Government College University

public university in Lahore, Pakistan

Government College University, Lahore (formerly Government College, abbreviated GCU) is a co-ed public university located in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.[1]

Government College University (Lahore)
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Former names
Government College (GC)
MottoEducating People for tomorrow
Courage to Know
Established1864 (1864)
Location, ,
ColoursBlue, Gold, Maroon   

The original College was opened during the British Raj on 1 January 1864, and is thus one of the oldest higher educational institutes in the country. Its first principal was Professor Dr Gottlieb Wilhelm Leitner.[2]

In 1882, it was affiliated to the University of the Punjab but in 2002 was given a separate charter as a university itself. The word "college" is still attached to the name because of its historical importance.


  1. "About GCU". Government College University, Lahore. Archived from the original on 7 January 2019. Retrieved 18 August 2012.
  2. VC recalls famous alumni as GCU turns 150