New FC College in making
Lahore, June 30, 2008: A new FC College is in the making in the garb of Government College,
Township where the premier FC's faculty and 300 to 400 left over students were
shifted in 2003 while handing over assets and property of the FC College,
Gulberg to the Church, now a private chartered university. By transferring the
faculty and students to new building of Teachers Training College Lahore
Township, the government claimed that the old college was not closed down but it
virtually vanished as only a few hundred students joined the new premises while
the labs, library, equipment and other essential items were not shifted to the
new premises. It was left in doldrums till the college stood on its feet last
year. After a traumatic hand over in 2003, the faculty through hard work and
devotion over the successive years transformed the institution to the present
status in which it fetched an enrolment of 4,000 students in the morning and
evening classes and the postgraduate classes in five disciplines.
college has the capacity to rebuild and grow an institution par excellence
capable of filling the vacuum created by the missing FC College and to remain in
the mainstream of legendary colleges of the city. This is obvious because the
faculty is committed to regain the past glory in such a manner that the students
may opt to take admission in this college by choice and not by any compulsion.
It is no more to remain a side or peripheral college but in the lineage of
excellent institutions of the city.
Of the present faculty members, 16 are
PhD degree holders different subjects while equal number of them are M Phil
degree holders. This is the rare distinction available to no other college of
total 428 colleges in Punjab government sector. Principal Dr Ijaz Butt himself a
PhD degree holder in political science has exposure of teaching in universities
such as University of Peshawar and GCU, Lahore and Command and Staff College,
The college is located in the proximity of localities like Green
Town, Sattu Katla, Pindi Rajputan and posh areas of Johar Town, Vallentia and
WAPDA Town etc where a good postgraduate college is badly needed.
premises also have easy approach and logistically convenient to the
The other reason this institution need to grow is the initiative
taken by the faculty to start equal number of traditional masters programme in
Township college as were in the old F C College. These were economics,
mathematics, english, political science and urdu. As there was no building, the
Principal's residence has been converted into postgraduate block while the
Principal volunteered to vacate and live in his nearby ancestral home. In
addition to Masters programmes, it has ICS, I Com, pre-engineering, pre-medical,
general science and arts in intermediate level totalling 1400 students.
Government College, Township is among the few colleges which speared ahead in
introducing second shift at all levels where visiting faculty in addition to 147
regular teachers are available to teach both the shifts.
attracted the students and parents to secure admission here. The most attractive
are I Com and pre-engineering programmes.
Now what is needed to be done is
the construction of additional class rooms. There are at present 12 classrooms
and over 55 are needed. The library is housed in a small room obviously with
little books. There are no laboratories of any science subject. It needed
biology, botany, zoology and chemistry labs. It also lacks postgraduate block,
an Auditorium, a playground, a transport fleet for transportation of students
particularly girls of postgraduate classes and shortage of office staff. It
needed rationalization of teachers' strength according to enrolment ratio. The
adjacent spacious ground of City District Government can be handed over to the
college for better utility and maintenance and for promotion of college sports.
It needed multi-storey modern building and face lift of roads and lanes of the
college, boundary wall and peripheral roads. The government embarked upon a
project of 300 million to be completed in three years time of which Rs 5.70
crore are to be spent this year on the construction of 12 class rooms but the
project is yet to be launched and that too is insufficient. The Nation
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