LAHORE: The Government College University, Lahore has become a large-size university as per the Higher Education Commission criteria as its overall student strength almost doubled in the last three years.

Earlier, the university fell in the category of medium-size universities. The overall student strength of the university has increased from 6,200 in year 2011 to 11,557 in year 2014 due to the increase in postgraduate programs. Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman said that as many as 27 new postgraduate programs were initiated by the university in the last three years which included PhD Computer Sciences, PhD Applied Physics, PhD Islamic Studies, MPhil Applied Physics, MS Industrial Psychology, MSc Physical Education and other postgraduate academic programs related to forensic sciences. According to the HEC rules, the universities with more than 7,000 students lie in the category of large-size university.

Also, the GCU produced a doctor of philosophy (PhD) in the field of Physics. The GCU Examination Department has issued a notification after approval of his thesis. Muhammad Shahid completed his research on the topic of “Three Wave Interactions in Non-degenerate Magneto-Plasmas” under the supervision of Prof Dr G Murtaza.–Staff Reporter