125 years of excellence: Pakistan Post to issue commemorative Aitchison College stamps

Published: March 1, 2012
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Aitchison College Lahore is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2012.

Aitchison College Lahore is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2012.

ISLAMABAD: On Aitchison College Lahore’s 125th anniversary, Pakistan Post will be issuing a commemorative postage stamp as part of its anniversary year celebrations.

In a press release issued on Thursday, Pakistan Post announced that the Rs8 stamp will be available for sale, across the country, from March 3.

Founded on November 3 1886, the school is one of the most prestigious educational institutions in South Asia, offering a Cambridge Curriculum, including GCE O, AS and A levels.

The school was named after the then Lt. Governor of the Punjab, Sir Charles Umpherston Aitchison, whose vision for the institution was to produce educated individuals with a refined personality.

Some of the school’s illustrious alumni include former Prime Minister of Pakistan Malik Feroz Khan Noon, Nawab Amir Mohammad Khan of Kalabagh, the late Baloch leader Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti, stalwart politician Barrister Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan, former foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and cricketer turned politician Imran Khan.

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Reader Comments (23)

  • Syed Muhammad Qasim Ahsan
    Mar 1, 2012 - 10:59PM

    Well this is pretty good news, good scene AC. (13939, Batch of 2011)

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  • Mohammad Ali Ilahi
    Mar 1, 2012 - 11:26PM

    This place shall remain forever embedded in my heart (13894,Batch of 2011)

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  • Pro Bono Publico
    Mar 1, 2012 - 11:36PM

    @Syed Muhammad Qasim Ahsan:
    Why commemorate an institution set up by the Brits to turnout Brown Sahibs among the feudal class … It is Aitchison Chiefs College, please don’t forget the Chiefs part.

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  • haider
    Mar 1, 2012 - 11:53PM

    instead of denaming and feeling remorse at the one good thing left in your country, pro bono, stand up and salute it. you will forever crib and crib….typical pakistani attitude

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  • Pakistani
    Mar 1, 2012 - 11:55PM

    @Pro Bono Publico:
    for heaven’s sake…you cant disown the British influence in our country. Enjoy your independence and celebrate your culture. Please don’t be such a nit picker!

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  • Rajendra Kalkhande
    Mar 2, 2012 - 1:33AM

    Had Mughals built such schools, India would have never been occupied by British. With all their shortcomings, British built universities, colleges, railways, canals and roads. they built postal services. Praise them for what they did good.

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  • Harris Asad Sheikh
    Mar 2, 2012 - 2:15AM

    Thats a great news for all Aitchisonians and for Aitchison College . Luv u AC <3 (14217, Batch of 2011).

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  • Munir Ahmad Saeed
    Mar 2, 2012 - 3:22AM

    @Pro Bono Publico:
    Why you read this newspaper, which is in English, Is not this language a legacy of the Raj.

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  • Abba Jee
    Mar 2, 2012 - 3:52AM

    The news does not mention that the Architect of this college was a Sikh, Bhai Ram Singh. Now a days there is a trend in Pakistan to boycott products of non Muslims. I am afraid Jamat-i-Islami may not ask the Punjab Government to bulldoze the building.

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  • Salman Arif
    Mar 2, 2012 - 4:48AM

    Aitchison; what amazing times we all had there! 10118; 1988-2000.

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  • Maleeha khwaja
    Mar 2, 2012 - 3:08PM

    i am proud to be associated with this prestegious institution as a teacher……….it is a wonderful idea to issue a commemorative stamp on Aitchison colleges 125 years!!!

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  • Faisal
    Mar 2, 2012 - 9:30PM

    @ A Jee
    The architect of this college was the famous architect, Sir Ganga Ram, he was a Hindu by religion(though i think its of any concern) not ‘Bhai Ram Singh’

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  • Asadullah Shaikh
    Mar 3, 2012 - 12:57AM

    Very Nice news for philatelist stamps Collector

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  • DevilHunterX
    Mar 3, 2012 - 10:05AM

    Let’s not forget the Aitchison College’s hostels. I am sure the above posters know experience like the back of their … hand.

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  • Abba Jee
    Mar 3, 2012 - 10:10AM

    @Faisal: Even in India people do not know much about Bhai Ram Singh. Here is a research paper on him. He was the chief architect of this college. Its twin is Khalsa College Amritsar by same architect.

    http://raj.blogabout.org/2011/colonial-lahore-and-bhai-ram-singh/

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  • Faisal
    Mar 3, 2012 - 11:10AM

    @A jee
    ‘Sir Ganga Ram’ is known as the ‘father of modern Lahore’, he was the top architect and engineer of Punjab region in early 1900’s…along with the Aitchison College, he designed and built General Post office, Lahore Museum, Government College, Mayo Hospital, Sir Ganga Ram High School (now Lahore College for Women) He also constructed Model Town, one of the best localities in Lahore…plus he built Sir Ganga Ram Hospital(still functioning), Lady Mclagen School and Renala Khurd Power House with his own money…it was not ‘Bhai Ram Singh” but ‘Sir Ganga Ram’.

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  • Abba Jee
    Mar 3, 2012 - 11:43AM

    @Faisal: ‘Sir Ganga Ram’ is known as the ‘father of modern Lahore’……Faisal Puttar.. Urdu Wich Kehnde Ne…NEEM HAQEEM KHATRA JAAN…Please do not give ammunition to Jamat-i Islami that ‘Sir Ganga Ram’ is known as the ‘father of modern Lahore’…

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  • Shahzad
    Mar 3, 2012 - 6:21PM

    @Faisal: It was not “Sir Ganga Ram’ (though he must be remembered as the a great human being and a civil engineer by profession). All the major buildings you mentioned were designed by “Bhai Ram Singh” – a well known architect of colonial period and Principle of Mayo School of Arts (now NCA).
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  • Deb
    Mar 3, 2012 - 7:07PM

    @Abba Jee
    @Faisal

    Whether Ganga Ram or, Ram Singh, he must be turning in his grave knowing his descendants (baring those converted) have no place in a society where he did put so much of his time,talent and I am afraid, quite a bit of money too.
    However, I am extremely grateful to the authorities that they have not yet razed these grand monuments to ground.

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  • Khurram
    Mar 3, 2012 - 9:43PM

    Great news, I was the fourth generation Aitchisonian of my family. It is a great school and would like call it Eaton of the East.
    @Faisal, Bhai Ram Singh, not Sir Ganga Ram, was the Chief Architect who designed the Main Building. If I may add further, HH Maharaja Bhupendra Singh Of Patiala was its biggest benefactor.

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  • Jamal
    Apr 10, 2012 - 6:10AM

    Son:Daddy Daddy, I want my school to feature everywhere.
    Minister:Don’t worry beta, I’ll have a stamp made on it.

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  • Jamal
    Apr 10, 2012 - 6:11AM

    I will like to call it Eat on of the east. Country’s wealth, that is.

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  • Apr 25, 2012 - 10:49AM

    This information is very educative. Thanks. Zulkifli Nazim

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