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Military College Jhelum
Knowledge and Action ݝڶݥ ۇ ݝݥڶ
Sarai Alamgir, Punjab, Pakistan
Type Military school
Established 3 March 1922 (1922-03-03)
Faculty 50
Grades 8th - 12th(ICS/I.Com)
Number of students ~650
Houses 8
School color(s) Dark green
Mascot Alamgirians

Military College Jhelum or MCJ, is a military high school, located at Sarai Alamgir (Jhelum District) but now in (Gujrat District), Pakistan. Though it is physically located in Gujrat District, due to its very close proximity it is still associated with the City of Jhelum, and is considered to be in the cantonment limit of Jhelum. The institution feeds the Pakistan Military Academy, Kakul. Military College Jhelum is one of three military colleges in Pakistan, the others being Military College Murree and Military College Sui.


The colleges foundation stone was laid on 3 March 1922, by the Prince of Wales.[1] It was named King George Royal Indian Military School. Five such cadet schools were built throughout India to benefit the sons of Royal Indian Army. Military College Jhelum and Chail Military School in India are sister institutes.

Classes began on 15 September 1925. At that time it was organized as a residential school for the sons of Muslim soldiers with the objective of producing educated rank and file for the British-Indian Army units.

British instructors[]

From 16 April 1932 to 11 November 1936 the Chief Instructor was Warrant Officer Charles Eaton. A bungalow was built for him and his family on the banks of the Canal and still exists. When W.O. Eaton and his family left the students lined the route all the way to the railway station and festooned him with garlands, such was their esteem. In 1943, the school underwent and the college emerged as an institution of choice for potential officers of the army.


Military College Jhelum is located in the district of Gujrat in the town of Sarai Alamgir. Due to its proximity to city of Jhelum and because original Jhelum was on Sarai Alamgir side plus the inclusion of Sarai Alamgir in district Jhelum before 1998, it is widely known as Military College Jhelum (MCJ).

Student life[]

The students are called Cadets and they reside in hostels called House.Cadets take part in sports such as field hockey, football, basketball,swimming, water polo,volleyball, squash, table tennis,tennis and horse riding. Fitness activities include judo, karate, gymnastics, jogging and running. Physical training (P.T) is conducted in the morning and sports in the evening. Students are taught drill and shooting. Cadets also take part in variety of curricular and semi curricular activities like Essay Writing, Debating, Book Review Writing, Drama and Quiz Shows.


There are seven houses in Military College Jhelum five senior houses and two junior houses. Houses compete with each other for the annual house championship. Many competitions are held among them including sports trophy assault course trophy debates competition etc. The house with the most trophy's on aggregate is awarded the "Champion of the Year" status. Houses compete fiercely among each other for the pride of there house. Details of the houses are as follows :

Senior Houses[]

  • Aurangzeb House.

This house was established in 1925 as Birdwood house and named after British/Indian army Commander-in-Chief Field Marshal Sir William Birdwood of Gali Poly. In 1958, Birdwood House was renamed as Aurangzeb House after the name of famous Mughal king “Sultan Mohy-Ud-Din Aurangzeb Alamgir”. It was Junior House at that time and there was 73 cadets residing in the house. The first Housemaster was Jamadar Faiz Muhammad Khan and first head boy was C/No 29 Muhammad Zar Khan who held this appointment for five years. The colour of hose flag is orange and motto of house was “Birdies Don’t Tell a Lie ” in 1956, “Excelsior” in 1973, “Truthfulness” in 1985 and present is “Truthfulness Always” since 1991

  • Tipu Sultan House

In April 1928 British Army Chief of General Staff, Lieutenant General Andrio Sakeen inaugurated the house (Third House of School). It was named as “Sakeen House” after his name. The first House Master was Risaldar Muhammad Abdul Latif. In 1959, it was renamed as Tipu Sultan House. The colour of house flag is green and motto is “Duty First” since 1973

  • Sir Syed House

Sir Syed House was raised in August 2011 to cater for the accommodation requirement of the cadets due to the increased intake. Almost 5-6 cadets per house/ class were shifted to Sir Syed house. House was named Sir Syed House after the Muslim scholar, Sir Syed Ahmed Khan. The first house master of the house was Lieutenant Colonel Muhammad Ali and first house prefect was C/No 7392 Saad Hamid. The colour of house flag is grey and motto of house is “Never Give In”

  • Jinnah House

Jinnah House was established in 1990 and named after founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, in order to meet the requirement of enhanced strength of cadets. It was inaugurated by Lieutenant General Muhammad Arif Bangish. The first house master was Major Doctor Abdul Wahid and first house perfect was C/No 5395 Athar Hussain. The colour of house flag is light blue and motto of house is“ Work, Work and Work. Initially, it accommodated 8th and 9th class cadets but after few years it was declared as senior house

  • Iqbal House

Iqbal house came into existence in 1992 and named after our famous philosopher and poet Allama doctor Muhammad Iqbal. It was inaugurated by General Abdul Waheed, Chief of Army Staff. The first house master of the house was Major Manzoor Ahmed Zafar and first house prefect was C/No 5155 Muhammad Rajil Irshad Khan. In the beginning, it was a junior house. Later on, it was granted the status of a senior house. The colour of house flag is maroon and motto of the house is “I Can, I Will”

Junior Houses[]

  • Babur House

In order to expand the college for war purposes, 4th house was established in 1943 as Auckinlect house (Kacha House) named after Field Marshal Sir Kalaad Auckinlect (Commander in Chief) who inaugurated it in November 1943. In 1959, Auckinlect house was shifted in Sakeen house and was renamed as Babur house in the honour of Zaheer Udddin Babur, founder of Mughal dynasty. Subedar Fateh Khan has the honour of being first Housemaster and C/No 760 Muhammad Aslam Janjua was the first House prefect of the house. The colour of house flag is red. Initial, motto of the house was “Hard work, simple living and high thinking” and present motto is “ Conviction and Courage” since 1972

  • Mehmood Ghaznavi House

This house was established in 1925 as Robert House and named after British army Commander-in-Chief Field Marshal Lord Fredrick Robert, Robert of Kandhar. In 1958, it was shifted in Birdwood House and was renamed as Mehmood Ghaznavi House after the name of a great king, conqueror and idol negotiator Sultan Mehmood Ghaznavi. This house has a unique honour of receiving the first batch of 21 students on 15th September 1925. First house master of house was Subedar Walayat Shah and first house prefect was C/ No 2 Sultan Muhammad. The colour of house flag is dark blue and motto of house was “Work is Worship” in 1972, “I Will Never Fail” in 1976, “Strive Till Death” in 1979 and present is “Work is Worship” since 1982

Parents day[]

Once an year parents day is celebrated at Military College Jhelum in which cadets indulge in different activities such as parade horse jumping gymnastics different science and arts clubs get to show case there yearly activities prizes are given and the champion house is also declared on this day.

Honours of the College[]

The College Roll of honour radiates full with the names of martyrs, heroes, serving and retired officers in echelons of civilian and military establishments

The College has to its credit:

Some of the distinguished Alamgirians[]

  • General (R) Muhammad Iqbal Khan, NI(M), SB - (Late)****
  • Air Chief Marshal (Retd) Zulfiqar Ali Khan (Late)****
  • Admiral (Retd) Abdul Aziz Mirza****
  • General (Retd) Muhammad Yusaf Khan****
  • General (Retd) Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, NI(M), HI****

80 General Officers Over 100 Brigadiers and 2000 Colonels. In the civilians also, there are numerous luminaries and highly placed officers from the College alumni.

Gallantry awards[]

1948 War[]

  • 380 Lt Col Sher Muhammad, SJ
  • 573 Jem Syed Akbar Hussain

1965 War[]

  • 397 Lt Col Muhammad Jamshéd, SJ
  • 562 Lt Col Muhammad Sher
  • 717 Lt Col Sahib Zad Gul
  • 748 Lt Col Muhammad Hayat
  • 842 Maj Rashid Ahmed
  • 835 Maj Haq Nawaz Kayani SJ & Bar (Shaheed)
  • 924 Lt Col Ahmad Khan
  • 856 Lt Col Mumtaz Ali, SJ & Bar
  • 741 Maj Muhammad Hussain Malik
  • 752 Maj AqiI Dad
  • 1018 Maj Raja Asghar
  • 1221 Maj Muhammad Aslam Janjua
  • 1289 Maj Muhammad Rafique
  • 1663 Maj Muhammad Yunis
  • 1738 Capt Sultan Ahmed
  • 2180 Capt lftikhar Jafar
  • 2027 Lt Muhammad Saeed
  • 2124 Lt Muhammad lmtiaz
  • 888 N/Sub Sultan Sikandar, TJ
  • 1048 Ris Muhammad Hanif

1971 War[]

  • 1811 Maj Muhammad Akram, NH
  • 835 Lt Col Haq Nawaz Kayani SJ & Bar (Shaheed)
  • 971 Lt Col Yaqub Malik
  • 1478 Lt Col Muhammad Razaq Khan Mirza
  • 1738 Lt Col Sultan Ahmad, SJ & Bar
  • 1523 Maj Kazim Kamal, BR (Shaheed)
  • 1739 Maj Pir Dad Khan
  • 1820 Maj Muhammad Hanif
  • 2027 Maj Muhammad Saeed
  • 2029 Maj Muhammad Yousaf
  • 2181 Maj Muhammad Faheem Durani
  • 2561 Maj Muhammad Ajmal
  • 2318 Capt Saeed UIlah Jang
  • 2839 Capt Munir Akbar
  • 2875 Capt Talat Umar
  • 2290 Lt Gul Zaman Malik
  • 2315 Lt Sikandar Hayat, TJ
  • 2575 Capt Daud-Ur-Rehman
  • 2908 2/Lt Amjad Khurshid (Shaheed)

1999 War (Kargil)[]

  • 3234 Brig Khalid Nazir, SJ, SI(M)
  • 4029 Maj Abdul Wahab, SJ (Shaheed)
  • 5027 Capt Muhammad Ammar Hussain
  • 5146 Capt Izhar Haider (Shaheed)

List of Commandants[]

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King George Royal Indian Military School Period
Capt. W.L. Clark, A.E.C. 15 September 1925
Capt. H.H. Clark, A.E.C. 24 August 1930
Maj. W.P. Selbie, MC, A.E.C. 9 April 1933
Lt. Col. T.H.L. Stebbing, A.E.C. 14 May 1937
King George Royal Indian Military College Period
Lt.Col. T.H.L. Stebbing, A.E.C. 1943
Maj. Aurangzeb Khan, Baloch 22 August 1947
Lt.Col. S.F.H. Zaidi, A.S.C. 24 February 1948
Lt.Col. Muhammad Rafiq, Punjab 1 July 1952
Lt.Col. Sultan Sikandar, Punjab 28 April 1953
Lt.Col. H.L. Edwards, A.E.C. 9 July 1954
Lt.Col. Muhammad Rafiq, Punjab 18 October 1955
Military College Jhelum Period
Lt.Col. Muhammad Rafiq, Punjab 23 March 1956
Lt.Col. Muhammad Sardar Khan, A.E.C. 3 May 1959
Lt.Col. Murtaza Hussain Khan, A.E.C. 15 May 1967
Lt.Col. Pervaiz Sikandar, 22 June 1969
Lt.Col. S.A. Qureshi, A.E.C. 31 December 1969
Col. N.D. Ahmed, 28 October 1970
Col. Muhammad Zahur-ul-Haq, 29 April 1974
Col. Muhammad Ikram Ameen, 15 June 1977
Col. Muhammad Said Khokahar, 23 August 1978
Col. Abdul Sattar, 5 June 1980
Brig. Abdul Sattar, 1 January 1981
Brig. Inayat-ur-Rehman Siddiqui, 1 January 1983
Brig. Usman Shah, SI(M) 13 August 1984
Brig. Dr. Noor-ul-Haq, A.E.C 7 August 1987
Brig . Maqsud-ul-Hassan, SI(M), TI(M), 12 October 1991
Brig.(Retd) Afzal Malik SI(M), TI(M) August 1998 – May 2013
Brig. Akhter Pervaiz SI(M), May 2013- to date

Notable alumni[]

The college has produced five four-star generals of Pakistan Army, Air Force and Navy, namely former Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff General Muhammad Iqbal Khan (Late), former Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Zulfiqar Ali Khan (late), former Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Abdul Aziz Mirza, former Vice Chief of Army Staff General Yusaf Khan, and former Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani.

College has more than 30 Swords of Honour, and many gallantry medals including one Nishan-e-Haider Major Muhammad Akram. Some of the notable civil names are former chairman of Sui Northern Gas Raja Abdul Wahid, Senator Malik Hayat, Federal Ministers Major (R) Sadiq and Major (R) Tahir Iqbal, Zamir Hussain Zamir Ex-GM Wapda, civil servants Secretary Interior Ch. Qamar Zaman, Taj Muhammad Khattak and Saleem Akhtar Kiyani.

The senior military officers of the College Alumni include;

  • Maj Gen (R) Sajjad Hussain, SBt
  • Lt Gen (R) Muhammad Safdar, SBt, Governor of Punjab and Chief of General Staff, GHQ
  • Maj Gen (R) Muhammad Akram,
  • Maj Gen (R) Abdul - Razzaq,
  • Maj Gen (R) Ghazanfar Ali Khan, GOC 41st Infantry Division, Quetta and Vice Chief of General Staff, GHQ
  • Lt Gen (R) Ghulam Mustafa,
  • Lt Gen (R) Syed Athar Ali, Secretary Defence and Commander V Corps, Karachi
  • Lt Gen (R) Raza Muhammad Khan, Commander XXXI Corps, Bahawalpur
  • Lt Gen (R) Javed Zia, Commander Southern Command, Quetta.
  • Lt Gen (R) Nazar Hussain, Commander Army Air Defence Command, Rawalpindi.
  • Lt Gen Zahid Hussain,
  • Maj Gen Tariq Mehmood, Deputy DG ISI, Islamabad
  • Maj Gen Zahir Shah, Director General Survey of Pakistan
  • Lt Gen Javed Iqbal,AG GHQ
  • Lt Gen Sajjad Ghani, Quarter-Master General, GHQ
  • Lt Gen Abid Pervez, DG Log, GHQ.
  • Maj Gen(R) Muhammad Mushtaq HI(M), DG Military Intelligence
  • Maj Gen Junaid Rehmat. DG NLC, GHQ.
  • Maj Gen Ghulam Dastgir
  • Maj Gen Tahir Habib Siddiqui
  • Masood Ashraf Raja, English Professor, University of North Texas
  • Lt Gen Khalid Asghar
  • Maj Gen Obaidullah Khan
  • Maj Gen Iftikhar Wyne
  • Maj Gen Sadiq Ali, Comdt. PMA
  • Lt Gen Hidayat-ur-Rehman
  • Maj Gen Samrez Salik
  • Maj Gen Abid Rafiq

See also[]


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