Forman Christian College was founded in 1864 by Dr Charles W Forman, a Presbyterian missionary from the USA. The college was initially known as the Lahore Mission College, but in 1894 the name was officially changed to Forman Christian College in honor of the founder. In the early years, degrees were awarded through the Calcutta University. College level instruction was interrupted in 1869 due to the illness of key faculty members. College classes resumed in 1886, with degrees being awarded through the University of the Punjab. In 2004, FCCU became a chartered University and from 2009 onwards has awarded its own degrees.
The early years of the college were marked by rapid growth in enrollment, and a constant struggle to find enough space to house the growing college. Enrollment grew from 18 students in 1886 to 130 in 1890, 311 in 1900, 426 in 1910 and 600 in 1915. Enrollment had reached 1,500 students by the time the college was nationalized in 1972. Enrollment in the University section alone stands at 3,200 students today.
The campus was located in the Anarkali (Nila Gumbad) area of Lahore for many years. Four major buildings were constructed by the college on that campus by 1916, and Ewing Hall, built in 1916, is still used as a hostel by the college. In 1940 the college moved to its present spacious campus of over 100 acres on the scenic banks of Lahore Canal.
FCCU has been served by a large number of distinguished educational leaders and teachers throughout its history. Dr CW Forman, Dr Sir JCR Ewing, Dr CH Rice, Dr ED Lucas, Dr SK Dutta, Dr HC Velte, Dr JH Orbison, Noble Laureate Dr Arthur Compton, Maulvi Muhammad Bakar, Dr HD Griswold, Prof JM Benade, Shamsul Ulema Maulavi Muhammad Hussain, Dr KC Chatterji, Dr P Carter Speers, Dr SL Sheets, Prof MS Bhatti, Maulana Farzand Ali, Dr RH Ewing, Dr EJ Sinclair, Dr Robert F Tebbe and Dr Carl Wheeless are among many who have impacted the lives of students and shaped the future of the college through the years. Under their leadership, the college became widely regarded as one of the very best in the entire subcontinent. </p>
For many decades, FCCU has been widely recognized for its meritorious work of nurturing and consolidating the social and intellectual capital of Pakistan. The college motto, “By love serve one another,” has been a guiding principle for Formanites throughout the history of the college. Among the graduates of the college are two Presidents of Pakistan, a Prime Minister of India, the first Chief Justice of Pakistan, a number of Governors and Chief Ministers of the Punjab and other provinces, an Attorney General of Pakistan, two Foreign Ministers of Pakistan, a President of the Security Council of the United Nations, numerous Ambassadors to other nations, a Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission, a Chairman of the Senate, several Speakers of the National Assembly, numerous Generals and Admirals and an equally impressive list of leaders in the fields of education, law, medicine, arts and entertainment.
FCCU has been a leader for the development of curriculum among the universities of Pakistan. Through the years the college introduced into the curriculum such subjects as the Sciences, Economics, Psychology, Geography, Technical Chemistry and Sociology. FCCU is the first college in the subcontinent in whose laboratories research work of Nobel Prize caliber was conducted and Dr Arthur Compton received the Nobel Prize in 1932 for research conducted, in large part, at FCCU. In 1902, the college was the first college in the Punjab to admit women.
FCCU also has a distinguished record of performing service for the nation. At the time of Independence, the college converted two hostels into a hospital for refugees seeking medical assistance and thus began United Christian Hospital. During the Kangra Valley earthquake disaster in 1905, Dr JCR Ewing organized and led the relief effort. Similarly, at the time of the Quetta earthquake in 1935, the college did devoted relief work, this time under the leadership of Prof Jagun Nath. Social service by students was made popular by Prof DJ Fleming many years ago.
In 1972 the college was nationalized by the government. It was returned to the present owners of the college on 19 March 2003. In March 2004, the government granted University status to FCCU. The University embarked upon an exciting new stage in its history in September 2005 when it began a four-year Baccalaureate (Honors) program designed in accordance with world-class standards for accreditation.
Academic excellence and the preparation of leaders who understand the value of service have been the hallmarks of education at the institution since its inception. One of the premier colleges of the subcontinent, FCCU has distinguished itself through its remarkable graduates and the achievements of its faculty. It has built a reputation for providing outstanding education with innovation and pioneering work in its curriculum, admission policies, a range of extracurricular activities, and the rigor of its academic programs.
As of 2019, FCCU is home to over 8,000 students, 343 full-time faculty members with 158 possessing PhD’s. The University boasts a very diverse student body with students coming from all corners of the country to study at FCCU. The campus provides a safe space for ethnic and religious minorities. FCCU administers a robust scholarship fund to help students with their financial needs.
The University offers Baccalaureate and Postgraduate programs. The 4-year Baccalaureate Honors program, started in 2005, offers an American style, world-class liberal arts education at tuitions that are affordable. New postgraduate programs started with the MBA in 2007 and now include PhDs, MPhils, Masters and Executive education programs in specific disciplines. FCCU’s generous financial aid program and scholarships for deserving students make high-quality education accessible to students from various socioeconomic backgrounds.
FCCU is ranked as a ‘W’ Category University by the HEC. It is a member of The Global Liberal Arts Alliance (GLAA), an Associate Member of the Association of American International Colleges and Universities (AAICU), a member of the Council of Independent Colleges (800+ member body in the USA)in addition a variety of other international consortiums and individual MOUs. It is actively seeking to begin the process of US accreditation through the New England Commission on Higher Education (NECHE).
The current Rector of FCCU is Dr. James A Tebbe (SI).
The mission of Forman Christian College (A Chartered University) is to impart, create and disseminate knowledge and to develop informed, ethical and responsible citizens who are prepared and committed to learn, lead and serve; persons who exemplify the FCCU motto, “By love serve one another”.
The vision of FCCU is to be recognized as one of the very best educational institutions in the entire subcontinent. This is in keeping with the distinguished reputation established during the first century in its life.
The educational programs and the faculty approach to teaching are designed to graduate:
- Empowered learners with strong written, oral and quantitative skills that they can use to evaluate a constant flood of information. The idea is to create in them the ability to think independently and critically, solve problems and continue a lifetime of self-directed learning.
- Informed learners who understand global and cross-cultural relationships, value the philosophy and history underlying the nation of Pakistan, and are fluent in both their native language and English.
- Responsible learners who understand the ethical consequences of actions and are well-groomed to be active citizens who accept their public duty and participate in the decision-making process of a democracy.
Commitment to Excellence
Forman Christian College (A Chartered University) operates all of its programs in accordance with the highest standards of excellence in education. The educational programs are designed and implemented in accordance with 05 world-class standards of accreditation. The University has begun the process of seeking accreditation with one of the six regional accrediting associations in the USA.
Commitment to Individual Development
FCCU is concerned with the development of the whole person, and therefore encourages the intellectual, spiritual, cultural, social, emotional and physical growth of each student. We seek to prepare students for the basic responsibilities of life, and especially for competent and humane leadership and service. The FCCU experience is designed to help students go beyond the limitations caused by ignorance, narrowness, conformity, self-centeredness and irresponsibility. Our goal is to help individuals achieve excellence in thought and conduct.
Commitment to Core Values
The faculty and staff of FCCU seek to live by, and to teach students, its core values. In a variety of different settings, students are asked to learn and live by the following values beginning with signing a ‘Shared Commitment’ document that highlights the practice of the following core values on a regular basis.
- Integrity: I will speak the truth and keep my commitments. I will take my responsibilities seriously and fulfill them to the best of my ability
- Excellence: I will be steadfast in my pursuit of excellence. I will set high standards in my intellectual life, personal behavior and interpersonal relationships. I will honor the traditions of the University and preserve the beauty of the campus
- Respect for the Dignity of Each Human Being: I will treat others with respect, kindness, generosity of heart and compassion. I will accept and tolerate differences. I will handle disagreements with candor and civility
- Discipline and Accountability for My Actions: I will uphold the policies of the University and follow the rules and regulations. I understand that behavior has consequences. This understanding is an essential component in the development of my self-discipline
- Fairness and Justice: I will be fair in all of my decisions and work towards justice for others
- Service: I will live by the motto “By love serve one another”, knowing that serving others is a way of life that will enrich the community and the nation in which I live
- Community: I will take the concerns of others in the University community to heart. Because we are bound together by common purpose, objectives and values, the welfare of all will be my concern
Commitment of Faculty to Students
The faculty of FCCU is committed to student learning and to helping students succeed in their studies and be well-prepared for a meaningful and productive life after University. Students will form a close personal relationship with one or more members of the faculty, and this close student-faculty contact has been one of the strengths of FCCU throughout its history. Faculty members provide assistance to students, as needed, outside of the classroom, and they do not charge tuition for this help. Indeed, their contract with the University prohibits faculty members from charging tuition for extra assistance.
Commitment to Career Preparation
Enriched with the enduring qualities of a liberal arts education, FCCU seeks to graduate students who are well-prepared for success in their careers. Through the major field of study selected by the student, he or she will receive a basic knowledge of a particular field in enough depth to be successful in entry level positions in a career and to advance successfully to increased levels of responsibility on the job. However, it is impossible to predict what a person will need to know for success on the job twenty years from now, but we do know that in most jobs new knowledge will have to be mastered that does not even exist today. Therefore, it is more important to learn how to learn, how to think, how to solve problems, and how to communicate effectively rather than just to focus narrowly on the content of an academic discipline. The educational program is designed to help students develop these skills.
Commitment to Coeducation
All programs of FCCU are co-educational. FCCU first admitted women in 1902, and it seeks to provide a learning environment in which both men and women can learn effectively and develop the character traits and personality that will enable them to succeed in later life. The core value of respect for the dignity of each human being is also an important consideration for creating a wholesome and positive atmosphere for learning for both men and women.
Commitment to Lifelong Learning
FCCU seeks to prepare students for a lifetime of self-directed learning. This will be essential for success in a rapidly changing and increasingly complex world. The faculty models this commitment by constantly learning about new knowledge in their academic discipline, and by participation in a variety of professional development programs presented to them by the University management to help them learn new approaches to teaching and learning.
Commitment to Equality of Opportunity
At FCCU, students, faculty and staff are free within the University from all forms of discrimination based upon gender, race, age, ethnicity, nationality, religion or physical disability. Decisions regarding employment and admission to the University are based upon merit. Grades in courses and graduation from the University are based upon the performance of the student in meeting course and graduation requirements.