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History of Indigenous Education in The Panjab by G.W. Leitner

The book discusses the history of contact of two types of education systems; English and Panjabi. The author highlights the failure of British in preserving original education system of Panjab, despite the benefit of experience with other provinces. The indigenous education of Panjab was crippled, checked, and was nearly destroyed; how opportunities for its healthy revival were either neglected or perverted; and how, far beyond the blame attaching to individuals, British system stands convicted of worse than a failure. The author discusses the education system of Panjab and how everybody used to go to school. Every Mosque, Temple or Guruduara had a school attached to it and was supported by Lahore Darbar. There were over 330,000 pupils in the schools while Panjab was ruled by Lahore Darbar, and there were just 190,000 in 1883, under British. The book describes the rich education system of Panjab before annexation. The author confesses that British have changed everything. It further describes how the annexation disturbed the minds of believers in Providence, and all that was respectable kept, as much as possible, aloof from the invader, just as the best Englishmen would not be the first to seek favour of a foreign conqueror. At the same time, the single-mindedness of the English officials in the Panjab, and the religious earnestness destroyed education system of Panjab.


Gottlieb Wilhelm Leitner (14 October 1840 – 22 March 1899), also known as Gottlieb William Leitner, was a British orientalist. As a child Leitner showed an extraordinary ability in languages. At the age of eight he went to Constantinople to learn Arabic and Turkish, and by the age of ten he was fluent in Turkish, Arabic and most European languages.

History of Indigenous Education in The Panjab by G.W. Leitner

  • Format: Hardback

    Publisher: Adriot Publishers

    Publication Date: 1971 reprint

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