Forman Christian College

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Forman Christian College University
FCUniversity-Logo.jpg
Motto By love, serve one another
Type Private
Established 1864 (1864)
Chairperson Jamshed Rehmat Ullah
Chancellor Governor of Punjab
President Rev. Dr. Robert Johnson
Rector Dr. James A. Tebbe
Director Amber Mall
Academic staff
300
Students 6,000
Postgraduates 150
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Location Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Campus Residential
Colours Blue, White, RYB            
Nickname FCC
FCCU
Affiliations HEC
Website www.fccollege.edu.pk

Forman Christian College is a independent research liberal arts university located in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan founded in 1864. The university is administered by the Presbyterian Church and follows an American-style curriculum.[1][2]

Founded in 1864 by American Presbyterian missionary Dr. Charles William Forman initially named as Mission College the name was changed to Forman Christian College in 1894 in honor of the founder. Forman served as an associated college of the University of Calcutta until 1947 when it became affiliated with the University of Punjab. In 2004, the government granted it university charter hence providing it with degree awarding authority.[3][4]

The college was initially based in the Rang Mahal in Walled City of Lahore, which was leased by Dr. Charles from the grand wazir of Emperor Shah Jahan with the support from foreign missions.[5] In 1889 it was shifted to Napier Road and was inaugurated by the Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice, 5th Marquess of Lansdowne. Again, in 1940, the college was moved to its present campus on the banks of the Lahore Canal in 1940.[5] The college remained financial autonomous until 1960 when Pakistani government began annual grants to the college for its nursing program.[5] The college was nationalised in 1972 leading a decline in college's standard until 2003 when the control was returned to the Presbyterian Church leading to a recovery of college's reputation.[6]

Forman is also known for its noted alumni and staff, including Nobel laureate Arthur Compton, former Indian Prime Minister I. K. Gujral, former Pakistani President's Farooq Leghari and Pervez Musharraf.[7] As of 2016, Forman is home to 6,347 students, 220 full-time faculty members with over 100 have PhDs, and a 21,700 strong alumni.[4] Christians make up nearly 15% of the student body, the college runs a $1 million fund to finance scholarships for its students.[8][9] As of 2016, the college has been ranked 9th highest in Pakistan among medium sized universities and is the only institute in Asia which is a member of the Global Liberal Arts Alliance.[10][11]

History[edit]

Forman Christian College in 1930

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).[citation needed] 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 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.[12]

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 South Asia by establishing ICSIR and PCSIR respectively.[citation needed]

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).[citation needed] Besides this FCCU also starts Software engg, CS,and IT in 2006.

Achievements[edit]

FC College Gold Medal.JPG

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.[citation needed]
  • 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.[citation needed]
  • 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.[citation needed]
  • The English poet and scholar Alamgir Hashmi served as Lecturer in English at Forman Christian College (early 1970s) and as faculty advisor to Folio.

Accreditation[edit]

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.[13]

Relationship with universities abroad[edit]

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.

Notable alumni[edit]

Politicians[edit]

Bureaucrats and Diplomats[edit]

Judiciary[edit]

Educationalists[edit]

Industry[edit]

Journalism[edit]

Literature and Arts[edit]

Armed Forces[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "address of FC College University". Google maps. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "FC College University: Best students feted ahead of convocation - The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 2011-06-25. Retrieved 2016-06-15. 
  3. ^ "History of FCC". 
  4. ^ a b "About FCC". Forman Christian College. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c "The man who founded FC College ‹ The Friday Times". www.thefridaytimes.com. Retrieved 2016-06-15. 
  6. ^ "FC College: an amazing transformation - The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 2011-09-20. Retrieved 2016-06-15. 
  7. ^ "Forman Christian (F.C.) College’s Political Clout : ALL THINGS PAKISTAN". Retrieved 2016-06-15. 
  8. ^ (U.S.A.), Presbyterian Church (2009-10-27). "Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - News & Announcements - The old college try". www.pcusa.org. Retrieved 2016-06-15. 
  9. ^ "E051819 – Forman Christian College Advance Fund, Lahore, Pakistan". Presbyterian Mission Agency. Retrieved 2016-06-15. 
  10. ^ "Category Wise". www.hec.gov.pk. Retrieved 2016-06-15. 
  11. ^ "FCC Rankings". 
  12. ^ Ahmed, Haseeb. "About FCC". Retrieved 24 March 2013. 
  13. ^ [1]. Accrediting Commission for Schools, WASC. Retrieved on 11 October 2014.
  14. ^ Piracha, Aslam (30 September 2010). "Rao Sikandar Iqbal dies". Retrieved 5 October 2010. 
  15. ^ a b Malik Ram (1977). Zia Fatehabadi – Shakhs Aur Shair (in Urdu). Delhi: Ilmi Majlis. pp. 116–117.  Zia Fatehabadi and Chander studied together at Forman
  16. ^ Dharkan Summer 2009

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