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Islamia College (Urdu: اسلامیہ کالج ) is a group of three colleges in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan affiliated with the University of Punjab. They were nationalised by Z. A. Bhutto in the 1970s. The college is run by the Ministry of Education (Higher Wing), Government of the Punjab. Pakistan.
Founded in 1892 by the Anjuman-i-Himayat-i-Islam, the oldest of the three colleges was one of the focal points for the Pakistan Movement. The founder of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, visited this college to address and confer with its students. Graduates and students of this college are referred to as "Habibians" named after the name of the college's oldest and central building.
The Islamia College on Cooper Road, Lahore, Pakistan is an all-girls college and was also established by Anjuman-i-Himayat-i-Islam in 1939.
The Islamia College Civil Lines in Lahore in Pakistan was founded in 1947 on the premises of the famous DAV (Dayanand Anglo Vedic) College which has now shifted to Ambala City, Haryana, India after partition. Graduates and students of this college are referred to as "Faranians". This is also the college near which the freedom fighter Bhagat Singh killed the British SSP J.P. Saunders.
The first principal of Islamia College railway road was Syed Mohammed Ali Jafri, who served for four years. At the same time the college was shifted from Australia Building railway road. Mr Jafri held Master's degrees in six subjects from Allahabad University in India . He was also the founder member of Anjuman-i-Hamay-i- Islam. A picture of the college's stone laying ceremony is still in the Nawab Palace in Lahore. The stone was laid by Afghanistan Shah. That ceremony was attended by Allama Iqbal, Sir Fatah Ali Khan, Qazulbash Sh Barket Ali and other senior staff and Muslim League persons.
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