Government College University’s Old Ravians Union (GCU-ORU) at its annual reunion has conferred lifetime achievement award on legendary Urdu and Punjabi writer Bano Qudsia, veteran playwright, actor and professor Shoaib Hashmi and eminent historian and teacher Prof Dr Farhat Mahmod.
Bana Qudisa and Prof Dr Farhat Mehmood received their award from Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, senior judge of Supreme Court of Pakistan and ex-Ravian, who was chief guest at the grand reunion dinner attended by eminent old Ravian politicians, bureaucrats, journalists, lawyers and businessmen from all over the country.
Shoaib Hashmi could not attend the ceremony due to illness and noted Pakistani playwright Asghar Nadeem Syed accepted the award on his behalf.
Speaking on the occasion, Justice Saqib Nisar said he believes that confidence is a key to what he has achieved in his life, and this sheer confidence was inculcated in him by Government College Lahore, where he had not only studied but also spent most cherished moments of his life. He especially mentioned the wonderful experience of representing the university in debates competitions that held throughout the country.
In his opening remarks, Old Ravians Union President Kamran Lashari said that old is certainly gold; the older your relations, the deeper would be the mark and linkage with the college. He urged the old Ravians to play active role in development of their alma mater.
Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah said GCU’s alumni were its real strength, stating they had donated Rs 220 million to the university’s Endowment Fund Trust for supporting the financially-challenged students of their alma mater. He lauded the services and active role of Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt as ORU secretary and said that he was the spine of Old Ravians Union.
Expressing gratitude to the ORU for the award, Bano Qudsia said GC University has nurtured the holistic self of the Ravians more than the typical business of teaching. May the Almighty Allah be the protector of its milieu, she said.