• Sat. May 18th, 2024

GCU History

The greatest seat of learning in Pak-India sub-continent

Photo: Samiur Rehman

Founded in 1864 as an affiliate of the University of Calcutta, it was started in a private bungalow in Anarkali, Lahore in 1871. It was later relocated to another private house called Rahim Khans Kothi in 1873.

Eventually, it was moved to its current location in Lahore in 1877. The building was designed by W. Purdon and completed in 1877 at a cost of Rs. 320,000! Sounds like some fairy tale quote or fake narrative based on financial witchcraft. It was then a different world. The Gothic building still testifies to its Raj-era origins. Even today, it is considered to be one of the most majestic and picturesque buildings in the sub-continent.

Photo: Samiur Rehman

The university secured second place in the general category by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) in 2013. It reportedly has the highest graduation rate in the country, with an average of 94.6% annually. The medium of instruction at GCU is English.

Government College University is noted for its historical roots and produced notable literary scholars, celebrities, politicians, scientists, high judiciary judges, senior most bureaucrats, businessmen, doctors, engineers and a lot more.

Some of the big names who walked the corridors and sat in classrooms of GCU will be listed seperately.