LAHORE: The Government College University (GCU) on Wednesday brought more than 75 industrial employers at the day-long ‘Punjab Career Expo’ held on its campus so that the students could explore job opportunities, career pathways and connect with the local industry to understand its skill-set requirements.
The event, jointly organised by the Punjab University (PU) and GCU, received an enthusiastic and overwhelming response from the students of both varsities. Hundreds of graduates and final-year students flocked to the expo to explore employment and internship opportunities in reputed international and national companies.
Besides software houses and clothing brands, a large number of banks and student start-ups also set up their stall and interviewed the students for different jobs. Special recruitment information stalls set up by the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) and the Pakistan Navy remained the centre of attraction for the youth.
GCU Vice Chancellor (VC) Prof Dr Asghar Zaidi said career expos are usually underrated and misunderstood in Pakistani universities, adding that such events have a wider scope than only offering jobs and internship opportunities. “I urge even my first-year students to spend time with their future employers as they can help you network with people in the industry and you become more aware of the skills your industry values in an employee,” he said.
He said multiple job fairs are held in top universities of the world where students are encouraged to meet their future employers.
Information Technology University VC Dr Sarfraz Khurshid advised the students to never fear rejection, especially in job interviews, saying that many students don’t even try or appear for interviews just because of this fear.
Later, Prof Zaidi visited stalls of different companies and discussed with the executives their recruitment policies and criteria. He told the company executives that GCU not only focused on theoretical teaching, but also laid particular stress on the confidence and character building of its students so that they could perform exceptionally well in their professional lives.
Symposium: The Fatima Jinnah Medical University (FJMU) concluded its annual international scientific symposium on Wednesday. Prof Yasmin Rashid, Punjab health minister, said the occasion allowed teachers and graduate and undergraduate students learn more about current scientific research, which will ultimately help patients.
According to her, the FJMU and the associated Sir Ganga Ram Hospital effectively ran a number of health programmes.
For the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of genetic and hereditary blood illnesses, she claimed that the Punjab Thalassemia and Other Genetic Disorder Prevention and Research Institute, which was created here, offered the best resources.
The Fatima Jinnah Institute of Mother and Child Health, she insisted, was running smoothly.
The facility treats mothers and children, she said, adding that it would undoubtedly help reduce the province’s maternal and child mortality rate.
Health Secretary Dr Ahmad Javed Qazi, Federal Secretary Dr Ijaz Munir, FJMU Alumni Association of North America president Dr Fizza Zahid Rafique, King Edward Medical College Alumni Association of North America Dr Muhammad Fateh Shahzad, Allama Iqbal Medical College Alumni Association of North America president Dr Nusrum Iqbal, vice chancellor of the King Edward Medical University Prof Mehmood Ayaz, Allama Iqbal Medical College principal Prof Nadeem Hafeez Butt and Post-Graduate Medical Institute principal Prof Sardar Farid Al-Zafar were present.
Published in Dawn, December 22nd, 2022