FCC holds 10th annual alumni reunion

The Formanite Alumni Association of the Forman Christian College (A Chartered University) Lahore, held its Annual Reunion on campus on Saturday 2 March 2013. This was the 10th reunion since denationalization  Guests were welcomed by Chaudhry Ahmad Saeed, President of the Association.

The Chief Guest on the occasion was Formanite Salim Ghauri, CEO of NetSol, a NASDAQ-listed IT company. Ghauri spoke of his pride on being a Formanite and of cherishing the two years he spent in the college. He said colleges were not just a place of education in various subjects, but of learning how to live and develop a personality. “A good college gives students the ability to fight to achieve what they aspire to,” he said.

The Rector FCC Dr James Tebbe summarized the achievements of the past year. These included 3,100 students in the Intermediate program and 3,212 in the university student body. Postgraduate programs were being expanded to include an Executive MBA, MPhil Physics and PhD Biological Sciences. In the academic year 2012-13, FCC plans to give Rs 130 million in merit scholarships and need-based financial aid. A new women’s hostel, with construction funded by USAID, will be opened in May 2014 and will provide on-campus accommodation for 373 women students. Dr Tebbe also described the values and vision of the university for both students and faculty. “Let us work and grow this institution together,” he concluded.

On this occasion, three alumni were given Distinguished Formanite Awards for outstanding contributions in their fields. These were: businessman turned politician Chaudhry Ahmad Mukhtar, Federal Minister for Water and Power; molecular biologist Prof Dr Anwar Nasim SI, Secretary General of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences; and Chief Minister of (Indian) Punjab Mr Prakash Singh Badal, a leader of the Sikh community. The latter two were not present at the event and their awards were received by Dr Kauser Abdulla Malik HI, SI,TI and Mr Hafiz Akhtar Randhawa respectively.

Special awards were also given at the event. Formanite Dr Manzur Gill, Chief Advancement Officer of FCC from 2004-2012 was recognized for his dedicated service to the university and for reviving the Formanite Alumni Association after FCC’s denationalization. The second was a posthumous award for Formanite Group Captain Cecil Chaudhry SJ, war hero, educationist and human rights activist who passed away last year. His award was received by his son.

After dinner the Canadian pop duo Josh performed to some of their popular hits.

The Reunion week functions started on Saturday 23 February with alumni sports. The Chief Guest at that occasion was cricketer Shoaib Akhtar. On Monday 25 February there was a pet show followed by an air modelling display. In the evening current business students of FCC’s School of Management held a dinner for SoM alumni. On Thursday 28 February over 150 alumni and their family members visited the Wagah border to watch the changing of the guard ceremony. On Friday 1 March a debate took place between junior and senior alumni on the motion “Beauty is more important than Brains”. In the evening five student societies put on a cultural show with food, music and folk dancing.