LCWU, GCU sign 26-point accord on resource sharing

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The Lahore College for Women University Lahore (LCWU) on Wednesday signed an accord to import the culture of students' societies, creative activities and research from Government College University, Lahore (GCU) and develop a strong partnership with it of sharing resources.

GCU Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman and LCWU Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Sabhia Mansoor signed the agreement at graceful ceremony at the LCUWSyndicate Committee Room.

GCU Director Research Professor Dr Muhammad Zakria Butt, Dean Professor Dr Islam Ullah Khan, Director Academic Planning Fauzia Shahen, Physics Department Chairperson Professor Dr Hassan A Shah, Old Ravians Union Secretary Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt, while from LCWU, Dean Faculty of Natural Sciences Professor Dr Kausar J. Cheema, Dean Faculty of Social Sciences Professor Dr Ayesha Roohi and heads all administrative departments attended the agreement signing ceremony.

The 26-point accord provides the faculty members and postgraduate students of both universities access to each other laboratories, academic data, libraries and other necessary research facilities. Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman said that modern research is complex and multidisciplinary and it is impossible for single institution to possess all the knowledge, equipment and techniques required; so it is imperative to establish academic and research links and share resources, expertise and equipment with each other.

Professor Rahman said in first half of the ongoing academic year he had signed more than seven active agreements with reputed international and national institutes including University of Bonn Germany, National Institute of Lasers and Optronics Islamabad, GEDIZ University Istanbul and Punjab Forensic Science Agency, so that his students can get access to all kinds of latest equipment and all other facilities for research.

Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Sabhia Mansoor says "though GCU is big brother and beats LCWU by 50 years in age, but they still are standing shoulder-to-shoulder in several disciplines of social and natural sciences, especially fine arts and visual arts." She said social arts and natural sciences are equally important as they do not want nation which is not civilised, talented and visionary. She proudly said: "if GCU has produced premiers, scientists and poets, go and see the history the mothers of all of them are alumni of Lahore College for Women."

By the slip of tongue, Professor Dr Sabhia Mansoor coined a new term "GCWU", for the agreement between, which was applauded by the faculty members. The LCWU VC said that Pakistan universities are facing severe financial challenges and this agreement is a role model for other; they could develop their faculty and research by sharing resources. She said that GCU and LCWU would jointly hold trainings for their faculty members.

Professor Dr Sabhia Mansoor said that they wanted to develop strong students' societies' culture at LCWU on the pattern of Government College University Lahore to train their students in the realm of drama, debates, quiz, etc. She said that co-curricular actives played a very vital role in the character-building of students. Under the agreement, both the universities have also agreed to exchange teaching and research staff, joint research projects, sharing of academic data and publications and holding joint conferences and workshops and seminars.

Courtesy: Business Recorder

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