Aitchison College

Aitchison College

Aitchison College is a semi-private boys' boarding university-preparatory school located in Lahore, Punjab, in Pakistan. Aitchison College is the descendant of the wards’ School at Ambala and the Chiefs’ Colleges.The college sprawls on a convert|200|acre|km2|sing=on campus, located in the heart of the city of Lahore.


Aitchison College was established on November 3 1886, when the cornerstone of the school was laid by Frederick Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood, Earl of Dufferin, at the time Governor-General of India. The college was named after Charles Umpherston Aitchison, lieutenant governor of the Punjab at the time of the college's establishment. Starting off as a purely boarding school with one main teaching block, the college has evolved into an institution with a multitude of facilities.

Addressing the boys in 1888 Sir Charles Aitchison said

In undivided India,along with Colvin Taluqdars' College in Lucknow and Mayo College in Ajmer,it was regarded as the most prestigious public school in the Indian plains. The College motto reads:

(For day-to-day life in its early days see Historical log of Aitchison College )

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).

chool Facts

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. 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.

Noted alumni


*Sardar Farooq Ahmed Khan Leghari Chief of the Baluch Leghari tribe, President of Pakistan.
*Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali, former Prime Minister of Pakistan
*Nawab Iftikhar Ali Khan,Nawab of Pataudi.
*Maharaja Bhupinder Singh,Maharaja of Patiala.
*Nawab Sadiq Muhammad Khan,Nawab of Bahawalpur,Governor of Punjab.
* Nawab Mansoor Ali Khan, Nawab of Pataudi
* Major-General Nawabzada Sher Ali Khan Pataudi
* Lieutenant-General(Rtd)Ali Kuli Khan Khattak .
* Nawab Zulfiqar Ali Khan Mamdot, younger brother of Nawab of Mamdot
*Nawab Khair Buksh Khan Marri, Chief of Marri Tribe
*Maharaja Sir Harindar Singh Brar Bans Bahadur Raja of Faridkot State.
* Raja Baldev Inder Singh of Shiekhupura
* Raja Jogendra Singh of Nalagarh Princely State
* Kanwar Prithvijit Singh, ruler of the princely state of Kapurthala
* Hon. Raja Sir Daljit Singh, ruler of the princely state of Kapurthala
* Kanwar Jasjit Singh , ruler of the princely state of Kapurthala
* Rajkumar Atamjit Singh, ruler of the princely state of Kapurthala
* Raja Padamjit Singh, ruler of the princely state of Kapurthala
* Nawab Mohammed Amin Khan of Loharu, Governor Himachal Pardesh, India.
* Major Syed Mubarak Ali Shah, of Shah Jeewna.
* Colonel Syed Abid Hussain Shah, of Shah Jeewna.
* Raja Bhalendra Singh (Prince Peter), of Patiala
*Maharaja Sir Yadvinder Singh of Patiala
* Chaudry Muhammad Aamir Sultan Cheema,Minister of Irrigation
* Sahibzada Mirza Aitizazuddin Ahmed Khan, Nawab of Loharu
* Capt. HH Nawab Mirza Aitizazuddin Ahmed Khan Bahadur 7th Nawab of Loharu
* Ramesh Bhandari, Ex-Foreign Secretary India Currently, Governor of Uttar Pardesh, India
*Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan
*Major General Nawab Sir Malik Umar Hayat Khan
*Nawab Sir Malik Khizar Hayat Tiwana
*Sultan Raja Rukan Zaman, Chief of Gakhar tribe.
*Malik Amir Mohammad Khan of Kalabagh, Former Governor West Pakistan
*Nawab Sadiq Hussain Qureshi Governor and Chief Minister of Punjab
*Makhdoom Faisal Saleh Hayat Former Interior Minister of Pakistan,Minister for Kashmir Affairs.
*Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Hussain Qureshi Member of the National Assembly of Pakistan and President PPP Punjab
*Balakh Sher Mazari, Chief of Mazaris, Former Prime Minister of Pakistan.
*Sardar Sherbaz Mazari, a notable of the Mazari tribe, a veteran Politician.
*Zulfiqar Ali Khosa,Chief of Khosa,a Baluch tribe in Punjab, Governor of Punjab.
*Zulfikar Ali Magsi, Chief of Magsi, a Baluch tribe and
*Syed Zulfiqar Bokhari,Senator.
* Major General(Rtd)Khurshid Ali Khan, Governor N.W.F.P.
* Taj Muhammad Khan Jamali, former Governor of Baluchistan.
* Sardar Ataullah Khan Mengal, former Governor of Baluchistan.
* Sir Malik Feroz Khan Noon, former Prime Minister of Pakistan.
* Nawab Muhammad Abbas Abbasi, Amir of Bahawalpur, Former Governor of Punjab.
* Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti, Chief of Bugtis, Former Governor and Chief Minister of Balochistan.
* Nawab Sadiq Hussain Qureshi, Governor and Chief Minister of Punjab
* Awais Leghari, current Federal Minister for IT and Telecom, Pakistan
* Omar Ayub Khan, Minister of state for Finance, Pakistan
* Syed Fakhar Imam, Speaker of National Assembly of Pakistan.
* Sardar Harcharan Singh Brar Governor of Orissa and Chief Minister
* Malik Amjad Ali Noon of Ali Pur Noon, High commissioner and first Nazim of Sargodha.
* Asfandyar Wali Khan, third and current President of the Awami National Party in Pakistan.
* Qasim Zia, Current Opposition Leader Punjab Assembly
* Syed Raza Ali Gillani Minister of Housing Punjab
* Mian Muhammad Afzal Hayat Former Chief Minister And Current Politician
* Chaudhary Hamid Nasir Chatha,Speaker Punjab Assembly And Several Ministerial Portfolios.
* Sardar Hamid Yar Hiraj,Former Minister of State for Commerce and Trade and currently Member of the National Assembly.
* Sardar Amed Yar Hiraj,District Nazim Khanewal for two consecutive terms.
* Sardar Muhammad Yar Hiraj,Member Provincial Assembly and Deputy Leader of the Opposition in Punjab
* Chaudry Shujaat Hussain,former prime minister of Pakistan


* Majid Khan, Captain (1948-1958), Oxford Blue,Pakistan cricket team
* Rameez Raja, Captain, Pakistan cricket team
* Javed Burki,Captain, Pakistan cricket team
* Imran Khan, Captain, Oxford Blue,Pakistan Cricket Team
* Sayed Muhammad Jafar, Sayed Jaffar (field hockey), Member of the All India Field Hockey Team, Gold Medalist Los Angeles Olympics 1932 and Berlin Olympics 1936. Jafar Memorial Hockey Pavillion in Aitchison College is named after him.
* Hassan Sardar,Olympian Gold Medalist, Captain, Pakistan Hockey Team
* Nawab Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi, Captain, Oxford Blue,Indian Cricket team & Member, England Cricket team, only cricketer ever to have played for two countries.
* Nawab Mansoor Ali Khan,Oxford Blue,Nawab of Pataudi,Indian Cricket Team.
* Malik Ata Muhammad Khan, Equestrian.


* 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.
* Ch Imran Ahmed, World Trade Inc, Health Aid Pharmacy
* Syed Babar Ali, owner of packages Pakistan

cience and technology

* Sohail Abbas Bhatti, CCIE, Researcher. CISCO San Jose, California
* 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. Wasiq Bokhari, Ph.D MIT, Researcher Fermilab, Top quark discovery. Technology entrepreneur.


* Zill-e-Rehman Khan Niazi, Qatar Telecom [] , photographer, writer and contributor to National Geographic []
* Syed Altaf Hussain Shah, WAPDA, Pakistan
* Imran Anwar, IMRAN.TV/EverTrac
* Omar Malik, Director, Carbon Services
* Waqar Ahmad Bajwa, CPA Gujranwala
* Asad Humayun, HSBC - Global Banking & Markets, London, U.K
* Mamur Mustapha - CEO, Mediaverx LTD. (UK / Pakistan)
* 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
* Zeshan Saleem Sultan , Arp Hansen Hotel Groups
* Salman Saleem Sultan, Cinemax Entertainment
* Syed Zaigham Jaffery, A2Z Endeavors
* Ali Zulfiqar Khan, A2Z Endeavors
* Iqbal Aziz ,Director,A2Z Limos 4U Uk Ltd
* Nauman A. Khawaja, Co-Founder/ CEO, Vibrant Solutions, U.S.A (


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


* Basim Usmani - Lead singer The Kominas, a Punjabi taqwacore punk band from the suburbs of Boston, MA
* M. Usman Khalid Kashmiri - The Poor Souls of Pompeii, an alternative indie rock band from London, UK.

Further reading

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

External links

* [ Official website]

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