It was initially affiliated to the Calcutta University but this association could not last long. Its great distance created a host of academic problems for the College and compelled Dr Leitner. the then Principal, to strive for a University at Lahore.
As a result of his vigorous efforts the University of the Punjab was established in 1882. Today, Government College, Lahore imparts instructions to Intermediate & Degree classes, runs 14 research-oriented post graduate departments, has 3500 students on its rolls and a teaching staff of 235 members.
Dr G.W. Leitner was the first Principal and served the college for 22 years. Before 1947 almost all its worthy Principals came from the British Isles. After Independence, this post has been held by such men of eminence and culture as Prof. A.S. Bokhari, Prof. U. Karamat, Prof. Siraj-ud-Din, Khawaja Manzoor Hussain and Dr Nazir Ahmad.
Since its early years the College has enjoyed a wide reputation for its academic and cultural excellence. Year after year its boys have topped the list of the Board & University Examinations and established a tradition of scholarship that is hard to excel.
Apart from this, the College has served as one of the most active and productive nurseries for sportsmen, poets, actors, speakers and artists and provided the nation with some of the finest professionals in almost all walks of life. Some of its gifted alumni Dr Muhammad Iqbal, Faiz Ahmed Faiz and Dr Abdus Salam have won worldwide recognition for their great achievements.
The main building of the College is a magnificent edifice and reflects the Gothic style of architecture. It is a splendid synthesis of beauty and solidity; elaborate design and massiveness of structure. With its rich overall visual effect, Government College, Lahore stands out as a conspicuous landmark in the topography of Lahore.
1989 is a year of great significance for the college. This year it celebrates the 125th Anniversary of its eventful career. The year 1989 also marks the attainment of a long-cherished goal-namely, the grant of an autonomous status for the College.
Government College, Lahore is an institution of recognised national distinction. With its strong commitment to academic and cultural excellence, it is determined to forge ahead and explore new avenues of knowledge and progress.
The Ravian motto “Courage to Know” embodies the sacred ideals and aspirations of this time honoured institution.
Contributed by Principal Government College, Lahore.
To commemorate 125th Anniversary of Government College, Lahore, Pakistan Post Office is issuing a stamp of Rs 6 denomination on December 21, 1989.