Government Islamia College

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Government Islamia College Civil Lines (Urdu: اسلامیہ کالج), formerly called Dayanand Anglo Vedic College, is a government college in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. Founded by Arya Samaj as the school of Dayanand Anglo Vedic on June 1, 1886,[1] It was later renamed Dayanand Anglo Vedic (DAV) College[2] after Hindu leader Dayananda Saraswati.[3]

The college was nationalized by the Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto regime in 1972. It is operated by the Ministry of Education (Higher Wing), Government of Punjab, Pakistan.[4]


The 'Islamia College, Civil Lines' in Lahore, Pakistan was founded in 1947 on the premises of the famous DAV (Dayanand Anglo Vedic) College which then shifted to D.A.V. College (Lahore) in Ambala, Haryana, India after partition. Graduates and students of this college are referred to as "Faranians".

On 17th December, 1928. Bhagat Singh, Shivaram Rajguru and Sukhdev Thapar awaited at the entrance of this college for a plan to kill Superintendent of Police James A Scott. However, in a case of mistaken identity, the plotters shot John P. Saunders, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, as he was leaving the District Police Headquarters across the street, and ran towards Government College. [5]

Graduates and students of the college are referred to as "Habibians",[contradictory] named for the college's oldest and central building.

The college has rival competition with the Government College University, Lahore, known as "Ravians", in education and cricket teams.

Notable alumni[edit]

Religious scholars
Judiciary and government officials
Sports personalities
Writers, poets and artists

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "WELCOME TO GOVT. ISLAMIA COLLEGE, CIVIL LINES, LAHORE". Archived from the original on 1 February 2012.
  2. ^ "WELCOME TO GOVT. ISLAMIA COLLEGE, CIVIL LINES, LAHORE". Archived from the original on 1 February 2012.
  3. ^ "WELCOME TO GOVT. ISLAMIA COLLEGE, CIVIL LINES, LAHORE". Archived from the original on 1 February 2012.
  4. ^ 22 promoted as professors Archived 1 December 2017 at the Wayback Machine The Nation (newspaper), published 14 June 2008, retrieved 21 November 2017
  5. ^ Khalid, Haroon. "A visit to Bhagat Singh's Lahore, where a chowk can't be named after him because of his religion". Retrieved 24 November 2022.
  6. ^ When history was being made Archived 16 November 2018 at the Wayback Machine The Nation (newspaper), Published 14 August 2016, Retrieved 21 November 2017
  7. ^ Profile of Maulana Abdul Sattar Khan Niazi (alumnus of Islamia College, Lahore) Senate of Pakistan website (archived), Retrieved 25 November 2017
  8. ^ Obituary of Fazal Mahmood (alumnus of Islamia College, Lahore) The Guardian (UK newspaper), Published 1 June 2005, Retrieved 25 November 2017
  9. ^ Majid Nizami laid to rest - Obituary of Majid Nizami (alumnus of Islamia College, Lahore) Dawn (newspaper), Published 27 July 2014, Retrieved 25 November 2017
  10. ^ Arif Azad (25 April 2003). "Abdullah Malik (obituary)". The Guardian (newspaper). Retrieved 18 October 2021.

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