History of the Asrama
Tuanku Abdul Rahman (ASTAR)
First Residential College is the oldest of
the residential colleges at the University of Malaya. It was
built in 1959 and consists of three blocks, namely Block A, B
and C. The first group of student staying at this college was
only 28. This figure increases to 265 people in the following
years. At that time, the residents are the year three students
from the Faculty of Arts and Engineering who has been
transferred from the University of Malaya, Singapore branch. In
1971, two additional blocks, Block D and Block E has been built
to meet the accommodation needs of students in which they can
accommodate up to 270 new occupants.
During its early years, it was occupied by
male residents only. At that time, there are no female students
due to their very number. However, by the year 1968, the college
had given permission once again to the girl particularly senior
student to stay in college. They are placed in Block A while
male student stayed in Block B and Block C. At present, the
number of its resident has reached up to 700 students.
College was initially known as the First
Colleges as it is the first college was built at the University
of Malaya. It was later renamed to the name Tuanku Abdul
Rahman College (TARC) in conjunction with the name of HRH
His Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Abdul Rahman Ibni
Tuanku Muhammad. In 1978, TARC has been changed to the Asrama
Tuanku Abdul Rahman (ASTAR). In 1993, it was renamed once
again to the First Residential College.
In 1968, the college organized sports
activity between TARC-NHP (Duncan Road Hostel, Singapore) for
the first time. In 1982, a friendly match between TARC with
Sheares Hall was held. As win always favor to the college, it
has always been respected by other colleges.
In terms of other activities, PRIMA,
the annual college magazine was first published in 1965. TARC
news published in 1969 and was replaced to the SINAR ASTAR
in 1980. To date, the annual college magazine is still
published under the name of FIRST magazine.
The first band of ASTAR, THE RAMANITES was
established in 1967. Two years later, the college choir team was
formed and named TARC SING ALONG CHOIR. In the same year, the
college song, UP FIRST RC has been produced. In 1992, the ALUMNI
has been established where members are former residents of this
college. The first honorable President is the Datuk K.
Pathmanathan. In the early 60ís, the college activities had been
governed by the JCRC (JUNIOR COMMON ROOM COMMITTEE) which was
later replaced by the MBA (MAJLIS BERMESYUARAT ASRAMA)
in 1975. Subsequently, the MBA was repealed and replaced by the
JIA (JAWATANKUASA INDUK ASRAMA) and JTA
(DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE), which consists Community, Academic,
Creative, Sports and Spirituality.
Up to now, there is a change in the name of
both the administration and activities of the college. The word
"HOSTEL" at the JIA and JTA has replaced the
"College" of JIK and JTK appropriate to its
function. From there, the five JKP has been maintained and
changed its name to Community and Welfare, Academic and
Intellectual, Creativity and Arts, Sports and Recreation, and
the Ethics and Patriotism.