Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah the founder of Pakistan adopts education in N-W.F.P: The British kept putting off the request of raising Islamia College to a university. The University had to wait till Independence in 1947.
The great Quaid visited the College for the first time in 1928 and so fell in love with it that he would refer to it as ‘My College’ and adopted it as one of the three heirs to his rich fortune, along with Aligarh University and Sindh Madrassa (his own school) in 1939 University Map University came as a trophy from Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah to the students of the province, in recognition of the part played by them in the making of Pakistan.
At Islamia College on 12th April 1948, he said: “On this occasion the thing uppermost in my mind is the help that came to the movement and achievement of Pakistan from the students community, particularly from this Province. May I say that you played your part magnificently” and “Let me tell you that nothing is dearer to my heart than to have a university in the North-West Frontier Province from where the rays of learning and culture will spread through-out the Middle East and Central Asia.
I, therefore, fully sympathise with your aspirations in this behalf and, provided you go the right way about it, you will get your university sooner than you can imagine” The dream of the founders flowered and a broad-based, multi-disciplinary educational institution came into existence in 1951.
The very complexion and spectrum of the University of Peshawar was overwhelming–education right from KG to Ph.D in a large variety of subjects from sciences, social sciences, technologies and professions on one integrated campus. Executive Summary: The University of Peshawar, as a mother educational institution of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is an outcome of the dream of the father of the nation and was created as the firjst ever University after independence. It is vigorously working with its full zeal and spirit, truly serving and sacred cause of education altogether.
The University of Peshawar, being a mother Institution of the Khyber Pahtunkhwa is catering for the academic needs of Peshawar but also of the whole province and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). The highly qualified and trained faculty, student friendly and supportive administration, modern curricula, conducive academic environment and excellent infrastructure are the hallmarks of the University. Its role in political, industrial and government leadership is recognized.
The University has an over whelming contribution in bringing positive changes in the society. The total regular students enrollment of the University during the academic year 2010-2011 was 12,151, comprising of 557 at inter program, 5376 at undergraduate, 5,109 Masters, 713 MS/M.Phil and 396 at PhD. level.
The University continues to support the faculty development through scholarships for higher studies under both for inland and abroad categories. During the year 2010-11 three scholars have been recommended for studies abroad. Besides, teaching and assessment, University is enormously contributing to research and development. During the year 2010-11 around 27 journals, 24 books, 133 conference papers, 90 Research Projects were geteded by the faculty members and 708 publications were published. The University organized 234 conferences.