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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Government Gordon College Rawalpindi - Centenary Celebrations (1893-1993)

Plato once said, "If you want to judge the standard of a nation, judge the standard of its institutions and calibre of its teachers."
Gordon College was established in 1893. Its history is a tale of unprecedented achievements both in curricular and extra-curricular activities and it occupies a very high position among all the institutions of higher learning in Pakistan and does not fall short of any mark of excellence.
Gordon College is one of the most prestigious and oldest institutions in the subcontinent. Since its inception, the College has been rendering tremendous services by spreading the light of knowledge over the whole region.
In 1856, a primary school, under the patronage of American Presbyterian Mission, was established in Rawalpindi. In 1867, the first batch of three students of this school, for the entrance examination, was sent to Calcutta as at that time there was no University in West Punjab.
In 1893, the School was given the status of a College and for nine years Intermediate classes were run in the building of Mission High School. Rev. E. E. Fife was the first Principal of Gordon College.
In 1902, the College moved to its present premises and in the same year the first B.A. class was admitted.
The first Intermediate Science class started in 1904. The first graduate was Ishar Das in 1904. The first Muslim graduate was late Justice Din Mohammad (former Governor of Sindh) in 1906. The College enrolment first past the mark of hundred in 1910.
Gordonian, the College magazine, was first published in 1915. The B.Sc. class begun in 1927 and the first science graduate was Barkat Ali, who stood first in the province.
Shaukat Wasti, Ahmad Zafar, Ahmad Shamim, Jamil Malik and Manzoor Arif but also provided a congenial atmosphere to teachers like Aftab Shamim, Tauseef Tabussam and Dr. Hamid Baig for their creative potentials.
At present, besides intermediate degree classes, one postgraduate class in the subject of English Literature is regularly admitted every year and its bring glory by showing excellent results.
The College has passed its 99 years. The year 1993 is its centenary year. A large battalion of Gordonian is now serving the nation in almost every field of human activity.
(Contributed by: Principal, Government Gordon College, Rawalpindi)
To commemorate the occasion Pakistan Post is issuing a stamp of Rs. 2/- denomination on September 1,1993.