Faujdarhat Cadet College
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|Faujdarhat Cadet College|
|Motto||Deeds Not Words|
|Established||28 April 1958|
|First Principal||Lt.Col. William Maurice Brown|
|Area||185 acres (0.75 km2)|
Faujdarhat Cadet College, is a military high school (grade 7 to grade 12), modelled after public schools in the UK (according to the Public Schools Act 1868), run following the national curriculum of Bangladesh, financed partially by the Bangladesh Army, located at Faujdarhat, near Chittagong, in Bangladesh.
Faujdarhat Cadet College boards up to 300 boys for grades 7 to 12. Every year, 50 students are admitted at the college at grade 7 through a nationwide admission test composed of written (Bangla, English, Math, General Knowledge), oral and medical examinations.
It was the first cadet college to be established by Field Marshall Muhammad Ayub Khan in erstwhile East Pakistan facing the Bay of Bengal. It was established on 28 April 1958. Until 1965, it was known as the East Pakistan Cadet College.
From 2003, the cadet colleges in Bangladesh were converted to the English version of the National curriculum.
Cadets are enrolled in class 7 of Bangladesh National Curriculum and continue their study for six years up to the end of higher secondary or college level (high school in international standard). They follow the English version syllabus of the National Curriculum and Textbook Board. Three major exams are taken by cadets, once at class 8, named Junior school Certificate (JSC), once in class 10, named Secondary School certificate (SSC) and The Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) is the final examination to pass in class 12.
Each class generally has fifty students, divided into two sections. The Junior School certificate (JSC), Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinations are administered under direct control of the Board of Education of Chattagram Division. Cadets have shown a clear trend of securing top positions in board examinations each year.
Being one of the older educational institutions in the country, and with a long list of illustrious alumni, the college maintains a regular cycle of Reunions every 4 years. Usually the Old Faujians Association (alumni association of the college) organizes this event teamed up with the college authority.
The Reunion in 2014 was a notable event as the Armed Forces also had lent hand in organizing this extravagant 3-day event. The Alumni endowed the college with their support in building new infrastructure and residential facilities as well as carry out the large event which was held from 25 December to 27 December.
Diamond Jubilee Reunion (Reunion 2018)
On 18 January 2018, the Old Faujians Association (alumni association of the college) organized an event called Diamond Jubilee Reunion. Chief of Army Staff, General Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Haque inaugurated the event. The program lasted for three days. It started on 18 January and ended on 20 January. On the second day of the program, legendary singer of this subcontinent, Runa Laila performed in the occasion.
Houses and Inter House Competition
There are four buildings to host the cadets, each two storied. Each of the 'house' is given a name, a symbol and a color.
- Shahidullah House:
- House Color: "Red".
- House Symbol: "Tiger".
- House Motto: "We Shall Never Surrender".
- Former Akbar House
- Fazlul Huq House:
- House Color: "Green".
- House Symbol: "Panther".
- House Motto: "Never Give In".
- Former Ayub House
- Nazrul House:
- House Color: "Blue".
- House Symbol: "Jaguar".
- House Motto: "They Live Who Dare".
- Former Shahjahan House
- Rabindra House:
- House Color: "Yellow".
- House Symbol: "Lion".
- House Motto: "Strike and Strive".
- Former Babar House
Usually, each house has 75 students, 12 to 13 from each grade. Students are divided into houses on their initial intake year. Year-round extra and co-curricular competitions and activities arranged in broad category of cultural, sports and gardening competitions, as well as in academics. Based on results from each competitions, the houses earn 'points' and the highest scoring house in a year is announced a winner at the end of the year. This enhances the competition and development for all the cadets.
The college dining hall is named after its former principal Lt. Col. William Maurice Brown. The dining hall is modeled after interior of a ship.
The college library is named "Birsrestho Abdur Rouf Library". There are around 16,000 (sixteen thousand) books in the Library with a collection from all around the world. The Collection of FCC offers academic programs text book on Bengali, English, Mathematics, religion (Islam & Hindu), Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, History, Computer Science, Islamic History, Agriculture studies, Statistics, Political Science, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Arts & Craft. The Library is enriched with available with valuable reference materials such as Atlases, Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Annual reports and publications, Survey reports, census reports, country reports, statistical yearbooks, defense related publications and Audio Visual Materials.
Faujdarhat Cadet College has a well developed hospital. It is named after Birsrestho Nur Mohammad, who was killed in the Liberation War of Bangladesh. The hospital is run by a specialized doctor ranked major or captain from the medical corps of Bangladesh Army. Besides cadets, it provides treatment to the employees of all classes along with their families. All kinds of basic and first aid treatments are available. It is well-equipped pathological tools to diagnosis the basic diseases. In case of critical diseases and emergency situations, patients are sent to Combined Military Hospital, Chittagong.
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