St. Joseph's College (Pakistan)

For other schools of the same name, see Saint Joseph's College (disambiguation).
Saint Joseph's College for Women
Motto Loquentes Magnalia Dei
Motto in English
Speaking the wonderful works of God
Type Private
Established 1948
Affiliation Roman Catholic; Daughters of the Holy Cross
Principal Sr. Roohi Ghouri, FC
Location Karachi, Pakistan
Affiliations Catholic Board of Education

Saint Joseph's College for Women is located in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. It is a college for women, owned by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Karachi.[1]


It was established by the religious order the Daughters of the Cross and is one of the most distinguished women's colleges in the country.[2] It was founded in 1948 and was one of the first colleges for women in Karachi.[3]

The building was constructed by Brother Hilary Lardenoye OFM. Since 1951 it has been affiliated with the University of Karachi. It began as an Arts college with the Science faculty added in 1950.[4]

Recent events

The college was nationalised in 1972 and denationalised in 2005, and returned to the Catholic Board of Education. On the 23 March 2009, the Government of Pakistan awarded the college principal Sister Mary Emily FC the Sitara-e-Imtiaz, which she received from the Governor of Sindh. This was in recognition of her services to education.[5]

The college offers students science, commerce and arts education at the Intermediate and baccalaureate levels. In 2011 St. Joseph's College started education of computer sciences at the intermediate level.

The new academic session begins in September each year. Students of the science group from both the Federal and Aga Khan Boards as well as Cambridge students seek admission here. Generally admissions for the science group will be closed at 75 per cent but could be varied depending on the other merits of the student. In 2008 about 125 Cambridge students, 23 students of the general group and 64 of Commerce applied for admission to the first-year.[6]

St.Josephs college focuses on co-curricular activities too. There are various clubs and societies which help students learn in a way they like.

The college provides a platform to the women of Karachi to understand the potential she possesses and the pivotal role that she can play as a responsible citizen.

The College held its graduation ceremony on November 18, 2012. Sixty-five students were awarded BCom, BSc and BA degrees while nearly 450 intermediate students received their Higher Secondary School Certificates in pre-medical, pre-engineering, commerce and humanities.[7]


List of Principals of Saint Joseph's College
# Principal Tenure
1 Sr. Mary Alban, FC 1948–1951
2 Sr. Mary Bernadette, FC 1951–1961
3 Sr. Mary Emily Gonsalves, FC 1961–1982
4 Mrs. Bilquis Ifikhar 1982–1983
5 Mrs. Munira Gulzar 1983–1993
6 Mrs. Kaniz J. Abedi 1993–1999
7 Mrs. Shahnaz Parveen 1999–2000
8 Dr. Tanveer Anjum, PhD 2000–2005
9 Sr. Mary Emily Gonsalves, FC 2005–2008
10 Ms. Mary Caleb 2009–2010
11 Dr. Bernadette Louise Dean, PhD 2010–2013
12 Sr. Roohi Ghouri, FC 2013–present



  1. "Board of Intermediate Education".
  2. "Goans of Pakistan".
  3. College Alumni website
  4. College Admission Handbook 2011
  5. "Daily Times 24 March 2009".
  6. "Daily Admissions begin in St Joseph College".
  7. The Express Tribune, November 18, 2012
  8. Gustafson, Barry (1986). The First 50 Years : A History of the New Zealand National Party. Auckland: Reed Methuen. p. 323. ISBN 0-474-00177-6.
  9. Gishkori, Zahid. "PM contempt: PTI to launch Mashaal Tsunami" The Express Tribune. "PTI Women Wing President Fauzia Kasuri and party leader Sardar Azhar Tariq will lead the rally." May 5, 2012 Accessed May 9, 2012.
  10. "Fauzia Kasuri".
  11. "A divided household: Daughter in PTI, father in PPP". Express Tribune. Express Tribune. Retrieved 21 November 2013.
  12. Retrieved 21 November 2013. Missing or empty |title= (help)
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