Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan

The Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan (AWKUM) (Urdu: جامعہ عبد الولی خان مردان‎) is a public university located in Mardan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.[3] Established in April 2009, the university is named after Abdul Wali Khan, a prominent personality of Pashtunkhwa and has forty nine institutions affiliated to it.[4][5] The university started in an already-built postgraduate college of Mardan,[6] has nine campuses and more than ten thousand students enrolled in thirty one disciplines as of 2015.[4] The campus at Swabi was opened in October 2010 in the Anbar elementary college building and has since then become the University of Swabi and the Palosa campus is home to Bacha Khan University.[7] Currently the university has five faculties and three constituent colleges. The faculties are Faculty of Arts & Humanities, Faculty of Chemical and Life Sciences, Faculty of Physical & Numerical Sciences, Faculty of Economics & Business, Faculty of Social Sciences. The Pashtunkhwa College of Art, Womans' College and the Animal Husbandry and Veterinary College are also constituent colleges of the University. Today, the university is known in Pakistan for its mismanagement and keeping blind eye on extremist activities on the campus, especially after the Lynching of Mashal Khan. After the incident, the enrollment at the varsity saw exponential decline.

Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan
جامعہ عبد الولی خان مردان
Other name
MottoMessage of peace and Brotherhood.
Established2009; 11 years ago (2009)
ChancellorGovernor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Vice-ChancellorProf.Dr. Mohammad Khurshid Khan[1]
ProvostDr. Muhammad Qasim[2]
  • Prof. Dr. Niaz Muhammad
  • Prof. Dr. Zahid Ali Khan Marwat
  • Prof. Dr. Salimullah
  • Prof. Dr. Aurangzeb Khan
Pro-vice-chancellorDr. Jehanzeb Khalil
Academic staff
501, among whom are 196 PhDs and 138 M.Phils.
Location, ,
Coordinates: 34°09′03″N 72°02′51″E / 34.1509°N 72.0474°E / 34.1509; 72.0474
  • Main Campus
  • Garden Campus
  • University College for Women
  • University College of Science Shankar
  • Riffat Mahal Campus
  • Rashid Hussain Shaheed Campus
  • Pabbi Campus
             Green, red, brown
AthleticsRunning, tug of war
AffiliationsHigher Education Commission (Pakistan), Pakistan Veterinary Medical Council, Pharmacy Council of Pakistan, Pakistan Bar Council
SportsCricket, football, hockey, volleyball, table tennis, badminton, basketball

Faculties and departmentsEdit

Abdul Wali Khan University consists of six faculties, which have the following departments:

Faculty of Arts & HumanitiesEdit

  • English
  • Pakhtunkhwa College of Arts
  • Islamic Studies
  • Pashto
  • Museum

Faculty AgricultureEdit

  • Agriculture

Faculty of Business & EconomicsEdit

  • Economics
  • Institute of Business Studies and Leadership
  • Management Sciences
  • Museum
  • Tourism & Hospitality

Faculty of Chemical & Life SciencesEdit

  • Biochemistry
  • Biotechnology
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • College of Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Sciences
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Microbiology
  • Pharmacy
  • Zoology

Faculty of Physical & Numerical SciencesEdit

  • Computer Science
  • Geology
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Statistics

Faculty of Social SciencesEdit

  • Education
  • International Relations (IR)
  • Political Science
  • Physical Education & Sports
  • Journalism & Mass Communication
  • Law
  • Pakistan Studies
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

University Institutes and CollegesEdit

  • Institute of Business Studies and Leadership
  • University College for Women
  • Pakhtunkhwa College of Arts
  • College of Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Sciences

Campuses and librariesEdit

The university has several campuses, each with library facilities:

  • Main Campus—Central Library
  • Garden Campus[7]
  • Pabbi Campus
  • Palosa Campus
  • Riffat Mahal Campus
  • Shankar Campus
  • Timergara Campus

There is also a digital library serving all campuses.[8]

University College of Science, ShankarEdit

The University College of Science, Shankar has departments of Chemistry and Computer Science. University College of Science, Shankar, is housed in a 12.5-acre complex with state-of-the-art research laboratories. It has full-fledged working laboratories in physical chemistry, organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, analytical chemistry and computer science. A video lecture facility is also available.

Garden CampusEdit

The newly constructed Garden Campus of the university is spread over on more than 2000 Kanals of land having state of the art infrastructure, well equipped laboratories, one of the biggest libraries of the region, computer labs, three hostels with a capacity of 1500 students, two on campus colleges, sports complex and many other facilities. Classes in the campus have been started.[9]


  • Tahdhīb al Afkār

Tahdhīb al Afkārbiannual is the biannual Islamic studies research journal of Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan published in three different languages English, Urdu and Arabic.[10]

  • Journal of Business and Tourism[11]
  • Pakhtunkhwa Journal of Life Science (PJLS)[12]

Extra-curricular activitiesEdit

The university provides extra-curricular activities such as painting, articles, photography and sport. The students can participate through proper channels.[13] The university provides facilities for many sports; they have been merged into the Department of Physical Education and Health and named as Department of Physical Education and Sports.[14]

Academic collaborationsEdit

Abdul Wali Khan University, Mardan establish partnerships with national as well as international universities, associations, institutes and academies and have signed a memorandum of understanding(MOUs or MoUs) with each. The following is the list of international collaborations.[15][16][17][18]

S/N University / association Country
1 Birmingham City University United Kingdom
2 Brunel University London
3 Durham University
4 School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS, University of London)
5 University of Leicester
6 University of Sheffield
7 University of Southampton
8 University of Rostock Germany
9 University of Ulm Germany
10 University of Malaya Malaysia
11 University of Technology, Malaysia (UTM) Malaysia
12 Sejong University South Korea
13 Kyungpook National University South Korea
14 Seoul National University South Korea
15 University of Barcelona Spain
16 University of Camerino Italy
17 Eastern Mediterranean University, North Cyprus Turkey
18 Pamukkale University Turkey
19 Recep Tayyip Erdogan University Turkey
20 Eskisehir Osmangazi University Turkey
21 Sirnak University Turkey
22 University of Kentucky United States of America
23 North Dakota State University United States of America
24 University of Missouri-Kansas City United States of America
25 Nakhon Pathom Rajabhat University Thailand
26 Victoria University of Wellington New Zealand
27 Massey University New Zealand
28 Eastern European University Association Russia
29 Hanns Seidel Foundation Germany
30 Relief International UK United States of America
31 Promotion of Education in Pakistan (PEP) Foundation, Inc. United States of America

Mashal Khan incidentEdit

On 13 April 2017, Mashal Khan, a journalism student at the university, was murdered by a mob apparently including some of his fellow students on the false suspicion of uploading blasphemous content on the social networking site Facebook.[19][20][21]

Vice ChancellorsEdit


  1. ^ "Professor Dr. M. Khurshid Khan, Newly Appointed Vice-Chancellor of AWKUM, Will Take Charge of His Office Today".
  2. ^ "Provost office". www.awkum.edu.pk.
  3. ^ "University Info". AWKUM. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Wali Khan varsity marks foundation day today". Dawn. 24 February 2012. Retrieved 11 September 2013.
  5. ^ "49 colleges affiliated with AWK University, says VC". The News. 27 February 2010. Retrieved 2 November 2013.
  6. ^ Sadia Qasim Shah (15 June 2013). "It's time new KP varsities offer quality education". Dawn. Archived from the original on 2013-12-01. Retrieved 11 September 2013.
  7. ^ a b Muhammad Farooq (24 October 2010). "Hoti inaugurates Wali Khan varsity campus in Swabi". The News. Retrieved 2 November 2013.
  8. ^ "Libraries". AWKUM. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  9. ^ "Garden Campus construction".
  10. ^ "Tahdhīb al Afkār". tahdhibalafkar.com.
  11. ^ JBT
  12. ^ PJLS
  13. ^ "Extra Curricular activities". AWKUM. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  14. ^ "Sports". AWKUM. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  15. ^ http://www.awkum.edu.pk/Faculty/MOUs_With_Foreign_Universities.html
  16. ^ http://dailythepatriot.com/awkum-signs-mou-with-victoria-university/
  17. ^ http://www.hamaraquetta.com/news/id/1019/mou-signed-between-two-universities-of-pakistan-and-turkey
  18. ^ http://thepeshawar.com/news-and-events/awku-signs-mou-with-university-of-camerino-italy/
  19. ^ "Mardan university students beat 'liberal' classmate to death". samaa.tv. Retrieved 2017-04-15.
  20. ^ "Three AWKU employees among 13 arrested in Mashal Khan case". tribune.com. Retrieved 2017-04-15.
  21. ^ "Khattak for judicial probe into student lynching". nation.com. Retrieved 2017-04-15.

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