Cadet College Hasan Abdal

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Cadet College Hasan Abdal
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Hasan Abdal

Motto Second to None
Religious affiliation(s) Islam
Opened 1954
Principal Najeeb Tariq, Major Gen (rtd)
Chairman of Governors Hon. Governor of The Punjab
Staff 47
Gender Boys
Age 13 to 18
Enrollment c. 550
Area 98 acres (40 ha)
Colour(s)      Blue
Demonym Abdalians
Wings(Houses) 6

Cadet College, Hasan Abdal (CCH) (Urdu/Pashto : کیڈٹ کالج )ّّّّّ‬ is a residential secondary school located in Hasan Abdal, Attock District, Punjab, Pakistan. The college has over 500 students aged 13–18 years.[1] Each class has c.110 students.[2] The main aim of the academic program is to train students to become future officers in the Pakistani Military. The college has a distinctly Muslim curriculum for all students, including those from overseas.[3]


Cadet College, Hasan Abdal was the first cadet college in Pakistan. It was established by the Punjab government and initiated by General Muhammad Ayub Khan (then Commander-in-Chief of the Pakistan Army) to serve as a feeder institution to the Services Academies.[4] For this purpose, military wings were started in 1952 at Government College, Sahiwal, and Islamia College, Peshawar. When the present buildings were completed in April 1954, these military wings were transferred to Hasan Abdal and the new college opened as Punjab Cadet College, with Hugh Catchpole as the founding Principal.[5][6] In 1960, the government created a Board of Governors to exercise administrative control over the college.[citation needed]


The college is divided into 6 wings.

Colours Wing Named after
Light blue Jinnah Muhammad Ali Jinnah
Red Haider Caliph Ali (whose epithet was 'Haider')
Maroon Iqbal Allama Muhammad Iqbal
Navy Blue Omar Caliph Omar
Yellow Liaqat Liaquat Ali Khan
Dark green Aurangzeb Aurangzeb Alamgir

Student life[edit]

Students attending Cadet College, Hasan Abdal, are called cadets.

The college prepares boys for the secondary school and intermediate examinations conducted by the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Rawalpindi, and also for the General Certificate of Education 'O' Levels and 'A' Levels, which follow a similar format to the GCSEs and 'A' levels used in the UK.[7] Some cadets study for Matriculation or F.Sc(both pre-medical and pre-engineering). English, Urdu, Islamiyat, Pakistan Studies, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology are compulsory at each level; some other subjects (e.g. computer science) are offered within the different levels.[8]

Fitness activities include gymnastics, jogging and athletics. Physical training (PT) is conducted in the morning and sports in the evening. Cadets take part in sports such as basketball, field hockey, football, horse riding, squash, swimming, tennis and volleyball. Students are also taught drill.

Classes are conducted in the morning and preps (individual silent study periods) at night. The routine is a structured daily regime to promote maximum performance by the students.


Cadet College Hasanabdal - 1993

The college is spread over approximately 98 acres (40 ha). Buildings on the property include a mosque, a two-story education block, college hall—known as Naeem Hall in memory of ex-cadet Captain Naeem Akhtar (Shaheed)— the six boarding wings, two cadet messes—known as Khatlani Hall and Hussain Shah Hall in memory respectively of ex-cadet Lt. Ahmed Farooq Khatlani (Shaheed) and ex-cadet Lt. Hussain Shah (Shaheed)— a swimming pool, a 16-bed hospital, the administrative block, a workshop and a hobbies block. Sports facilities include two squash courts and a number of football, hockey and cricket pitches, as well as a horse-back riding ground. The college has residential accommodation for the teaching and administrative staff based within the college.There is an oval ground in the middle of the college around which all the six wings are located. It is a cricket ground with flood lights installed around for playing cricket matches even at night.

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "FAQ". Retrieved 2016-01-26.
  2. ^ DrJGreig, Super. "CCH class size". Retrieved 2016-01-26.
  3. ^ FAQ #5
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Cadet College Hasan Abdal's founding principal Hugh Catchpole remembered - Daily Times". Daily Times. 2018-02-02. Retrieved 2018-03-10.
  6. ^ "HUGH CATCHPOLE: RIMC'S LEGENDARY TEACHER". The Pioneer. 18 March 2015.
  7. ^ "UK Education System | Study in the UK". International Student. Retrieved 2016-01-26.
  8. ^

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Coordinates: 33°49′09″N 72°40′38″E / 33.819161°N 72.677211°E / 33.819161; 72.677211