Gojra

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Gojra
گوجرہ
Gojra is located in Pakistan
Gojra
Gojra
Location within Pakistan
Coordinates: 31°9′N 72°41′E / 31.150°N 72.683°E / 31.150; 72.683
Country  Pakistan
Province Punjab
District Toba Tek Singh District
Established 1896
No. of Towns 1
Government
 • Union Councils 6
Area
 • Total 7 sq mi (17 km2)
Elevation 1,526 ft (465 m)
Population (1998)
 • Total 117,892
 • Density 17,000/sq mi (6,900/km2)
 • Estimate (2005) 143,369
Time zone PST (UTC+5)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC+6)
Zip Code 36120
Area code(s) +9246
Website www.tmagojra.com

Gojra (Punjabi, Urdu: گوجرہ‎), the administrative seat of Gojra Tehsil, is the city of Toba Tek Singh District in the Punjab in the province of Pakistan,[1] and is located 30  miles (50 km) from Faisalabad, 170 km from Lahore, 125 km from Burewala, 157 km from Vehari and 20 miles (32 km) north of Toba Tek Singh.[2] It has a history of more than hundred years, and as it was the centre of cultivated lands, the village was known for its "Mandi" (market) for cash crops. The predominantly Muslim population supported Muslim League and Pakistan Movement. After the independence of Pakistan in 1947, the minority Hindus and Sikhs migrated to India while the Muslim refugees from India settled in Gojra.

History[edit]

TMA Gojra Building

Gojra city was established in 1896, when the colonisation of Faisalabad began. The railway line between Faisalabad and Gojra was laid in 1899. The town was given the status of notified area committee in 1904 and upgraded to a B-Class Municipality in 1925. In 1906, the population was 2,589, according to The Imperial Gazetteer of India "The business done in this rising mart on the railway, which has sprung into existence in the last six years owing to the extension of the Chenab Canal to the surrounding country, bides fair to rival in importance that of Faisalabad itself".[2]

In 1919, following the Rowlatt Act, hartals broke out throughout Punjab, Gojra was affected by serious protests and a member of the Church Mission Society had to be escorted out of the town by loyal residents.[3]

Gojra Toll Plaza, M-4 Motorway

TMA Gojra[edit]

After independence from Britain, in view of its increasing size, it was declared a 2nd class Municipal Committee in 1960. http://www.tmagojra.com/

Tehsil status[edit]

The city was raised to the status of Tehsil town and affiliated with the newly established district Toba Tek Singh on 1 July 1982. After the introduction of the Devolution of Powers Plan, the Tehsil Municipal Administration Gojra came into being on 12 August 2001.[4] The Canal rest house is the oldest building constructed during British government in 1898.

Motorway M-4[edit]

Gojra was connected to motorways of Pakistan in 2015. On 16 March 2015, Governor Punjab Rana Muhammad Iqbal Khan inaugurated Faisalabad to Gojra motorway M4.[5] Gojra Toll Plaza is located near a village 303 J.B, about 6 km from Gojra city on Gojra-Jhang road.

Education[edit]

The city has two institutions dedicated to further education: the Government Degree College for Boys and the Government Degree College for Girls (Women). This Government Degree College has now been upgraded as Government Postgraduate College. The city also has a number of Higher Education schools, two prominent schools are Government M. C. High School and Government Islamia High School. M. C High School is one of the oldest schools and has produced some of the most prominent hockey players for the national hockey team.The non profit private school ( Allama Iqbal public school Gojra) was established in 1994. The first private college(Shiblee College Gojra) of the district T.T.Singh was established in Gojra in 1995. Other private colleges are Allama Iqbal Science and Commerce College, Allama Iqbal Ideal college for Girls, Quaid-e-Azam College, Quaid-e-Azam Post Graduate College Gojra, Muslim College Gojra, Jinnah College Gojra and Punjab College Gojra Campus. Shiblee college gojra also scored a ton on educational as well as in the other extra-curricular activities and got third position on the provincial level in PUNJAB YOUTH FESTIVAL. Debate in english was delivered by MUHAMMAD SARAM KHALID.

Hockey[edit]

Gojra contributed a number of players to the Pakistan Hockey team, including Iqbal Bali and Muhammad Aslam .[6] When they returned to Gojra they established their own hockey teams, and provided free training to the youth of the city and created a nursery for the Pakistan hockey team and many of the Pakistan hockey team players.

The Gojra Hockey Club (a local club, has won this year's Jat Tar Singh memorial U19 (Under 19) hockey tournament, this high profile tournament was held in India, where Gojra city team competed again best of Indian U19 hockey teams and won the championship.[7] The Gojra team won this title by defeating Amritsar Academy 4–2 at Ludhiana hockey stadium.

The Manzoor-ul-Hassan and Rasheed-ul-Hasan brothers were the main source of inspiration for hockey and established it in their native town. They brought Gojra to be recognised in the hockey playing nations of the world. Manzoor-ul-Hassan (1972–1982) played 154  games and scored 101  goals for Pakistan. He was given the name "Wall of China" because he was so hard to beat as he was a defender (full back). Rashid-ul-Hassan played 199 matches and scored 9  goals. He was the backbone of the Pakistan Hockey team from 1979 to 1987.

Prof.Rana Mahmood Ahmad khan. A leading educationist. He served in different position as Associate and Full Professor. His last appointment was as a Principal of Govt College Samanabad Faisalabad. He promoted the cause of education.

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "Gojra – Imperial Gazetteer of India, v. 12, p. 306". Dsal. uchicago.edu. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  3. ^ Punjab disturbances, April 1919; compiled from the Civil and military gazette (1919)
  4. ^ Tehsil Administration of Gojra Archived 9 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ http://www.dawn.com/news/1170052
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