LAHORE: The former chairperson of Government College University’s (GCU) zoology department has donated Rs1 million to the university for the scholarships of financially-challenged orphan students.
Prof Dr Nusrat Jahan handed over the cheque for GCU’s Endowment Fund Trust (GCU-EFT) on Friday to Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah at a ceremony, which was also attended by EFT Executive Committee Secretary Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt.
The trust would initiate a perpetual golden scholarship from the donation that would be given to an orphan student every year on merit and would fully cover their university fee and hostel dues.
A few months ago, 82-year-old eminent poet and distinguished professor of Persian language, Prof Dr Zaheer Ahmed Siddique, had set a highly inspiring precedent of generosity by donating his land worth approximately Rs 140 million and Rs5 million of lifetime savings to the GCU-EFT for scholarships of underprivileged students.
VC Dr Hassan said nations the world over had progressed by the means of developing their universities and research institutes. Prof Zaheer and Prof Nusrat have set a precedent, which, he hoped, others would also follow.
Dr Khalid said while Harvard University had an endowment fund worth billions of dollars, the GCU was the only public-sector university in Pakistan with an active endowment fund giving scholarships to deserving students.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 7th, 2017.
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