Friday, April 19, 2013

Pakistan Post Commemorates Centenary of Kinnaird College for Women - Lahore (1913-2013)

Pakistan Post has issued a commemorative stamp of Rs.15 to commemorate the centenary of the famous Kinnaird College for Women, Lahore. A First Day Cover was also issued simultaneously. The stamp was issued on 11th April and is horizontal layout with 13 perforations.

Established in 1913 by the Zenana and Bible Medical Mission, now called Interserve, the college initially had intermediate level of education for the women. The BA classes commenced in 1917. After partition, the college was upgraded to have classes of Masters / M.Phil level.

The college was initially housed near Kinnaird High School. However it was moved to Jail Road in 1926.  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 campus.

As of now, Kinnaird College is a premier institution exclusive for women. The college has its won Campus radio which started its test transmission in June 2010 and was officially inaugurated on 31st January, 2011.
[Photo: Kinnaird College/Facebook]

Some of the notable graduates of Kinnaird College include Bano Qudsia (author), Faryal Gohar (journalist), Kashmala Tariq (politician), Hina Rabbani Khar (politician), Ayesha Saddiqa (writer), Bapsi Sidhwa Writer/author), Nasira Iqbal (former Lahore High Court Judge) and Hadiqa Kiyani (pop singer).

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