Hassanabdal Cadet College was ‘first of its kind’


The main building of the Cadet College Hasanabdal.  Zia H Shah MD, Chief Editor of the Muslim Times studied there 1973-1978 and was the recipient of the Principal’s medal for being the best in academics in his class

Source: Dawn

By Amjad Iqbal

Established in 1952 by Ayub Khan, the Hassanabdal Cadet College was the first quasi-military boarding school of its kind in Pakistan.

The first principal of the college was Hugh Catchpole, a British educationist from the Rashtriya Indian Military College in Dehradun who was eventually buried on the college premises. The two principals who followed Catchpole, A.W.E. Winlaw and Lt Col J.D.H. Chapman, were also British.

The college was built in the colonial style in red brick, and the campus includes horse-riding, swimming and athletics facilities.

Catchpole gave the institutional a remarkable start, which was carried out by successive generations of principals, teachers and Abdalians – the term for the college’s alumni.

The college prepares cadets from the Secondary School Certificate and Higher Secondary School Certificate examinations, as well as O Level examinations. Students from the college often secure the top positions in the Rawalpindi board examination.

According to the college principal, retired Maj Gen Najeeb Tariq, there are currently 520 caders enrolled at the college who are selected in batches of around 110 in the eighth grade after qualifying in the examination.

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4 replies

  1. I have an autographed copy of Ayub Khan’s book ‘Friends not Masters’ in my personal library.

  2. Cadet College Hasan Abdal was a great institution. Over my 5 years there from grade 8 to 12 I learned that buildings do not make anything great. It was people like N. D. Hassan, Faqir sahib, Sardar sahib and Saleemi sahib, andMahfooz Sahib and many others who made it great. Thank you to all my great teachers.

  3. Ahmadiyyah should built many universities where young Muslim have a excellent knowledge and then can create many jobs for community instead of mosques.

    This is my suggestion to Ahmadiyyah
    All love ❤️
    A wise man always want to learn but a foolish hate to learn.

    • agree. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at has built many primary and secondary schools all over Africa (and India, Pakistan), but Universities are still in the planning stages (besides the Islamic Missionary Training colleges that are already functioning in many countries). I think in Ghana and Nigeria plannings are in an advanced stage. Let’s hope these universities will be established soonest possible. We can learn both from the Catholics and the Ismailis !

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