LAHORE: The government on Wednesday appointed the deans of Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and Faculty of Engineering at the Government College University (GCU).
Historian Tahir Kamran has been appointed dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and physicist Riaz Ahmad dean of the Faculty of Engineering.
The appointments have been made for a period of three years on the recommendation of Vice Chancellor Hassan Amir Shah against vacant posts.
“This is a great moment for us. The university now has deans for all four faculties,” Shah said in a statement. He thanked Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Governor Rafique Rajwana for the appointments.
The government had earlier appointed writer Muhammad Iqbal Shahid as dean of the Faculty of Languages, Islamic & Oriental Learning and Islamullah Khan as dean of the Faculty Science and Technology.
Kamran has been Iqbal Fellow at the University of Cambridge, UK. He has authored several publications on the history of the Punjab, sectarianism, democracy, and governance and has most recently been the Department of History chairman. The post of dean of Arts and Social Sciences had been lying vacant since 2002.
Ahmad has been the Physics Department chairman. He has around 80 international papers to his credit. He has a PhD from the Imperial College, UK and was instrumental in the establishment of the XRD Laboratory at the Centre for Advanced Studies in Physics.
The vice chancellor said that he had empowered the deans in all academic and research matters.
He hoped that they would play a key role in the academic development of the university.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 3rd, 2016.
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