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GIFT University is situated in the city of Gujranwala, which is a special place to live and learn. Set in the backdrop of lush green fields, Gujranwala is a peaceful and tranquil place. It is a historic city. Ruled by the Mughals, it fell in the hands of Sikhs after the death of Aurangzeb Alamgir in 1707. Gujranwala was the capital of Punjab when Maharaja Ranjit Singh ruled the province for almost 40 years. Later it became part of the British Empire when the East India Company firmly planted its flag over the subcontinent.
Gujranwala has now transformed into a modern, vibrant city and the hub of industrial activity in the region. The city is famous for its cottage industry, textile mills, cutlery manufacturing, agricultural processing plants, ceramics industries, electronic equipments and auto parts industry. As the 3rd largest industrial city of the province, Gujranwala contributes 9% to country's GDP and 8% of the tax revenue.
Located about 67 km from Lahore on both sides of G.T. Road, Gujranwala is the fifth largest city in Pakistan and the third largest city in Punjab with a population of more than 4 million people. Punjabi is the local language. However, English and Urdu are also common, particularly in schools and offices. It is a place of elegant shops, restaurants, thriving businesses, with great opportunities for extracurricular activities, sport and culture.
The City Gujranwala
Gujranwala is a city that has emerged as one of the leading cultural, industrial and agricultural hubs of Pakistan. It is thriving with a rich cultural heritage, lush green fields, the grinding wheel of industry and a competent and emerging workforce with entrepreneurial acumen.
History
The city of Gujranwala has been in existence since antiquity. The town is believed to have been originally founded by Gujjars and renamed Khanpur by the Sansi Jats of Amristsar when they settled there. Gujranwala saw resurgence with the arrival of Muslim rulers. The Sikhs dominated Punjab after the death of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb Alamgir. The military commander, Hari Singh Nalwa, is credited with having built the 'new' city of Gujranwala. With the arrival of the British, and the building of a rail link, Gujranwala became well connected with other cities of Punjab. After independence, Gujranwala developed rapidly becoming one of the leading manufacturing hubs in the country.
Industrial hub & commercial centre
Gujranwala is one city that retained its rich past and combined it with its fledging industrial muscle. Today it is an important trade corridor and one of the major centres of mechanized manufacturing. Gujranwala produces a range of products including, home appliances, sanitary ware, automotive parts, carpets, glass goods, medical equipment, leather products, metal utensils, agricultural equipment and much more. Besides manufacturing, Gujranwala has more recently progressed to become a city with a growing service industry.

Gujranwala is the hub of cottage industry. It is a known fact that many of the large industries today started as cottage units. In addition to the immense industrial base, Gujranwala continues to have one of the largest cottage industries in the country that support and promote entrepreneurship.
Industrial hub & commercial centre
Gujranwala is one city that retained its rich past and combined it with its fledging industrial muscle. Today it is an important trade corridor and one of the major centres of mechanized manufacturing. Gujranwala produces a range of products including, home appliances, sanitary ware, automotive parts, carpets, glass goods, medical equipment, leather products, metal utensils, agricultural equipment and much more. Besides manufacturing, Gujranwala has more recently progressed to become a city with a growing service industry.

Gujranwala is the hub of cottage industry. It is a known fact that many of the large industries today started as cottage units. In addition to the immense industrial base, Gujranwala continues to have one of the largest cottage industries in the country that support and promote entrepreneurship.
Economy
Gujranwala is one city that retained its rich past and combined it with its fledging industrial muscle. Today it is an important trade corridor and one of the major centres of mechanized manufacturing. Gujranwala produces a range of products including, home appliances, sanitary ware, automotive parts, carpets, glass goods, medical equipment, leather products, metal utensils, agricultural equipment and much more. Besides manufacturing, Gujranwala has more recently progressed to become a city with a growing service industry.
Gujranwala is the hub of cottage industry. It is a known fact that many of the large industries today started as cottage units. In addition to the immense industrial base, Gujranwala continues to have one of the largest cottage industries in the country that support and promote entrepreneurship.
Commuting in the city
Although the city has grown substantially compared to its initial years, its still quite easy to get around the city. It has a transport network that can take you anywhere in the city within a few minutes.
Sought after destinations, such as shopping malls, restaurants,hotels and fast food corners can be easily accessed from GIFT University. Gujranwala is also well connected to all major cities of Pakistan. Lahore and Islamabad are only a few hours away and the well-established transport network makes inter-city commuting very convenient.
Agriculture
Agriculture is one of the prime revenue generators for Gujranwala and the city’s outskirts are filled with fields which produce wheat, rice, sugarcane, potatoes, barley, pearl millet, melons and more. The fertile lands make Gujranwala one of the important bread baskets of Pakistan which help feed the growing population.

Gujranwala is one of the major contributors to the country’s GDP and it has a number of export oriented industries that earn the country valuable foreign exchange. Gujranwala’s contribution to the tax base of Pakistan is also sizeable and has steadily increased year after year, showing the dynamic and ever progressive nature of the city.
Honest, hard-working and hospitable
Perhaps the most important reason for Gujranwala’s progressive nature is the fact that its people have not only proved to be resourceful, but also honest and hardworking. Gujranwala’s manpower comprises skilled craftsmen as well as educated people who together hold on to the reins of industry. Besides being hardworking, the people of Gujranwala are also known for their hospitality frankness and openness. They make you feel at home, readily mix with visitors and treat them with great dignity and respect.
Culinary delights
Any talk of hospitality is not complete without a mention of the rich culinary tastes of Gujranwala. The people of Gujranwala love eating out and that is evidenced by the growing number of restaurants that dot the GT road; offering a mind-boggling variety of dishes ranging from Chinese to continental, fast food, popular local dishes and barbecue. People from nearby cities throng to Gujranwala on weekends to enjoy barbecued tikkas, chirras and chanps.

The weekends of Gujranwala resonate with the sounds of taka tak and the air fills with the taste of freshly prepared barbecue items that bring visitors from near and far.
Culture and recreation
Gujranwala’s culture has stood the test of time. Traditional sports form the hub of the city’s culture. The city regularly hosts bodybuilding tournaments, Kabaddi matches, and weightlifting competitions. These competitions attract talent from across the nation as they compete for coveted prizes and rankings.

Gujranwala also features a number of tourist attractions. The old city has given way to modern shopping malls offering an array of local and international brands. Gujranwala’s Officers' Club is also quit popular. It has a swimming pool, a squash complex and the scenic Gujranwala Golf and Country Club.

A number of historical and recreational landmarks dot the city including landmarks like Jinnah Stadium, Pace Shopping Centre and Nishan-e-Manzil. Jinnah Park, Model Town Park, Gulshan Park, Liaqat Park, cinemas and stage theatre. Gujranwala has a place for everyone and will never leave you bored.