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Kinnaird College

Kinnaird College for Women
کینارڈ کالج فور وؤمن یونیورسٹی لاہور
Motto Light to guide us, courage to support us and love to unite us
Established 1913
Type Public
Students 45,000
Location Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Campus Urban
Nickname Kinnaird
Mascot KCite

Kinnaird College for Women (Urdu: کینارڈ کالج فور وؤمن یونیورسٹی لاہور‎) is a university located in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. Founded by American missionaries under the British Raj, the school is now a semi-government institute recognized by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan, and remains one of the most prestigious higher education institutes in the country.


The college was established at the start of the 20th century when it was housed near Kinnaird High School. Initial tuition focused on Intermediate classes beginning in 1913, followed by B.A. classes four years later. The college moved to Jail Road in 1926 after it was determined that more space was needed. In 1933, the college acquired land near Lahore's canal and new buildings were constructed to house the increasing numbers of girls studying at the college. By 1939 the college had grown into a 20-acre (81,000 m2) campus.
A view of Kinnaird College

Kinnaird College, the premier women's college in Pakistan, was founded in 1913 by the Zenana and Bible Medical Mission, now called Interserve. Pupils of Kinnaird High School (founded 1864) pleaded to continue their education. so the first Intermediate class (FA) started with Miss Joan McDonald as Principal. BA classes commenced in 1917. The American Presbyterian Mission and the Church Missionary Society joined in 1919 to make Kinnaird a union institution. Others followed. From 1913 to 1922 the college was the only women's liberal arts college in the Punjab.

The science department was not founded until 1950 - two world wars, lack of finance and partition of the subcontinent were the main hindrances. The student body grew from 6 to 170 by 1951. (By 2010 it was over 4,000). The early students were mainly Christians joined by more and more Hindus. Kinnaird College moved from its first site in and around Kinnaird High School in 1926 to Lake Road, and in 1938 to its present site. In 1932 the Principal, Miss McNair, agonized about moving to Agra where the College had been offered the campus of St. John's College. This offer was declined, and Kinnaird with its campus was preserved. After independence of Pakistan 1947, the Hindu and Sikh students migrated to India while Muslims migrated to Pakistan. Kinnaird College has become a predominantly Muslim college.

Degrees and courses

Kinnaird launched its honors program in 2003, the four year bachelors followed by a dissertation. An honors degree is available in the following subjects:

One and two year master's degrees are available in the following:

M.Phil degree offered in:

English Language Teaching

Radio Kinnaird 97.6 FM

Radio Kinnaird 97.6 FM is a campus radio of Kinnaird College for Women. The test transmission of this radio channel was started in June 2010.

The Student's Council

The Students' Council was formed under the Presidency of the Senior Student assisted by the Deputy Senior Student and the Hostel Deputy.

Notable alumni

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