The college was opened at Qadian in 1944, with Hazrat Sahibzada Mirza Nasir Ahmad as Principal.After having been elected as Khalifatul Masih, in his farewell speech, Hazur said: ” I have reared this college as my own child and the college will always remain dear to my heart.” (These are not the exact words, but I have conveyed the gist of what he said.) The staff in the beginning included Prof. Akhwand Mohammad Abdul Qadir, Prof. Yahya bin Isa, Prof. Abdul Rehman Nasir, Prof. Syed Fazal Ahmad (who later joined the Indian Police Service and rose to the rank of an Inspector General). Dr. Abdul Ahad, who later headed the Fazal-e-Omer Research Institute) Prof. Mian Ata-ur-Rehman, Prof. Sufi Basharat-ur-Rehman, Prof. Chaudhry Mohammad Ali, Prof. Dr. Sultan Mahmood Shahid, Prof. Sheikh Mahboob Alam Khalid, Prof. Ata-ur-Rehman Ghani, Prof. Abbas bin Abdul Qadir, Prof. Mohammad Safdar, Maulan Arjumand Khan and Maulana Ghulam Ahmad Badhomallhi.
A historic photo of the first Convocation held on 2nd April 1950. It was addressed by Hazrat Khalifatul Masih II, Raziallah. This rare photo has been provided by Dr. Abdul Karim, who spent a long time with the State Bank of Pakistan and retired as an Advisor to the Ministry of Finance, Govern,ent of Pakistan.
When the Principal Hazrat Mirza Nasir Ahmad was arrested in 1953, Prof. Abdul Qadir acted as Principal during the period of his absence.
The photo below shows the principal being welcome back after release from prison. From right to left can be seen: Prof. Maqbool Elahi Janjua, Maulana Ghulam Ahmad Badhomalvi, Prof. Akhwand Mohammad Abdul Qadir, Prof. Abdul Qadir (acting Principal), Master Fazal Dad, Hazrat Mirza Nasir Ahmad, Prof. Habibullah Khan, Prof. Mahmood Ahmad, Prof. Abbas bin Abdul Qadir, Prof. Basharatur Rehman, Maulvi Mohammad Din (Librarian)
Later the following additions were made to the teaching staff: Prof. Faiz-ur-Rehman Faizi, Prof. Habibullah Khan, Prof. Maqbool Elahi Janjua, Prof.Dr. Naseer Ahmad Khan, Prof. Mohammad Yaqoob, Prof. Hasan Zaheer, Prof. Mahmood Ahmad Hyderabadi, Mr. Motasim Himayatullah, Prof. Mohammad Ibrahim Nasir, Prof. Chaudhry Mohammad Sharif Khalid, Prof. Chaudhry Ataullah and Prof. Masood Ahmad Atif, Prof. Mubarak Ahmad Ansari, Prof. Mirza Majeed Ahmad.
Mr. Abdur Rahman Junaid Hashmi, Chaudhry Mahfooz-ur-Rehamn (later DPE and Librarian) and Mohammad Ahmad Anwar (later DPE and Professor Islamiyat) were among the office staff in the beginning. Chaudhry Mohammad Fazal Dad was the fist DPE of the college. Many of us must have seen Chaudhry Mohammad Ahmad Boobak, Mahmood Aslam, Qureshi Mohammad Abdullah, Khawaja Abdus Sami,Zafar Mirza,Abdul Shakoor Shah and Tahir Ahmad Qureshi in the college office. It will be unfair not to mention our loving SHADI, who served the college, day and night when the college was at Lahore and later when it was shifted to Rabwah.(If someone could get me a photogrph of Shadi, I shall be pleased to put it on the website) Some of those who helped the Principal and staff were Rashid, Shamoon, Lal Din and Rashid. The college Tuck-shop was managed by Yousuf and later by…… (the names forgotten, if someone remebers, please let me know)……….Mr. Kanwar Idrees and Mr.Saeed Ahmad Khan Rehmani and Mr.Aftab Ahmad (all old students) remained on the staff for a short time. Dr. Naseer Ahmad Bashir also came for a year or so. Those of the former students of the college who served on the staff for a relatively longer period include Mr. Mubarak Ahmad Ansari, Dr. Zafar Ahmad Vains, Sahibzada Mirza Khurshid Ahmad, Chaudhry Hameedullah, Rafiq Ahmad Saqib, Chaudhry Hamid Ahmad, Mr. Hamidullah Zafar, Abdul Rashid Ghani, Chaudhry Mohammad Sultan Akbar, Dr. Nasir Ahmad Perwez Parwazi, Munawar Shamim Khalid, Seedullah Khan (Khalil Poultry Farm), Aslam Sabir, Syed. Habib-ur-Rehman (he was not our old student), Dr. Mohammad Sharif Khan, Abdul Jaleel Sadiq, Lutful Mannan, Abul Shakoor Aslam, Usman Siddiqui (not an old boy), Abdul Hadi Nasir, Qureshi Ijazul Haq, Chaudhry Aziz Ahmad, Mohammad Arshad, Mohammad Sadiq, Sultan Ahmad, Saood Ahmad Khan (not an old boy), Nazir Ahmad, Abdul Rashid Fauzi, Mohammad Aslam Mangla,Saeed Ahmad Chattha, Mubarik Abid, Anwar Hassan, Mobashar Ahmad Khan. The college had the honour of having Maulana Abul Ata Jalandhari and Malik Mohammad Abdullah on its teaching staff for many years. Maulvi Mohammad Din established the college library from the very beginning. From among the demonstrator one remember Messrs Mubarak Ahmad Madrasi, MunawarAhmad Chawinda, Dr. Ijaz Ahmad and Mohammad Aslam Qureshi.The writer cannot recall all the names and will gratefully accept and include the names of those he has missed.
Under the inspiring leadership of it founder Principal, Hazrat Sahibzada Mirza Nasir Ahmad, the college made a rapid progress in both academic and atheletic fields. The college hat some of the best debating teams in the University of the Punjab. Under the patronage of the principal and the leadership of Prof. Chaudhry Mohammad Ali the college Rowing team became the unchallenged champion of the Punjab University. Later when Chaudhry Sahib took over the Basketball club of the college, Prof. Chaudhry Hamid Ahmad worked hard and the college Rowing teams maintained their pround positions in both the University and the Board. When the post-gradulation classes started in the sixties, the college had the rare honour of having six of its students among the top ten in the M.A. Arabic examination. Post graduate classes in Physics were started a couple of years before Hazrat Mirza Nasir Ahmad left the college as principal. With the untiring hard-work of Prof. Dr. Naseer Ahmad Khan the department of physics acquired some of the best science equipments in the country, of which even the Punjab University started feeling jealous. If our information is correct Fazal Elahi Anwari (later Maulana Fazal Elahi Anwari) was the first student to be admitted in the college with Roll No. one. Mr. Mujeeb-ur-Reham – Advocate, and Mr Abdus Sami Noon – Advocate are some of the earliest students of the college. Some of those who joined the college when M.A. Arabic classes opened include Chaudhry Mohammad Siddique, Librarian Khilafat Library, Masood Ahmad Jehlami (deceased), Hassan Mohammad Arif, Chaudhry Nasir-ud-Din (deceased), Mrs. Qanita Mujeeb and several other ladies. (incomplete – to be continued and edited)