The Higher Education Commission has approved the second phase of the development of the Kala Shah Kaku campus of GC University at a total cost of Rs. 117755.3 million, the implementation period is 36 months.
HEC DDWP (Department Development Working Group) approved the project
The meeting was chaired by Dr. Fateh M. Marri, Executive Director of HEC.
The principal Dr. Asghar Zaidi attended the DDWP meeting in person, introduced the space constraints of the existing campus to the participants, and told them that the second phase of the project is critical to the completion of the construction of the new campus of GC University in Lahore.
HEC instructed the university to speed up the completion of the first phase. In addition, it emphasizes that all guidelines of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) must be followed.
In the early days, HEC provided Rs funding. USD 997.608 million for the first phase of the GCU to build an academic building with a capacity of 1200 students, a boy dormitory with a capacity of 300 students, a management building, employee dorms and other related facilities, including roads on the KSK campus infrastructure.
These buildings are currently providing quarantine and on-site hospital facilities during the coronavirus crisis in KSK.
The first stage-the total area of the academic infrastructure I envisaged was 197,750 square feet, equipped with related facilities, furniture and operating transportation means, the department can be transferred and a new plan launched on the KSK campus.
The vice president informed the meeting that GCU is providing undergraduate, graduate and doctoral studies in 27 academic departments and four research institutions, and currently enrolls 14,085 students.
He said that as the old campus began to become very crowded, the new KSK campus’ infrastructure with 370 acres of land was critical to their needs. He thanked HEC and DDWP members for their support for the development of this long-established educational institution.
According to sources, some members of DDWP seek to provide reasons for living and transportation facilities because they believe that KSK can also be used from Lahore and neighboring cities. They also emphasized that GCU can provide the impact of the project on the socio-economic development of the country.
The representative of Pakistan Engineering Committee suggested that the university should ensure three building regulations during the project implementation, namely energy regulations, safety regulations and earthquake regulations.
The principal briefed them on the transportation needs and the needs of the school staff. He said the university will provide shuttle service between its two campuses.
Dr. Abdullah Yasar, the convener of the GCU Working Committee, and Dr. Yasir Gillani, Director of P&D, also attended the meeting.