The Punjab government on Wednesday appointed renowned historian Prof Dr Tahir Kamran Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and eminent physicist Prof Dr Raiz Ahmad Dean, Faculty of Engineering at the Government College University Lahore for a period of three years on the recommendations of Vice Chancellor Prof Hassan Amir Shah against the posts that were lying vacant since their inception in 2002 and 2009 respectively.
“It’s a great satisfying moment; the university which was dean-less just few months ago, has now deans in all its four faculties,” said Prof Shah while expressing gratitude to Punjab Chief Minister Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif and Punjab Governor Malik Muhammad Rafique Rajwana on the appointments.
The Punjab government has already appointed eminent writer Prof Dr Muhammad Iqbal Shahid as Dean, Faculty of Languages, Islamic & Oriental Learning and Prof Dr Islam Ullah Khan as Dean, Faculty Science of Technology at GCU.
Prof Dr Tahir Kamran also served on the prestigious post of Iqbal Fellow at the University of Cambridge UK. He authored several international publications specifically on the history of the Punjab, sectarianism, democracy, and governance. He is currently serving as Chairman, GCU Department of History. The post of Dean of Arts and Social Sciences has been lying vacant for the last 14 years. Prof Dr Raiz Ahmad is currently serving as Chairman, GCU Physics Department and has around 80 international research papers to his credit. He is a PhD from the Imperial College, UK. He was instrumental in establishment of XRD Laboratory at the Centre for Advanced Studies in Physics.
The Vice Chancellor said he had empowered his deans in all academic and research matters. He expressed the hope that the deans would play a key role in the academic uplift of the university.