Kinnaird College


Kinnaird College for Women is a college in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. It is partially semi- government institute recognized by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan.


Motto Light to guide us, courage to support us and love to unite us.
Established 1913
Type Semi- Government
Principal Dr. Rukhsana David
Students 3000
Location Lahore
Nickname KCites


Early history

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.

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 2003 it was over 2,000). 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 for what was to become Pakistan. The partition of 1947 and the creation of Pakistan brought a dramatic exodus of Hindus and an increasing influx of Muslims.

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:

  • Biochemistry
  • Botany
  • English Literature
  • Environmental Science
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Psychology
  • Physics
  • French
  • Political Science
  • International Relations
  • Urdu
  • Business Administration
  • Zoology
  • Geography
  • Economics
  • Mathematics
  • Computer Science

One and two year masters degrees are available in the following:

  • English Literature
  • Environmental Science
  • International Relations
  • English Literature
  • English Language Teaching
  • Business Administration

M.Phil degree offered in:

  • Environmental Science
  • English Literature
  • International Relations

Extra courses at Kinnaird

Kinnaird offers summer and winter courses in graphic design, communication skills, French, and other courses to improve knowledge and expertise.

Extra-curricular activities

A part from academic activities Kinnaird has its annual sports day, swimming festivals, annual plays and Drama competitions every year. Besides that activities are going on within the college and hostel for students throughout the year.

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. The Council is advised by the Students’ advisor. The council is responsible for general internal discipline and for extra-curricular activities at the College. Its main objectives are to organize programs and projects. The council members assist at all college activities and help out other clubs and societies whenever needed.

Notable alumni

  • Bano Qudsia
  • Sara Suleri
  • Bapsi Sidhwa
  • Kamini Kaushal
  • Faryal Gohar
  • Nasira Iqbal
  • Tahira Syed
  • Musarrat Nazir
  • Ayesha Sana
  • Kashmala Tariq
  • Vaneeza Ahmad
  • Hadiqa Kiyani
  • Asma Jahangir
  • Maram & Aabroo
  • Saima Sheikh (Former Head Girl)
  • Ofaq Sufyan
  • Sana Bucha


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