The first educational work of the United Presbyterian Mission was started when
E. H. Stevenson took over the Primary school in Sialkot from a C.M.S.
missionary in 1856.
From the beginning, the missionaries of the Sialkot Mission had an interest in
the people of the rural areas. The mission found it necessary to devote the
major part of its educational and evangelistic efforts to village people, the
majority of whom were of the "untouchables" class, and extremely poor. In 1873,
village primary day schools consisting of eight classes were established. From
these village schools, the children most promising in point of character and
talent were promoted to Christian Training Institute or Girls Boarding School
In 1881, the Christian Training Institute (C.T.I.) was opened in Sialkot as a
primary school and as a feeder for the seminary. Other boys schools at that
time were Rawalpindi Boys High school, Martinpur Boys High School, and for
girls Haji Pura High School, Pasrur Boarding School, Sangla Hill boarding
School, Sargodha Boarding School, Rawalpindi City Girls School, Gujranwala City
Girls School, Lyallpur City Girls School.
In the face of much opposition and greater indifference, the missionary women
pioneers, Elizabeth Gordon, Eliza Calhoun, Elizabeth McCahon and Cynthia Wilson
gave themselves unreservedly to this form of service, the teaching of women and