Taxila is an ancient city of Punjab situated to the northwest of the twin cities; Islamabad & Rawalpindi at a distance of 32 km. It is one of the eight tehsils of Rawalpindi district that links Punjab to KPK. The 2017 statistics show the total population of Taxila, 677,951. On the other hand, Wah is a small city adjoining Taxila, located at 30 km from District Rawalpindi. It is a military cantonment with prehistoric sites.
Education in Taxila is dated back to 300 BC. It was thought-out to be the center of learning with the primal universities in the world. It was a premeditated city with a number of colleges, lecture halls, and residences for teachers and students. It was famous for producing scholars who had great influence in Sanskrit, Hinduism, and Buddhism. Wah has an elevated level of education and the highest literacy rate in Asia. This tiny city next to Taxila has been known since the tenure of the Mughal Emperor Jehangir.
Facts about Universities in Taxila/Wah
- Taxila has some of the best institutes that offer quality education to the local community in the region. Several public and private institutes also play a pivotal role in providing education services to society.
- Some notable intuitions in Taxila are the University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Taxila campus, the Government College of Technology, and HITEC University.
- University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Taxila is a public-funded university that was set up in 1975 as a campus of UET Lahore and was accredited as an autonomous university in 1993.
- UET Taxila offers bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. programs in various disciplines of engineering and technology.
- HITEC is a private medical institute founded in 2016 that constitutes of four colleges as HITEC Medical College, HITEC Dental College, HITEC College of Allied Health Professionals, and HITEC School for Paramedics.
- Both of the colleges Medical and Dental are recognized by the Pakistan Medical & Dental Council (PMDC).
- Wah has two accredited universities, one engineering, and one medical college, and various other schools and colleges.
- Some famous institutions in Wah include the University of Wah, Wah Engineering College, and COMSATS University Islamabad (CUI) Wah campus.
- The University of Wah is a private university that was begun in 2005 to offer bachelor and master programs in engineering, social sciences, basic sciences, and management sciences. It was chartered by the Provincial Assembly of Punjab in 2009.
- CUI Wah campus was initiated in 2001 with various degree programs in different disciplines; engineering, medical, basic science, economics, and management sciences. It has fully furnished computer and research labs, state of the art equipment, and a Library.
- HEC awarded CUI Wah campus 1st rank in IT & Computer Sciences and 4th spot in quality research.
- Swedish College of Technology (SECT) and POF Institute of Technology (POFIT) are the top leading colleges in Wah that offer education in engineering and technology with technical skills. Both colleges are accredited by Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC).
What is education like in Taxila/Wah
- Taxila/Wah has an effective education system with a literacy rate of 100% in all of Asia.
- Both adjacent cities are renowned for providing the best quality education for the students from within and out of the cities.
- Students from Taxila/Wah are known to be studying abroad for higher education. This is because of the city’s thousand years old learning heritage.
- The Punjab Provincial Government oversees all the public and private education institutes in Taxila/Wah.
- They’re accountable for the development, granting funds, and chartered recognition.
- Most schools and colleges are portioned on a gender basis while accredited colleges, universities, and medical institutes are co-ed.
- Academic education in Taxila/Wah is categorized into five levels; primary, middle & high school, intermediate school/college, and university.
Quick Facts about Taxila/ Wah
- Taxila is home to more than 600,000 people and is the 22nd largest city in Pakistan.
- The city is famous for its ruins, ancient settlements, and archeological sites.
- In 1980, Taxila was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site after the famed archeologist Alexander Cunningham shed light on the famous ruins of the city.
- The city has a history dated back to the earliest times of ancient India, known for its excellence in education including learning in arts, archery, hunting, law, medicine, and military.
- Wah next to Taxila is a cantonment of the military, controlled by the Wah Cantonment Board.
- The city is known around the country for its military industry and ordnance factories.
- There are historical landmarks; Dharmarajika Stupa and Monastery, and Shah Allah Ditta Caves.
- Taxila Museum is famous for the collection of Gandharan artifacts from the 1st to 7th century BCE.