LAHORE - Government College University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Khaleequr Rahman Thursday announced that the university would not increase its fee this year despite all the financial crunch and reduction in government grants.

A notification in this regard has also been issued after the approval by the GCU Syndicate that “there would no increase in the fee structure this year.” Prof Khaleequr Rahman last year had slashed the GCU fee by record 35 per cent and hostels’ dues by 50 per cent to facilitate students. This year, the decision would provide financial relief to almost nine thousand students of the GCU.

Talking about his decision, Prof Rahman said, “The ongoing economic crunch is affecting the budgets of all public-sector universities but it does not anyway mean that the financial deficit is covered from the students.” He said that GCU is might be the only university in Pakistan which has decided not to increase its fee this year. “Students are our top priority and we would take all necessary steps to facilitate them,” he added. The VC said GCU in 2011-12 first-time gave away scholarships of a record amount of Rs 20.127 million to its financially-challenged students, and would also continue its practice this year.

The VC hoped that the government realized the importance of higher education and would increase budget for the public sector universities.

dengue drive: Punjab University Health Center with collaboration of the office Resident Officer-II has started spray of insecticides for prevention of dengue fever.

Spray teams comprising 5 to 10 members will carry out the insecticide spray in different parts of both campuses including hostels on daily basis.

Punjab University Chief Medial Officer (CMO) Dr Nauman Ahmad said posters and leaflets were also being distributed amongst the university population regarding information and prevention about Dengue Fever and to ensure cleanliness of the varsity premises.