Islamia College (Lahore)

Islamia College (Urdu: اسلامیہ کالج) is a group of three colleges in Lahore, Punjab, Peshawar affiliated with the University of Punjab. They were nationalised by the Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto regime in 1972. The college is run by the Ministry of Education (Higher Wing), Government of Punjab, Pakistan.[1]


Founded in 1892 by the Anjuman-i-Himayat-i-Islam, the oldest of the three colleges (Islamia College, Railway Road) was one of the focal points for the Pakistan Movement. The founder of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, visited this college to address and confer with its students. Graduates and students of this college are referred to as "Habibians" named after the name of the college's oldest and central building.

The Islamia College on Cooper Road, Lahore, Pakistan is an all-women college and was also established by Anjuman-i-Himayat-i-Islam in 1939.

The 'Islamia College, Civil Lines' in Lahore in Pakistan was founded in 1947 on the premises of the famous DAV (Dayanand Anglo Vedic) College which then shifted to Ambala, Haryana, India after partition. Graduates and students of this college are referred to as "Faranians". It is near where the freedom fighter Bhagat Singh killed the British SSP J.P. Saunders.

The first principal of 'Islamia College, Railway Road' was Syed Mohammed Ali Jafri, who served for four years. At the same time, the college was shifted from Australia Building, Railway Road. Mr Jafri held master's degrees in six subjects from Allahabad University in India. He was also the founder member of Anjuman-i-Himayat-i-Islam. Current Principal of "Islamia College, Railway Road" is Professor Tahir Javed who is in the office since 3rd June 2014.

Notable alumni

Religious scholars
  • Jamil Ahmad Gondal, founder Pakistan Socialist Democratic Party (PSDP)
Judiciary and government officials
Sports personalities
Writers, poets and artists

See also


  1. 22 promoted as professors The Nation (newspaper), published 14 June 2008, retrieved 21 November 2017
  2. When history was being made The Nation (newspaper), Published 14 August 2016, Retrieved 21 November 2017
  3. Profile of Maulana Abdul Sattar Khan Niazi (alumnus of Islamia College, Lahore) Senate of Pakistan website (archived), Retrieved 25 November 2017
  4. Obituary of Fazal Mahmood (alumnus of Islamia College, Lahore The Guardian (UK newspaper), Published 1 June 2005, Retrieved 25 November 2017
  5. Majid Nizami laid to rest - Obituary of Majid Nizami (alumnus of Islamia College, Lahore) Dawn (newspaper), Published 27 July 2014, Retrieved 25 November 2017

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