The Kinnaird Spirit
The Motto of Kinnaird “Light to guide us, courage to support us and love to unite us”. In these simple but stirring words lies the quintessence of the spirit of Kinnaird, the oldest and most distinguished women’s college of Pakistan. Kinnaird is an institution of learning where a unique and productive blend of education and values has continued to flourish for ninety five years.
Intermediate classes began in 1913, followed by B.A. Classes four years later. But even at that early stage Kinnaird sensed the need for more room to grow and so the college moved to Lake Road in 1926. In 1933, land was acquired near Lahore’s famous canal and new buildings were constructed to house the streaming numbers of girls who flocked to this institution. By 1939 the twenty acre campus was humming with activity. Today Kinnaird ranks as the country’s premier institution for education where over 3300 students are enrolled at present.
Kinnaird has achieved its independent status after years of struggle. It is already conducting classes leading to a Masters Degree in English Literature, Applied Linguistics, Mass Communications, French, English Language Teaching, Environmental Sciences, Science Education, Statistics and Computer Sciences. M.S in Accounting and Finance and M. Phil in English Literature have been introduced last year. Various other programs will be started this fall. Kinnaird has always been an institution of special significance. It is more than a college; a community enriched by the spirit of inquiry that kindles in the students. The teachers encourage a spirit of inquiry, research and participation in their students. Above all students who enter Kinnaird leave with a mark of quality and wider appreciation of human values.
The vision for Kinnaird is be a Centre of excellence for the education of women in South Asia, by offering an academic program of International Standards, engaging in research and service that serves the development of new knowledge and ideas and promotes social responsibility and active citizenship. This is in recognition and continuation of the reputation the college has of being the most prominent and prestigious institution for women in Pakistan.
The Mission of Kinnaird is to provide access to an education that is holistic, of quality and relevant to the context and time. An education that serves personal transformation, develops leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs, women who think independently, work cooperatively and act responsibly and courageously for social transformation. Women who are able to live according to the college oath, “to live up to the trust placed in me, willingly and conscientiously fulfill my responsibilities and to work with integrity and loyalty; to be rather then to seem.”