Forman Christian College
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|Forman Christian College University|
|Motto||"By love, serve one another"|
|Chairperson||Jamshed Rehmat Ullah|
|Chancellor||Governor of Punjab|
|President||Rev. Dr. Robert Johnson|
|Rector||Dr. James A. Tebbe|
|Location||Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan|
|Colours||Blue, White, RYB|
The Forman Christian College University (abbreviated as :FCC; also known as FC College University), is a private research and a chartered university located in the residential area of Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.
Founded in 1864 by American Christian activist and academician Dr. Charles William Forman, it gained "university status" granted by the Government and offers various academic programmes for undergraduate and post-graduate studies. Since its establishment it has reputed itself as one of the premier institution of higher learning in the country in various academic disciplines. As of 2013, the university is currently rank as one of the top institution in "general category" by the HEC.
Since its establishment, the university is noted for producing notable scholars, intellectuals, and statesmen who played vital role in the affairs of Pakistan. In addition, the university is one of few quite institution that offers an American-style education.
The university was founded by Dr. Charles W. Forman who arrived to South Asia in 1847 and, two years later, settled in Lahore (now in Pakistan). He was the founder of the Rang Mahal School, Lahore, which was the first Anglo-vernacular school in the Punjab. The school added a college department in 1865 which was later became university in 2005 and known as Forman Christian College University. It started offering American style, world class education in Pakistan. FCCU started new postgraduate courses along with MBA in 2007.
One of Forman's faculty members, Prof. Arthur Compton, conducted the bulk of his research on cosmic rays at FCC University for which he received the Nobel Prize in 1927. One of Professor Compton's former students Professor Piara Singh Gill taught at the college as Lecturer in Physics between 1940 and 1947. Two alumni, Dr. Sir S. S. Bhatnagar and Dr. Bashir Ahmad, laid the foundation for scientific and industrial research in both parts of the subcontinent by establishing ICSIR and PCSIR respectively.
The first two Science graduates of FC College University were also the first Science graduates of the University of the Punjab (1900–1902). In this way FCCU was the first to establish, in this part of the sub-continent, Departments of Biology (1898), Greek, Latin and Hebrew Languages (1895–96), Industrial Chemistry (1917), Geography (1924), setting up the Experimental Psychology Laboratory, introducing the tutorial system[clarification needed] (1908), appointing Deans of the Faculties introducing co-educational system (1902), and establishing an alumni Association (1896). Besides this FCCU also starts Software engg, CS,and IT in 2006. Issues: Fee has increased by Rs.18000 from fall 2015 semester and the rationale given for it is that a continue rise in inflation which is contradictory to what trading economics, tribune blog, state bank of Pakistan statistics has to say, inflation in fact has declined from 5.82 to 2.11 from 2014 to 2015. The fee change is mentioned at FC college official website. This issue was raised in Forman Christian College Student Union page which is runned by a formanite student. Many discrepancies are mentioned in this page, the dean of students is unavailable for six months. The page claims for excessive fine to students on flimsy and baseless grounds like little late fees payment, unpolished shoes, intermediate students mistakenly entering university premises, forgetting to display the card, dropping a course from registration On February 7th, the page post shows pictures of students in huge number waiting to get seats in their desired courses, more recruitment and unavailability of enough courses, together with handwritten forms and their subsequent signature approval from very inaccessible vice rector for seat exception and course overloading takes heaps of precious time of students, many of them deprived of registering courses. The fee is as high as 2 lakh 40 thousand PKR for students but the infrastructure is pretty poor as photos of library, intermediate section show poor paint, broken furniture, lack of sports facilities at the ground, poor hygiene in cafeterias and poor equipment at the gym. The financial aid system is accused of corruption by a vast majority of students and an untrained staff makes students life miserable.
Achievements of other Formanites, as the graduates are called, include:
- Its Principal Dr. Sir J. C. R. Ewing was knighted for his services to humanity and education. He served as Vice Chancellor of the Punjab University for seven years.
- Formanite—alumnus and teacher of the college—Muhammad Yusuf Hashmi became the first Indian Principal of Madrasa 'Aliya in Calcutta, was recognized as an educator of distinction in British India and was titled Khan Bahadur by the British Crown. Later he was recognized in Pakistan also for his contributions to education and the Pakistan Movement.
- Principal Dr. C. H. Rice and a faculty member, Dr. Khairat M. Ibne Rasa, became Vice Chancellors of the Punjab University.
- Justice Sir Mian Abdur Rashid, who was a Formanite and also the first Chief Justice of Pakistan, administered the oath of office to Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah as the first Governor General.
- The world renowned English poet and scholar Alamgir Hashmi served as Lecturer in English at Forman Christian College (early 1970s) and as faculty advisor to Folio.
The university has designed its four-year Bachelor's degree program in accordance with the standards for accreditation in the USA, and is seeking accreditation through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
Relationship with universities abroad
FCCU has signed a cooperative agreement with the University of Kentucky (USA) through which cooperation will be developed in:
- Joint research activities,
- Exchange of academic materials and academic publications,
- Exchanges of faculty and students.
Faculty member exchanges will be for research, lectures and discussions, and student exchanges will be for study and research.
- Yousaf Raza Gillani, the 17th Prime Minister of Pakistan
- Inder Kumar Gujral, the 13th Prime Minister of India
- Parkash Singh Badal, chief minister of Indian Punjab several times and elected again in 2012.
- Mohammad Mian Soomro, former Chairman of the Senate of Pakistan, former caretaker Prime Minister & President of Pakistan.
- Pervez Musharraf, former President of Pakistan, and former Chief of Army Staff of Pakistan Army
- Malik Barkat Ali, former Punjabi Muslim League politician
- Shah Mehmood Qureshi, former Foreign Minister of Pakistan and now, the Vice Chairman of PTI
- Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, former Prime Minister of Pakistan and current President of PML-Q
- Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi, former Chief Minister of Punjab (Pakistan)
- Rao Sikandar Iqbal (1943–2010), former Defence Minister of Pakistan
- Farooq Leghari former President of Pakistan.
- Syed Afzal Haider, former Pakistani law minister
- Balram Jakhar (born 23 August 1923), an Indian politician and parliamentarian and former Governor of Madhya Pradesh.
- Malik Muhammad Rafique Rajwana Governor Punjab.
Bureaucrats and Diplomats
- Tariq Aziz, former principal secretary of Pervez Musharraf.
- Jamsheed Marker, United Nations Under-secretary General, Ambassador at Large of Pakistan (honorary doctorate)
- Justice (retired) Wajihuddin Ahmed, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Leader and Former Candidate for Presidential Election, Former Supreme Court Judge
- Justice Sardar Muhammad Raza Khan, Former Chief Justice Peshawar High Court, Supreme Court of Pakistan Judge
- Sir Abdul Rasheed, First Chief Justice of Pakistan
- Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani, Chief Justice of Pakistan
- Dr. Anwar Naseem, nuclear scientist and molecular biologist
- Dr. Kausar Abdullah Malik, secretary of the National Commission on Biotechnology.
- Eqbal Ahmed, post-colonialist scholar and writer
- Ishtiaq Ahmed, PhD Stockholm University, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Stockholm University and Honorary Senior Fellow, Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore
- Cecil Chaudhry, a decorated war hero, serving as the Principal of St. Anthony's College (Lahore)
- Swami Rama Tirtha, Indian teacher of the Hindu philosophy of Vedanta
- Khan Bahadur Muhammad Yusuf Syed-Al-Hashmi, educator, mentor, reformer, All India Muslim League and Pakistan Movement Leader
Prof.Shiraz Khan Lodhi,educator,serving Govt of Punjab
- Lord Paul, Swaraj Paul, founder and CEO of Caparo Group
- Sir Mohammad Pervaiz Anwer, Co-founder & Chairman, United Bank Limited.
- Ravinder Singh Kapany son of famous business man Gurcharan Singh Kapany of Ambala.
Literature and Arts
- Anwar Kamal Pasha, pioneer Pakistani film director and producer.
- Krishan Chander, short story writer
- Mehr Lal Soni Zia Fatehabadi, Urdu poet
- Yawar Hayat Khan, senior producer/director of PTV
- Noel Israel Khokhar, General Officer Commanding 23rd Division and Major General of Pakistan Army
- Pervez Musharraf, former President of Pakistan, and former Chief of Army Staff of Pakistan Army
- Muhammad Yousuf, Pakistani cricketer
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- Dharkan Summer 2009
- Official website
- List of alumni