Chand Bagh School

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Chand Bagh School
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Logo of Chand Bagh School

Coordinates31°48′08″N 74°09′00″E / 31.80222°N 74.15000°E / 31.80222; 74.15000Coordinates: 31°48′08″N 74°09′00″E / 31.80222°N 74.15000°E / 31.80222; 74.15000
TypePublic school
EstablishedSeptember 1998
Sister schoolThe Doon School
PresidentLt. Col. (Retd) Dr. Usman Jilani Khan
PrincipalCh. Muhammad Afzal
Staff56 (teaching)
Number of students600
Area190-acre (0.77 km2)
FounderGhulam Jilani Khan
HousesAbaseen, A.J., Ghani, Mehran, Qarshi(Junior House), Saigol, Sanobar, & Z.H.
WebsiteOfficial website

Chand Bagh School is an independent boarding school for boys at Muridke in Sheikhupura District, Punjab, Pakistan, approximately 40 km north of Lahore. The school opened in September 1998, having been conceived as a Pakistani version of The Doon School of India. The name "Chand Bagh" refers to the Doon School's estate at Dehradun, India.

History and name[edit]

The origins of the school lie in the independence of Pakistan in 1947 and the series of Indo-Pakistani wars and conflicts which have since followed. In 1985 a group of Pakistan's "Ex-Doscos", alumni of the Doon School, who had attended it in the days of British India, travelled to Dehradun in India to attend the school's 50th anniversary celebrations. On their return they formed a Doon School Society of Pakistan, which aimed to create a Pakistani version of their old school.[1] After many years in gestation, the school was finally founded by Lieutenant General Ghulam Jilani Khan, a former Governor of the Punjab Province, himself a Dosco,[2] and ten fellow-trustees. In many respects Chand Bagh is modelled on Doon School, Dehradun.[3]

The name "Chand Bagh" means "moon garden"[4] and was chosen in memory of the original Doon School, which had been established in 1935 on the Chand Bagh estate at Dehradun,[5] now in the Indian state of Uttarakhand.

The principal architect of the new buildings, which have Romanesque influences, was Kamil Khan Mumtaz.[6][7] The school opened its doors in September 1998 and occupies a campus of some 190 acres.[8] Around the campus are the Chand Bagh Farms, a further 270 acres.

Education at the school[edit]

The school laboratories

The school teaches in the English language. Boys are admitted in April into Grades 5,6, 7, 8,9 and 12[8] and work towards passing O-Levels and A-Levels of the University of Cambridge International Examinations Board. The student–teacher ratio is maintained at 15:1.[9] Entry is selective, based on an admission test. In March 2011 such tests were announced to take place in Karachi, Rahim Yar Khan, Quetta, Muzaffarabad, Gilgit, Sukkur and Peshawar,.[10]

In Grades 6, 7 and 8 all boys take English, Urdu, Art, Computing, General Science, Geography, History, Islamiyat, Mathematics, and Physical Education. On entering Grade 12, all pupils need to choose subjects to follow for their final two years of secondary education, taking three or four A-Level courses. The main options are Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Business Studies, Urdu, Computing, Economics, and Accounting, plus the General Papers. The school thus gives its boys a grounding in humanities and natural sciences but focusses on the sciences in Grades 12 and 13.[9]

As of June 2011, each student is charged Rs 30,000 or more per month to attend this school.[2]

In 2011 the school advertised for new staff, stating that it was "looking for young dedicated faculty members as part of its expansion programme", naming twelve subjects, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Islamiyat, Economics, Accounting, History, Geography, Mathematics, Business Studies, Computer science, and English.[11][12]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

In school sports, Chand Bagh competes against Aitchison College, PAF College Sargodha, Chenab College Jhang and many other renowned institutions of the country at cricket, hockey, football and basketball,[13] and takes part in the Shapes Cricket League.[14][15][16] In September 2006 there was a cricket match against the Wynberg Boys' High School of South Africa.[17][18]

The school hosts the annual All-Pakistan Art Competition, and that of 2011 was the ninth such event, when students from twenty-six institutions stayed at the school and were asked for work on the subject of "Ray of Hope". The judges presented shields and a trophy, and all paintings were later on display in Lahore. The principal of the school, Syed Nusrat Ali Shah Kazmi, opened the exhibition and said the competition was intended to discover potential.[19]

The 10th All Pakistan Music Festival was also held at Chand Bagh School in late January, 2011.[20][21][22]

Official support[edit]

Founder's Day, 2010

In 2010 Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, Chief Minister of the Punjab, was the main speaker at the school's annual Prize Day. He used the occasion to announce the provision of a grant of Rs 50 million for the school's Endowment Fund and two new buses.[23][24] He said

Time has come that we find ways for providing education to the poor but talented students in the prestigious educational institutions so that their abilities could be polished and used for the progress and prosperity of the country.[24]

At the ninth Founder's Day, on 26 February 2011, the main speaker was Yousaf Raza Gillani, Prime Minister of Pakistan, who saluted the vision of General Ghulam Jilani Khan "which created opportunities for the deserving students of the less privileged sections to acquire quality education in the school like Chand Bagh". He concluded by announcing the payment of Rs 40 million "as first instalment for endowment fund".[25] This led to criticism in Pakistan Today, which quoted sources as suggesting that " a time when thousands of schools in the province were without proper buildings, endowing an elite school was a waste of public funds".[2] The Economist of Pakistan commented that "This elitism has left a big question mark on the Punjab government's sincerity to provide education to all."[26]

When the Punjab Assembly approved its budget for the year 2011–2012, Chief Minister Sharif commented on the grants of Rs 50 million for the school. In response to objections from the Opposition, he said Chand Bagh plays "an important role in the promotion of education in the country and right of no one had been violated by giving donation to the school,"[27] and that the school was "not only for rich families"[28] as it also offered places for "children of extremely poor families, destitute and orphans."[27]

For the tenth Founder's Day, on 26 February 2012, the chief guest speaker was announced as Chaudhry Abdul Majid, prime minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir.[29] on the twelfth Founders day, February 2014 the chief guest was Mohammad Sarwar Governor of Punjab, Pakistan[1]


Associated school[edit]

The separate "Chand Bagh School Girls Campus" formerly known as Chand Tara School, opened in 1999, caters for girls of all ages up to the Higher Secondary Education Certificate and also for boys up to Grade 5.[36]



  1. ^ 'THE CHAND BAGH SCHOOL (Project of Doon School Society of Pakistan)', in Educational Directory of Pakistan 1995–96 (Ibrahim Publishers, 1995), p. 318
  2. ^ a b c Nauman Tasleem, Punjab govt donates Rs 60m to an elite school dated 17 June 2011 from Pakistan Today online at Retrieved 24 March 2012
  3. ^ Azhar M. A. Qureshi, HISTORY & BACKGROUND Archived 4 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine at Retrieved 22 March 2012
  4. ^ Jaskiran Chopra, Month of deja vu for Doon, Mussoorie old-timers from The Pioneer dated 31 August 2011 at Retrieved 24 March 2012: "September is a memorable month for the famous Doon School as it was in this month in the year 1935, 76 years ago, that... Athar Hussain was the very first student to join the school and he arrived on the picturesque Chand Bagh (Garden of the Moon) campus on September 9, 1935."
  5. ^ The Indian Year Book, vol. 29 (Bennett, Coleman & Co., 1942) p. 373
  6. ^ Kamil Khan Mumtaz, Modernity and tradition: contemporary architecture in Pakistan (Oxford University Press, 1999), p. 123
  7. ^ Kamil Khan Mumtaz (1999). Modernity and Tradition: Contemporary Architecture in Pakistan. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-577853-3.
  8. ^ a b Principal's Message Archived 19 August 2012 at the Wayback Machine at Retrieved 22 March 2012
  9. ^ a b About Us Archived 6 January 2014 at the Wayback Machine at Retrieved 22 March 2012
  10. ^ "Chand Bagh School: Admissions for Session 2011–2012 | Education in Pakistan". Archived from the original on 25 May 2011. Retrieved 9 May 2012.
  11. ^ Jobs in Chand Bagh School, Muridke at Retrieved 12 April 2012
  12. ^ Chand Bagh School Lahore Jobs at Retrieved 12 April 2012
  13. ^ Aitchison College vs Chand Bagh School Archived 4 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine at Retrieved 22 March 2012
  14. ^ "ABL victorious". The Nation. 21 February 2012. Archived from the original on 23 February 2012. Retrieved 9 May 2012.
  15. ^ "ABL win by 3 wkts". Pakistan Today. 21 February 2012. Retrieved 9 May 2012.
  16. ^ "Chan Bagh School win in Shapes League". The Nation. 6 March 2012. Archived from the original on 20 May 2012. Retrieved 9 May 2012.
  17. ^ Other matches played on Chand Bagh School Ground, Muridke at Retrieved 12 April 2012
  18. ^ Chand Bagh School, Muridke v Wynberg Boys High School at Retrieved 12 April 2012
  19. ^ Mansoor Malik, Hope sprouts among budding students dated 28 November 2011, at Retrieved 12 April 2012
  20. ^ "Events: 10th All Pakistan Music Festival". Chand Bagh School website. Archived from the original on 2 October 2011. Retrieved 9 May 2012.
  21. ^ "GCU wins music festival". The Nation. 1 February 2011. Archived from the original on 8 June 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2012.
  22. ^ "Music festival trophy goes to GCU". The News. 1 February 2011. Retrieved 9 May 2012.
  23. ^ "No mid-term polls: Gilani". Dawn. Pakistan. 27 February 2011. Retrieved 9 May 2012.
  24. ^ a b "CM hopes young generation will transform Pak into welfare state". The Nation. 27 February 2010. Archived from the original on 16 April 2013. Retrieved 8 May 2012.
  25. ^ a b Speech of Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, Prime Minister of Pakistan, On the occasion of 9th Founder's Day of Chand Bagh School Archived 23 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine at Retrieved 25 March 2012
  26. ^ Double standards on education policies by Punjab government Archived 6 January 2014 at the Wayback Machine dated 11/06/18 at Retrieved 12 April 2012
  27. ^ a b "CM justifies huge funding for school". The Nation. 23 June 2011. Archived from the original on 20 January 2012. Retrieved 8 May 2012.
  28. ^ NA approves federal budget for 2011–12 Archived 6 January 2014 at the Wayback Machine dated 23 June 2011 at Retrieved 9 April 2012
  29. ^ News Archived 19 August 2012 at the Wayback Machine at Retrieved 12 May 2012
  30. ^ Andrew Maclehose Archived 6 January 2014 at the Wayback Machine at, web site of United World College of the Adriatic. Retrieved 12 April 2012
  31. ^ Independent Schools Yearbook, vol. 97 (London: A. & C. Black, 1987), p. 295
  32. ^ The Church of England year book, vol. 109 (Church of England National Assembly, 1993) p. 177
  33. ^ Dr Shaukat Ali, Dimensions and dilemmas of Islamist movements (Lahore: Sang-e Meel Publications, 1998), p. 13
  34. ^ Student art at Coopera dated 24 November 2011, at Retrieved 12 April 2012
  35. ^ Pakistan Institutions List[permanent dead link] at Retrieved 12 April 2012
  36. ^ Chand Tara Archived 19 August 2012 at the Wayback Machine at Retrieved 12 April 2012

External links[edit]

External video
video icon Chand Bagh School Song
video icon Chand Bagh School Documentary
video icon Chand Bagh All Pakistan Art Competition 2009, Theme PEACE