LAHORE - The Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) and Government College University Lahore are going to further strengthen research collaboration, so that the university scholars can derive maximum benefit from the equipment and expertise of the atomic energy commission and use it for the development of their country. It was decided on Friday during the visit of PAEC Chairman Dr Ansar Parvez to GCU where he also met with Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman at the Syndicate Committee Room. PAEC Chairman Advisory Committee member Badr Suleman, GCU Rafi Chair Professor Dr Muhammad Zakria Butt, Centre for Advanced Studies in Physics (CASP) Director Prof Dr Raiz Ahmad, Physics Department Chairperson Dr Hassan Amer Shah and Registrar Dr Akhyar Farrukh were also present.

The PAEC chairman was given a detailed briefing about the relevancy and quality of the academic programmes being taught at science departments of GCU, efficiency of research, its implementation, effectiveness, impact prospects and sustainability.

Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor Prof Rahman said that modern research had grown complex and multidisciplinary and it was not possible for a single research institution or university to possess all the knowledge, equipment, and techniques required. Therefore, he added, it was imperative to establish academic and research links and share resources, expertise and equipment with each other.

The VC told the PAEC chairman said that GCU had active linkages with a large number international and national research institutes and universities which provide its students and faculty extensive opportunities for research. He said that GCU didn’t only relay on external grants for research, but also allocated funds for this purpose from its own budget.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Ansar Parvez said that research was a key to the development of a country, adding that PAEC was looking forward to strengthen its collaboration with reputed universities of the country and its linkage with 150-year-old GCU would be beneficial for both the institutions, and above all for Pakistan. He told the VC that he is also Ravain and has wonderful memories of research and academic work at GCU CASP. 

Later, the PAEC chairman visited various high laboratories of GCU and inspected the research work.