Islamia College University

For other colleges called Islamia College, see Islamia College (disambiguation).
Islamia College, Peshawar
اسلامیہ کالج پشاور
Motto رَبِّ زدْنيِ عِلْماً
Motto in English
O' God, Increase my Knowledge
Creating new leadership...
Type Public
Established 1913 (1913)
Chancellor Governor of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr. Habib Ahmad (TI)
Location Peshawar, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa,  Pakistan
= 33°59′58.5″N 71°28′33.31″E / 33.999583°N 71.4759194°E / 33.999583; 71.4759194Coordinates: 33°59′58.5″N 71°28′33.31″E / 33.999583°N 71.4759194°E / 33.999583; 71.4759194
Campus Urban
Colors Blue, White

Islamia College, Peshawar (Urdu: اسلامیہ کالج پشاور) is a public research university located in midst of Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.[1]

Founded by the personal initiatives led by Sir S.A. Qayyum and Sir George Roos-Keppel in 1913, it is one the oldest institution of higher education in Pakistan, and its historical roots are traced from the culminating point of the Aligarh Movement.[2] The university was established in a view to build an effort to provide quality education to region's youth, and provides higher learning in fine arts, humanities and modern sciences.[2] In 1950, the University of Peshawar was founded as an offshoot of Islamia College Peshawar, with the later being associated to the university as a constituent college.[2] Initially established as Islamia College, it was granted university status by the Government of Pakistan in 2008; the word college is retained in its title for preserving its historical roots.[2]


Islamia college Departments
Islamia college Football ground
Islamia college Hockey ground
Islamia college Volleyball ground

When the new province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (previously N.W.F.P) was formed in 1901 after its separation from the Punjab, there was only one college (Edwardes College) in whole province. This scarcity of quality educational institutions forced local youth to travel to faraway regions of the country (British India) in pursuit of higher education. This same lack of educational opportunities in the region motivated Nawab Sir Sahibzada Abdul Qayyum and Sir George Roos-Keppel to establish an institution that would not only cater the academic needs of the region but also produce leaders from the region.


By 1909, as the idea of a college in the province was taking shape in the minds of both Nawab Sir Sahibzada Abdul Qayyum and Sir George Roos-Keppel, it was further strengthened by their visit to the Aligarh Muslim University the same year. Nawab Sahib asked the students, especially those from the N.W.F.P. who were studying there as to what were the problems they were facing there and how he could help them. The students told him that they needed a hostel. Nawab Sahib informed them that rather than building them a hostel at Aligarh, he would build them a college at Peshawar.

Consequently, on April 12, 1911, Nawab Sahib arranged a meeting of like minded people in Peshawar at the residence of Abdul Karim, contractor at Peshawar city, which was attended by Arbab Ghulam Haider Khan of Tehkal, Habibullah Khan, Khushal Khan, Sethi Karim Bakhsh, Sir Sahibzada Abdul Qayyum , Khan Sahib Abdul Majid Khan and others. Sir Sahibzada Abdul Qayyum moved the motion for collection of contributions, which was instantly responded to by cash donations by all present.Mian Rahim Shah Kaka Khel donated cash at the meeting and promised to make a hostel for the students apart from the donation, which he did and still it stands in the campus as 'Rahim Shah Ward'. In addition to his instant cash donation, the Nawab of Dir promised further cash besides four hundred trees. The Nawab of Amb, Nawab Khan i Zaman Khan also made a cash contribution of Rs. 10,000 on the request of Syed Abdul Jabbar Shah to the cause. Subscriptions were also given by the Afridi Chiefs and leading religious elders. An example was set by Bibigul, widow of Khairullah Khan of Prang, who gave her ornaments on Jun 6, 1911 as her subscription towards the college fund. Subsequently, a large plot of land was purchased for the college building from the Khalils(Arbabs) of Tehkal. Rs. 1,50,000/- from Nizam of Hyderabad was sent by Syed Abdul Jabbar Shah to Sahibzada Abdul Qayyum as donation for the college. Other chiefs and nobles of the North-West Frontier and Punjab, also made various donations.

Haji Sahib of Turangzai, the most famous Pukhtun religious leader of the time was requested by Nawab Sir Sahibzada Abdul Qayyum to lay the foundation stone of Islamia College. Haji Sahib agreed to the request, however, he had been declared a proclaimed offender by the British for his anti-British activities and his entry was banned into British controlled territory. He was residing in tribal territory, which was outside British control, so Nawab Sahib prevailed upon Sir George Roos-Keppel and the British to permit Haji Sahib to enter British controlled territory for one day so he could lay the foundation stone of Islamia College. The British agreed to this request with the understanding that Haji Sahib would return to tribal territory once he had laid the foundation stone. Haji Sahib was permitted to enter British controlled territory for the ceremony and spent the night in the 'Pokh' Mosque of Tehkal. At the foundation stone laying ceremony, Sir Roos Keppel and other British officials were present, so Haji Sahib hid his face in his sheet (Chadar) from them and was led by Sheikh Muhammad Ibrahim to the place where he was to lay the foundation stone. After laying the stone Haji Sahib went to Tehkal and then returned to the tribal territory.

The construction work on Islamia College, which was started in the second half of the year 1912, showed remarkable progress in completion. The programme of construction included an Arts college, a Dar-ul-Uloom, and hostel, a high school and three hostels, a mosque, and residences for the principal and headmaster. High School which consisted of 26 rooms and one school hostel, were ready before the spring of 1913; and the building before the 1st of October of that year. Mulana Qutab Shah was the first dean of Islamia College Peshawar

The college was opened on October 1, 1913 and students were admitted for the first year and third year classes only. The first student to get enrolled in the college was Sahibzada Khurshid (Nawab Sahib's cousin and whom he had raised as a son). Sahibzada Khurshid later on became the Governor of NWFP in 1949. At the close of the year, the number of enrollment had reached 33. Initially, the college had ten members of teaching staff, one clerk, one accountant, and two hostels, i.e., Qayyum Manzil and Hardinge Hostel. Mr. L. Tipping was the first Principal. Allama Mashriqi was the vice principal and the professor of mathematics, and Maulana Qutb Shah as the Dean of Theology. Besides the physical beauty of the college, Nawab Sahib was very particular about its academic standard and was very careful in appointing any new professor or teacher. For this purpose, he was always in search of learned and well educated people. After the sad demise of Nawab Sir Sahibzada Abdul Qayum in 1937, the college was left more or less an orphan in the hands of others.

However, the college survived the ups and downs of the latter years of the last century and the early 21st century when it achievec the status of University. Professor Dr Naeem Khalid is the founder of BS Integrated program in this province and first he started in Islamia College. He is Director of Academics and Admission of the University and as an alumnus of this college he has great love for it. He is appointed as Director APARO by Honourable Ajmal Khan, the Vice Chancellor. Prof Dr Khalid gained his PhD in Physics at Cambridge University UK. Ghayur Ahmad is a Principal Staff Officer of the VC's Sectt. Ghayur Ahmad is a faculty member in Management Sciences department, he is an alumnus of this college and received his higher education from the University of Bedfordshire UK.[3]

The will of Jinnah displayed outside the Roos-Keppel Hall.

Ajmal Khan is an eminent educationalist in Pakistan. He was the vice chancellor of Gomal University, D.I.Khan for two years. Ajmal Khan belongs to Utmanzai village (near Charsadda).He obtained his early education from Convent Murree and Burn Hall School Abbottabad. After completing his education,He was appointed as education Officer at UNESCO. After serving as Assistant Director AIOU Islamabad,he joined edwards College Peshawar as a Lecturer and then switched over to the University of Peshawar and worked on different positions.He is also member of HEC for KPK.

Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah's will

... All my residuary estate including the corpus that may fall after the lapse of life interest or otherwise to be divided into three parts - and I bequeath one part to Aligarh University - one part to Islamia College Peshawar and one part to Sindh Madrassa of Karachi ... Quaid-e-Azam's Will, Bombay, May 30, 1939


According to the Board of Trustees, the College, which is spread over 300 acres of land, has 1089 Jaribs cultivable land in Harichand, Rai Killi and Tarnab, (District Charsadda). In addition to this there are 395 shops and flats in the Khyber Bazaar Peshawar and main bazaar Charsadda.


A panoramic view of Islamia College, Hockey and Cricket ground

See also


  1. ICP. "Location and address of ICP". ICP location. Retrieved 25 April 2015. External link in |website= (help)
  2. 1 2 3 4 "History of Islamia College University". History of Islamia College University. Retrieved 25 April 2015. External link in |website= (help)
  3. History of Islamia College, Peshawar.
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