GCU to set up Dr Ajmal Chair in Psychology Dept.


LAHORE -- Government College University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Asghar Zaidi on Tuesday announced setting up the 'Dr Ajmal Chair' in the Psychology Department and a social policy advisory council for interdisciplinary research.

'The research has become complex and multidisciplinary and now it is mandatory for researchers and professors to have knowledge about multiple disciplines,' said Prof Zaidi while addressing seminar organised by GCU Psychology Department to celebrate 100 years legacy of pioneer academic psychologist Dr Muhammad Ajmal.

Dr Ajmal (1919-94) also established the first-ever university-level psychology department and counseling centre in Pakistan and laid the foundation of the Lahore Mental Health Society.

A large number of eminent psychologists and academicians, including Dr Asir Ajmal, the son of Dr Ajmal, addressed the seminar and shed light on the life and achievements of the psychologist who also served as the principal of Government College Lahore.


Mr Muhammad Ali, a Radio compere, gave an overview of Dr Ajmal's biography and family background.

Dr Naumana Amjad and Dr Amjad Tufail from the Society of Advancement of Muslim Psychology in Pakistan highlighted Dr Ajmal's role in establishing the psychological warfare department in the armed forces and his services as the VC of University of the Punjab.

Dr. Ismatullah Cheema talked about role of spirituality in Psychology and Dr. Saeed Bhutta, the chairperson of GCU Punjabi Department, highlighted the literary aspects of Dr Ajmal's personality.

Dr Akhtar Qureshi, the former chairperson of the GCU Psychology Department, also shared his personal memories with Dr Ajmal.

Dr Usman Chaudhry, the honorary director of the Fountain House, talked about the work on psychological warfare done by Dr Ajmal. He also highlighted the rising rate of depression in Pakistan, saying that...

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