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Aitchison College
Motto "Perseverance Commands Success"
Established 3 November 1886
Principal F.S Aijazuddin
Heads of Studies, Co-corricular and Sports Muhammad Hanif
Headmaster Senior School Ameer Hussain
Headmaster Prep School Mohammad Tahir
Headmaster Junior School Ashiq Hussain
Controller Examinations Raja Ashfaq Ahmad
Head IT Department Muhammad Tahir (Headmaster Prep School
Incharge IT Department Owais Qadeer
Location Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
UAN +92-42-111-363-063

Aitchison College Lahore is a semi-private boarding school for boys aged 4–19, located in Lahore, Punjab, in Pakistan.[1] The school follows a curriculum designed to culminate in GCE O and A qualifications and is geared towards preparing the students for university education.

Aitchison College is the descendant of the Wards’ School at Ambala and the Chiefs’ Colleges.[2] The college sprawls on a 200-acre (0.81 km2) campus, located in the heart of the city of Lahore and is considered to be the most prestigious school in Pakistan, being the only high school in Pakistan that is a part of Headmasters Conference.



Old Building, Aitchison College, Lahore

The foundation stone of the main building was laid by His Excellency the Viceroy, the Earl of Dufferin and Ava on 3 November 1886. Aitchison College is the lineal descendent of the Wards School at Ambala and the Chiefs Colleges.

The College is named after the then Lt. Governor of the Punjab, Sir Charles Umpherston Aitchison.

Addressing the boys in 1888, Sir Charles Aitchison said:

"...much, very much, is expected of you. I trust you will use well the opportunities here afforded of you both for your education and for the formation of your character ... This is an institution from which you will banish everything in thought and word and act that is mean, dishonorable or impure, and in which you will cultivate everything that is virtuous, true, manly and gentlemanly "

Present day Aitchison tries to keep faith with the vision and ideals of its founder. And it is in this context that the College motto reads:

" Perseverance Commands Success".

The College stands in its own estate of over 186 acres (0.75 km2) in the heart of present-day Lahore. Its grounds and buildings are some of the best known architectural set pieces of the town. The Governor of the Punjab is the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the College.

Aitchison College is known for its exceptionally strong Alumni and many of its students have gone on to study at top universities across the world including Harvard University, MIT, Yale University, Columbia University, Oxford University, University of Cambridge and London School of Economics.


For a detailed history see the references section


Wards School at Ambala

The history of Aitchison College goes back to the Ward's School at Ambala which was envisioned in 1864 by Captain Tighe, then D.C. of Ambala. Established in 1868, it was originally intended for the education of young Sikh Sirdars of the District but on the insistence of Sir Henry Davies, it widened its scope in 1874 to cater for the education of all government wards living in other parts of Punjab. The present constitution of Aitchison College is still based on the set of rules framed for the Wards' School.

Chiefs College

The growing interest in the college prompted efforts by Lt. Gen Sir Charles Umpherston Aitchison, after whom the college is named, to expand the Government Wards School into a Chiefs College. North Mian Meer Road was initially selected as the new site for Chiefs College and collaboration between Bhai Ram Singh, Vice Principal of Mayo School of Arts and Col. S. S. Jacob, Executive Engineer at Jeypore came up with a architectural design for the college. Even at its beginning, the college was designed to have a science laboratory, library and museum besides classrooms and amenities for students. Under the auspices of the new staff, including the first Principal Mr. W. A. Robinson and the famous Urdu poet Altaf Hussain Hali, Chiefs College began educating a modest first batch of 12 boys, who were temporarily accommodated at Abbot Road while construction was underway. The college was formally inaugurated by the Viceroy, the Earl of Dufferin and Ava on 3 November 1886.

Aitchison College

Only a few days after the foundation stone of Chiefs College was laid, it was renamed on 13 November 1886 as Aitchison College. A boundary wall around the entire campus was finished in 1950. Construction of the main building, now known as Old Building, began in 1887 and was finished in 1890, along with a gymnasium and a hospital. Soon after that, the main building became the center of academic life at Aitchison as previously the classes were being held in the boarding houses and some rented bungalows. Construction on other buildings continued as the school attracted more wards and visits from various princes. The Prize Distribution Day ceremony, now known as the Founders Day, held annually in May, was started in 1892. The Prize Distribution was later divided into two separate ceremonies: Founders Day Academics and Founders Day Sports.

Several efforts were made to provide facilities for physical education of the students. In 1896, a cricket pavilion was subscriped and work began on a polo ground. A year later, training in cricket, football, field hockey and tennis was started. Following Aitchison's win in local sports competition, Aitchison Challenge Cup was established to honor the best sportsmen each year. In 1905, ACOBA (Aitchison College Old Boys Association) was established to allow the alumni of the school to compete against the current students in an event that brought together the alumni each year. In 1907, Aitchison College started sending contingents of sports teams to compete with schools outside Lahore, and was allowed to host contingents from other schools. Swimming facilities were developed in 1923 and Rani of Mandi Cup was established to honor the best swimmer of the year. The sports system soon evolved as competitions between the houses themselves began in 1928. Hockey and tennis courts were established in 1938.

A Mosque was constructed for religious education of Muslim students in 1900 and a Dharamsala was created in 1913. A separate Sikh mess was organized in 1907 and a separate kitchen for Halal food in 1938. A mandir was also constructed, which was later redesigned to hold the Principal's office after partition. Religious education was later made compulsory for Hindus and Sikhs. Until its abolishment in 1933, a rule existed that a separate boarding house should exist for Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs. Ch.Rehmat Ali, famous for coining the name of Pakistan started teaching at the school in 1918. In the first half of the 20th century, several extra-curricular activities took its roots in the school including and competitions for best essay writer and best debater became one of the most coveted honors. In 1906, one of the most famous medals, Rivaz medal for best all-round performance at Aitchison college was created. Some college publications were established: "Pioneer" in and "Aitchison" in 1936.

A separate building for Preparatory School, which now holds classes for Grades 6-8, was constructed in 1915 and the prefects system was established two years later. The school was affiliated with Cambridge University in 1933. In 1935, the policy of admission was broadened to include ordinary boys from surrounding areas. Following this policy, a separate house, Jubilee, was established for day boys. Classes for Grade 9-13 were shifted from main building to the new constructed Barry Block (Senior School) in 1948. Following the partition of the Indian Subcontinent, Muhammad Ali Jinnah was appointed Patron in Chief of the College in 1948. A separate building for Junior School, for Grades 1-5, was inaugurated in 1964. War between India and Pakistan in 1965 disrupted school activities for a while but normal school year resumed soon after cease fire. A number of modern buildings were constructed on the campus near the end of 20th century, including an amphitheater, a large library, computer and science laboratories, housing for staff members, a riding school, squash and basketball courts.


Admission to K-1: Boys seeking admission to K-1 are committed to remain as Boarders for the whole year. Boys living in Lahore or near Lahore are hence encouraged to apply for admission to K-2. (If the parents live nearby, it is not fair that boy is unnecessarily separated from his home). Please note that withdrawal from the Boarding House will mean withdrawal from the College.

Admission to K-2 Candidates are tested in English, Urdu, and Mathematics.

CLASS K-3 TO C-2 The number of places offered varies in each class and is small in any case. The boy is tested according to his age group. The applicant must achieve the rank within the number of vacancies; i.e. in a class if there are four places offered the applicant must achieve a rank within the top four. Candidates are tested in English, Urdu & Mathematics (for Class K-2 to K-5) and English, Urdu, Mathematics & Science for Class E-1 (Grade 6) to C-2 (Grade 10).

CLASS H1 Fluency in English is the prime criterion for admission in the college. The minimum requirement for 'A' Levels admission is 8 A's and at least a 'B' in English (only in a single attempt) at GCE 'O' Level.

Organization and curriculum

Aitchison College is divided into three schools:

  • Junior School (Grades 1-5)
  • Prep School (Grades 6-8)
  • Senior School (Grades 9-13)

Each school is subdivided into houses that have members from each grade of that school. Houses are designed to promote inter-house competitions and mentor ship opportunities, led by prefects and house masters.

The Senior School offers two types of diplomas/certifications, following the British UCLES system. These are the School Certificate/O-level (grades 9 through 11) and the Higher School Certificate/A-level (grades 12 & 13).

The matriculation curriculum was also until 2002 available to students who did not wish to pursue the UK Board examinations. It was cancelled by Principal Shamim Khan when the Campus Girls' High School inside the College (for the daughters of the staff) achieved a better Matriculation result than the students of the college.

The newly initiated Guidance and Career Counseling Office at Aitchison College is perhaps one of a kind in Lahore. Having subdivided the university applications into 3 major areas, the US, UK & Canada, Aitchison currently has specialists who offer the boys advice for all 3 countries. Mr. Hamza Masood (US), Mr. Fazal Qadir (Canada) and Mr. Haider Akram (UK) are responsible for the 3 regions, with Mr. Tariq Yasin heading the office as Director. 2009/10 has been a good year for the office, with a record number of offers coming through from the United Kingdom.

Noted alumni



Prime Ministers


Chief Ministers



  • Syed Zulfiqar Bokhari, Senator.
  • Dr Safdar Abbasi, Senator.
  • Hamid Raza Gilani, Senator


Members National Assembly of Pakistan

Members Provincial Assembly

  • Shahjahan Ahmad Bhatti,Nankana Sahib,Punjab
  • Haroon Ahmed Sultan Bukhari, former minister Agriculture and livestock, punjab


  • Hamid Raza Gilani
  • Syed Zulfiqar Ali Bokhari
  • Aminullah Raisani


  • Baba Madhsudan Singh Bedi (1932-1940), Sikh Spiritual leader.




  • Shahzada Alam Monnoo, Founder Monoo Group of Industries
  • Jahangir Alam Monnoo, Director Monoo Group of Industries
  • Aamir Hussain Shirazi, President Atlas Group (Honda Pakistan)
  • Malik Munawer Ali Noon, Ali Pur Noon
  • Osman Khalid Waheed. Ferozsons Pharmaceuticals
  • Sheharyar Sarwar, Al-Hafiz Group.
  • Majid Rafiq, Director, Rafique Bros. (pvt) Ltd[1]
  • Ch Imran Ahmed, Director World Trade INC
  • Syed Babar Ali

Science and technology

  • Dr. Wasiq Bokhari, Ph.D MIT, Researcher Fermilab, Top quark discovery. Technology entrepreneur.
  • Usman Mobin, Chief Technology Officer at the Government of Pakistan's National Database and Registration Authority
  • Asim Mughal, NASA
  • Dr. Umar Saif, Researcher. MIT, LUMS, Cambridge-MIT Institute (CMI), Awarded the IEEE Percom'08 Mark Weiser Award and Microsoft Research Digital Inclusion Award
  • Dr. Aamir Zafar Khan, FRCS (Eng), FRCS (Gen). Consultant Surgeon, Royal Marsden Hospital, London. [4]
  • Dr Chaudhry Liqa Hussain MRCPsych (UK) MCPsych (Ir) DPM (Ir) DCP (IR) DCH (IR) MRCPI (Peds) MHMPP (Leeds) MBA (HWU) LLM Medical Law (NU) Certificate in Specialist Doctor (Ireland) in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry - currently working as Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Specialist Behaviorial Pediatrics at University Hospital Galway Ireland (graduated from Aitchison College Lahore in 1981)
  • Dr Fuad Hameed Rai, Chief Executive (Health Services Management Consultants "HSMC") HSMC; Health Ambassador (National Center For Sexual and Reproductive Health); Formerly Medical Superintendent (Shalamar Teaching Hospital Lahore), Chief Operating Officer (Himont International), Chief Medical Advisor (Maroof International Hospital Islamabad). (Was in Aitchison College from 1973 to 1983)

International linkages LUMS Case Study on Dr. Fuad Hameed Rai Health Sector Improvement Plan 2007-Some Suggestions were Implemented by Provinial Governments Images/Photographs Daily Times


  • Dr. Wasiq Bokhari, Ph.D MIT, Researcher Fermilab, Top quark discovery. CEO and co-founder [Quantum Insight][2] (USA). CEO [Bioident][3] (USA/Austria). Managing Partner, Cleantech Circle [4] (Silicon Valley, USA)
  • Mamur Mustapha - CEO Mediaverx LTD. (UK/UAE/Pakistan).
  • Syed Hur Riahi Gardezi, Director National Insurance Company and Director State Life Insurance, Member Board of Governors Aitchison College
  • Zill-e-Rehman Khan Niazi, Qatar Telecom[5], photographer, writer and contributor to National Geographic[6]
  • Syed Altaf Hussain Shah, WAPDA, Pakistan
  • Malik Asad Ali Noon of Ali Pur Noon, Executive Vice President, RGM, Askari Bank, Pakistan
  • Imran Anwar, IMRAN.TV/EverTrac
  • Omar Malik, Director, Carbon Services
  • Waqar Ahmad Bajwa, CPA Gujranwala
  • Sardar Babar, Director Technologies, American Express, Phoenix, USA
  • Asad Humayun, HSBC - Global Banking & Markets, London, U.K
  • Tufail Nadeem, Vice President, Bank of America, Charlotte
  • Muhammed Mamoon Rashid Malek, Vice President, Bank of America
  • Syed Javed Hamid, Senior Economist at World Bank.
  • Jowdat Waheed, President Shritt International
  • Syed Ali Abbas Gardezi, Technical Architect, London Stock Exchange
  • Zeshan Saleem Sultan , Arp Hansen Hotel Groups
  • Salman Saleem Sultan, Cinemax Entertainment
  • Iqbal Aziz ,Director,A2Z Limos 4U Uk Ltd
  • Farhad A. Mian, Aviva Investors North America[7]
  • Nauman A. Khawaja, Co-Founder/ CEO, Vibrant Solutions, U.S.A (
  • Naeem Aftab, NetSol Technologies Inc. (
  • Saiyed Rizwan Ali,Manager BD, Systems Limited (
  • Shehryar Butt ,Director Marketing, Tecnopart
  • Iftikhar Ahmad Malik,Director,Pakistan Tobacco Co Lt
  • Abdullah Hayee, Pearson Education Group; Dallas, TX
  • Asim Butt, Human Resource Director, South Asia Region, Mashreq Bank


Further reading

  • F. S. Aijazuddin, Aitchison College Lahore : 1886-1986 : the first hundred years, Lahore (1986)

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