Saint Joseph's College for Women, Karachi

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Saint Joseph's College for Women
Motto Loquentes Magnalia Dei
Motto in English
Speaking the wonderful works of God
Type Private
Established 1948
Affiliation Roman Catholic; Daughters of the Holy Cross
Principal Sr. Roohi Ghouri, FC
Location Karachi, Pakistan
Affiliations Catholic Board of Education

Saint Joseph's College for Women is located in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. It is a college for women, owned by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Karachi.[1]


It was established by the religious order the Daughters of the Cross and is one of the most distinguished women's colleges in the country.[2] It was founded in 1948 and was one of the first colleges for women in Karachi.[3]

The building was constructed by Brother Hilary Lardenoye OFM. Since 1951 it has been affiliated with the University of Karachi. It began as an Arts college with the Science faculty added in 1950.[4]

Recent events[edit]

The college was nationalised in 1972 and denationalised in 2005, and returned to the Catholic Board of Education. On the 23 March 2009, the Government of Pakistan awarded the college principal Sister Mary Emily FC the Sitara-e-Imtiaz, which she received from the Governor of Sindh. This was in recognition of her services to education.[5]

The college offers students science, commerce and arts education at the Intermediate and baccalaureate levels. In 2011 St. Joseph's College started education of computer sciences at the intermediate level.


List of Principals of Saint Joseph's College
# Principal Tenure
1 Sr. Mary Alban, FC 1948–1951
2 Sr. Mary Bernadette, FC 1951–1961
3 Sr. Mary Emily Gonsalves, FC 1961–1982
4 Mrs. Bilquis Ifikhar 1982–1983
5 Mrs. Munira Gulzar 1983–1993
6 Mrs. Kaniz J. Abedi 1993–1999
7 Mrs. Shahnaz Parveen 1999–2000
8 Dr. Tanveer Anjum, PhD 2000–2005
9 Sr. Mary Emily Gonsalves, FC 2005–2008
10 Ms. Mary Caleb 2009–2010
11 Dr. Bernadette Louise Dean, PhD 2010–2013
12 Sr. Roohi Ghouri, FC 2013–present



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