GC University VC met Pakistani Ambassador to USA

Lahore:13 November: Prof Dr Asghar Zaidi, the Vice Chancellor of Government College University (GCU) Lahore, has met Pakistani Ambassador to USA Dr Asad Majeed Khan at Washington, DC and sought his support and facilitation for establishing research and academic linkages with the top American universities. According to a press release issued by the university on Tuesday, the Vice Chancellor was on a three-day trip to America where he was invited by the US National Academy of Medicine to address a workshop on Social, Behavioral, & Environmental Enablers for Healthy Longevity. Seminar: Renowned social scientist from University of Leeds, UK Prof Dr Salman Sayyid has said there must be decolonisation of higher education in Pakistani universities in order to become producer of new knowledge than becoming consumer of higher education. He was addressing a seminar organised by the Punjab University’s Institute of Social and Cultural Studies (ISCS) on “Decolonizing Higher Education in the Global South and challenges facing higher education” here on Tuesday. PU Dean Faculty of Islamic Studies Prof Dr Hammad Lakhvi, ISCS Director Prof Dr Rubina Zakar and faculty members were present on the occasion. Dr Salman said there was major transformation in higher education sector throughout the world. He said efforts were being made to make higher education economically viable. He said the universities in global north played important role to contribute in local and regional economy. However, he said, the universities here could not produce desired results due to colonisation of higher education. He said decolonisation of higher education would result in recognition of importance of location. He said simply replication made local universities inferior and irrelevant. Prof Dr Omer Abdullah said most new UK students had a debt of almost 60,000 pounds when they graduated. He said British higher education system was now counted one of the most expensive higher education systems in the world. He said that higher education sector was lacking appropriate research funding.The news.

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