Rs15.7m donated to GC University for scholarships

LAHORE:11May:The Old Ravians and philanthropists donated about Rs 15.7 million to the Government College University’s Endowment Fund Trust (GCU-EFT) at the Annual Scholarship Distribution and Fundraising Dinner 2017 for the scholarships of the university’s financially-challenged students. Eminent nuclear scientist Dr Samar Mubarikmand was the chief guest at the ceremony to which donors were invited to meet the students who are being benefited from their donations. GCU-EFT Executive Committee Secretary Prof Dr Khalid Maznoor Butt said this year, the trust awarded scholarships worth Rs 12.29 million to the university’s 447 financially-challenged students, including 41 golden scholarships which covered the university fee and hostel expenses of student. He said that the trust had awarded Rs 58.6 million scholarships to 1,746 students since 2009. Prof Butt informed the trust donors that the scholarships were given purely on merit after the interview of candidates by the GCU Financial Aid Committee which comprised five heads of departments. He said all documents of applicants from income certificates to utility bills were examined in detail. GCU-EFT Executive Committee President Iqbal Z Ahmed said that the fund had swelled to Rs 340 million, and their target was to raise it to Rs 1 billion by 2020, so that all financially-challenged students could get scholarships. He added that more than 2,000 students apply to the trust for scholarships every year. GCU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah appreciated the untiring efforts of the GCU-EFT executive committee members, Iqbal Z Ahmed, Mian Misbah ur Rehman, Mian Muhammad Ashraf, Javaid Oberia, Zia Rizvi and Dr Khalid Maznoor Butt for the development of the university’s fund. He asked the scholarships’ recipients that these GCU EFT executive committee members should be their role models who were successful in their lives and were now paying back the debt of their alma mater by supporting its students. Dr Samar Mubarikmand expressed pleasure that Old Ravians were contributing towards continuation of education among the younger generation. He said GCU Endowment Fund was a role model for other educational institutions as well. Later, inspired by the transparency and credentials of the scholarships’ recipients, the Old Ravians, including Khawaer M Butt, Dr Safdar Malik, Main Asad Bashir, Dr Zaheer Ahmed Siddique, Javaid Oberia, Aftab Iqbal, Ahsan Saeed Mian, Dr Sarfraz Khalid and a few private banks gave away donations to the trust at the dinner.The news.

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