Government College University Faisalabad, also known as GCUF, has quickly established itself as a significant hub for education and research—the university’s knowledgeable faculty and progressive curriculum drive intellectual and societal advancements. GCUF offers a wide range of educational opportunities, catering to the needs of various fields of study.
The journey of Government College University GCUF began in 1897 as a primary school in the present Government building. College for Women, Factory Bazar, Faisalabad. It was upgraded to High School and Intermediate College in 1905 and 1924, respectively. It was raised to a degree level in 1933, and postgraduate subjects were introduced in 1963. A long journey that began with humble beginnings culminated in its being granted university status in October 2002.
As a university government college, GCUF has a long history of brilliance and distinction. Eminent scholars and eminent personalities have served in different capacities in different periods of the history of this institution. He produced unparalleled officials who achieved great fame not only for himself but also for the nation.
Enlightened minds like Mr. Abdul Hameed, Mr. WHF. Armstrong, Mr. Lala Chitan Anand, Mr. Hashmat Khan, Mr. Taj Khyal, Mr. Namdar Khan, Mr. Karamat Hussain Jafri, Mr. Mukhtar Mehmood Qureshi, Mr. Ismatullah Khan, Dr. Asif Iqbal Khan, and Dr. Arif. Zaidi has served this institution.
The university GCUF is near the historic clock tower on Jhang Road. The main campus is spread over 37 acres, and construction of a new campus has been started on 200 acres, about 3-4 km from the main campus on Jhang Road.
The university provides academic degrees in various fields. The universityGCUF is a hub of academic, social, and cultural activities closely linked to industry.
THE Institute past GCUF
The middle school, opened by Lala Juwala Das in 1897, was converted into a high school in 1905. Chaudhry Fatehuddin, who retired from the Punjab Education Service some years ago as Inspector of Schools, Multan Division, was the first Headmaster of the High School. To the historian, the institution presents the image of a rapidly growing young man, constantly expanding his clothing.
The High School began to grow in numbers and reputation and had the unusual good fortune of having a succession of very able headmasters. In 1908 Sardar Mohan Singh took over from Chaudhry Fathuddin and was succeeded by Lala Harkshan Das, M.A., who was in charge of the school from 1909 to 1919.
The school became very popular during the headmastership of Lala Harkshan Das, and records show that the old building (now occupied by the Government Intermediate College for Women) was soon found inadequate for the school’s needs.
The building work was taken up in 1912, but it was three years before the school moved to a new building, which with minor alterations and a few additions, formed the present building of the college. A prominent feature of the present building is the beautiful approach on both sides, with artistically planted trees of dense foliage forming a beautiful path. GCUF
It testifies to the artistic taste of the planter. The layout of the playgrounds also reflects credit on those who ‘first broke the sod.’ The building has little architectural design or beauty, being strictly utilitarian in aspect ……. A fitting commentary on the spirit of the age in which we live.
Yes, as a school, the institution succeeded in instilling in the young minds of its alums that love, which draws out and cultivates the healthiest emotions. Writing in a special issue of the Degree College Beacon, an old schoolboy expresses his sentiments in this words:-GCUF
“These boundaries were our ‘world’ years ago. Even now, on a fine morning, when the doors are closed, and no one is around, I go out of my way to walk through the corridors of my old school. There is no one to deny, and I feel like a child in a mother’s arms again.GCUF
The school continued to flourish, and the next Headmaster was Sheikh Muhammad Zahooruddin, now Inspector of Schools, Rawalpindi Division. Lala Lachmandas, Head Clerk, who has been associated with the institution for 19 years, explains.
An interesting incident regarding the next landmark in our history. In 1924, on the occasion of the school’s prize-giving, Headmaster Lala Hakam Chand said in his report that the rumor of ‘hanging like the sword of Damocles’ was constantly spreading. The school will soon be converted into an intermediate college.
At the end of the Headmaster’s report, Sir George Anderson, in his presidential address, jokingly told the crowd that the Sword of Damocles, which the Headmaster had feared, must fall and that the High School should be converted into an Intermediate College from May 1924. will be done. READ MORE
Headmasters GCUF List
|Lala Jowala Das||1897 to 01-09-1905||M. B. Middle School|
|Ch. Fateh-ud-Din||02-09-1905 to 14-05-1908||Govt. High School|
|S. Mohan Singh||15-05-1908 to 27-09-1909||Govt. High School|
|Lala Harkishen Das||28-9-1909 to 15-04-1919||Govt. High School|
|Lala Gokal Chand||16-04-1919 to 17-05-1921||Govt. High School|
|Lala Fateh Chand||18-05-1921 to 28-06-1921||Govt. High School|
|Sh. Mohd. Zahir-ud-Din||29-06-1921 to 29-04-1922||Govt. High School|
|L. Bhagwan Das||01-05-1922 to 11-03-1923||Govt. High School|
|Ch. Hukam Chand||12-03-1923 to 30-04-1924||Govt. High School|
Principals GCZUF List
|Rana Abdul Hameed Khan||1 May 1924 – 14 Sep 1924||Government Intermediate College|
|W.H.F. Armstrong||15 Sep 1924 – 10 Apr 1927||Government Intermediate College|
|Sardar Tara Singh||11 Apr 1927 – 8 Jan 1928||Government Intermediate College|
|Rai Behadar Mr Mun Mohan||8 Jan 1929 – 30 Sep 1928||Government Intermediate College|
|Sardar Tara Singh||2 Oct 1928 – 7 Dec 1928||Government Intermediate College|
|Lala Chaitan Anand||8 Dec 1928 – 1 Oct 1933||Government Intermediate College|
|Lala Chaitan Anand||2 Oct 1933 – 31 Dec 1937||Government Degree College|
|Siri Krishan Kapoor||1 Jan 1938 – 15 Nov 1942||Government Degree College|
|J.L Wilson||26 Nov 1942 – 11 Oct 1946||Government Degree College|
|W. A. Barnan||12 Oct 1946 – 31 May 1947||Government Degree College|
|Gomti Parshad||1 June 1947 – 31 Aug 1947||Government Degree College|
|Hashmat Khan||1 Sep 1947 – 3 Jan 1949||Government Degree College|
|Dr. Ahmed Mukhtar||4 Jan 1949 – 30 Oct 1950||Government Degree College|
|Saadat Ali Khan||1 Nov 1950 – 22 Jan 1951||Government Degree College|
|Hashmat Khan||22 Jan 1951 – 19 Jul 1951||Government Degree College|
|Taj Muhamaad Khial||20 Jul 1951 – 30 June 1954||Government Degree College|
|Mian Namdar Khan||1 July 1954 – 31 Jul 1956||Government Degree College|
|Dr. Atta Mohi-ud-Din||1 Aug 1956 – 13 May 1959||Government Degree College|
|Mian Namdar Khan||1 Jun 1959 – 8 Nov 1959||Government Degree College|
|Dr. Shabbir Ahmed Qureshi||29 Nov 1959 – 22 Apr 1968||Government Degree College|
|Mukhtar Mehmood Qureshi||23 Apr 1968 – 18 Dec 1972||Government Degree College|
|Munir Ahmed Ch||19 Dec 1972 – 19 June 1977||Government Degree College|
|Nazir Ahmed Awan||30 June 1977 – 16 Mar 1978||Government Degree College|
|Muhammad Naseer Ansari||25 Mar 1978 – 24 Jun 1979||Government Degree College|
|Shujaat Hussasin Bukhari||24 Jul 1979 – 1 Sep 1979||Government Degree College|
|Mian Muhammad Basheer||1 Sep 1979 – 20 Nov 1981||Government Degree College|
|Ch. Muhammad Sadiq||1 Dec 1981 – 18 Oct 1982||Government Degree College|
|Shoeb Bin Hassan||19 Oct 1982 – 31 May 1983||Government Degree College|
|Muhammad Aslam Khan||8 Jun 1983 – 12 Sep 1983||Government Degree College|
|Niaz Ahmed Ch||13 Sep 1983 – 11 Nov 1986||Government Degree College|
|Manzoor Ahmed Ch||12 Nov 1986 – 24 Dec 1986||Government Degree College|
|Dr. Bashir Ahmed Rana||24 Dec 1986 – 4 Jan 1990||Government Degree College|
|Ch. Muhammad Akbar||4 Jan 1990 – 13 Jun 1990||Government Degree College|
|Dr. Muhammad Ishaq Qureshi||14 Jun 1990 – 11 Apr 1991||Government Degree College|
|Dr. Shabir Ahmed Qureshi||11 Apr 1991 – 2 Oct 1995||Government Degree College|
|Dr. Bashir Ahmed Rana||2 Oct 1995 – 10 Oct 1997||Government Degree College|
|Zarar Akhtar Awan||10 Oct 1997 – 31 Dec 1997||Government Degree College|
|Asmat Ullah Khan||01 Jan 1998 – 15 Aug 2000||Government Degree College|
|Asmat ullah Khan||15 Aug 2000 – 14 Sep 2000||Government Degree College|
|Dr. Mehmood Akhtar Cheema||15 Sep 2000 – 5 Sep 2001||Government Degree College|
|Dr. Riaz Majeed||6 Sep 2001 – 19 Nov 2001||Government Degree College|
|Dr. Abdul Rashid Khan||19 Nov 2001 – 31 Oct 2002||Government Degree College|