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|Motto||A World Class University|
|Chancellor||Rafique Rajwana, Governor of Punjab|
|Vice-Chancellor||Professor Dr Zia ul Qayyum|
|Location||Gujrat, Punjab, Pakistan|
|Campus||Hafiz Hayat (1000 kanals)|
|Affiliations||Higher Education Commission of Pakistan, PEC, NCEAC|
The University of Gujrat (Urdu: یونیورسٹی آف گجرات) is one of the new major public sector universities in Punjab. It was established under Act IX of 2004 by Government of Punjab, Pakistan on 23 February 2004 to cater for the higher education needs of the population of Central Punjab which includes districts of Gujrat, Sialkot and Gujranwala in addition to cities of Wazirabad and Jhelum. These districts are popularly known as the Export Triangle of Pakistan due to manufacturing industries operating in the area.
Sir Syed Ahmad Khan (1817–1898) founder of Aligarh Muslim University had named the region around Gujrat as "Khita-e-Younan" ("territory resembling ancient Greece") in reference to the high number of educational institutes in the area in the 19th century. The main campus has been named after a local Sufi saint Hafiz Muhammad Hayat. Placed prominently in the University of Gujrat campus, the shrine of Hafiz Hayat is an exquisite complex in terms of its architecture, site planning and landscape design. It is on a mound six feet high above the Terre plain. The site contains a haveli, summerhouse (baradari), mosque, four tombs of varying dimensions, several graves, seven wells and numerous old trees. The mound on which the construction was carried out belonged to the Raja Kaladhvi and was surrounded by a dense forest. Hafiz Hayat settled in the area and helped people with his spiritual charisma. Although the exact dates are not known, it was at the time of Emperor Jahangir. The saint donated his entire land holding to the state authorities for the cause of education. The main campus of UOG was constructed on the land donated by Hafiz Muhammad Hayat.
The creation of the University of Gujrat was the brainchild of Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi, who was chief minister of Punjab from 2002 to 2007. Professor Dr. Muhammad Nizamuddin was the first Vice-Chancellor of this university, a great educationist. He won "Nineteenth Star Award 2008" and was selected as the "Man of the Year 2008" in the field of education in recognition of his outstanding achievements. The award ascribing agency, South Asia Publications included the name of Vice-Chancellor in the list of "Who's Who in Pakistan 2008." Present Vice Chancellor of the University of Gujrat is Professor Dr. Zia-ul Qayyum.
The major developmental works at the main campus have been completed and are currently operational. The new campus of university of Gujrat (UOG) has been built over 1000 canals, about 12 km away from Gujrat City. Campus have purpose-built classrooms, a digital library, conference halls, multi-story buildings for departments of science and technology, social sciences, humanities, arts, crafts and product design, engineering, information technology and management. Laboratories, a videoconferencing facility, horticultural designed lush green lawns, separate hostels for boys and girls, playgrounds.
UOG faculty and students are intensely involved in the research work and participate in national and international forums and conferences. The multidisciplinary work of UOG researchers and their collaborators has been published in journals and conference proceedings.
In addition to the main library, there are four constituent college libraries. There are about 90,000 books available. A wide variety of online full-text journal databases are available including HEC PERN project. Thousands of digital books can be accessed through the library website on a variety of subjects. It allows students to get books for individual studies. (In 2015 the five libraries were combined in the single air-conditioned Allama Iqbal Library.)
The university has academic and research links with Victoria University, Australia, Karachi University, University of the Punjab, University of Central Lancashire in U.K and Culcom University of Oslo in Norway.
MOUs for external linkages have been signed with Education & Training International Western Australia, Gazi University Ankara, Mississippi State University, Fatima Jinnah Women University Rawalpindi, National University of Modern Languages Islamabad, Government College University, Faisalabad, Punjab Bureau of Statistic, Gujrat Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Gujranwala Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Sialkot Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
Transmissions of FM 106.06 Campus Radio started at Hafiz Hayat Campus on 1 October 2009 and are broadcast on daily basis.
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