Peshawar is an ancient city of Pakistan and the Capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province. This city, with numerous archaeological sites, is situated near Khyber Pass. Its history dates back to the period when the Gandhara Civilization was enjoying its golden era. 

Besides, Peshawar is a significant region in the province as it is the economic and cultural hub of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Moreover, this city is the hub of education for thousands of students in the province. Top-ranking universities and institutes present are dispensing education in a wide range of fields ranging from Applied Sciences, Management Sciences, Medicines, Engineering, Humanities and Agriculture. 

Facts about Universities in Peshawar 

  • About 12 universities in Peshawar are serving to provide education to more than 37000 students. 
  • The University of Peshawar, Islamia College University Peshawar and Khyber Medical University are the leading universities of Peshawar. 
  • The University of Peshawar is the most prestigious in the province. Suppose someone is looking for the best institute for natural sciences, pharmacy, pharmacology, or chemical engineering. In that case, the foremost choice is the University of Peshawar, as it is the best-rated University in all subjects mentioned above. Currently, more than fourteen thousand students are getting an education here. 
  • Student satisfaction and trust mean a lot for an institute. Islamia College University has the honour of having the highest student satisfaction level.
  • As we mentioned above, Peshawar is the hub of education in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Consequently, students across the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and from all over Pakistan come here for higher education. When moving to another city, the cost of living is undoubtedly taken into account. In this case, If we consider living costs for a student in Peshawar, it is 3.98% less expensive than in Karachi. Roughly, a monthly stipend of PKR 40,000 – 50,000 would be required for a student to easily cover accommodation, food, transportation, communication, and other living expenses.

Educational Status of Peshawar  

  • In Peshawar, as per recent statistics, the literacy rate is 61%.
  • According to recent data available, more than two thousand primary, middle, secondary and higher secondary schools and 12 universities are playing a pivotal role in disseminating knowledge to the students of Peshawar.  
  • Moreover, The Gross Enrollment Rate in Peshawar is more than 90%; on the other hand, the Net Enrollment Rate at the primary level is more than 55%.
  • The provincial government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has been overseeing the educational institutions in Peshawar since 2010 after amendments in the constitution. It supervises the advancements in curriculum, provides funding for the research, infrastructure, development, and all.  
  • In Peshawar, many people do not allow their girls to opt for a co-education system. It is the reason behind the gender-based gap in literacy of Peshawar. Hence, many schools, colleges and universities are solely for girls in district Peshawar, such as Islamia college for Girls, Jinnah College for Women, Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Women University Peshawar etc.

Quick Facts about Peshawar 

  • Peshawar is a sprawling city of over 3.6 million population (2017), making it the most populated city of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the 6th populous city of Pakistan.  
  • Peshawar resides between the three magnanimous mountain ranges and is surrounded by Punjab plains on the fourth side.
  • Attractions for History Lovers: Besides, Peshawar is a hub of many historical sites, out of which many dates back to thousands of years ago. Therefore, there are significant landmarks that still exist up to this day. Most eminent are Bala Hisar fort, Qissa Khwani Bazar, and many religious, historical sites of Hindus, Sikhs, and Buddhists such as Gurdwara of Sikhs at Jogan Shah. 
  • Places to visit: There are numerous well-known parks in Peshawar, namely Army Stadium Wazir Bagh Ali Mardan Khan Gardens, Shahi Bagh, Jinnah Park, Tatara Park and Bagh e Naran. 

Peshawar’s Delicious Cuisine: Peshawar is famed for its delicious traditional foods, including Dum Pukht, Chapli kabab, Kabuli Pulao, Namak Mandi karahi, and many others.

Quick Facts

Population: 1.97 Million

Literacy Rate: ~ 55%


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