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This book contains a candid account of the post-autonomy phase in the 150 years history of the Government College. It shows the readers true picture of the circumstances leading up to the transformation of an old College into a degree-awarding institution and, later, a university with a high ranking by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. The story about the formidable challenges of that period and the resolute search for solutions reflect the perceptive vision of the author. This insightful work should be of great value to educationists and administrators. The revealing information contained in the memoir would also have immense appeal for general readers.
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Title: Against All Odds: Institution Building in the Real World
Author: Professor Khalid Aftab
Year of Publication: 2017
Number of Pages: 253
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komal_hashmi – January 7, 2019
This lovely book is written by one of the most successful vice chancellors of my alma mater; Government College University, Lahore. I did my MS from this university, have countless unforgettable memories with this institution. The book “Against All Odds (Institution Building in the Real World)” by Professor Khalid Aftab is a realistic account of how one man’s futuristic approach, vision to succeed, honest commitment and dedication can truly build an institution in a way that fulfills its true purpose of creating successful, confident & innovative individuals with upright morals & positive thinking. Prof. Khalid Aftab has done so much for this institution & has the longest association by being its student, teacher, Chairperson of the Economics department, Principal of the college (before it was given a status of the university) & as its founding VC. GCU has gone through so many hardships and problems but he made sure that this institution rises from the ashes and retains its reputation of being the finest of all the other colleges/ universities. In his memoir, he has discussed everything in detail about the golden history of GCU, how it was given the degree awarding status which was rare at that time, various challenges that rise not only from the inner management but also by the government and bureaucracy due to the red tape system in Pakistan, the introduction of new programs and departments, expansion of the existing building, with a special emphasis on research, innovation, student services & generating its own resources. He described the struggles, disappointments, and efforts in a comprehensive manner. It is a very well written book, encompassing everything & you’ll have a sense of pride in being a part of this great institution. If you want to understand how a government institution works and what problems/ hurdles come in the way then, it is a perfect read for you.
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