Forman Christian College Lahore turns 150 with varsity status
LAHORE: Forman Christian College, the oldest seat of learning in the subcontinent, turns 150 years with a status of chartered university.
Rector James A Tebbe in a brief chat with APP about the 150-year celebrations, said on Sunday that initially Lahore Mission School started intermediate classes in 1864 and was affiliated with the University of Calcutta. He said first two students passed BA exams in 1868 and later college was affiliated with the PU in 1882. Tracing 150 years rich history, he said new college building was opened near Nila Gumbad, here in 1890 and college was renamed as FCC in 1894.
He said co-education was started in 1902 and first women hostel was completed in 1934.He said construction of existing college building at new site near canal bank started in 1938 and college was shifted to new premises after four years. Mr Tebbe said at the time of inception of Pakistan, two college hostels were converted into refugees hospitals in 1947.In 1964 college celebrated its centenary while college was awarded the status of university in 2004. He said in 2005,a 4-year Baccalaureate degree was introduced successfully.
He said new business and social sciences building was taken into hand in 2007 followed by launching of MBA program. He said Armacost Science building was completed in 2009 which resulted in launching of M Phil program followed by PhD programs in 2013.He said finally FCC university got constructed and completed an ultra modern USAID funded women hostel in the sub-continent named as “Hope Tower” with a capacity to accommodate 384 students.
On the special directive of the Home Department Punjab, an ultra modern network of long range close circuit television cameras has been installed at all vital points of Forman Christian College University. When contacted, FCC Registrar Prof Dr Hamid Saeed told APP that all-out efforts have been made for foolproof security in and around the campus. He said that all entry points, parking areas and academic blocks have been completely covered properly. He said around 6,500 students were studying in different teaching disciplines in college and varsity sections and all of them had also been directed to display their college card on their chest otherwise entry will be denied.
He said Director, Security and Safety, Lt Col (r) Rana Khaqan Mahmood also daily not only check the security arrangements physically but also monitor overall performance of security staff deployed at important points of the varsity.
Prof Dr Hamid Saeed that our Rector Dr James A Tebbe never compromise at all on discipline, security and promotion of quality education. He said “We have also established “Anti-Fraud Hotline” against corruption and fraud.
He said the FCC had a zero tolerance approach to any kind of corruption. If any kind of corruption or fraud is noticed by anyone, ought to be brought into the knowledge of administration for prompt action.
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