ahore College for Women University, with a full time enrollment of about 8000 students and a teaching faculty of more than 500 members, is one of the most prestigious institutions of Pakistan. It admits students at the Intermediate, Graduate, Masters and Ph.D. levels.
Established in May 1922 as an intermediate residential college, LCWU originally was housed in a building on Hall Road, Lahore, with a strength of 60 students (25 boarders) and 13 staff members. By 1950, the college strength increased to 600 students and was shifted to the present building on Jail Road, which was originally a school.
LCWU by 1922 was affiliated with the University of the Punjab with undergraduate program in 18 subjects. Within the next two years the institution had graduate programs in 14 subjects. Post graduate classes in English were initiated in 1940 and Honours classes in five subjects were introduced in 1949. B.Sc. classes started in 1955 while Post-graduate classes in the subjects of Economics and Physics started in 1966. By 1979 Islamic Studies, Political Science and Psychology were also added to the ever increasing list of programs.
The year 1990, when Administrative and Financial Autonomy was given to the institution, proved to be the turning point in the history of LCWU. The same year, on 13th August 1990, it was declared as a Degree-Awarding institution. The institution was elevated to the status of a Women University on 10th September 2002.
At the time of autonomy, in 1990, there were Masters classes in only six areas, but now with the the University status, LCWU is offering degrees at graduate, postgraduate and doctoral levels. There is 4 years B.S. in 31 subjects, 4 years B.S. professional degree in Environmental Science, Home Economics, BFA, Business Administration, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and 5 years Phram-D. Besides this we are offering Ph.D. programmes in Chemistry, Bio-Technology, Botany, Zoology, Environmental Science Electronics, Physics, Political Science, Economics, Islamic Studies, Urdu, Punjabi and Fine Arts.
The 21st century has brought a drastic revolution in science, which has completely transformed the world. Today sciences are exploring areas that defy imagination. Keeping in line with the importance of the sciences in today’s world, LCWU has been fulfilling the demand of the female students in the area, as this was the only institution offering science subjects at undergraduate level. This is evident from the fact that majority of the female doctors serving and retired, have at some stage (F.Sc. or B.Sc.) studied at Lahore College. Since 1922 the college has proved its worth as the highest seat of learning for science subjects. At the moment Botany, Chemistry, Physics, Zoology, Bio-Technology, Mathematics, Economics, Statistics, Electronics, Environmental Science, Computer Science and Pharmacy are taught at Graduate, Postgraduate and Doctoral levels.
LCWU is cognisant to the significance of social sciences and liberal arts since they contribute to the aesthetic sense of human beings and are essential for the society. The Department of English, being 71 years old, is the oldest post-graduate department of the University. Founded by Prof Mrs. U.K. Siraj-ud-Din, it still is rooted in the traditions of scholarship and academic excellence. Besides English, Urdu, Punjabi, Islamic Studies, International Relations, Political Science, Fine Arts, Pakistan Studies, Mass Communication and Gender and Development Studies are being offered at graduate and postgraduate level. The graduates of LCWU take their place in moral, intellectual and professional leadership in all walks of national life. Among its alumni are an extra ordinary number of teachers, physicians and professionals in all fields of life.
At F.A./F.Sc. level this intermediate college of Lahore College for Women University is affiliated with the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Lahore for the purpose of curricula and examinations. This intermediate college has proved to be a very fruitful nursery in providing women force for professional education in the province.
Since the establishment of LCWU as a university, the institution has strived for improvement in Higher Education. MoU with various national industries and linkages with foreign universities have been established in the field of Pharmacy, Electronics, Environmental Science, Fine Arts, Economics, Mass Communication and Gender & Development Studies.
In recognition of the contribution of LCWU, UNESCO/ISESCO Chair for Women in Science in Asian Region was established in December 2004 with Prof. Dr. Mrs. Bushra Mateen as the first Chairperson.
The new Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Sabiha Mansoor, took charge in July 2011. Dr. Mansoor brings with her wide expertise and experience spanning 38 years in higher education. As a President National Talent Scholar, British Council Scholar, and Woodrow Wilson Pakistan Scholar, Dr. Mansoor has made a valuable contribution in the field of teaching, administration and research. Under the new leadership, the university’s mission of providing quality higher education, goes a step further by creating avenues for university graduates to partake fully in the social and economic development of Pakistan. she held the office of Vice Chancellor till July 2015.
Professor Dr. Uzma Quraishi is now Acting Vice Chancellor of LCWU.