Schools, Colleges and Universities in District Chakwal
The Government College Chakwal is the graduate level college for men. The college was the first College to be established in Tehsil Headquarters after the creation of Pakistan in 1949. Mr. Raja Muhammed Sarfraz Khan (M.L.A 1929-58, Chairman District Council Jhelum) played a very vital role in the development of Chakwal during the British era and in the early years after Independence of Pakistan by patronizing the schools and played an instrumental role in establishing the Government College Chakwal in 1949. Consequently, a considerable number of youth were able to find their way to the top as Army Officers and Civil Servants.
After Independence in 1947 a Government College for Women Chakwal was also established for women.
Currently there is no university in District Chakwal.
Higher / Technical Education in Chakwal
At the government level, University Of Engineering And Technology, Taxila established a temporary campus in the Chakwal city. The first campus of University Of Engineering And Technology Taxila at Chakwal started functioning in the year 2005. So far, five sessions have been enrolled in Electronics and Mechatronics engineering. This Campus of University Of Engineering And Technology Taxila, Chakwal offers four years under graduate programs in Electronics and Mechatronics Engineering.
A new Government College for Women is also being established in Balkassar.
In the private sector, a polytechnical college called Swedish Institute of Technology has been established by a nation-wide educational chain. Two commerce colleges affiliated with University of The Punjab have also been started in private sector called CSC College of Commerce and Myer’s College of Commerce.
An Allama Iqbal Open University study centre by the name Raja Sarfraz Khan Institute is also functioning in the Chakwal city.
A campus affiliated with virtual university called Global Institute has also been established in Chakwal.
Now ALLAMA IQBAL Open University has opened its regional office in District Chakwal in Basti Allahwali mohallah Sargojra near old railwayline which is helping the students of Chakwal a lot. Now they did not have to travel for Islamabad.
In 2005 a technical college has been made by a Mr Zarrar Butt named as Swedish Group of Technical Institutes .Now the no of students in this institute is abt to 2000 . It is the great opportunity provided by the Swedish Group’s . Before 2005 there is no technical coollege in the city chakwal . The students went to Lahore and Rawalpindi to get technical education.
Schools in Chakwal
The Arya Samaj founded the first ever school in Chakwal at the start of the 20th Century. It was followed by a Khalsa School. Islamia school was the first school established by a society of Muslims. The land was donated by the Chaudhrial of Chakwal. Khan Bahdur, Raja Aurangzeb Khan. Later, his son Raja Muhammed Sarfraz kept patronizing the school which has a now a long list of noted alumni. The Government School for boys was established in 1930′s. In the 1960s Yousaf Saigol, a business tycoon and owner of the famous Saigol Group built the first modern school in his native village Saigolabad.
Jinnah Public High School was founded in early 70s. Many old students of Jinnah Public School are in Pakistan Armed Forces, telecom and IT companies. Late Principle Mrs. Akram Sultana dedicated her whole life and effort to make this school an example for all private institutes.
After Chakwal was declared a district in 1986, a modern District Public School was established in the late 80′s by the government. (DPS) District Public Higher Secondary School is one one of the most known school of District Chakwal. It was founded in 80′s by district Govt. Its a semi govt schaool. After its foundation this school had produced good results. It produced a ver good lot of talented people who r serving da country in all the fields. This school is a higher secondary school for both boys and girls. One of the leading college giving quality education since 1989 is PAF Inter College Kallar Kahar. It has produced several doctors, engineers, IT professionals and to more good citizens. Lately, quite a few good private schools have been established in the private sector. Fauji Foundation, Khursheed International, The Educators, Bahria Foundation and Noble House School are providing decent education in purpose built campuses.
A Cadet College was established in Kallar Kahar by General Nazar Hussain in 1997. The College has produced excellent results and is already in the league of top Cadet Colleges in Pakistan.
In 1999, Myers College was founded by Raja Yassir H.Sarfraz, a grandson of famous philanthropist/politician, Raja Muhammed Sarfraz Khan as the first school offering Cambridge International Examinations. The school is patterned after English public schools and has a beautiful Campus with colonial style architecture. It has produced wonderful results at the Cambridge examinations and after completion of its 100 acre campus it aspires to join the league of nationally acclaimed public schools.
A School called The Chakwal Grammar School was founded by the well known groups of Chakwal known as The Chakwal Group of Industries. The school has a beautiful built Campus. Recently, the famous school-business chain of Pakistan, The City School has also established a small Campus in District Chakwal and intends to offer O’Levels education for the children of Chakwal.
However, the most rural children in this 70 percent agrarian district are not able to attend the expensive private schools and can only afford to attend the government schools where they are available to them. The estimated literacy rate in rural areas of Chakwal is 60 percent for boys and 27 percent for girls. There is a serious shortage of middle and high schools for rural children in District Chakwal.