FCCU Celebrates Charles W. Forman’s Great Legacy on Founder’s Day
March 3, 2021, marked the 200th birth anniversary of renowned educationist Charles W. Forman, founder of Forman Christian College. The FCCU community organized a wreath-laying ceremony and held an online symposium “The Life and Legacy of Charles W. Forman” to celebrate the founder of their prestigious University which he founded in 1864.
Founder’s Day has traditionally been celebrated as an in-person event, bringing hundreds of Forman alumni together, for a week-long celebration which concluded with the Annual Alumni Dinner. This year, rather than canceling the event like the previous year, the community decided to memorialize this special 200th anniversary by organizing a wreath-laying ceremony at Dr. Forman’s grave and celebrating FCCU’s founder by organizing an online symposium keeping the guidelines of Covid-19 in view.
The day started with the wreath-laying ceremony on Dr. Charles’ grave in the Taxali Christian graveyard in Lahore. The commemoration ceremony was led by Dr. Jonathan Addleton, Rector FCCU. Other prominent figures in attendance included Dr. Qaiser Julius, Chairman FCCU Board of Governors, Dr. Douglas Trimble, Vice Rector for Academic Affairs, Dr. Nayer Fardows, FCCU Registrar, and Alumni Association Board Members: Mr. Tajammul Jafri and Mr. Shafaat Ahmad Chaudhry, along with other members of the Forman community. Also in attendance were representatives of the City of Literature on behalf of the Office of the Commissioner of Lahore and Metropolitan Corporation, Lahore, to honor Dr. Charles Forman’s legacy.