College in Swat to be named after Malala

Published: October 21, 2012
Some girl students felt that the change of name might provoke an attack by extremists.

Some girl students felt that the change of name might provoke an attack by extremists.


A college in the Swat Valley is to be named after teenage peace icon Malala Yousafzai by the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) government. The Saidu Sharif Degree College will thus become the first college in the valley to be named after a woman.

Many girl students in the valley welcomed the decision and uttered many words of appreciation. “Finally the government has realised that a college should be named after a female. The move does not only honour Malala, but all the girls of K-P,” said Sumaira, a fourth year student at the college.

“Malala is the daughter of this land, an upholder of girls’ rights and an activist who fights for the education of girls. There is no joy greater than that of studying at the Malala Degree College,” said Neelam, a student of FSc, who was one of Malala’s school friends.  Girls from Swat expressed great pride over the fact that Malala belonged to their land. However, happiness over the government’s decision to rename the college was mingled with surprise. “We never expected that the college will be named after Malala. We are now pleased to know are girls are being given due importance,” said Sunbal Ghafar, a student of B.A, while talking to The Express Tribune.

Qualified support

While a majority of the students were happy with the college’s renaming, others were apprehensive. “We feel that the change of name might provoke an attack by terrorists on the college,” said a student at the college.

Some felt that Malala’s name would help the college. “We have multiple issues in this college. There is a shortage of teachers and a lack of science and computer laboratories. We hope that once the college is named after Malala, it will win the government’s consistent attention.” said a group of students.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 21st, 2012.

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  • Babablacksheep
    Oct 21, 2012 - 2:38PM

    she was gun down when there was not a single college by her name in the area.

    These ANIMALS can use any excuse to shoot any body.


  • Abdul Rahman Khan
    Oct 21, 2012 - 3:17PM

    This is not enough to pay tributes to the brave girl for her courage and wisdom. The village she belongs to shouild be named ‘Malala’, the main road going to her village should be named ‘Malala Road’ and she herself should be titled as ‘dukhtar-e-pakistan’.


  • ZZQ
    Oct 21, 2012 - 4:22PM

    @ Abdul Rehman Khan… Agree… even more required!


  • Oct 21, 2012 - 4:26PM

    Pakistanis are emotional and wanna give away evthing without knowing the actual story…


  • Voice of Gilgit
    Oct 21, 2012 - 4:57PM

    Malala should be rewarded with top national symbols and she should be acknowledge as “Dukhtar- e- Education of Pakistan”, to support and encourage education in Pakistan we should observe the Malala attack day as a National education day.


  • joy
    Oct 21, 2012 - 5:36PM

    this is the problem with we the people of this region. we think that after naming something we have paid our dues…and we cant be more wrong.
    lets pay tribute to Malala’s bravery and courage by standing upto all that is wrong…but can we?
    NO is the deafening answer..and thats why we end up going on a naming spree believing this will wash away our guilt…


  • Adnan
    Oct 21, 2012 - 5:49PM

    Not a single conspiracy. Sorry there is real story.


  • Anonymous
    Oct 21, 2012 - 9:12PM

    No cosmetic measures please. They are not going to work anymore. Kill the mindset that attempted and is attempting to kill many Pakhtun MalalasRecommend

  • Oct 21, 2012 - 9:27PM

    Malala everywhere malala, malala road, malala tower, murree stadium, :PRecommend

  • Pagall
    Oct 21, 2012 - 10:21PM

    I wonder why didn’t they keep Swat name after her ?
    Earlier, we have Benazir and now Malala
    I’m Sick of her name now #-o


  • Naeem khan Manhattan,Ks
    Oct 22, 2012 - 3:17AM

    It should be named Malala Yousafzai Degree college, there are thousands of eductional intstitutions named after people in the world. US papers are comparing her to Anne frank who while hiding from Nazis kept diary of the Nazi atrocities.Malala is being recognised by the whole world.


  • Oct 22, 2012 - 11:26AM

    I always say one thing.”If Malala is US agent then, all those who want to seek education are US Agent. I am also US Agent”. It is better to be a US agent rather than being a Tabliban Agent.


  • curious
    Oct 22, 2012 - 2:27PM

    Isn’t it a bit risky though, the girls at the school can be easily targeted then as people don’t change their mindset that quickly.


  • Ali
    Oct 23, 2012 - 1:03PM

    These animals require no reason to kill any one and I strongly believe that our Govt is too busy in saving themselves as majority of Police is involved in Protocol duty the remaining are either on holiday or helping themselves to rob general people on road.
    To me Malala is an Innocent girl who was gun downed by theses animals which can not be controlled or eliminated.
    I pry to Almighty to give us courage to save not only ourselves but to our beloved country from them.Recommend

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