150th anniversary of Government College University, Abdus Salam Chair in Physics, Abdus Salam School of Mathematical Sciences, Allama Iqbal, Ashfaq Ahmed, ‘Courage to Know’, Bano Qudsiah, Bokhari Auditorium, Dr Abdus Salam, GCU, GCU Library, iconic landmark, Iqbal Hostel, Katchery Road, Maheen Hassan, Neo-Gothic architecture, Pitrus Bokhari, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Raja Dhyan Singh Haveli, Ravians, River Ravi, The Lovers’ Garden, W Purdon, Walled City
– The Main Building was built using brown bricks in 1877
2014 marks the 150th anniversary of Government College University (GCU) – one of Lahore’s most prestigious higher education institutions.
Neo-Gothic architecture… Established in 1864 as Government College Lahore, the college began operations at the Raja Dhyan Singh Haveli in the Walled City. In 1877, the campus was shifted to its current location on Katchery Road. The Main Building, which was designed by the British architect W Purdon in neo-Gothic architectural style, remains the centrepiece of the sprawling campus, and boasts of an octagonal clock tower, spacious verandahs and wide, well-lit hallways lined with photographs of GCU’s illustrious alumni. These include Allama Iqbal, Dr Abdus Salam and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Incidentally, GCU students proudly refer to themselves as ‘Ravians’ because the university was once located at the banks of the River Ravi, before it changed its course. Continue reading