Books donation to GCU
Eminent scientist Prof Dr Muhammad Afzal has donated
his personal library comprising of highly valuable publications to
the Government College University Lahore for the benefit of students
and researchers. Prof Dr Muhammad Afzal is currently Professor
Emeritus at the University of Kuwait. His personal library had very
valuable reference books, textbooks, journals, conference
proceedings of different scientific subjects including microbiology,
biotechnology, and bio-chemistry.
Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah expressed
gratitude to Prof Afzal for this valuable donation, saying that the
GCU library already housed a collection of more than 150,000 books
donated by 55 reputed personalities including Prof Sufi Tabassam,
Prof Qayyum Nazar, Ashfaq Ahmad, Bano Qudsia and Malik Meraj Khalid. The
Vice Chancellor also appreciated efforts of Dr M Nauman Aftab,
Associate Professor, Institute of Industrial Biotechnology for the
transfer this personal library to GCU.
Prof Aftab said these donated books were highly
valuable for scholars and the light of knowledge and research would
keep flourishing through these publications. He said people donate
their personal libraries to the GCU keeping in view its splendid
family of the late Prof M. Rashid Wednesday donated his personal
library and literary collections to the Government College
University Lahore at a gracefully ceremony here. Vice Chancellor
Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah, Dean Faculty of Social Sciences Prof Dr
Tahir Kamran, Mr Zafar Rashid, the son of Prof M. Rashid, the former
Principal of Government College Lahore, were also present.
Prof M. Rashid also served GC Lahore as Head of Economics Department
before his appointment as the principal of the College. Mr Zafar
Rashid, who is also Old Ravian, donated all his personal collections
including books and literary journals of his father to GCU Library
for the benefit of the University students
Speaking on the occasion, Prof Hassan Shah said GCU housed personal
libraries of fifty-five reputed literary personalities. He said that
more than 150,000 books had been donated to GCU to-date. He
expressed gratitude to the family of Prof M. Rashid for gifting the
valuable personal collection to the University.
Mr. Zafar Rashid shared with students and faculty members the
personal memories of his late father as the principal of the
college. He appreciated the role of GCU Library in making serious
efforts to meet the needs of their students.
Mr. Muhammad Naeem, the senior Librarian, said that Prof M. Rashid
collection included some of very old and unique books which were not
easily available now, He said that these books should be utilised
for the reference purpose only as per policy.
holds Book Fair
Government College University Lahore Library Society has organised a
two-day book fair at the University’s Abdus Salam Hall in connection
with the World Book Day celebrated every year on April 23. A good
number of national and international publishers including the Oxford
University Press have set up their stalls at the book fair, which
received a warm response from students and faculty members on the
opening day. Eminent writer Dr Tariq Rahman inaugurated the book
Addressing the opening ceremony, GCU Dean Faculty of Languages and
Oriental Learning Prof Dr Iqbal Shahid said that books have a great
significance and information technology could not replace them. He
said parents should gift their children books to promote reading
habits. He said publishers were giving discount up to 25 per cent on
books at the book fair.
Dean Faculty of Social Sciences Prof Dr Tahir Kamran said that it’s
a book lovers rejoice, and such activities should be held on regular
basis in all educational institutions especially schools. He said
books left ever-lasting impressions on the minds of the readers.
to media, the university students said visiting book fair was a
great informative experience in itself even if you did not buy
books. It makes you aware of the latest publications on different
subjects,” they said.