Cadet College Hasan Abdal

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Cadet College Hasan Abdal
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Grand Trunk Road/N5

MottoSecond to None
PrincipalMr. Nasir Khattak, Brigadier(R)
Chairman Board of GovernorsHon. Governor of The Punjab
Age12 to 19
Enrollmentc. 550
Area98 acres (40 ha)
Colour(s)  Blue

Cadet College, Hasan Abdal (CCH) Urdu/Pashto :کیدت کالج/کیڈٹ کالج حسن ابدال is a residential secondary school located in Hasan Abdal, Attock District, Punjab, Pakistan.[1][2][3][4][5]

The college has over 500 enrolled students aged 13–19 years.[6][7] The main aim of the academic program is to train students to become 21st century global leaders in their chosen field of influence. The college offers Matriculation as well as GCE 'O' Levels to the students, including those from overseas.[8]


Cadet College, Hasan Abdal was the first Cadet college in Pakistan in 1952.[1] It was established by the Punjab government and initiated by General Muhammad Ayub Khan (then Commander-in-Chief of the Pakistan Army) to serve as a feeder institution to the Services Academies.[1] For this purpose, military wings were started in 1952 at Government College, Sahiwal, and Islamia College, Peshawar. When the present buildings were completed in April 1954, these military wings were transferred to Hasan Abdal and the new college opened as Punjab Cadet College, with Hugh Catchpole as the founding Principal.[5][2][3] In 1960, the government created a Board of Governors to exercise administrative control over the college. The members of the board include the Honorable Governor of Punjab — Chairman Board of Governors, Chairman POF’s Board — Vice Chairman,Commissioner, Rawalpindi Division (Member), Secretary, Finance Dept, Govt of Punjab - Member, Secretary School, Education Dept, Govt of Punjab — Member and Principal, Cadet College Hasanabdal — Member.[9] Since then, it has been known as Cadet College Hasanabdal.


The college is divided into six wings:[10]

  • Jinnah
  • Haider
  • Iqbal
  • Omar
  • Liaqat
  • Aurangzeb

Student life[edit]

Students attending Cadet College, Hasan Abdal, are called Cadets.

The college prepares boys for the secondary school and intermediate examinations conducted by the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Rawalpindi, and also for the General Certificate of Education 'O' Levels and 'A' Levels, which follow a similar format to the GCSEs and 'A' levels used in the UK.[11] Some cadets study for Matriculation or F.Sc. (both pre-medical and pre-engineering). English, Urdu, Islamiyat, Pakistan studies, mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biology are compulsory at each level; some other subjects (e.g. computer science) are offered within the different levels.

Fitness activities include gymnastics, jogging, and athletics. Physical training (PT) is conducted in the mornings and sports in the evenings. Cadets take part in sports such as basketball, field hockey, football, horse riding, squash, swimming, tennis, and volleyball. Students are also taught drill.

Classes are conducted in the morning and preps (individual silent study periods) at night. The routine is a structured daily regime to promote maximum performance by the students.

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Cadet College Hasanabdal - 1993
Mascots and slogans representing the college wings

The college is spread over approximately 98 acres (40 ha). Buildings on the property include a mosque, a two-story education block, college hall—known as Naeem Hall in memory of ex-cadet Captain Naeem Akhtar (Shaheed)— the six boarding wings, two cadet messes—known as Khatlani Hall and Hussain Shah Hall in memory respectively of ex-cadet Lt. Ahmed Farooq Khatlani (Shaheed) and ex-cadet Lt. Hussain Shah (Shaheed)— a swimming pool, a 16-bed hospital, the administrative block, a workshop and a hobbies block. Sports facilities include two squash courts and a number of football, hockey and cricket pitches, as well as a horse-back riding ground. The college has residential accommodation for the teaching and administrative staff based within the college. There is an oval ground in the middle of the college around which all the six wings are located. Recently, every wing has been given a slogan and a mascot. A road –'Scholar's Walk' as called by BOGs - surrounds the oval.[12] It is a cricket ground with flood lights installed around for playing cricket matches even at night.

Notable alumni[edit]

The following notable people are graduates of the college:[13][14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Amjad Iqbal (24 June 2018). "Hassanabdal Cadet College was 'first of its kind'". Dawn (newspaper). Retrieved 9 November 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Cadet College Hasan Abdal's founding principal Hugh Catchpole remembered". Daily Times (newspaper). 2 February 2018. Retrieved 9 November 2022.
  3. ^ a b Jaskiran Chopra (18 March 2015). "Hugh Catchpole: RIMC'S legendary teacher". The Pioneer (newspaper of Dehradun, India). Retrieved 9 November 2022.
  4. ^ Aamir Yasin (15 July 2019). "Hassanabdal cadet college students grab top positions in SSC exams". Dawn (newspaper). Retrieved 9 November 2022.
  5. ^ a b Hugh Catchpole of Cadet College Hasan Abdal The Friday Times (newspaper), Published 3 November 2017, Retrieved 9 November 2022
  6. ^ "FAQ". Archived from the original on 3 February 2016. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  7. ^ "Overview of Cadet College Hasanabdal". Cadet College Hasan Abdal website. Archived from the original on 3 February 2016. Retrieved 10 November 2022.
  8. ^ "Admission to Class Viii /O-Level".
  9. ^ "Board of Governors".
  10. ^ "General Facilities - CCH". Retrieved 20 September 2021.
  11. ^ "UK Education System". International Student. Retrieved 10 November 2022.
  12. ^ "Campus at a Glance".
  13. ^ "Prominent Abdalians In Civil Sector". Cadet College Hasanabdal. Archived from the original on 16 February 2017. Retrieved 23 March 2020.
  14. ^ "Prominent Abdalians Alumni". Cadet College Hasanabdal. Retrieved 10 November 2022.

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Coordinates: 33°49′09″N 72°40′38″E / 33.819161°N 72.677211°E / 33.819161; 72.677211