University of Peshawar

The University of Peshawar (Pashto: د پېښور پوهنتون; Hindko: پشور یونیورسٹی; Urdu: جامعۂ پشاور; abbreviated UoP; known more popularly as Peshawar University) is a public research university located in Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. The university is one of the oldest universities in the province, and is ranked as one of the highest rated universities in the country.[4]

University of Peshawar
Pekhawar university
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Mottoرَبِّ زدْنيِ عِلْماً
Motto in English
O' God, Increase my Knowledge
Established1950; 72 years ago (1950)
Academic affiliations
ChancellorShah Farman - Governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Vice-ChancellorProf. Dr. Muhammad Asif Khan[1]
Academic staff
Location, ,
ColoursBlue, white<r>  
NicknameUoP, UPesh
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The university was founded in 1950 and offers programs for undergraduate, post-graduate, and doctoral studies.[5] With approximately 14,000 enrolled students attending the university, it has six academic faculties with forty postgraduate department as well as two "centers of excellence"[5] The university is known for its research in social, medical, and natural sciences having eight research centers located inside the campus.[5] Spread over an area of 1,045 acres (4 km2) as a residential campus, the university is the first public university to be established in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.[5]


In its inaugural year, it had an enrollment of 129, of whom one was a female. The university was founded as an expansion of the Islamia College. The founder of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, who had visited the college in 1928 had great admiration for it, referring to it as ‘my college’ and adopted it as one of the three heirs to his fortune, along with Aligarh University and Sindh Madrassa (his own school) in 1939. For Jinnah the university was a gift to students of the province, in recognition of the part played by them in the making of Pakistan, and how it was the Pashtuns who had fought the Indians and captured Azad Kashmir.[6]


Department of Computer ScienceEdit

The department was established in 1983 as a Computer Study Centre to provide training in computer languages. In 1985, the centre was upgraded to the Department of Computer Science and started graduate classes the same year. The BCS programme was introduced in 1998 as an evening shift course.

Department of PsychologyEdit

The department was established in 1964. Dr. Shahabuddin Muhammad Moghni laid the foundations of the department as its first Professor and Chairman. Initially, it offered a Masters programme of two years duration. Ph.D. and M.Phil programmes were offered in 1973 and 1978 respectively. Bi-monthly seminars and annual conferences are other activities of the department.

The department offers study in Social Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Psychological Testing, Counseling, Developmental Psychology, and Experimental Psychology.

Pashto AcademyEdit

Department of PharmacyEdit

The department was established in 1982, housed at the Centre of Excellence in Physical Chemistry. After a period of two years, it was shifted to the newly constructed building of the present location. The department has been recognized by the Pharmacy Council of Pakistan. Research groups conduct research in the field of Pharmacology, Pharmaceutics, Pharmaceutical analysis and Pharmacognosy.[7]

An animal house with bioassay laboratory meets the research and academic needs of the university. Research in the Pharmacology section of the department is focused on testing compounds from both synthetic and natural origin for their utility in pain, inflammation, pyrexia, depression, anxiety, dependence, tolerance and vomiting as well as toxicological testing.[8]

Jinnah College for WomenEdit

Jinnah College for Women, formally called University College for Women, was established in June 1964. The college provides education to the university employee’s children and young women of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa on merit.

Its two-storied building consists of classrooms, lecture-theatres, laboratories, a library with two reading rooms, an office and a hall. The college has lawns, a botanical garden and a playground. The library has a collection of reference books, textbooks and books in specialized fields. The college hall, the Safia Hassan Hall, has a seating capacity of 300 students and is the venue for functions. The playground attached to the college is used for inter-class and inter-college tournaments and college sports. Jinnah College is one of the most famous colleges for women in the KPK province.[citation needed]

Law CollegeEdit

The college was established in 1950 and elevated to a faculty in 1992. The Law College has been placed under the Faculty of Social Sciences.

The college has an academic link with the University of Oslo, Norway, and has signed an MOU with the IUCN Pakistan, under which it will have institutional co-operation with the latter in the area of Environmental Law.

The Human Rights Studies Centre is part of the college and was established in March 2000 under the Government of Pakistan Human Rights and Mass Awareness and Education Programme, jointly funded by the NORAD and the Swiss Development Corporation. Its objective is to develop a curriculum for human rights as a subject at the Master's level and to coordinate the activities/research regarding human rights at the national and provincial level. It also acts as a base for institutional co-operation between human rights agencies at national and international level. The college started an LLM program in 2008.[citation needed]

Quaid-e-Azam College of CommerceEdit

The Quaid-e-Azam College of Commerce was established in 1962. It was established out of funds bequeathed by the Father of the Nation, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

College of Home EconomicsEdit

The study of home economics as a discipline was introduced in the country soon after the emergence of Pakistan. A department, devoted to the subject, was set up in 1954 by the University of Peshawar, in collaboration with Colorado State University, USA. The department was upgraded to college status in 1963. It is one of the four colleges in Pakistan devoted to the study of Home Economics. The institution covers fields such as interior design, textile design, small business management, teaching, and research.

Institute of Education and ResearchEdit

The department was established in 1950, and elevated to the Institute of Education and Research (IER) a faculty of education in 1980. The university has been re-structured and IER is placed under the Faculty of Social Sciences.

The college has eight departments and thirteen faculty members, housed in a separate building. It has a library, science and computer laboratories, two seminar rooms, Conference Hall, and lecture halls, Research Journal.[9]

Institute of Management StudiesEdit

The University of Peshawar merged the Department of Public and Business Administration into a single entity in 1994. Thus, the Institute of Management Studies (IMS) was established in 1995.

Department of Journalism and Mass CommunicationEdit

The Department of Journalism & Mass Communication was established in 1985 as a diploma awarding institution. After four years of its working, the department was elevated to postgraduate level in 1988. Till October 2000, the institution was called as The Department of Journalism. Run by a highly professional faculty, the Department has so far produced a large number of graduates, most of whom work in widely-read Urdu, English and Pashto newspapers, besides radio, television, Information Department and other media-related organizations. Since, the Department of Journalism & Mass Communication offers a versatile curriculum, ranging from Mass Communication Theory to English language and Economics, its students get easily oriented in the practical field of Journalism. Currently. The discipline offers courses in mass communication, community journalism, research methods, electronic & print media, advertising & public relations, and cyber journalism. It has a large number of research thesis on diverse topics and issues related to Journalism in Pakistan especially KP. A Campus Radio Station (Fm107.4) has already been established, which is producing different programs covering academic and other activities taking place in the university campus and the periphery. The department has recently established a TV lab and plans to start a TV station. The Department of Journalism also started IPR Three-Month Certification Course on Development Journalism. This three month course is designed to cater for much wanted professional expertise in journalism field. This program is one of the components of long-term commitment with FDP-GIZ and is an essential component of development Journalism teaching mesh with Independent Project Reporting (IPR).

Research centersEdit

Area Study CentreEdit

A department or an institution to impart knowledge on the land and people of Central Asia was one of the aims of the University of Peshawar, but lack of funds marred its realization for some time. The Education Policy of 1972 made provision for the "Area Study Centre" and the University of Peshawar gave its choice for Central Asia. An Area Study thereafter was established in each University of Pakistan under ACT XVL 1975 of Parliament. The Government of Pakistan, through the University Grants Commission and the Ministry of Education, released funds for the establishment of the centre at the University of Peshawar. A sum of Rs. 28, 15,000/- was remitted to the University of Peshawar out of which it established a double storied building on the Campus of the University, housing both the Area Study Centre and Pakistan Study Centre.

The centre has been functioning since April 1978 as a unit academically attached to the University of Peshawar and financially linked to The University Grants Commission. A board of governors and academics committee, both statutory bodies under the act, control its administrative and academic performances. It has been publishing a six-monthly journal (Central Asia) since winter 1978.

National Center of Excellence in GeologyEdit

The National Center of Excellence in Geology (NCEG), University of Peshawar (UoP), is an institution of higher learning and research in Geo-sciences. It was established in 1974 under an act of the parliament. Dr. R.A. Khan Tahirkheli was the founder Director of the center. Upon his retirement, Dr. M. Qasim Jan succeeded him in 1988 who was succeeded by Prof. Dr. Syed Hamidullah in January 2001, Dr. M. Asif Khan in 2002 and again by Dr. Syed Hamidullah in 2003. After, the death of S. Hamidullah, in an air crash, now Dr. M. Asif Khan is the director of the center.

National Center of Excellence in Physical ChemistryEdit

The National Center of Excellence in Physical Chemistry was established in July 1978 under an Act of parliament as an autonomous body to be administered by Federal Ministry of Education through University Grants Commission (now Higher Education Commission)

The management of the centre is supervised by a Board of Governors composed of eminent Scientists and representatives of Chairman. The centre is entrusted with the main task of establishing research facilities in Physical Chemistry leading to M.Phil and Ph.D degrees. A significant number of M.Phil and Ph.D's have qualified from this institution. 597 research papers have been published in journals of both national and international repute since inception. Other regular activities of the centre include in-Service training programmes, symposia, seminars refresher courses for college teachers and so on. Collaboration in research and academic activities with a number of organizations has been developed, e.g. Nuclear Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Institute of Chemistry (University of Peshawar), PINSTECH, Islamabad, Agriculture University (Peshawar), Engineering University ( Peshawar), Islamia College University ( Peshawar ), PCSIR Laboratories ( Peshawar) etc.

Pakistan Study CentreEdit

Pakistan Study Centre, University of Peshawar was established under the Federal Act No.XXVII of 1976 like similar study centres in the other universities of Pakistan. The centre started functioning in February 1979. The first three years 1976-78 were spent on providing a building to the centre. As envisaged in the act academically it is part and parcel of the University of Peshawar, controlled and supervised by a Board of Governors, with the Vice-Chancellor as its Chairman.

Shaykh Zayed Islamic CentreEdit

The Shaykh Zayed Islamic Center, University of Peshawar is one of the three educational Centers financed by his Excellency Shayh Zayed Ibne Sultan Al-Nahyan, Emir of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The other two Centers are located at Karachi and Lahore on the Campuses of the respective universities. The entire cost of the project was borne by the Government of U.A.E while the land was donated by the University of Peshawar. The Emir of U.A.E has established a trust for the developmental expenditures of the center, while recurring cost is borne by the Federal Government of Pakistan.

The Islamic Center of the University of Peshawar is an institute which has been designed to provide facilities for an Auditorium, a Language Laboratory, a Computer Laboratory and a well-stocked Library for research work in Islamic Studies and Arabic.[citation needed]

Campus lifeEdit

The Peshawar CampusEdit

The campus is situated about 10 kilometres north west from the city centre on the main Grand Trunk Road leading towards Torkham, the historical border town. It is located on 1,050 acres (4 km2) of land, 1,199 ft (365 m). above sea level.

The university is the “mother” University of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, founded in Oct. 1950. It has expanded over the last fifty years and a number of buildings have been added. The total built up area of the campus is more than 1,500,000 sq ft (140,000 m2). However, its original lawns and green tracts have been retained.

National organizations in the vicinity include the Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, North Regional Laboratories; Academy for Rural Development; the Pakistan Forest Research Institute and College; the University of Engineering and Technology; the Agricultural University; Institute of Nuclear Medicine; and Khyber Teaching Hospital.

It is a residential university with a population of about 35,000.

Grounds and gardensEdit

The university has a campus of 1,050 acres (4 km2).


The university has ten hostels, six for males with a capacity of 1949 and four for females with the capacity of 951. Beside these hostels, three new hostels have been constructed, two for boys and one for girls with a capacity of 300 each. These hostels are situated at walking distance from the teaching departments. Females’ hostels are located in the vicinity of Jinnah College for Women and the College of Home Economics.

Bara Gali (Summer) Campus IIEdit

Campus II of the University of Peshawar occupies 60 acres (240,000 m2) of land at Bara Gali on the Abbottabad Nathia Gali - Murree Road. This campus is 25 kilometers from Abbottabad at an altitude of 7,700 ft (2,350 m) above sea level.

Bara Gali has been the summer campus of the University of Peshawar since 1965. It is the nucleus of the university's academic and research activities from May to September.[citation needed] Each summer more than 1000 people participate in national and international seminars, conferences, symposia, workshops, and training courses at this campus. Thousands of students from teaching departments/schools/colleges/centres visit Bara Gali, both in summer and winter, for academic and research purposes.[citation needed]

All of the students' co-curricular activities - a shooting club, hiking society, adventure club, medical camps, cross-country/road running, sports mela, and many others - take place at the Bara Gali Campus. Independence Day is celebrated each year with traditional pomp and show. The campus is illuminated at night.[10]


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