Lahore is a city that is known for its educational institutions, especially those that are run by the government. Some of these were established during the British era, and have since kept up with their prestige through consistently excellent curricula and remarkable co-curricular activities that have produced some of the finest alumni in the country. If you are someone who is looking for good institutions for higher education, then have a look at our list of the best government colleges in Lahore.
Government Colleges In Lahore
These are some of the top government colleges in Lahore, a city that is known for its vibrant culture and rich heritage.
Government College University
Lahore is known for its red-brick structures. It’s a remnant of colonialism, however, many associate them with a resilient structure of high quality. It comes naturally then that red-brick educational institutions are viewed as impairing high quality as well. Government College (GC) is one such institution.
GC was opened in 1864 by the British government and had professors from the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Dublin, and Durham. However, it wasn’t until 1876 that the university was moved to its present location, where it now has more than 12,000 students. While this started off as a college, in 2002 it was expanded to become a university with degree programs being offered at undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate levels. Over the years, GC has produced some of the most prominent leaders of Pakistan, including the Nobel Laureate Dr. Abdus Salam, who has been recognized for their contributions across the world.
This is a research-led university that has about five semi-autonomous research centers:
- Abdus Salam School of Mathematical Sciences (ASSMS) – study of scientific and technological problems by mathematical methods in mathematical sciences.
- Center for Advanced Studies in Physics (CASP) – Research and Development in Experimental Physics.
- Institute of Industrial Biotechnology (IIB) – offers degrees in Biotechnology and Microbiology.
- Sustainable Development Study Center (SDSC) – Research and Development in Environmental science.
- Center of Excellence of China Studies (CECS) – offers diplomas in Chinese language and China studies.
The college started off as an institute for boys, however, ever since it became a university, it has introduced a co-education system.
Address: Government College University, Jail Road, Lahore, Punjab 54000
Contact: (042) 111 000 010
Government M.A.O. College
Government Muhammadan Anglo-Oriental (M.A.O.) College was established in 1933. This college was instrumental in the creation of Pakistan by mobilizing youth. Over the years, the college has grown to provide education at various levels, including Undergraduate, Graduate, and Postgraduate.
Apart from this, the college boasts of a progressive environment and provides ample co-curricular opportunities for students. The college has various societies as well which record a high percentage of participation from the student body.
Address: 93-R Lower Mall, Islampura, Lahore, Punjab 54000
Phone: (042) 99214986
Kinnaird College For Women
Kinnaird College for Women was founded in 1913 by the Zenana Bible and Medical Mission. In 1919, the Presbyterian Mission Church and the Church Mission Society joined the consortium and moved the campus to its current location on Jail Road. This college was named after Lady Mary Jane Kinnaird, a great philanthropist of her time. It was conceived with the idea of providing Punjabi Christian women with an opportunity to learn and improve their socio-economic well being
However, it wasn’t until 2002, that the college was recognized as the official degree awarding institution. Since then, it has introduced degree programs at undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate levels. Its graduate-level studies are particularly renowned for high-quality research. Ever since June 2011, Radio Kinnaird has also been operating successfully, and informing the student body about all important decisions.
Address: 93 Jail Rd, G.O.R. – I, Lahore, Punjab 54000
Phone: (042) 99203781
College Of Home Economics
College of Home Economics was founded in 1955, after partition. It was created with the sole aim of imparting education in Home Economics, amongst girls. However, in 2017, the college grew to become a university, and since then has introduced various new programs. This year, it has introduced its first-ever Doctorate Program as well.
The following degree programs can be found here:
- FA (Home Economics) and FSc.(Pre-Medical)
Four Year’s Bachelor’s Program in:
- Human Nutrition and Dietetics
- Textile Design
- Fashion Design
- Human Development and Family Studies
- Art and Design
- Interior Design
- Hospitality and Tourism Management
- Home Economics
Two Year’s Bachelor’s Program in:
- Food & Nutrition
- Textile and Clothing
- MS Human Development and Family Studies
- MS Art and Design
- MS Interior Design
Address: Dr. Mateen Fatima Rd, Block Q Block H Gulberg 2, Lahore, Punjab
Phone: (042) 99263324
Islamia College Civil Lines
Government Islamia College Civil Lines and schools is a range of educational institutions in Lahore’s Cantt area that offer separate campuses for both boys and girls. Formerly known as Dayanand Anglo Vedic College, these schools and colleges were established in 1886. After Partition, the name was changed to Islamia College, and continued to impart high quality education. Some of the most notable graduates of this institution are Sartaj Aziz, former finance minister of Pakistan, and Choudhary Rahmat Ali, the person who coined the name Pakistan, among others.
Address: Near Beaconhouse Cantt Campus، Tufail Rd, Police Officers Colony, Lahore, Punjab
Contact: (042) 99882028
Queen Mary College
Queen Mary College started off as a school on December 10th, 1908 and was named as Victoria May Girls High School. In 1911 it was named Queen Mary in honor of the Queen Consort of King George V.
Today, it provides education at preschool, primary, secondary, undergraduate as well as postgraduate levels, while also preparing students for the GCE/O Level examination.
Another college by the same name was established in Chennai, India as well.
Address: 2 Durand Rd, Muhammad Nagar Garhi Shahu, Lahore, Punjab
Phone: (042) 36362942
So, this was our pick of the best government colleges in Lahore. If you’ve attended any of these institutions, tell us about your experience in the comments below or write to us at email@example.com. For similar blogs and updates on the country’s real estate sector, keep reading Pakistan’s largest property blog, Zameen Blog.