February 21, 2011

The house of expertise – GCT Karachi

GOVERNMENT COLLEGE of Technology (GCT), SITE Karachi (Formerly known as Karachi Polytechnic Institute), is a pioneer government technical institute in Pakistan. GCT Karachi was established in 1954 under the assistance of globally renowned Ford Foundation & Colombo Plan. GCT Karachi is equipped with all modern equipment and machines to meet the technological challenges of twenty first century.

The College has its own identity which distinguishes it among all the polytechnics and Colleges of Technology in Pakistan. The College is affiliated with NED University of Engineering & Technology, Karachi.

The College offers Diploma of Associate Engineer (DAE) and B.Tech (Pass & Hons.) programs in different disciplines. The Diploma of Associate Engineer Program is affiliated with Sindh Board of Technical Education, Karachi and B.Tech (Pass & Hons.) program is affiliated with NED University of Engineering & Technology, Karachi. College offers DAE Program in 14 Technologies and B.Tech (Pass & Hons) Program in 3 Technologies.


Soon after the creation of Pakistan, it was realized that there was extreme paucity of technical institutes to cater the growing need of technical staff for the emerging industrial sector in the country. There was, therefore, an urgent need to initiate appropriate action to ensure adequate and regular supply of technical manpower to help, promote rapid industrial growth in the country. With this objective in view, the Federal Government appointed a “Council of Technical Education for Pakistan” in June, 1948.

In order to meet the need of technical education the Committee recommended introduction of the scheme of polytechnics, which was subsequently approved by the Council in September, 1950. In pursuance of the decision of the council, the Karachi Polytechnic Institute came into existence in September, 1954.

With the passage of time the scope and functions of the college were gradually expanded to include the other disciplines. The college is now offering courses in fourteen different disciplines namely Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, Auto & Diesel, Power, Electronics, Chemical, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, Textile Spinning, Textile Weaving, Instrumentation & Watch, Computer Information, Textile Dyeing & Printing and Architecture.

In order to meet the challenge of higher education of technology the Government decided to introduce degree courses (Bachelor of Technology; B.Tech) of pass and Honours, level in certain selected disciplines and the college was then renamed as “Government College of Technology”. The college has been affiliated with the country’s leading engineering university namely NED University of Engineering and Technology.

The GCT, Karachi started the degree programmes since 1974 and has so far successfully organized and conducted several courses in different disciplines. The college has kept pace with the changes and developments in the concerned disciplines and has thus acquired the position of leadership in the field of higher technical education in the country.

The first principal of the institute was Capt. B.A. Khan, Mr.Faridunfer is the present Principal.

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