipients, Old Ravians and philanthropists at the ceremony further pledged donations of Rs 10 million for the trust. Justice Muhammad Farrukh Irfan Khan, an eminent Old Ravian, his brothers and family members initiated five more perpetual golden scholarships for deserving students of GCU. Eminent Industrialist Iqbal Z. Ahmad, a private telecommunication company, and a couple of other donors also donated rupees one million each to the trust.
Speaking on the occasion, EFT Executive Committee Secretary Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt said endowment fund trust of Harvard University, US, alone stood at more than 42 billion dollars and this was what made the America superpower. However, he said GCU was the only public sector university which had developed its endowment fund.
Dr Khalid Butt said the endowment funds didn't spend the principle amount but the profit, earned from the principal amount, was spent on deserving students and development projects. He said if philanthropists, Old Ravians and government supported from five to ten years now the trust would be providing scholarships to all the needy students of the university.
Mian Misbah-ur-Rahman said the culture and trend of supporting education was yet to be developed in Pakistan. He said he would continue his efforts for mobilising Old Ravians for the development of his alma mater.
GCU botanic garden turns 102
Lahore: The Botanic Garden of Government College University has turned 102. In this regard, the university's Botany Department on Thursday celebrated the anniversary with a plantation drive.
GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman inaugurated the plantation drive at seven-acre botanic garden which housed more than 700 species of trees including flora, alstonia, milletia, ficus, ehretia and cycas.
Dean Prof Dr Islam Ullah Khan, Professor Rafi Chair Dr Muhammad Zakria Butt, Registrar Dr Muhammad Akhyar Farrukh, Department of Botany Chairperson Dr Ghazala Yasmeen Butt, Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt and heads of various colleges and universities also planted saplings at the botanic garden.
Speaking on the occasion, Prof Rahman said the botanic garden was handed over to Government College University Lahore in 1912 and since then the Botanic Department had been looking after it very appropriately and providing students a perfect atmosphere for research in Botany.
He said botanic gardens were highly crucial for research and all over the world they had preserved and documented specimen of 80,000 to 100,000 living plant species and providing material for display, research, education, conservation and ecological restoration.THewns
RBISE registration schedule for class 9 examination
Rawalpindi: The registration for class 9th examination of the Rawalpindi Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (RBISE) would continue until May 20. As per the schedule May 20 is the last date for depositing fees and submitting registration forms in the office of the board. Fee and registration forms can be deposited with late fee of Rs 500 from May 21 to June 3. The RBISE has sent a circular in this regard to all the educational institutions associated with it besides posting it on its website.†Daily times