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University of Peshawar
University of Peshawar.jpg
Motto رَبِّ زدْنيِ عِلْماً
Motto in English
O' God, Increase my Knowledge
Type Public
Established 1950 (1950)
Chancellor Governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Provost Dr. Alam Khan
Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Muhammad Rasul Jan
Registrar Dr. S.Fazl-i-Hadi
Academic staff
Students ~14,060[1]
Postgraduates 578[1]
Location Peshawar, Pakistan
Campus Urban
Colours Blue, white        
Nickname UoP, UPesh
Affiliations HEC, PEC
Islamia College University, Peshawar.jpg

The University of Peshawar (Urdu: جامعۂ پشاور‎; Pashto: د پېښور پوهنتون‎; popular as Peshawar University), is a public research university located in Peshawar, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.[2] The university is one of the oldest universities in Pakistan, ranked as the third best by the HEC in 2013.[3]

The university was founded in 1950 and offers programs for undergraduate, post-graduate, and doctoral studies.[4] 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[4] The university is known for its research in social, medical, and natural sciences.[4] 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.[4]


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.[5]


Department of Computer Science[edit]

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. Today the department offers the BCS programme in the morning as well as in the evening, which is run under a self finance scheme. The department is situated on the first floor of the north wing of the Old Arts Block adjacent to STC.[6]

Department of Psychology[edit]

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. The department has a library and a laboratory, a computer section, and a Mass Communication laboratory. A 4-year Integrated BS Programme was started in 2009 and Diploma Courses in Clinical Psychology, CBT, and Industrial and Organizational Psychology are planned for 2010-11.

Pashto Academy[edit]

Main article: Pashto Academy

Department of Pharmacy[edit]

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. The department offers the degree of Doctor of Pharmacy, M.Phil and PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences. 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]

Khyber College of Dentistry[edit]

The college has guided thousands of students on looking after the oral health problems of the community. Khyber College of Dentistry is affiliated to Khyber medical University. The Pakistan Medical & Dental Council recognized the institution in 1968.

The college is located in the lush green campus of Peshawar University, with a built-up area of over 10000sq ft, giving tuition to 77 undergraduate students every year and eight postggraduate programs. The college encourages students to participate in technical paper presentation contests, poster competitions, table clinics. Sports and literary weeks are annual features along with college magazine.

KCD was founded in 1964 as the dentistry department of Khyber Medical College Peshawar by Prof. Dr. Ahmad Iqbal who envisaged a facility to train Dental Surgeons for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistan. Among the other founders were General Mohammad Akram, the then Principal of Khyber Medical College and Mr. Mohammad Ali, the then Vice Chancellor of the University of Peshawar.

Originally, the Dentistry Department was housed on the first floor of Pathology Department of Khyber Medical College. There was a Head of the Department, four teachers and 14 students. To obtain education in general medicine and general surgery, students traveled 15 kilometers for practical teaching and ward rounds to Lady Reading Hospital Peshawar.

The institution has grown into the largest oral health care faculty in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Today it occupies five blocks. The institution has more than 77 faculty members, 164 paramedical/administrative staff, and has 11 clinical and basic science departments, 227 undergraduate dental students, 50 resident house officers and 14 postgraduate students.

Since its founding, the school has graduated more than 1250 dental surgeons, has contributed to the training of at least as many house officers and postgraduate students. KCD graduates and researchers fill positions in the nation's dental institutions. More than 30% of the Dental Core of Pakistan Army and almost the entire Oral Health Service of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA are manned by graduates of the institution.

It is one of the first dental institutions in Pakistan to be recognized by the College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP) for fellowship and membership training in specialties.

Khyber College of Dentistry was upgraded to the status of independent institution in 1990. From its inception till 2006 it was affiliated with the University of Peshawar. In 2007, Khyber Medical University came into being and since then Khyber College of Dentistry has been affiliated with it. The Pakistan Medical and Dental Council accorded permanent recognition of the BDS degrees in its session held in Dacca (Bangladesh), the capital of then East Pakistan in November, 1968. [9]

Islamia College[edit]

Islamia College, founded in 1913, teaches science, along with a grounding in the principles of Islam to the youth of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. The college prepares students in all science subjects and the humanities for the Intermediate Examinations of the Peshawar Board of Secondary Education and for the Degree examinations of the University of Peshawar. The Islamia College is a residential college with 75% of its students and nearly the whole staff living on the campus.

Jinnah College for Women[edit]

The 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. Opportunities are provided for participation in extra curricular activities such as debates, dramatic and literary competitions and so on. Educational trips and study tours are arranged.

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, text books 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.

Law College[edit]

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 co-ordinate 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 following courses were offered during the project period of HRSC:

  • Certificate Course I ‘International Law of Human Rights (2000),
  • Postgraduate Diploma I International Human Rights Law (March, 2001)
  • Certificate Course in International Law of Human Rights (November, 2001),
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Women’s law (December, 2001)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in International Human Rights Law (April, 2002),
  • Certificate Course in International Refugee and Humanitarian Law (August, 2002),
  • Certificate Course in International Refugee and Humanitarian Law (October, 2002),
  • Postgraduate Diploma in International Law of Human Rights (April, 2003),
  • Certificate Course in International Environmental Law (September, 2003),
  • Certificate Course in Children’s Rights Law (January, 2004),
  • Postgraduate Diploma in International Law of Human Rights (March, 2004),
  • Postgraduate Diploma in International Human Rights Law (2006),

Seminars, Workshops and Conferences: The HRSC has organized national and international seminars to mark important days with relevance to Human Rights. The Human Rights Studies Center has run three international conferences as below:

  • Peace, Security and International Law (December, 2003)
  • International Human Rights Law and responses to terrorism(December, 2004)
  • Religion and International Human Rights Law (January, 2006)

The courses have been taught by scholars and experts in human rights from the University of Oslo, the University of Warwick, the University of Leeds, the Faculty of Law, (University of Peshawar), the International Islamic University Islamabad, the University of Lancashire, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the Norwegian Refugee Council.

Teaching faculty

  • Prof. Dr. Fayyaz-ur-Rehman, Professor,
  • Mr.Nadeem Azam, Assistant Professor,
  • Mr. Sajid Ali Ghafoor, Lecturer,
  • Mr. Saira Nishtar, Research Co-ordinator, HRSC,
  • Mr. Inayat Ullah, Lecturer,
  • Mr. Sohail Shahzad, Lecturer,

HRSC staff:

  • Director: Dr. Fayyazur Rahman
  • Research Coordinators: Mukhtiar Aziz Kansi, Saira Nishtar, Mustafa Rabbani, Asad Durrani, Ayesha Durrani.
  • Administration and Finance Officer: Mehmood Ali Shah.
  • Research Assistant Coordinators: A. Rehman Khilji, Amna Kiran.

The college started an LLM program in 2008.

Quaid-e-Azam College of Commerce[edit]

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. It is an institution of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, offering one year and two years Master of Commerce programmes. The college offers specialization in Finance, Accounting, Marketing and Management.

College of Home Economics[edit]

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 Research[edit]

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 IER provides B.Ed and M.Ed training to prospective and in-service teachers of secondary and higher secondary schools. The training duration for both B.Ed and M.Ed is one year. The department has also M.Phil Leading to PhD, PhD and B.Ed Honer four-year Program. Enrollment:

  • M.Phil leading to PhD: 22 students
  • PhD: 28 students
  • B.Ed, B.Ed Honour and M.Ed: more than four hundred students.

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.[10]

Institute of Management Studies[edit]

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.

  • Academic Programs
    • MBA (1&1/2 year)
    • BBA(Hons)
    • MPA
    • MBA (3&1/2)
    • Phd
    • Diploma certificates
    • Mphil

The institute offers executive degrees in the field of business.

Khyber Medical College (KMC)[edit]

Department of Journalism and Mass Communication[edit]

Department of Bio-Technology & Microbiology[edit]

Islamic Center Studies[edit]


Cafeteria, stores and market[edit]

The main market is situated in the Khyber House on campus. The building houses banks, two canteens, grocery shops, tailor shops, co-operative stores, and meat and vegetable shops. A cafeteria has been opened in the Teacher Student Centre. Some utility shops and a bookstore have been opened in the Teacher Student Centre.

Teacher Student Centre (TSC)[edit]

The Teacher Student Centre is the focal point of the university's social, cultural and recreational activities. It provides services and facilities which support the academic programmes of the University.

University Health Centre[edit]

The University Health Centre provides free medical aid to the students, university employees and their families.


A pay office of the National Bank of Pakistan was established in 1955. Later on it was raised to a full-fledged branch conducting all banking activities.

Branches of Habib Bank, Faysal Bank and United Bank are on the campus.


The university has a fleet of buses which transport students. An intra-campus bus service is available.

Campus life[edit]

The Peshawar Campus[edit]

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 35000.

Grounds and gardens[edit]

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

Watch and Ward[edit]

Besides the regular university personnel, campus peace corps patrol the grounds.

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.

The Bara Gali (Summer) Campus II[edit]

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, one of the most beautiful valley resorts with dense forests, tall mountains and a pleasant climate, 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. 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.

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.[11]


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  2. ^ "Address of Peshawar University". Google maps. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "HEC Universities ranking". HEC Universities ranking. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d "University of Peshawar at Glance:". Peshawar University Press. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  5. ^ About University of Peshawar
  6. ^ [1] Archived April 18, 2009 at the Wayback Machine
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  10. ^ List of colleges at UOP

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