Kinnaird College is continuing its tradition of excellence in educating Pakistani women with more than a century old history. This women college was established at the start of the 20th century near Kinnaird High School and is the first women institute of Pakistan. Till today the college is serving as one of the most reputed women institute in Pakistan where many disciplines are taught with the most up-to-date methodologies.
The learning at the college not only helps the young ladies to successfully advance on the academic path they choose for their career, in addition, the students are also encouraged to participate in extensive opportunities that are available out of the college boundaries. The college also offers scholarships to high achievers and needy students.
Kinnaird College has a long list of popular Alumni as Graduates from Kinnaird College include politicians, celebrities, business people, athletes etc. Some of them are: Kashmala Tariq: politician,Hina Rabbani Khar: politician, Asma Jehangir:lawyer,Bano Qudsia: writer and the list go on.
Kinnaird College for women is rendering intermediate, graduate and postgraduate study programs at the institution. The college is offering variety of courses in its undergraduate and postgraduate programs. The courses are offered in applied and social sciences, English Literature, Applied Linguistics, Mass Communications, French, English Language Teaching, Environmental Sciences, Statistics, Computer Sciences and professional studies.MS.in Accounting and Finance and M. Phil in English Literature is introduced recently.
Kinnaird, the premier women's college in Pakistan, was founded in 1913 by the Zenana and Bible Medical Mission. From 1913 to 1922 the college was the only women's liberal arts college in the Punjab. Kinnaird High School was founded in 1864 and the pupils studying at the school demanded a higher-education institution to pursue their education .In response of this demand, the first intermediate class (FA) was started at the school with Joan McDonald as principal. Later on, BA classes were commenced in 1917. The American Presbyterian Mission and the Church Missionary Society joined in 1919 to make Kinnaird a union institution. The college building was moved to Jail Road in 1926 for a bigger space. By 1939 the college was housed into a 20-acre campus.
The vast campus of Kinnaird College, situated in central Lahore, encompasses state-of-the-art facilities. The major Academic building contains class-rooms, a large library, reading rooms and offices. The McNair Building for Science has a new wing for science students. The college is connected with two hostels housing 46 students in each building .The campus also includes the famous Hladia hall and a chapel .Another block is constructed for postgraduate students. Moreover the college also entails a dining hall, cafeteria, amphitheatre and a guest house. The Amaltash Court, an extension of college building houses a Video Conferencing Room, a Computer Laboratory, a Students’ Common Room in addition to classroom and laboratories. The main campus has a swimming pool and lush green fields for games and sports.
Mission and Vision
The Mission of Kinnaird is to deliver all-inclusive modes of education that is relevant to the context and current demands. The college aims to serve as an institution which will help in personal transformation and will groom leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs, women who think independently, work cooperatively and act responsibly and courageously for a prosperous Pakistan. Women who will follow the college oath, “to live up to the trust placed in me, willingly and conscientiously fulfill my responsibilities and to work with integrity and loyalty; to be rather then to seem.”
The vision for Kinnaird is to be an ideal education provider for women in South Asia, by offering an International Standard academic program and high-quality research which helps in crafting new knowledge and ideas and carry out social responsibilities. This is in recognition and continuation of the reputation the college has of being the most prominent and prestigious institution for women in Pakistan.