The historic Government College Hyderabad in Sindh province has been elevated to the rank of a university by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah. The chief minister made the announcement while addressing the centennial celebrations of the college’s foundation.
One of the key structural and educational landmarks of Hyderabad city situated along the Phuleli Canal, the Government College was first set up as Sindh National Arts College by noted British socialist, writer and rights activist Dr Annie Besant. It later changed several names, including NED College and Daya Ram Gidumal (DG) National College, but finally settled with the name Government College, Hyderabad after the independence of Indian subcontinent.
Rs 40 million approved for restoration of college building and library
Addressing the centennial celebration ceremony, Shah said the college had produced talented individuals in almost every field, adding that the college’s 100 years of grandeur and academic excellence were praiseworthy. The chief minister said the college was not just a centre of learning, but an emblem of national heritage as well. “I have also approved Rs 40 million for restoration of the lost glories of the college building and its library,” he added.
Shah also inaugurated the recently renovated college library. He said the “college has given us a lot, it has shaped up the future of our elders, our brothers and friends and even most of us sitting here today have received education in this college. God willing, this institute would further flourish to continue its journey for provision of quality education to our children and to our future generations”.
“I am proudly announcing to grant Government College Hyderabad the status of a University for which the process has been started,” he said, adding that “I am sure it would turn out to be one of the best universities in the country”.
The chief minister also paid rich tribute to Dr Annie Besant, saying the sapling that she planted had turned into a mighty tree that was 100 years old. “Just like its founding a century ago, grant of university status is again a historic day for the college. Now the challenge is upon us to make it excel,” Murad Ali Shah added.