LAHORE: Restoration work on the historical clock-tower building of the Government College University has begun with a special grant by Prime Minister.

GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Khaleequr Rahman while addressing the meeting of the university’s academic heads on Friday said the university’s main building had been in a highly dilapidated condition since long and had required extensive repair and restoration work. He said that changes, happened against the original design, would be undone and the clock tower building would be restored to its original condition of 1870s to the maximum possible extent. The meeting was also briefed about the history of the building that it was designed by Superintendent Engineer W. Purdon and constructed under the supervision of Executive Engineer Kannhaiya Lal. It was completed in 1877 at a cost of Rs. 320,000. Viceroy Lord Lytton in 1879 presided over a grand function in the hall of this prestigious building.  

Later, the Vice Chancellor along with academic heads inspected the restoration work and issued necessary directions to the Campus Engineer about the relocation of departments and classrooms affected by the project

On the occasion, Dean Prof Dr Islam Ullah Khan, Registrar Dr Akhyar Farrukh and Campus Engineer Lt. Col (r) Bilal Ahmed were also present.–Staff Reporter