Forman Christian College
in Lahore, Pakistan

About Our Partner

Forman Christian College

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Forman Christian College was founded in 1864 by Dr. Charles W Forman, a Presbyterian missionary from the U.S. The college was initially known as the Lahore Mission College, but in 1894 the name was officially changed to Forman Christian College (FCCU) in honor of the founder. In the early years degrees were awarded through the Calcutta University. College level instruction was interrupted in 1869 due to the illness of key faculty members. College classes resumed in 1886, with degrees being awarded through the University of the Punjab. In 2004 FCCU became a chartered University, and from 2009 onward has awarded its own degrees. As a liberal arts institution where students of all backgrounds – men and women, Christian and Muslim – interact and learn together, Forman is successfully demonstrating a model of interfaith harmony to a nation and culture deeply divided along lines of religion, class and gender. The college, with over 4,000 students, consists of two distinct schools: the college or intermediate program which is equivalent to the last two years of high school in the U.S.; and the co-educational university, which is modeled on the U.S. four-year liberal arts college and includes BA, Master’s and PhD programs.


The Impact

In this Muslim country, FCCU provides an environment for mutual understanding and peaceful co-existence between Christians and Muslims. With over 10% of the student population being Christian and with 36% percent of that population, women, FCCU has become a champion for those often-denied access to higher education. In addition, a vital Christian Life Ministry nurtures Christian students who live in a country where their faith is likely to make them a target of discrimination and even attack.

The Need

The Outreach Foundation is seeking gifts totaling $27,000 to support a chaplaincy ministry at Forman as well as scholarships for students who come from poor families.