The board of studies at Government College University (GCU) Lahore has approved the establishment of the Syed Babar Ali Department of Education. This prestigious institution will provide a variety of undergraduate and graduate programmes, such as BEd Hons, MPhil in Education, and BEd in Special Education.
At a meeting presided over by Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr. Asghar Zaidi, the Board of Studies deliberated at length and unequivocally agreed to name the Department after Syed Babar Ali. Syed Babar Ali has made significant contributions to the education, health, and social welfare sectors.
Prof Dr Nasir Mahmood, the Acting Vice-Chancellor and Dean Faculty of Education of Allama Iqbal Open University; Dr Sumbal Tahir from the Department of Education of Virtual University; Prof Dr Tariq Mahmood Ch of University of the Punjab; and Prof Dr Sajjad Khan, Ms Rubina Murtaza, and Dr Shaukat Ali from GCU Lahore were present at the Board of Studies meeting.
Prof. Zaidi, vice-chancellor, emphasised that the objective of the decision was to improve the quality of education in Pakistan through innovative teaching methods and research in the field. He was optimistic that the establishment of the Syed Babar Ali Department of Education would herald a new era in teacher education. Our institution is committed to providing exceptional education and training to students, preparing them for successful careers in the education sector.
The department’s degree programmes will provide students with a comprehensive education in teaching and learning theories, supplemented by real-world educational experiences.
The Vice-Chancellor reaffirmed the institution’s commitment to providing the necessary resources and opportunities to meet the growing demand for qualified educators in society. This department was created to cultivate a new generation of educators who are capable of making significant contributions to the field of education.
Prof. Zaidi, Vice-Chancellor, expressed his optimism for the future of the Syed Babar Ali Department of Education with tremendous zeal. He emphasised the positive effects it will have on the university and on society in general. In anticipation of the arrival of the first cohort of students in the autumn of 2023, he emphasised the significance of collaboration in attaining the shared vision of high-quality education in Pakistan.
Prof. Zaidi concluded that the Syed Babar Ali Department of Education’s sanction by the GCU Lahore portends a bright future for education in Pakistan. “By upholding the values of innovation, excellence, and social responsibility, the department aims to shape a generation of educators who will significantly contribute to the advancement of education in the country,” he said.