The Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Lahore (BISE, Lahore) constituted in 1954, is the descendent of Punjab University, Lahore to hold Secondary School Certificate and Higher Secondary School Certificate Examination after 10 years and 12 years of education respectively. Its mandate stem from section 3 of the Punjab University Act (Amendment) ordinance 1954. An Interim Committee chaired by the Vice Chancellor of the Punjab University, Lahore was set up by the Government to do the spade work. Resultantly the Punjab Act VIII of 1955 was passed which deemed it "expedient to establish an organization to regularize and supervise the Secondary education in the Punjab and to take charge of all examinations pertaining to Secondary Education including Matriculation, Intermediate and classical languages.
It was provided that the Board shall consist of the following members:-
The Director of Public Instructions, Punjab (Ex-Officio).
The Vice-Chairman, to be nominated by the Controlling Authority.
The Vice-Chancellor of the University.
Two nominees of the Bahawalpur State Government.
One nominee of the Baluchistan Government.
One nominee of the Azad Kashmir Government.
Two Deans of Faculties of the University, nominated by the Chancellor of the University.
One Principal of the College affiliated with the University, to be nominated by the Chancellor of the University.
One Principal of an Intermediate College, or a Higher Secondary Institution, to be nominated by the Controlling Authority.
One Inspector of Schools, to be nominated by the Director of Public Instruction, Punjab.
Three Headmasters, one from recognized Government High Schools, one from recognized High Schools maintained by local bodies and one from recognized High Schools other than those maintained by Government or local bodies, to be nominated by Director of Public Instruction, Punjab.
Two Headmistresses of recognized High Schools, to be nominated by the Director of Public instruction, Punjab.
Two nominees of Government representing technical and professional Education.
One representative of Institutions recognized by the Board for preparing candidates for the Pakistan and Classical languages Examinations to be nominated by the Controlling Authority.
The BISE Lahore inherited from the Punjab University a vast territorial jurisdiction for conducting examination in the provinces of Punjab and Baluchistan, Azad Kashmir and Northern Areas. Abroad, it had examination centers to cater the needs of candidates of Nairobi (Kenya) and Kuwait.
In order to reconstitute and reorganize the Board, further enactment was made and The West Pakistan (Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Lahore) Amendment Bill 1963 was adopted.