By Khalid Khattak
THE administration of Government College University has been, seriously, contemplating a proposal to change the university name, The News has learnt.
Sources disclosed that the proposal regarding renaming the Government College University was floated in the varsity’s Syndicate meeting held recently. However, they added no final decision had been taken so far while proposals in this regard had been invited by the Syndicate members.
They further said the Syndicate was informed that a special meeting of the Syndicate, one of the statutory bodies of the university, would be convened to discuss the matter in detail. A Syndic, member of the Syndicate, seeking anonymity, said one of the proposals discussed in the recent meeting was to rename the university as Ravi University. He further said the GCU might also be renamed Government College (a public university), adding Forman Christian (FC) College was also renamed as FC College (a charted university).
He said it was a concern among the faculty members, students as well as the administration that the name, Government College University, was not appropriate since the institution was no more a college rather a full-fledged university.
He said the institution was renamed as Government College University (GCU) Lahore following elevation of its status to that of a university in 2002. It is important to mention here that earlier it was recognised as Government College, popularly known as GC, since it establishment in 1864.
It is also pertinent to mention here that Lahore College for Women was renamed as Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) when its status was too raised to that of a university in 2002.
Similarly, Government College Faisalabad was also renamed as GCU Faisalabad after it became a university. However, when contacted, GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Khalid Aftab refused to comment.
Source: The News, 22/10/2008