Government College University Lahore has unveiled a scheme called “free education for all,” which would open its doors to anyone interested in learning.
“Free education for all” will be implemented as a pilot project in the University’s Institute of History in the first phase beginning in Autumn 2023. In succeeding phases, it will be extended to other departments.
In a press statement, Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Asghar Zaidi remarked, “Individuals interested in acquiring knowledge can request permission from the University to attend classes solely for knowledge acquisition, rather than focusing on obtaining degrees and grades.”
Participants in this new curriculum will be able to audit courses of their choice across the university’s numerous degree levels. There will be no assignment or exam grading, and no degrees will be granted upon completion. Individuals will instead have the opportunity to attend classes and learn from highly competent faculty members.
Applicants interested in enrolling in this programme must complete a police verification process, receive an Rs. 200 university card, and obtain clearance from the Chairperson and the teacher of the selected programme or course.
Course Offered Under Free Education For All
To begin, the University’s offering will be confined to three departments within the Institute of Global and Historical Studies: ‘History,’ ‘Art History,’ and ‘Archive Studies.’ However, plans are being developed to expand the course to other departments beginning with the Spring 2024 semester.
Prof. Zaidi believes that this technique will transform the learning process. The participation of individuals from various backgrounds in a single session will inspire mature debates and promote a complete educational experience, creating an intellectually stimulating setting.