Government National College (Karachi)
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Government National College is the biggest college of Karachi being run under one roof, with all the three faculties of Science, Arts and Commerce up to degree level being affiliated with the University of Karachi.
Government of Sindh, with the concept that information technology education should come within the reach of common people, introduced a three-year Bachelor in Computer Science (B.C.S.) program in ten public sector colleges of the province in 2001. Government National College, Karachi had the honor of being the first selectee for this program. Government of Sindh and the college administration took the project on a war-footing and now the BCS block has fully equipped laboratories, well-furnished classrooms, and an independent library containing several hundred books of various disciplines.
The National Educational Society established the school as the National College, with Professor Hasan Adil serving as the first head from March 1956 to March 1973. Originally the school had a "double shift". On 1 September 1972 the Pakistani government nationalised the school. The evening shift was introduced in 1993 after the Sindh provincial government granted it separate and independent college status. In 1996 the Department of Computer Science, under the faculty of Science, opened. the first time any government college in Karachi offered that intermediate level. Two years later, the college introduced Computer Science at B.Sc. level.
The campus of the College extends to an area of 1.75 acres (7,100 m2) and consists of three blocks: Science, Arts and Commerce. The College has 30 lecture rooms, which are spacious, airy and well illuminated. The laboratories are well equipped.
In front of the main building there are verdant lawns and flowerbeds along the walkways.
There is a large, centrally located auditorium named after Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, a renowned educationist, a Muslim reformer, a freedom fighter and the founder of Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh. A part of the auditorium serves as indoor games hall.
The campus library is a two-story building, the upper story of which serves as a place for researchers. The lower story serves as a reading hall for students. Presently, the library has more than 25,000 books on different subjects. The leading dailies of the country are available in the Reading Hall.
The library was recently equipped with four computers for study purposes. They are loaded with dictionaries and encyclopedias for the students' quick reference.
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- Professor Hasan Adil
- Professor Hasnain Kazmi,
- Professor Ahmed Hussain Zaidi
- Professor Mukkaram Ali Sherwani
- Siraj-ul-islam Bhukhari (Chairman KARACHI CRICKET BOARD)
- Professor Wasim Adil
- Professor Rashid Hai
- Hussain Haqqani (Pakistan Ambassador to the United States)
- Ghulam Bombaywala (restaurateur in Houston, Texas)
- "History" (Archive). Government National College. Retrieved on May 26, 2014.
- "Location" (Archive). Government National College. Retrieved on May 26, 2014.
- "Bombaywala, Ghulam Bombaywala transcript, 2 of 2" (Oral Histories from the Houston History Project) (Archive). University of Houston Libraries. (Interview of Ghulam Mohammed Bombaywala, HHA #00570, July 19, 2007, Interviewer: Uzma Quraishi, Transcribed by Suzanne Mascola) p. 3.