Welcome Note

We are delighted to welcome Prof. Dr. RukhsanaKausar, as the new Vice Chancellor of GC Women University, Sialkot, the only HEC recognized Women University in the city of Iqbal. We feel proud and honoured to have a highly learned and experienced lady as the hierarch of GC Women University Sialkot. She has a Post-Doctoratein Clinical-Neuro Rehabilitation fromSchool of Human Sciences, University of Surrey and the Wolfson Neuro- rehabilitation Centre, Atkinson Morley Hospital, Wimbledon, St. George’s NHS Trust London, UK and PhD fromUniversity of Surrey, Department of Psychology, UK. Her early academic career is marked with two gold medals for her exceptional performance in BA and MSc. Her work experience spans over 35 years with post graduate level teaching at national and international levels encompassing research work and administrative responsibilities. Dr. RukhsanaKausar has an extensive administrative experience. She served as Vice Chancellor of Lahore College for Women University (LCWU), Lahore, Dean, School of Social Sciences & Humanities, UMT, Director, Institute of Applied Psychology & Director, Centre for Clinical Psychology, Director, Student Counseling and Assessment Services (SCAS), Director, Psychological Trauma Centre, University of the Punjab, Lahore Pakistan. She has rendered her services as Acting Dean, Faculty of Science and Technology and as Associate Dean, Earth, Life, and Communication Sciences at Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi, Pakistan. She was the Chairperson of Department of Behavioral Sciences and Director Resident Services at Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi, and served as Superintendent, Girls Hostel No 4, University of the Punjab, Lahore. She has a vast experience of curriculum and module development for HEC and Government of the Punjab as consultant and convener. She is a member of HEC’s Committee for the Development of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities and Chairperson of its Psychology subcommittee for the last 3 consecutive tenures. This dynamic visionary has been part of various committees and bodies of various esteemed institutions of Pakistan as member, convener and chairperson including University of the Punjab Lahore, GCU Lahore, Lahore College for Women University, University of Gujrat, Quaid e Azam University, Islamabad, Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi, Higher Education Commission, Pakistan and Higher Education Department, Government of the Punjab. Her foreign memberships and fellowships comprise International Medical Sciences Academy, Advisory Committee of Children of War Organization, International Council of Psychotherapy, UK, British Psychological Society, UK, American Psychological Association, European Health Psychology Society, International Council of Psychologists, International Association of Applied Psychology, Asian Psychological Association, International Positive Psychology, International Society of Interpersonal Acceptance and Rejection and Pakistan Psychological Association. Her extensive research experience includes humongous research work and trainings at various places like USA, US, Australia, Germany and Pakistan. In addition to teaching and administration, she has been actively involved in research training and supervision. She has a total of 99 national and international publications to her credit and has also participated and presented in 175 national and international conferences. This enterprising lady chaired many scientific sessions of Conferences locally and internationally. As a keynote speaker she was invited to many seminars and she organized many lectures, workshops and conferences at home and abroad. At University of Punjab, Lahore she was the first to establish, upgrade and launch the following:Student Counseling and Assessment Services (SCAS), Psychological Trauma Centre, MS Health Psychology, MS Speech and Language Pathology. She also got computer lab, academic blocks, library and laboratories constructed at Institute of Applied Psychology and Center for Clinical Psychology at University of the Punjab, Lahore. Her community services include lectures for survivors and carers at ShoukatKhanum Memorial Hospital, development of Ethical Guidelines for Authors, Reviewers and Editors of Social Sciences Journals in Pakistan for Higher Education Commission, training of teachers on Counseling to Survivors, and Families after APS, Peshawar Trauma, development of modules on Counter Terrorism for School Children, arrangement of Counseling Services for Survivors and Families of School van burning incident in Gujrat, inculcation of Sense of Volunteerism in Students, got included “Community work” as mandatory part of BS/MSc degree program in BS Psychology curricula for HEC recognized Universities through NCRC. She also helped in development of curriculum on Personal Grooming & Mannerism for utilization of Zero Period in Schools and Colleges for Punjab Education Department. Prof. Dr. RukhsanaKausar also worked as teacher incharge of Punjab University’s Blood Donors Society (Female) and organized a series of blood camps. She has been delivering a series of lectures at different forums and participating in TV programs as an invited guest to raise awareness about multiple social and psychological issues. This brief glimpse amply manifests that the breadth of her talent, enthusiasm, expertise, professionalism and pioneering spirit will certainly contribute to taking Govt. College Women University, Sialkot to new heights of success and we warmly welcome Prof. Dr. RukhsanaKausar once again on the behalf of Deans, Faculty Members (teaching, non-teaching and administrative staff) and the Students.