The GC University Lahore Wednesday wore a festive look as its sesquicentennial celebrations began at grand ceremony in the university’s Oval Ground in the presence of more than 8,000 students and noted alumni. Punjab Education Minister Rana Mashood was chief guest at the ceremony which was also addressed by Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman and Old Ravians Union President kamran Lashari.
Reading the chief minister’s message for the students of GCU, Rana Mashood said that no nation could progress in the world without tolerance, talent and technology. “The government is doing its best for bringing technology in every field, and I, Shahbaz Sharif, personally ask the students to develop tolerance in their life,”
The chief minister’s also read that in today’s world, national security was linked to economic security and economic security was directly connected to energy security. He said that Punjab had decided to punch above its weight in helping Pakistan achieve this goal.
In his Founders’ Day speech, Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman said that this ceremony was the beginning of our grand 150th year celebrations and they would continue whole year. The magnificent tower of our grand alma mater stands witness to our illustrious journey spread over three centuries,” he added.
Lauding the struggles of Sharifs in making Pakistan a developed country, Khaleel-Ur-Rehman said that nuclear tests, construction of Motorway, Gwadar Port, Distribution of Indus Water Accord 1991, NFC Award, allocation of the 4% of GDP for education, GSP Plus status for Pakistan from European Parliament are just a few landmark achievements of two of the most distinguished Old Ravians i.e. Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif.
While the Abdus Salam School of Mathematical Sciences has been declared the Best Institute by the European Mathematical Society because it has produced 100 PhD’s in a short span of 8 years, the HEC and Punjab Government’s annual grants for ASSMS have been discontinued, he added. He requested to the authorities concerned that this state-of-the-art institution must not be left high and dry and that its grants may be restored.