After passing his matric examinations from Pākpattan Primary School, Jāvēd Ahmad Ghāmidī was accepted for admission at the prestigious Government College, Lahore, and completed his Bachelor’s from there in 1972 with Honors in English literature. Giving a vivid picture of college life, he writes:
After tenth grade, I was accepted at GC Lahore. Philosophy and English were my optional subjects. In BA honors, I chose English literature. In those days, GC was a sparkling galaxy of stars in learning and literature. The likes of illustrious teachers as Professor Mirza Munawar, Sabir Lodhi, et al were accessible to students. Prof. Ashfaq Ali Khan was the college principal. For avid readers, the college boasted of an extensive library. The Library of Punjab University and Punjab Public Library were also close by. The Lahore of those days was in itself a seat of learning. Literary luminaries such as Sayyid Abū al-A‘lá Mawdūdī, Mawlānā Abū al-Khayr Mawdūdī, Mawlānā Hanīf Nadawī, Mawlānā Idrīs Kāndhalwī, Mawlānā ‘Atā Allāh Hanīf, Dr. Sūfi Diyā al-Haq, Dr. Sayyid ‘Abd Allāh, Dr. Burhān Ahmad Fārūqī, Prof. ‘Ilm al-Dīn Sālik, Prof. Yūsuf Salīm Chistī, Faiz Ahmad Faiz, Shōrash Kāshmīrī, Hafīz Jalandhrī, ‘Ābid ‘Alī ‘Ābid, Ihsān Dānish and Ahmad Nadīm Qāsmī were all there, and, whenever one wanted, one could meet them and learn from them.
Among these senior teachers, some would be willing to tutor privately; therefore, on my request, Dr. Sūfi Diyā al-Haqq supervised me in studying Maqāmāt- e Hamadānī and Mawlānā ‘Atā Allāh Hanīf, a selected portion of Dārmī. The Mawlānā was a well-known scholar belonging to the Ahl-e Hadīth school of thought and Dr.Haqq was an expert scholar and researcher of Arabic language and literature. His father, Asghar ‘Alī Rohī, was Shiblī’s and Farāhī’s teacher, and was a student of Adīb al-Hind Mawlānā Fayd al-Hasan Sahāranpūrī, the Shārih (Commentator) of Hamāsah and Sab‘ Muallaqāt’ (collections of Classical Arabic poetry). Dr Haqq was a language and literature expert in this very tradition.
I spent five years in GC. My daily routine was that I left my house every morning, attended my lessons in college, and until late evening, would sit in some library. After that, I would spend the rest of the day in intellectual guidance of scholars and teachers of the literary world. Ferozesons and United publishers had a special arrangement for new publications: the store would not object to reading books at these outlets and people could spend as much time doing this as they wanted. I would take full advantage of this facility and spend hours doing just that. In those days, I made many a plan to pick up my pen to write, and also ended up putting a few things together, but mostly these plans were half-baked. To compose poetry was also an inclination since childhood that continued well into my college days; some of my work got published in the 1968 and 1969 editions of the monthly English magazine Pakistan Review under the auspices of Ferozesons. Some writings were published in other periodicals, but my main focus was on reading and study. So, my college days and nights were spent in the leisure of that activity.